While keeping up with the latest fashion it’s easy to forget some things we wear every day – our skin and our hair. Taking a little advice from the world’s leading beauty icon, Cleopatra, we’ve done our research to put together 7 of her recipes for ageless beauty hacks.
With all the harsh chemicals introduced to beauty lines, we’ve gone back to the roots; the all-natural and raw ingredients that are easy to find and even easier to enjoy.
Milk & Honey Bath
It was known that Cleopatra often traveled with donkeys, but the reason why may not be as common. Her secret for glowing skin was a milk and honey bath. Using the milk of a young donkey with fresh honey and almond oil she kept her skin soft to the touch.
- ½ cup of honey
- 3 cups milk
- 5 tablespoons almond oil (olive oil may be substituted)
Directions: Mix half cup of honey with three cups of milk. Add five tablespoons of almond oil and pour mixture into warm bath. Say goodbye to dull, dry skin and hello to silky smooth!
Vitamin Face Cream
Cleopatra helped protect her skin from the damaging effects of the harsh desert sun with this little jar of magic. A face cream packed with vitamins and naturally healing and hydrating properties, it’s relief you can feel!
- 2 tablespoons of aloe vera juice
- 4 drops of rose essential oil
- 1 tablespoon of almond oil
- 3 – 4 tablespoons of beeswax
- 1 vitamin E capsule
Directions: Heat beeswax and almond oil until substance liquefies. Do not boil. Add aloe vera juice, rose essential oil, and liquid from vitamin E capsule. Mix thoroughly. Refrigerate to cool. When cool, pour into glass container and store in fridge. Enjoy your vitamin packed face cream up to
Apple Cider Vinegar Face Rinse
Vinegar helps promote blood circulation in the small capillaries that irrigate the skin, which help regulate pH levels. Cleopatra knew the benefits of vinegar as a face rinse thousands of years ago, and lucky for us we can enjoy them even today.
- ¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1 bowl of warm water
Directions: Starting with a clean face, pour the apple cider vinegar into the bowl of warm water. Splash face thoroughly with the rinse and let face air-dry. This can be enjoyed as part of your morning routine or before bed.
Thousands of years ago Cleopatra experienced the same hair damaging effects we see today from sun exposure. Lucky for us, she found the secret weapon to combat dry and damaged hair with two simple ingredients
- 3 tablespoons of honey
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil
Directions: Mix honey and olive oil. Apply substance to freshly washed hair and let sit for 10 – 15 minutes, then rinse. Treatment can be repeated weekly to enjoy continued benefits of shiny, healthy hair!
Beauty Queen Body Scrub
Following a milk and honey bath, Cleopatra would massage her body with an amazing, natural body scrub. This exfoliating technique encourages skin cell rejuvenation and was the secret behind her flawless complexion and soft skin.
- 2 tablespoons of sea salt
- 3 tablespoons of thick cream (natural, flavor free cream)
Directions: Mix sea salt with cream and gently massage skin in circular motions. Let scrub sit five minutes, then rinse. Feel the instant benefits of the sea salt gently exfoliating your skin!
Rose Water Facial Toner
It’s been said that Cleopatra knew the seductive powers of roses and often had her living quarters lined with beautiful rose bouquets. Her love for these fragrant flowers extended in to her beauty regimen for their healing and beautifying qualities, as well as natural perfume.
- 2 – 3 fresh, pesticide-free roses
- Distilled water
- Cooking pot
Direction: Remove rose petals from stems and rinse to remove any dirt. Place petals in a pot and pour just enough distilled water to cover them. Cover pot and simmer on low. Simmer until petals have lost all of their color. Strain rosewater into bowl and place in refrigerator to cool. Once
cooled, pour rose water into spray bottle.
Each morning and night lightly mist rose water onto your face and enjoy the naturally hydrating and nourishing properties of your homemade toner. Run out of makeup primer? Your rose water toner is the perfect substitute, allowing foundation to glide flawlessly on your skin. As an added bonus, the natural fragrance will leave you smelling like a rose garden!
Luxurious Hair Rinse
Cleopatra’s secret to beautiful locks can be found in almost any kitchen – egg. High in protein which promotes hair growth, egg also contains lecithin, which naturally helps with the separation of oil from the scalp.
- 3 eggs
Directions: Crack three eggs in a bowl and scramble. Use egg mixture in place of shampoo and massage into scalp. Continue working lather all the way to the ends of your hair. Rinse and repeat if desired.