We often can learn a lot about ancient history rituals from around the world. Nowadays we have many added ingredients to our skincare products. Some that can harm us and others that are not necessary. Let’s take a look back in history at one of the most notorious women when it comes to skincare.
I don’t always make my own products to use, I typically buy them. However, I am picky about the ingredients and try and get ones that are plant-based with minimal ingredients.
When I do a detox with food I also like to do a detox of products as well. I have chronic migraines and most scented products I can no longer handle. I have to have either naturally scented or scent-free products.
That is why Cleopatra’s skincare routine is perfect because it is all organic and natural and no additives. Here are five of the very well-known beauty secrets that we still use today.
One of the skincare routines that Cleopatra used was milk from 700 donkeys and honey. She would mix this together and put it on her face.
Obviously getting 700 donkeys milk would not be ideal nowadays and even buying donkey milk would be very expensive. As an alternative to making this, I use unsweetened coconut milk and organic honey with no additives. (I use locally made honey). Or if I have another type at home I will use that as well.
Making this you don’t need that much just a tablespoon of each, mix together, and put on your face. I like to leave on the mixture for 5-10 minutes and then use my hands to rinse my face off.
BONUS – MASK
If you want to make a mask just add enough white clay to this mixture leaving it like a watery muddy substance and add a dash of olive oil.
Cleopatras Skin Brightening Exfoliator
This is not one of my favorite ones, this actually drys my face out. Learned my lesson about using this one during the winter months. However, if you would like to use this all you need is baking soda and water and let it dry on your skin before washing it off.
You don’t need that much to make this exfoliator just take 1/2 tsp of baking soda mix it with just a little bit of water to make it into a paste-like substance. Rub on your face exfoliating your skin. Once you are finished exfoliating let it dry and then rinse the mixture off with lukewarm water, and pat dry your face.
(For sensitive skin: be careful I ended up breaking out a little with this)
Cleopatra’s hydrating leave-on mask
Typically this is used for sunburns but aloe vera has many properties that benefit the skin naturally.
This one is really simple all you need is to cut a leaf off of your aloe vera plant, slice the leaf in half, scoop out the jelly-like substance, and rub it on your face.
You can actually leave this on for as long as you want. It not only hydrates the skin, makes it softer, cools the skin but it is so lightweight that you cant tell that it is even on.
Just remember you do not need a large leaf just about two inches or so to rub on your face, neck, and down your décolleté.
Cleopatra Anti Wrinkle/Aging
Even though some of the ancient organic items may be hard to get that are pure or they might be extremely expensive to purchase.
You can improvise and add in other organic ingredients. Cleopatra used bitter almond oil and frankincense. You don’t need to add that much since you don’t want to be too oily. Just add enough to rub into your skin.
There was a flower that she used with this but we don’t know exactly which one. If you want to add in a flower I would suggest making rose water. You can also use the remaining rose water for another skincare product to mist on your face alone. Sort of like a toner.
Cleopatra’s Salt Scrub
Cleopatra used dead salt from the sea, and not all of us have access to this. It is also very expensive to purchase. I use either regular salt or Himalayan salt.
In a small bowl add 1 tsp honey, 1 tsp baking soda, and 1 tsp of sea salt with a dash of water. Enough water that the mixture isn’t too wet and not too dry.
I like to put this mixture on my elbows and knees and feet where the skin is rougher than usual or very dry and cracked.
You can also make enough so that you can use it as an exfoliator with the whole body. If salt is too coarse just replace it with sugar.
The Last Thing You Need to Know About Making Cleopatra’s Products
There are so many other recipes to make such as the milk and honey bath, facial toner, henna, and so much more!
Let me know in the comments below what ancient secrets you like using best and how often you use them.
Check out the youtube video on Cleopatra’s ancient history beauty secrets.