|Teaching Science through History II|
Cosmetics in Ancient Egypt
by Sandy Stai
The setting is ancient Egypt. The task is to render the face more attractive and comfortable (and to do so safely). Consistency, texture, spreadability, durability, and color are all properties of matter that must be mastered. Various chemical products for body care (odor, appearance, temperature regulation, skin condition) form a context. Mineral pigments provide a resource. Here, trial and error meet the cultural contexts of religion, practicality, medicine, and technology.
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