Many colorants in cosmetics are also used as food dyes.
Cosmetics are substances used to enhance or protect the appearance or odor of the human body.
Each country or group of countries has their own regulatory agency that controls what can go into cosmetics.
Cosmetics can also be described by the form of the product, as well as the area for application.
The history of cosmetics spans at least 6,000 years of human history, and almost every society on earth.
Cosmetics ingredients come from a variety of sources but, unlike the ingredients of food, are often not considered by most consumers.
Cosmetics often use vibrant colors that are derived from some unexpected sources, ranging from crushed insects to rust.
Castor oil and its derivatives are found in many cosmetics as it is "non-comedogenic" (does not exacerbate or contribute to acne).
Cosmetics in a variety of forms date back to early civilizations, with the need to improve ones personal appearance being an important factor in attracting a mate.
The Ancient Greeks and Romans also used cosmetics.
The worldwide annual expenditures for cosmetics is estimated at U.S. $18 billion.
Cosmetics can be liquid or cream emulsions; powders, both pressed and loose; dispersions; and anhydrous creams or sticks.
The first archaeological evidence of cosmetics usage is found in Ancient Egypt around 4000 B.C.E.
Criticism of cosmetics has come from a variety of sources, including feminists, animal rights activists, books, and public interest groups.
Especially in the United States, cosmetics are being used by girls at a younger and younger age.
Many companies have catered to this expanding market by introducing more flavored lipsticks and glosses, cosmetics packaged in glittery, sparkly packaging and marketing and advertising using young models.
Among those who saw the opportunity for mass-market cosmetics were Max Factor, Sr., Elizabeth Arden, and Helena Rubinstein.
The popularity of cosmetics in the twentieth century has increased rapidly.
Ingredients' listings in cosmetics are highly regulated in many countries.
A subset of cosmetics is called "makeup," which refers primarily to colored products intended to alter the user’s appearance.
By the middle of the twentieth century, cosmetics were in widespread use in nearly all societies around the world.