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Cleopatra's Beauty Secrets We Never Knew

By Catherine Santino 

Ancient Beauty Secrets: Cleopatra

Cleopatra is known throughout history as being an incredibly beautiful and charming woman. She often used these attributes in manipulating the people around her and getting her way from men. So, what are these ancient beauty secrets? How can we achieve Cleopatra’s flawless beauty today?

When it comes down to it, Cleopatra’s beauty regimen revolved mostly around completely organic, natural products such as:

Apple Cider Vinegar- 

This can be very beneficial in keeping the skin clear, preventing age spots, and warding off bacteria and skin infections. It may be a little harsh on the skin however, so it is best to dilute the vinegar before washing with it. Scarlett Johansson also swears by this! 

Sea Salt- 

Sea salt is perfect to exfoliate with, and something Cleopatra used to keep her skin smooth and flawless. Since it may be a little impractical to use actual sea salt like Cleopatra, a great alternative is Dead Sea Salt Scrub with Coconut Oil, which you can get in most drugstores for about $15.


this essential oil was often used by Cleopatra to keep her smelling fresh and clean. Simply a few drops is a lighter alternative than most perfumes (and much cheaper, too!) 

Natural nail polish-

Cleopatra used Henna to add an all natural pigment to her nails. Since this may be a little hard to come by for everyday use, there are tons of other all natural nail polish options. I would highly recommend Piggy Paint; it’s non-toxic, odorless, and eco-friendly, and is available in a variety of amazing shades! 

Henna tattoos


Honey is very soothing and nourishing to the skin. It is full of vitamins and minerals and can act as an incredibly hydrating face mask. Try mixing a teaspoon of honey, ¼ of an avocado, and a teaspoon of coconut oil and let it sit on your face for about 15 minutes.

The key to Cleopatra’s beauty routine is the use of natural ingredients. If we let the vitamins and minerals that exist naturally around us work their magic, we can see some amazing results. Try incorporating a few more natural products into your daily routine, or even create your own face masks or body scrubs using the contents of your fridge! Although ancient times are long in the past, getting back to beauty basics is a lesson we can learn over and over.

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