What are the ingredients used in the making of make ups and cosmetics?
In some parts of Africa, as a child growing up we were not allowed to kill wall gecko, it was highly revered as the soul of children according to ancient beliefs and traditions, it was known to be harmless and lives among humans throughout many centuries.
In the early 80s the Pentecostals and Charismatic Christians indicted wall gecko as an agent of darkness who monitors and reported every household activities to witches and wizards, causing hardship, difficulties and sicknesses to the inhabitants.
From that time till now wall gecko was condemned to death and must be eliminated by all means when found, but the story is different in Indonesia.
For more than a decade, a village in Indonesia has been making money by hunting and roasting geckos or cicaks to use as an ingredient in make-up
Villagers hunt for the geckos at night with only a flashlight and a stick smeared with glue
They go around residents’ homes looking for lizards, catch them with the stick, and put them into a basket to deliver to the head of operations’ home.
The head of operations, who goes by the name Sugandhi, pays hunters IDR40,000 (RM11.82) per kilogramme. He has hunters across six villages.
It is finally smuggled into China and US for production of make-ups, Cosmetics, and energy drink.
Next time you apply makeup 💄 cosmetics don’t forget millions of wall geckos 🦎 died to make you beautiful.