Sormeh® Persian Cosmetics
Documents from as far back as 10,000 BC reveal that Persians were among the first pioneers of cosmetics, using ointments and fragrances to enhance their beauty, well-being and spirituality.
Persians for centuries have used scented oils and ointments to clean and soften their skin. Myrrh, thyme, marjoram, chamomile, lavender, lily, peppermint, rosemary, cedar, rose, aloe, olive oil, sesame oil and almond oil provided the basic ingredients of most perfumes.
The eyes are renowned for being the focal point of beauty. Traditionally, Persians use Sormeh, a loose black powder, to embellish and enhance their eyes. Originally made from almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachio nuts and coconut ground down and roasted in sesame oil to produce a gorgeous black soot. This was then applied with either a wooden or bone applicator.