No more iridescent lipsticks, glittering eye shadows or layers of
foundation for the femme fatale of the city. Reason. Navratri is here.
This means a strict NO to anything non-veg. So much so that a demand
for herbal cosmetics has increased over their non-herbal counterparts
that are believed to contain scales of fish, gelatin derived from
animal bones and silkworms' secretion - but only for nine days.
interestingly, the women who have no problem using non-herbal cosmetics
across the year suddenly abandon the same during Navratri. KT explores
the psyche of these bhakts who are smitten by 'selective' vegetarianism
only for a brief period.
Reema Singh, a strict veggie and party
regular, explains her alienation from her favourite vanity kit as, "I
didn't want to leave any scope of using non-veg products even by
mistake." But why doesn't she stick to the policy throughout the year.
"Well, as Navratri is regarded as a very sacred period, my conscience
doesn't permit me to deviate from the 'not-to-dos' prescribed during
the period," replies she.
In the same league is another socialite,
Shaily Kapur who has suddenly switched over to herbal cosmetics during
the nine days. "It's all a matter of belief," shares Shaily. She goes
on to add, "Renunciation is upheld in all holy books. Keeping that in
mind, I abandon the use of those cosmetics during Navratri which I fear
might carry any non-herbal ingredient."
The Union Health Ministry
too is making an effort towards the same end. They are contemplating
the extension of the green and the brown dots, characteristic to veg
and non-veg foods respectively, labelled on food items to cosmetics as
well, in accordance with the Prevention of Food Adulteration Act.
some, abstinence from presumed 'non-veg' cosmetics is a religious
belief during the Navratri but many take the ephemeral abandonment as a
part of skin treatment. Socialite Pallavi Mathur asserts that make-up
using herbal cosmetics is definitely skin friendly but lacks variety.
herbal products for nine days is fine if that's what my religious
mother-in-law wants. For me, it's just a reason to stay away from
cosmetics loaded with chemically treated non-veg ingredients and
provide a little change to my skin," says Pallavi.
Even as the
vegetarian brigade of Bollywood like Big B, Esha Deol and Isha Koppikar
use all kinds of cosmetics, the ladies in apna Kanpur think twice
before puckering up for a blush on during Navratri. Truly sachchi