Cleopatra, the last Queen of Ancient Egypt will be forever remembered, not just for being one of the most powerful women on earth, not just for her daring and adventurous spirit, not just for her talent at languages and negotiating skills but also for her astounding beauty.
I grew up hearing about ancient Egypt and have always been fascinated by the Kings and Queens, Gods and Goddesses of the time. Cleopatra was considered a woman of unearthly beauty, the siren of the Nile, the handmaiden to the Gods.
Join me on a journey to travel back in time to find the Goddess within and to discover some of Cleopatra’s beauty secrets for ourselves.
Cleopatra’s Coconut Cream Body Wash
Bar of Organic Goat or Donkey Soap
Jar of Organic Coconut Oil, around 500 grams
Tin of Organic Coconut Milk
Sweet Almond Oil, 2-3 Tablespoons
20-30 Drops Essential Oil, I used Vanilla and Chamomile but Cleopatra was known to love Rose
Vitamin E oil
- Grate or finely chop the bar of soap into flakes
- Place the soap flakes and the coconut oil in a glass bowl for a saucepan of water to create a double boiler effect
- Simmer the water until the soap and coconut oil are fully melted
- Allow to cool to room temperature
- Stir in the coconut milk gently
- Add the Almond Oil, Vitamin E Oil and your chosen essential oils
- Stir until you are happy with the scent and consistency, it should be smooth but not too liquidly
- Pour into sterilized glass containers with lids
- To use, simply slip some of the cream wash into your palm and pour over your wet skin and gently massage it all over your body.
- You can use the cream in both the shower and the bath, enjoy bathing like a Queen! 🙂
Another recipe for a milk bath is shown below:
Cleopatra often used Goats milk or Asses Milk [Donkey milk] and honey to bathe in. It believed to be one of her beauty secrets of eternal youth.
Body Scrub of Beauty Queen
The handmaidens of Cleopatra used to massage her body with this amazing and totally natural body scrub.
You will need: 2 table spoons of sea salt and 3 table spoons of thick cream, I would recommend Coconut, Oat or Dairy.
Mix sea salt with cream and gently rub your body with it in circular motions. Make sure to leave this scrub to sit on your skin for at least 5 minutes, then rinse.
This scrub will gently exfoliate your skin and make your body feel smooth and soft like heaven!
Warm Oil Hair Mask
Cleopatra used deep conditioning treatments to make her hair look shiny and silky, one warm oil treatment:
Mix 2 table spoons of olive oil with 2 table spoons of castor oil, warm the oils gently up over low heat in a glass bowl over a saucepan of water and then massage the mix onto your scalp and the full length of your hair.
Put on your shower cup and then towel, wait for 30 minutes or for a few hours for a more intense effect.
Wash and condition your hair, as usual. Oil treatments have an amazing effect when done regularly.
Cleopatra’s Oatmeal Face Wash
One of the beauty secrets of Cleopatra is that she loved using oatmeal to cleanse her skin. Many soaps nowadays can be harsh and irritating for the skin, especially, for sensitive skin. Oatmeal can not only cleanse the skin, eliminating the dirt and slightly exfoliating, but also, it’s moisturizing and nourishing.
To cleanse the skin using oatmeal – mix oats with warm water in a bowl and wait until oats get soft, then, gently massage soft oatmeal all over your face for about a minute, making sure that the temperature of your homemade face wash is comfortable to touch.
Rinse your skin with warm and then, cold water and enjoy soft, cleansed and moisturized skin.
I shall be looking at the varied natural remedies, recipes and cosmetics of different countries around the world from Turmeric Milk to Spices in India, Green Tea Cheesecake to Rice Wine in Japan, Tea Tree Oil to Yarrow Root extract in Australia, Native American Herbs to New York Green Living in America, Olives to Yoghurt in Greece, Bread Soda to Daisies in England, Argan oil in Morocco, Dead Sea Salt in Israel and Seaweed to Nettles in Ireland. It’s going to be a whirlwind wind tour and I don’t know about you but I can’t wait! 🙂
Blessed Be. X