All Hail The Queen, Cleo.

Queen Cleopatra's name in Greek letters Cleopatra VII was the last & only female ruler of the Ptolemaic dynasty, in which she ruled Egypt at the age of 18 till her death at 39  - c 51 to 30 BCE.  She was one of the very few legendary woman that we talk about even today. She was highly intelligent, had a magnificent lifestyle, was beautiful and charismatic and also had a very interesting sexual life which most believe not only helped her save the throne but also managed to bring peace and prosperity to her nation.

Let's explore her royal practices - have a peek into Cleopatra ’s lifestyle?

A head-on shot of the Bust of Cleopatra at the Royal Ontario Museum

 

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Cleopatra is well-known  for her exquisite beauty. Have you ever wonder how exactly did she achieve such flawlessness? Not only from her luxurious usage of  cosmetics, but also ancient regimens that involves eating high quality health foods.

She adapt the famous Mediterranean diet, such as extra-virgin olive oil, light cheeses, legumes, grains & herbs.Olives were Cleopatra’s significant part of diet as well as figs, peaches, dates , grapes-both wine and fruit forms and beers in moderation. These superfoods support her overall skin health, consisting of anti-aging properties thus leaving a glowing and porcelain skin that every woman envy.

Queen’s Sweet Tooth:

Dulcis Coccora (sweet honey balls) is a famous ancient Egyptian dessert. It is believed to be Cleopatra’s favourite! This dish was named after her, till today if you visit an authentic Egyptian restaurant, this particular dessert is definitely a “MUST TRY”.

If the Queen of Egypt loved this,you have to try it no matter what!    *P.S - Here's how to make it.

Ancient Egypt Cleopatra's Dulcis Coccora

 

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Queen Cleopatra’s beauty intrigued many for centuries. She is one of the most famous figures of ancient times. How did she turn the heads of so many men?What are her beauty secrets? One of her beauty tips  was to sleep with a facial mask on, particularly a golden mask.

From various facials, treatments, body soaps to baths,Queen Cleopatra is a ultimate vain-pot. She loved her body, taking care of every aspect of it. Besides her attractive physical appearance, she is incredibly charming and intelligent as well which in turn adds up to being irresistible.

It was rumoured that Cleopatra wrote a book of her personal beauty tips & recommendations, such as her legendary homemade masks & treatment recipes. However, this book was lost/ destroyed, and only a number of Cleopatra’s wonderful secrets has been known in modern times.

Her Makeup Stash:

Cleopatra was obsessed with beauty and the idealised version of herself.

Her makeup were only made from natural whole ingredients, without any trace of chemicals.

She used red ochre as a natural pigment, for lipsticks & cheek stains. Kohl is used as eyeliner, in which Cleopatra draw as a winged eyeliner. Egyptians were the first purveyors of the Cat eye liner we all loved (and struggle with) so much.

Besides, she used burnt almonds to paint and fill out her brows. Egyptians were on top of the eyebrow game before it even got started.In addition, henna was also used to naturally dye her fingernails yellow/orange, and oils such as castor, sesame & moringa oil were applied to prevent wrinkles, thus preserving her everlasting youth.

Egyptian Papyrus-wearing makeup

This painting is a great example of some of the makeup Egyptians used

 

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Caesar giving Cleopatra the Throne of Egypt

Most of us believe that sex toys are insane objects that were created recently. However, did you know that Cleopatra used to own a solid gold dildo? Yes, it is rumoured that she got it as a gift from Julius Caesar. Cleopatra is said to have been a sexually active person.

Cleopatra’s infographic (sex toys)

Plutarch an ancient Greek historian said, “her own beauty so we are told was not of that incomparable kind which instantly captivates the beholder, but the charm of her presence was irresistible and there was an attraction in her person and her talk, together with a peculiar force of character which pervaded her every word and action and which laid all who were associated with her, under her spell.” Even though a couple of historians believe that Cleopatra was blessed with a very strong character, many believe that it was her sexuality that aided her growth and enabled her to attain such great power.

There has been many controversies about Cleopatra’s sexuality/sexual life and it is still excessively discussed and debated by historians today. Some assume that she used her sexuality to gain power and get her own way. They stand by it because they believed that she seduced two of Rome’s greatest generals, Julius Caesar and Mark Antony with political intentions and motivations.

Cleopatra and Mark Antony: Portrait of a Couple

It is also rumoured that Cleopatra used to have intimate relationships with over thousand people in less than ten days to become a high priestess thus fulfilling a sacred sexual ritual. She has also been accused of sleeping with her slaves and even killing men after having sex with them. Even though such accusations surfaced about Cleopatra, some historians believe that they were rumours spread by the Romans who wished to portray Cleopatra as a sexual predator or a prostitute to the rest of the world.

Limited tangible evidence and completely opposing views from dramas, poets, movies and historians have left us with a blurry image of Cleopatra’s actual image and also what type of person she really was.

In the midst of all these differing judgements about Cleopatra, we personally felt that there was no reason for Cleopatra to have taken her life after the death of her beloved, Mark Antony if she was sleeping around with many other men.  Some may rebut and claim that she took her life because she lost the political protection and support that Mark Antony was providing her with and that she did not know what to do after his death. We would like to add that she could have always seduced another General with her charisma and moved on with her life.

"The Death of Cleopatra," painted in 1892 by Reginald Arthur.

We hope to believe that Cleopatra was a powerful women who fought for her place in a male dominated era and her healthy lifestyle, beauty, character and seductive attitude were all tools that helped her climb her way to the top.