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Cosmetics
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1. Concept

Research into the history of cosmetics is still in its infancy. The word cosmetics (from the Greek kosmeín, “to arrange”, “to adorn”) only became current (originally as “cosmeticks”) in the 17th century (French cosmétique likewise; German Kosmetik from around 1800). From early periphrases on the “secrets of beauty” (German Geheimnisse, Italian secreti), terminology became more objective from …

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Sander, Sabine, “Cosmetics”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 21 August 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_022688>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20170206



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