Natural Kohl – Handmade Traditional Black Eyeliner
”kohl” is a magical, mystical eyeliner with medicinal properties
Kohl is the ultimate makeup of the Berber, Arabic and Indian woman, it gives a deep and mysterious look. Natural Kohl is dark grey, a shiny grey that can vary from grey to blue grey/green. It is much less artificial looking than painting a line outside the lids with commercial eyeliners; people will notice your eyes, but they won’t be quite sure why… Kohl is a very fine mineral powder obtained after grinding of antimony sulfide (from mined mountainous rocks).
If Kohl is known as a cosmetic, it was first used for its medicinal properties. The Egyptians used it as eye drops to prevent and relieve eye infections, but also protect the eyes from strong refraction of light that is emitted by the desert sand. Applying khôl into the eyes can cure a minor eye infection.
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Traditional, natural and homemade pure Kohl (كحل)
- Kohl is the source of kohl pencils. It will last longer than a conventional pencil.
- In addition to being a cosmetic product, kohl has cleansing properties: it protects the eyes of aggression (dust, light, wind) and is held above the kohl pencils and fat.
- Its blackness also controls the sun’s glare in the desert, and thus it is used by both men and women of the desert.
- If you have sore eyes due to wind or sun and you do not wear glasses, kohl makes you great service. Notice that the American football players wear a black line underneath their eyes for the same purpose.
- It will remove a mild eye infection.
How to apply:
- Traditionally, kohl is applied using a thin wooden, bone or brass stick called “mirwed”.
- Kohl is compatible with lens wear -you must apply kohl before inserting lenses.
- Fill the kohl container with half or less of the powder in the set (you can use a small paper cone, it will help)
- Pick up the stick in right hand to apply to right eye. Dip tip of the stick into the kohl powder.
- Hold the stick parallel to eye, and starting at the inner point of the eye, run it between the eyelids actually touching the eye.
- Re-powder the stick, pick up in left hand and repeat on the other side.
- Note that the appearance of tears, the first time is quite normal, because due to the cleaning of the eyeball.
- The usual and regular practice of laying kohl will permanently settle this problem.
- Excess powder will gather at the corner of the eyes and you can remove it.
Homemade kohl is very dark, so one of the ways to use it is to put heavily on eyes at night before going to sleep, wash your face in the morning, the remaining kohl leaves a beautiful, natural tint on your eyes, which no makeup artist can replicate.
Indications and precautions:
NOON imports the Kohl stones from the Arabic Peninsula, they are soaked in water (called ''zamzam'') for 3 days (water has to be changed daily). Then the stones dry under the sun. We grind the stones by hand with a pestle and filter the powder several times to get rid of the minuscule remaining parts.
|History & Tradition||
Kohl has been worn traditionally since the Protodynastic Period of Egypt (ca. 3100 BCE) by Egyptian queens and noble women, who used stibnite (the sulfide of antimony rather than of lead). Kohl was originally used as protection against eye ailments. There was also a belief that darkening around the eyes would protect one from the harsh rays of the sun.
The 18th Dynasty Ancient Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut would also grind charred frankincense into kohl eyeliner. This is the first recorded use of the resin.
Berber and Arab women in North Africa and the Middle East, respectively, also apply kohl to their faces. A vertical line is drawn from the bottom lip to the chin and along the bridge of the nose. Originally the line from the bottom lip to the chin shows whether a woman is married or not. This form of using Kohl on the face originates from the Arabian Peninsula, and was introduced in the 7th century in North-Africa.
Somali, Djiboutian, Ethiopian and Eritrean women have long applied kohl for cosmetic purposes, as well as to cleanse the eyes, lengthen eyelashes, and to protect the eyes from the sun's rays.
Some Indian Ayurvedic or Ancient Indian Herbal medicines manufacturing companies add camphor and other medicinal herbs that are beneficial for eyes in their kajal (name for kohl). It can serve not only as a cosmetic but also as medicine for the eyes.