Born in 69 B.C.E., Cleopatra was the last and one of the most famous pharaohs of ancient Egypt. Both her love affairs and her beauty were well documented throughout the classical world by writers like Tacitus and Cassius Dio. You can replicate Cleopatra's milk bath, the source of her radiant skin, without costly ingredients or complex preparation.
Add milk powder, cornstarch, honey, sandalwood essence and vanilla extract into a small bowl. Mix well, using the wooden spoon.
Spoon the mixture on to the center of the cheesecloth square. Bring the four corners together and secure with the string to form a parcel.
Run a hot bath. Hold the cheesecloth parcel under the running tap, allowing the water to penetrate the mixture.
After the bath is ready, squeeze out any remaining mixture from the cheesecloth parcel. Swirl the mixture around in the tub. Bathe for 20 minutes to ensure that the ingredients soak into your skin.
- King's College: Cleopatra
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