Cosmetics…Today & Yesterday


Nowadays, the word of cosmetics has become a matter of great importance and a keyword in the world of business. In Australia, a cosmetic is defined under the Industrial Chemical (Notification and Assessment) Act 1989 as ‘a substance or preparation projected for placement in contact with any external part of the human body' (this includes the mouth and teeth). We use cosmetics to cleanse, perfume, protect and alter the appearance of our bodies or to alter their odors, but it doesn’t cure the body as it isn’t a therapy. This means that shampoos and deodorants are placed in the cosmetics category, whilst anti-dandruff shampoos and antiperspirants are considered to be therapies.


The second thing we have to know is the components of these products. Most cosmetics contain a combination of at least some of the following core ingredients: water, emulsifier, preservative, thickener, emollient, color, fragrance and pH stabilizers. One of strange facts about cosmetics is that they often contain vibrant colors that are derived from a wide variety of sources, ranging from crushed insects to rust.


Humans have used various substances to change their appearance or highlight their features for at least 10,000 years, and possibly a little longer. Women in Ancient Egypt used kohl, a substance containing powdered galena (lead sulfide—PbS) to darken their eyelids, and Cleopatra is said to have bathed in milk to whiten and soften her skin. By 3000 B.C men and women in China had begun to stain their fingernails with colors according to their social class, while Greek women used poisonous lead carbonate (PbCO3) to achieve a pale appearance.


Accordingly, the cosmetics have caught people’s attention in the past and the present times. Therefore, the global cosmetic market is expected to garner $429.8 billion by 2022. Such statistics clearly reveal that there is plenty of business opportunities in the cosmetic industry. This also shows that your small cosmetic business can start making profit shortly.




Being aware of this amazing industry, Jargon has engaged a number of marketers, content creators, translators, subtitlers and voice talents to cover a wide range of linguistic services that can be really helpful for localizing different types of cosmetics and products. This amazing pool of professionals can combat language barriers that hinder foreign cosmetics’ companies and have their products reached to all people around the world.

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