Artisanal lead-free kohl
Khol is a natural treasure that has been used for centuries by Oriental women. Originally from Egypt, this natural product was exported to Arab countries. This cosmetic highlights the eyes and creates doe eyes. But what really made it a success in the Orient were its benefits! That's right. Because this beauty product is considered a natural remedy. It's only natural that Miel impérial should offer you natural khol. To intensify your look, while protecting your eyes from external aggression.
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Khol is a natural treasure that has been used for centuries by Oriental women. Originally from Egypt, this natural product was exported to Arab countries. This cosmetic highlights the eyes and creates doe eyes. But what really made it a success in the Orient were its benefits!
That's right. Because this beauty product is considered a natural remedy. It's only natural that Miel impérial should offer you natural khol. To intensify your look, while protecting your eyes from external aggression.
What is khol?
Thehistory ofkholThe ancestor of black pencil, traditional khol is without doubt the oldest make-up in the world. It has been used since antiquity in Egypt and Arab countries, for its aesthetic and medicinal properties.
It was first thought that the Egyptians used khol as make-up. Sublimating and emphasizing their looks. Reserved for Pharaoh and his subjects, khol and the way it was applied were well represented in Egyptian iconography.
But it was later discovered that these people were well aware of the medicinal power of this black powder. They also used it to prevent and relieve eye infections caused by sunlight and sand. Later, khol became popular in ancient Greece. Texts by Dioscorides (Greek physician) and Pliny the Elder (Roman physician) insist on the medicinal nature of Kajal. It is a natural bactericide.
When khol began to travel, it was highly appreciated in the Middle East and North Africa. The Arabs and Berbers used it, and continue to use it, to protect themselves from the sun's refractions in the desert. They also used khol powder to enhance the beauty of men's and women's eyes. But this trend has also been influenced by the Muslim religion. Considered a prophetic remedy that improves eyesight, black powder was widely adopted by Muslim Arabs.
A natural product
Today, khol is available in a variety of formats. But the original form of khol is powder. This natural powder contains no petrochemicals or additives. This makes it a natural alternative to the black pencils found in cosmetics shops. Khol powder is traditionally made by hand. This black pigment is produced from a mineral called antimony. It is first ground finely with a pestle.
Medicinal plants are then added to this mineral powder . Depending on the country of manufacture, cloves, olive pits, date pits and white pepper may also be added. The entire mixture is heated and blended with a few drops of olive oil to soften the texture.
A fine cloth is then used to sift out the black, metallic powder known as khol. This ancestral know-how produces a natural powder, free of lead and additives. This makes it a pleasant make-up for the eyes, while retaining the pigmentation that gives a powerful look. But khol is not only a natural cosmetic, it's also a natural eye remedy.
The benefits of khol
As well as being a beauty adornment, khol can relieve eye ailments such as conjunctivitis. Formerly used for purifying purposes, many other benefits have been discovered for khol, such as :
- Antiseptic (protects against infection)
- Bactericide (protects against bacteria)
- Improves and strengthens eyesight
- Treats conjunctivitis
- Treats styes
- Protects against insect bites
- Relieves dry, sensitive eyes
- Relieves dehydrated eyes (damaged by contact lenses)
- Lengthens lashes and stimulates growth
- Hypoallergenic product
- Product of natural and fair-trade origin
How to apply khol?
Today, there are 3 types of khol. Natural khol powder, khol stick and khol pencil. The method of application depends on the format. Traditional powder khol Powder khol is the most natural khol, as it is not processed. Usually supplied with a stick, called a mirwed, you'll need it to apply it. You can store your powder in a pretty kholier or in a glass bottle. Application:
- Coat the mirwed with powder, dipping it into the khol
- Slide the stick over the lower mucous membrane of your eye, working from the inside out
- Close your eyes to align the khol with your upper eyelid
- Repeat until you achieve the desired intensity
The khol doesn't need to be removed, it lasts up to 2 days and then fades on its own. If you wish to remove it, use a cotton bud. Being natural, khol powder can be safely applied overnight. The beneficial effects of khol are more effective during sleep than during the day.
This is because khol does not move during sleep. The color of your khol may be black or gray. This is due to its composition. The more medicinal plants the powder contains, the blacker it will be. Conversely, the fewer herbs it contains, the grayer it will be. Grey khol powders contain more antimony. They are therefore more interesting for people with allergies or sensitive eyes.
Modern khol in stick or pencil form
More practical but more processed, these cosmetic formats are adapted to our lifestyle. Nothing could be simpler: uncork your stick or pencil and apply it to the lower mucous membrane of your eye.
In the same way as for khol powder, from the inside out. As khol is processed, its black pigment may be less intense than that of traditional powder. You'll need to reapply several times on the upper and lower mucous membranes. If you have sensitive eyes or allergies, please check the composition of the khol.
How do I know if my khol powder is pure?
Miel impérial gives you its little tip for checking whether your khol is pure or whether it has been cut with lead. If you're in any doubt about the composition of your khol powder, here's how to proceed:
- Pour a small amount of khol powder onto a blank sheet of paper.
- Place a magnet under the sheet.
- Move the magnet and observe the result.
- If the khol follows the magnet, then it contains lead.
- If the khol doesn't move: then it contains no lead and is therefore pure.