Women and vanity have always gone hand-in-hand. The women of ancient history had some fascinating methods for beautifying themselves. Indeed, archaeologists have been known to find the remains of bodies clutching make-up, beauty tools in graves and detailed beauty manuals from bygone times.
Among many fascinating beauties, a gem birthed by the Nile; Cleopatra’s beauty legend has lasted eons. Even the greatest ruler like Julius Cesar was not spared from her beauty. The Egyptian Queen turned beautification into an art and many of Cleopatra’s beauty routine techniques are still in use today. Luckily, her beauty secrets are documented, making it possible for women everywhere to test them and create that same seductive beauty that made her a legend.
From bathing in milk and basking in eyeliner to the multitude of oils and creams that lathered her body, Cleopatra had an army of beautifiers, wig-makers, perfumers, sandal-makers and royal wardrobe guardians to maintain the Queen’s high standards. Her lifestyle was opulence deluxe. Beside that, she had some beauty tricks which are very affordable for you, that will help you a lot for sure.
So, here are some secrets ingredients of seductive Queen Cleopatra. Milk and honey bath
Cleopatra’s most famous beauty secret was her ritual of bathing in donkey milk and honey. Both of these ingredients soften the skin and exfoliate naturally. Make your own by adding two cups of milk and 1/2 cup of honey to your bath water. Adding rose petals will leave you smelling fresh and sweet.
Cleopatra loved to use oatmeal to clean and exfoliate her skin. While many modern soaps are harsh on the skin, oatmeal is known for its moisturizing and nourishing qualities. Add oatmeal to your bath water or combine it with hot water, and massage it over your skin.
Exfoliating with sea salts
Cleopatra’s radiant skin was thought to have been achieved through a combination of sea salt and olive oil, which moisturize and exfoliate.
Heavy cream face mask
Much like her milk and honey bath, Cleopatra used a combination of cream and honey to nourish and rehydrate her skin. Try this yourself by mixing 2 tablespoons of cream with 1 tablespoon of honey. Apply it to your face and after letting it sit for about 10 minutes, rinse it off with warm water.
White clay mask
Cleopatra’s natural clay mask provided a toning and lifting effect on her skin. You can make your own, but don’t leave the clay on longer than 5-10 minutes, as it can be very drying for the skin.
Almond oil for youthful skin
Cleopatra used almond oils as part of her skin\care regimen. She was obviously onto something, as almond oils contain mandelic acid, which is found in many modern chemical peels.
Rose water facial toner
The Egyptian Queen loved to use rose water, which makes the skin soft and smooth, as a natural facial toner. You can achieve the same results by wiping your face with rose water in the morning and evening, or by putting it in a spray bottle and spraying it on your face throughout the day as needed.Apple cider vinegar
Cleopatra was known to use apple cider vinegar as a face rinse/toner, a beauty secret that is still highly popular today.
Moisturizing with aloe vera
Aloe vera is known to be a soothing serum for the skin. Cleopatra combined it with honey to make the ultimate face mask.
Honey and oil hair repair
Mixing honey and castor oil and letting it soak into her hair was how Cleopatra kept her hair soft, strong and shiny.
Coloring with natural henna
Cleopatra painted her fingernails reddish brown using natural henna. She also used henna, mixed with juniper berries and other plants, to dye her hair the exact color she desired.
Fragrant essential oils
Rose, frankincense, cypress, neroli and myrrh essential oils—all aphrodisiacs—were some of Cleopatra’s most favored fragrant perfumes.
Celery and hemp eye serum
Although cucumber is the go-to natural eye solution today, Cleopatra used a mix of celery and hemp to great effect to keep her eyes looking bright and healthy.