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The Quirky World of Beauty: 10 Strange Facts

Welcome to the wonderful world of beauty, where every lipstick swatch tells a tale and every skincare routine has its secrets! At Natural Essentoils, we're not just about crafting natural, cruelty free, vegan, and zero waste products; we also love diving into the fascinating and sometimes downright bizarre realm of makeup and beauty. So, buckle up as we take you on a journey through 10 strange facts about beauty that will leave you intrigued and amused!

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1. The Ancient Egyptians Invented Waterproof Mascara: Yes, you read that right! Ancient Egyptians were not only pioneers in architecture and mathematics but also in the world of beauty. They created the first waterproof mascara using kohl, crocodile dung, and honey. Talk about dedication to long-lasting makeup!

2. The Queen's Signature Shade of Red Lipstick: Queen Elizabeth I of England had a penchant for striking red lips, but achieving that vibrant hue was no easy feat in the 16th century. She famously used a concoction of cochineal beetles and wax to create her signature shade. Beauty truly knows no bounds!

3. Long Nails, Long Records: Imagine a world where your nail polish collection is measured in feet! The Guinness World Record for the longest nails ever recorded goes to Lee Redmond, with nails over 28 feet long combined. We recommend a more manageable length for your daily beauty routine.

A woman's hand with rings and long blue finger nails

4. Bird Poop Facial: The Secret to Radiant Skin?: In ancient Japan, geishas swore by a facial treatment known as "uguisu no fun," which translates to "nightingale faeces." Yes, you read that correctly – they applied a paste made from nightingale droppings to achieve luminous skin. We'll stick to our all-natural face masks, thank you very much!

5. Coal Dust Chic: Forget eyeshadow palettes, early 20th-century fashionistas opted for coal dust to darken their lashes. Talk about a smoky eye that's literally smoking!

6. Snail Slime Skincare: Snail mucin, derived from snail slime, has gained popularity in recent years for its purported skincare benefits. From moisturizing to anti-aging properties, snail secretion filtrate has found its way into numerous skincare products. Who knew snails could be so slimy yet so sought after?

7. The Beauty of Bee Venom: Another unusual ingredient making waves in the beauty world is bee venom. Yes, you heard that right – bee venom! This buzzy ingredient is believed to have anti-inflammatory and collagen-boosting effects, making it a favourite among skincare enthusiasts. Just BEE careful if you're allergic!

8. The Quest for Perfect Eyebrows: From thin and arched in the '90s to bold and bushy in the 2020s, eyebrow trends have certainly seen their fair share of evolution. But did you know that ancient Roman women used to darken their eyebrows with soot or even goat hair to achieve the perfect look? Such dedication to brows on fleek!

A woman applying makeup to her eyebrow

9. The World's Most Expensive Nail Polish: Ever wondered what the world's most expensive nail polish looks like? Look no further than "Gold Rush Couture" by Models Own. Priced at a whopping £83,000, this luxurious nail polish contains real diamonds, making it a true treasure for nail enthusiasts with deep pockets.

10. The Beauty of Laughter: They say laughter is the best medicine, and we couldn't agree more! Did you know that laughter can actually improve blood flow to the face, giving you a natural glow? So, while skincare products and makeup can work wonders, never underestimate the power of a good laugh to enhance your beauty from within.

And there you have it – 10 facts about makeup and beauty that will leave you laughing, cringing, and marvelling at the wonders of the beauty world. At Natural Essentoils, we celebrate the beauty of individuality and self-expression, offering products that are as unique and wonderful as you are. So go ahead, embrace your quirks, experiment with your makeup looks, and remember – beauty is not just about looking good; it's about feeling good too!


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