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1. For hundreds of years European women used a white powder called ceruse to lighten their complexions. What was the main component of ceruse?
2. Many modern cosmetics make use of an unusual organic substance to add shimmer to lipsticks and eyeshadow. Do you know what this shiny material is?
3. During the 17th and 18th centuries women used drops made from a poisonous plant to dilate their pupils, as this was thought attractive. Which toxic plant was used?
4. In the 1930s a cosmetic came out that claimed to be a permanent mascara. Sold in the USA, it blinded more than a dozen women and killed one. What was the name of this dangerous beauty product?
5. Cochineal was used by the Aztec and Incan societies to dye their lips and nails red. Do you know where cochineal comes from?
6. In the 21st century a new substance was recognised for its effects on facial skin. What is the product that is used in a "geisha facial"?
7. During the Elizabethan era, coal tar was used for cosmetic purposes. What was it commonly used for?
8. The substance thiomersal can be found in vaccinations, antiseptics and anti-fungals. It is also found in some mascaras. What is thiomersal made from?
9. Ancient Roman toothpaste was in great demand because it contained ammonia, which whitened the teeth. Where did most of this ammonia come from?
10. The ancient Roman recipe for black hair dye involved mixing vinegar with this substance and letting it ferment for two months before application. What is this unnamed substance?
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