Beauty secrets of Cleopatra
Beauty of Queen Cleopatra intrigued many men and women for centuries. She is one of the most famous figures of antique times and her fame stays alive up until now. What was her secret? How she could turn so many heads of men? Why her personality is surrounded by legends? What are the beauty secrets of Cleopatra?
Well, some say that she was acquainted with subtile skills of seduction, was very intelligent, could play instruments and dance, she could “shoot” with her eyes and had an amazing voice, but this is not everything.
Obviously, Cleopatra was very exceptional woman and she loved herself, but she also knew how to use beauty secrets of her time. One of her famous beauty secrets was to sleep with a golden mask on her face, but today, we’ll talk about some other, more affordable beauty tips that Queen Cleopatra took advantage of.
So what are Cleopatra beauty tips?
1. Cleopatra’s bath of milk and honey
One of the most famous beauty secrets of Cleopatra was “milk and honey” bath. Cleopatra used to mix milk of a young donkey with fresh honey and almond oil. It’s known that while traveling, she used to take couple of donkeys with her, in case if anytime she wanted to take a bath. We won’t start doing the same, but we can somehow imitate this beauty secret of “eternal youth” from the famous Queen.
To prepare the milk and honey bath, mix half cup of honey with 3 cups of milk and add 5 tablespoons almond oil (you can use olive oil instead), then pour this substance into your bath and enjoy gentle and soft skin!
2. Body scrub of beauty Queen
For better effect of the milk and honey bath, the servants of Cleopatra used to massage her body with amazing, natural body scrub.
You will need: 2 table spoons of sea salt and 3 table spoons of thick cream (natural, flavour free cream).
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!
3. Face cream of Cleopatra
Another beauty secret of Cleopatra is a special face cream.
You will need:
- 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice
- 4 drops of rose essential oil
- 1 tablespoon of almond oil
- 2 spoons of beeswax
Slowly heat the beeswax and almond oil till the substance gets liquid, but don’t boil it (you can vary the quantity of beeswax, the more of it you add – the thicker your cream will be). Add aloe vera juice and rose essential oil, mix thoroughly.
(Optional: you can add vitamin E capsule into your cream). Let your cream cool down, pour it into a glass container and store in your fridge (it can last for about a week). All the ingredients are totally natural and filled with vitamins. Isn’t it amazing!
4. Refreshing facial mask of Cleopatra
One of the most famous beauty secrets of pretty Queen Cleopatra was making facial masks with the use of white clay. Here is similar to hers recipe that you can prepare at home using white clay, milk, honey and olive oil (or almond oil).
Mix 2 table spoons of white clay with 2 table spoons of milk, add 1 table spoon of honey and 1 table spoon of olive oil. Apply this mask on your face for 10-15 minutes and then, rinse with lukewarm water.
(You can store this mask in the fridge for a couple of days.) Your skin will feel amazingly refreshed and soft.
5. Antiseptic nourishing mask of Cleopatra
You will need:
- 1 Egg yolk
- Almond oil – 1 table spoon
- Honey – 1 tea spoon
Mix all the ingredients together and apply it on your face for 10-15 minutes. This mask is very refreshing and nourishing! Your skin will like it. (Only make sure you aren’t allergic to the ingredients of this mask)
6. Cleopatra’s natural shampoo
The secret of beautiful and luxurious hair of Cleopatra is hidden in natural ingredients, one of them is simple egg.
Wipe 3 eggs with water and wash your hair with this self-made, natural shampoo spreading it from the roots to the ends of your hair and then, rinse.
7. Warm oil hair treatment of Cleopatra
Cleopatra used deep conditioning treatments to make her hair look shiny and silky.
Another one of the beauty secrets of Cleopatra is warm oil treatment:
Mix 2 table spoons of olive oil with 2 table spoons of castor oil, warm the oils up over low heat and massage them into your scalp, spreading on the length of your hair. (Make sure that the oils are comfortable to touch when you apply them on yourself, because we want to be beautiful, not cooked :D).
Put on your shower cup and then – towel, wait for 30 minutes or 1 hour (some people even go to sleep with the oil treatment on their head, it might not be very comfortable, but the result is great!); then, wash and condition your hair, as usual. Oil treatments have an amazing effect when done regularly.
8. Cleopatra’s treatment for damaged hair
Mix 3 table spoons of honey with 1 table spoon of castor oil (if you don’t have castor oil – olive oil will do), apply this substance on your freshly washed hair and let it soak in for 5-15 minutes, then rinse. This natural hair treatment helps to repair damaged hair, giving it more shine and softness.
Let’s Look At Other Beauty secrets of Cleopatra…
Egyptian Queen Cleopatra loved her body; her hair were incredibly shiny and silky, her beautiful skin emanated sweet odors and her beauty “turned” men’s heads and made them fall deeply in love with her. Cleopatra could achieve such irresistible charm by taking a great care of her mind, body and soul: she loved to read, dance, play instruments and loved all kinds of creativity.
Not only Cleopatra was naturally very attractive and beautiful woman of her time, but also, she loved to take care of herself using various masks, treatments and baths. Many powerful men of that era were deeply in love with the Egyptian Queen Cleopatra, because of her beauty, charm and incredible intelligence.
Some resources confirm that Cleopatra wrote a book with recommendations and recipes of natural beauty masks and treatments for face, body, hair and overall well-being, but this book was lost or destroyed; only a small number of Cleopatra’s wonderful beauty secrets reached our time and generation. Let’s continue to talk about some of them today.
9. Cleopatra’s natural beauty soap
One of the beauty secrets of Cleopatra is: she loved using oatmeal to cleanse her skin. Many soaps nowadays can be harsh and irritating for the skin, especially, for a sensitive. 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 an 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 (make sure that the temperature of your homemade soap is comfortable to touch, we don’t want to be harsh using hot oatmeal mass on our face); while massaging, avoid eye area. Rinse your skin with warm and then, cold water and enjoy soft, cleansed and moisturized skin.
10. Cleopatra’s mask for cleansing and whitening the skin
Mix in a bowl 1 table spoon of thick, plain cream with 1 table spoon of white clay, 1 table spoon of honey and 1 table spoon of lemon juice. Apply this mask on your face for about 10 minutes and then, rinse with lukewarm water. Make sure you are not allergic to any of the ingredients before making this homemade beauty treatment.
This mask has antiseptic properties thanks to honey, lemon juice will help slightly whiten and brighten your skin and also, this homemade facial mask will naturally hydrate, rejuvenate and tighten your skin.
11. Hydrating and moisturizing mask of Cleopatra
This mask can easily and quickly turn dry and dehydrated skin into a “juicy peach”. Mix 2 table spoons of unflavored thick cream with 1 table spoon of liquid honey and apply it on your face and neck for about 10 minutes (make sure you are not allergic to the ingredients); rinse with lukewarm water. This “yummy” wonder mask can breath a new life into dull and dry skin, making it look refreshed and nourished.
12. Rejuvenating emulsion of Cleopatra
Cleopatra invented this emulsion herself. This homemade beauty treatment can help rejuvenate and hydrate the skin, adding youthful glow to the face. To prepare this treatment you will need a sterling silver bowl, pure thermal water, aloe Vera juice and honey. Pour 1 cup of thermal water into a silver bowl, add 2 table spoons of fresh aloe Vera juice (preferably coming directly from the plant) and add 1 table spoon of honey. Mix well all the ingredients, cover up your silver bowl with a lid and leave it to prepare for about 12 hours.
Wipe your face with this rejuvenating emulsion in the morning and, if you like, in the evening, using a cotton pad (you will need to rinse it with water); apply it on your face and neck and, when almost dry, reapply this treatment again, do it for about 5-10 minutes; or make a facial compress for about 5 minutes using washcloth and this emulsion; then, rinse with lukewarm water.
You can keep this emulsion in the fridge for about a week. This liquid mask can effectively breath youthfulness into your skin, rejuvenating and nourishing it.
13. White clay mask once a week
Cleopatra loved natural clays and knew how to use them for beauty. Here is a simple face mask that the Egyptian Queen loved: mix 2 table spoons of cosmetic white clay with 3-4 table spoons of pure thermal water until you obtain the paste.
Apply this mask on your face for 5-10 minutes, but don’t let it dry completely, because drying effect can be harsh on the skin. Then, rinse this mask off your face with lukewarm water.
White clay has antiseptic properties and is rich in minerals and micro elements that will help tone, lift, cleanse and rejuvenate your skin. Don’t make this mask more often than once a week.
14. Cleopatra loved to use rose water as a facial toner
Luckily, we can now buy rose water in almost any health food store or we can also prepare it ourselves. Wipe your face with rose water every morning and every evening; use it, as a natural face toner. Rose water will make your skin soft and smooth, naturally hydrating and nourishing it.
You can also spray rose water on your face during the hot summer day, it will help refresh and hydrate your skin, keeping it soft and supple. Rose water can be used on the face instead of makeup primer – your foundation will glide on your skin very smoothly and easily; wonderful odor is a great bonus!
15. Hydrating milk bath for your hands
Cleopatra loved taking a bath entirely filled with fresh milk of a donkey, for rejuvenation and softening of the skin. In the first part of this article we’ve already discussed how we can reproduce similar effect without filling the entire bath with the milk. But we can use milk bath to care for our hands.
Fill a big bowl with slightly warmed up milk (the temperature should be comfortable to touch), add 2 table spoons of honey and place your both hands into this bath for 10-20 minutes. Rinse your hands with lukewarm water and enjoy wonderfully soft and beautiful hands.
16. Invisible ingredient of beauty
Cleopatra knew that physical beauty can attract the eye (this is why she took such a good care of her skin and body), intellect can help become an interesting and skillful communicator (this is why Cleopatra loved to read books, learn new things and grow mentally), but she also knew about one invisible, yet important ingredient of feminine beauty – charm; she knew that, if you want to be irresistible and truly beautiful, it’s important to cultivate the inner confidence and inner charm of a true lady!
Try some of the above beauty tips and recipes for yourself and you will feel and look as pretty, as the beauty queen!
I hope you found these Beauty secrets of Cleopatra useful. Please feel free to share your own homemade beauty tips in the comment section below.