Normally I wouldn’t dream of using any sorma (kohl) other than what I purchased from an apothecary in the Esfahan bazaar (it’s real ithmid)…but I’m out of it, so recently I went into a shop here which sells a variety of sorma and asked to see them.
The seller kept recommending this one which had “ZamZam” water in it. Hmm, I was a bit skeptical, like how can ZamZam water be in it and really, if it’s real ithmid, it’s quite good to use regardless. But, the options he had was pretty limited, it was the ZamZam “infused” Kohl and some greasy stuff from Pakistan. Ive used the greasy stuff before but it usually hurts my eyes and Im wary of the Hasmi and other brands.
Hence I bougth the powered sorma with “ZamZam” in it. I asked the guy, does this have lead? He didnt understand me. There was another sorma option there, which was similar but didnt have “ZamZam” in it and wasnt from Mekkah so he told me to buy the ZamZam one, it’s better…according to him.
Ive used it and really, I can tell it’s not real ithmid, first it’s dark black and two when I put it on, it doesnt spread around, cleanse the eyes and then stick to the lashes as well as the real sorma I had from Esfahan. Plus real ithmid is not deep black, it’s like a dark greyish color and it sticks to the lashes and will last quite a long time, it also spreads all around the eyes cleaning out any dust. It burns as all heck when first put on, but it’s worth it because your eyes appear very clean afterwards.
So hmmm, is this one of the ones with lead in it? I might go back and purchase the other one. Or I might just wait until I go to Iran in late summer and have the hubby take me back to the Esfahan bazaar for more.
I just answered my own question…I found a picture of the exact sorma I bought which according to the NY Dept of Health it does contain lead. Oh Poo!!!
Can anyone type out something in Arabic stating that this one has lead so I can give it to the shop keeper…?