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Oils and creams were used for protection against the hot Egyptian sun and dry winds.
Myrrh, thyme, marjoram, chamomile, lavender, lily, peppermint, rosemary, cedar, rose, aloe, olive oil, sesame oil and almond oil provided the basic ingredients of most perfumes that were used in religious ritual and embalming the dead (Cohen) For lips, cheeks and nails, a clay called red ochre was ground and mixed with water.
Anthropologists speculate that primitive perfumery began with the burning of gums and resins for incense.
Richly scented plants were fused into animal and vegetable oils for ceremonial anointings and for pleasure.
Face painting is mentioned in the Old Testament (Ezekiel ) and eye shadow was used in Egyptian burials dating back to 10,000 BC (Llewelyn) The word "cosmetae" was first used to describe Roman slaves whose function was to bathe men and women in perfume.
(Keville, Green) Since the Egyptians, each subsequent civilization invented unique words that referred to cosmetics and fragrance as one science, but the science eroded after Rome.
Cosmetics have been used for as long as there have been people to use them.
Dyes and paints were used to color the skin, body and hair.
They rouged their lips and cheeks, stained their nails with henna, and lined their eyes and eyebrows heavily with kohl.
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From 7,000 to 4,000 BC, the fatty oils of olive and sesame were combined with fragrant plants to create the original Neolithic ointments.