The body lotion has been around for many years, and I can’t imagine living without it! But who invented the lotion and came up with the idea?
Well, the lotion was invented a very long time ago. Guess ancient people also needed cream on their skin!
So, Who Invented The Lotion?
I had a hunch on this one and guess I was right – it’s the same suspects again.
The one who invented the lotion is:
Ancient Egyptians made the first lotion by mixing water and fats or oils – like we do today. The Egyptians then added aromatic substances and other materials to make it smell and feel good on the skin. And for this reason, we call such a liquid, almost always scented: “lotion.” But there are lotions without aroma too!
The Egyptians also invented cosmetic creams and ointments of animal fat mixed with plants. And who knows who might have invented the first body lotion!
After this, it took centuries before someone else invented the lotion for the body. But around 1700 AD, people started to dry their skin after bathing with a weak acid. That made it easier and more comfortable to dry and comb their hair (oil and sweat would make the hair difficult to search, if not wet).
The first cosmetic lotions were created using soap with fragrant plants or herbs, resulting in pleasant odors. And this lotion was also utilized as a medicine. Around the year 1800, they began adding scent.
The Ancient Egyptians, who lived in harsh climates and were exposed to high temperatures and wind, understood the significance of skincare and protection. They recognized the value of treating their skin.
According to history, one of the earliest lotion bottles belonged to Egyptian Queen Hatshepsut, who was rumored to have had eczema or psoriasis. The lotion included nutmeg oil, palm oil, fats, and benzopyrene traces. Benzopyrene is a hazardous carcinogenic chemical that is highly poisonous. According to historical records, Queen Hatshepsut’s skincare regimen may have (or be the cause of) caused her death.
To keep their skin soft, the Ancient Greeks used olive oil and beeswax and mashed up bread and milk.
Different cultures have utilized flower and fruit extracts to make fragrances more pleasant and add tinting effects over time.
Types of lotions
There are many types of body lotions available today. Each lotion is different from one another, even if it offers moisturizing effects.
One of the most common types of body lotions is baby lotion, which has a unique formula for delicate skin. As its name suggests, this type of lotion is specially made for infants and young children who have sensitive skin.
Baby oil can be used to massage babies. Still, it would be best to ask your pediatrician first before using it on your child because some are not advisable for an infant’s use. However, there are a lot of pediatricians who recommend a baby oil to use on a baby’s skin.
Lotions containing aloe vera are also available for those people who have allergies and sensitive skin. Unlike other creams, aloe vera contains no dyes or fragrances, which could irritate the skin even more. Aloe vera is just as great as a moisturizer. Still, it can be absorbed easily by the skin, so there is no need to wipe off the excess before going outside or after taking a bath.
In addition, you can also find many different types of body lotion sold today. That includes unscented ones, medicated ones, and scented body lotions which contain aromatherapy properties to help relax your senses.
Lotions can be made from various ingredients such as beeswax, honey, sweet almond oil, lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary. Many people use different creams to keep their skin soft and smooth. There is also body lotion which contains a sunscreen that protects against the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
Some of the most common ingredients used in making natural lotions include: Shea Butter – high in vitamin A, D, and E; Aloe Vera – moisturizes and soothes; Coconut Oil – penetrates deep into the skin; Olive oil – good for dry skin; Vitamin E – antioxidant benefits; Jojoba Oil – your skin without leaving it greasy; Grape seed oil – acts as an astringent for skincare.
Personalized lotions are now available, which allow you to choose your favorite scents and aromas. There are even customized scrubs with names like “Coconut Lime Breeze” or “Tutti Frutti.” The possibilities are endless!
What is the difference between body lotion and moisturizer?
Lotions usually contain more water than creams. Creams can be thicker in consistency than lotions because they have less water content. It gives it a much thicker consistency allowing them to stay on top of the skin longer before being absorbed. Creams take time to absorb into the skin, while lotions do not leave any greasy feel on the skin altogether.
Creams are known to contain various additives, fragrances, mineral oils, dyes, and preservatives which may be harmful to your skin in the long run. Lotions are more gentle on your skin than creams, but they also have their cons. Lotions usually don’t last as long as creams since they quickly absorb into the skin due to their water content. The good thing about lotion is that it doesn’t leave any greasy residue.
Lotions can contain several different ingredients depending on what type you are using, whether for medical purposes or just daily use under normal circumstances. These ingredients include aloe vera, glycerin, lanolin, synthetic dyes, and perfumes.
Moisturizers contain all three ingredients needed to moisturize the skin. Humectants that hold in moisture from the air, emollients that smooth roughness or scaling on the surface of your skin, and occlusives that form a barrier that has in nature moisturizing components. Moisturizers help prevent water loss by keeping your skin well hydrated. They also help keep bacteria out and maintain a healthy pH level.
The body lotion is used for daily cleansing and assistance with dry skin problems. Other products are available for different purposes, such as hand creams or facial care lotions. Even foot cream products are geared for those with specific foot problems such as calluses or cracked heels.
If you are interested in who invented the rest of the cosmetics, check out the Who Invented page!