In ancient Egypt and other parts of the world, cosmetics made from antimony or galena were used to rim the eyes. These black, powdery substances were also believed to protect the eyes from the sun, as they supposedly reflect UV rays like mirrors do.
The ancients ground up the mineral stibnite (Sb2S3) and other deep gray metallic sulfide minerals, such as lead sulfide (galena), to create kohl. These minerals were also used as eyeshadow and mascara. In addition to enhancing the appearance of the eyes, it was also said that kohl helped to make the whites of the eye brighter and the irises more colorful. In some cases, kohl was used to increase the size of the eyes.
Kohl is still in use today, albeit with some controversy. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States warns that some types of kohl, such as those sold in Morocco, Mauritania and Great Britain, contain dangerous levels of lead. The FDA has an import alert in place to detain and deny entry at U.S. ports of entry any items that declare kohl, kajal or surma on the label.
The kohl that we sell, called Ithmid, contains no toxic lead. It is a safe and natural substance. Ithmid kohl is reputed to promote universal beauty characteristics, which makes it suitable for both men and women. Unlike other kohls, which carry only a superficial and short term beauty effect, Ithmid kohl goes beyond that to introduce structural changes in the eyes that help you get these beauty characteristics. antimony kohl