Our carmine is an extraordinary pigment made from the cochineal insect, which is native to Central and South America. It was prized by the Aztecs, and was one of the very first treasures brought by the Spanish back to the Old World. Carmine has been worn by women for centuries—including Cleopatra, who used kermes carmine crushed in beeswax to create her iconic red lip—and because of its rarity, is vastly more expensive than synthetic coal and petroleum-based colorants used in most cosmetics. It is a true luxury of incredible beauty.
The sole pigment in Written in Blood Forbidden Lipstick, and an essential part of many other Rituel de Fille colors, carmine imparts a vibrant blood red of stunning depth unmatched by other dyes.