Who Knew? Lipstick Edition

5 09 2009

By Sheila

“Where lipstick is concerned, the important thing is not color, but to accept God’s final word on where your lips end.” Jerry Seinfeld


Little known facts about lipstick, courtesy of Lipstick, by Jessica Pallingston:

  • The first lipstick was found in the Sumerian region of Ur, circa 5,000 years ago (vanity is nothing new to humans).
  • The first modern lipsticks in a metal tube were manufactured by Maurice Levy in 1915 in Waterbury, CT.
  • George Washington, the first president of the USA, was thoroughly metrosexual and thought to occasionally wear lipstick.
  • “Lippa sticka” is an Old English word dating back to 1000 A.D.
  • Carmine, an ingredient found in many red shades, is made from the ground up body of a female beatle from South America.
  • “In the factory we make cosmetics, in the store we sell hope.” Charles Revson (founder of Revlon)
  • Lipstick has a shelf life of 18 months to two years. When it starts to smell waxy, it’s time to toss it!