Tuesday, 7 August 2012


Aromatic Allure

It was claimed that Queen Cleopatra of Egypt bathed several times a day . She was said to have loved the scent of rose , sandalwood and orange blossom . These oils were added to her bath , along with asses milk , while aromatic incenses burned day and night in her palace . She wore floral fragrances such as patchouli , jasmine and ylang ylang on her body , and she adorned her clothes with garlands of fresh flowers . When Cleopatra seduced the Roman Emperor Julius Caesar , she was delivered to him hidden within a rolled up carpet ,  which had been dowsed with her favourite essential oils . When the carpet was unrolled she landed at his feet . The visual and olfactory effect of this must have been highly intoxicating for the surprised Emperor.

Pic: Cleopatra by Alphonse Mucha

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