"Kohl" ( kuhl, kahal, or kohol) is a black substance used by the women of Ethiopia as eyeliner and eye shadow.
Apart from making the eyes look brighter and larger, kohl was once believed to have value as a protection against eye disease.
It's blackness also controls the sun's glare , and thus it is used by both men and women of the desert area.
Kohl is powdered antimony, a brittle metallic elementary body of bright bluish-white color and flaky crystalline texture. ESB Secret organics prepares and sells both light and darker grades of kohl of fine quality.
The "kohl" pencils used in modern makeup are a completely different item and should not be applied in the manner the powder is applied, next to the eye.