Cleopatra - An Enduring Royal
Posted on September 10 2017
Cleopatra VII (C. 69 - 30 BC), often simply called “Cleopatra,” was the last of the Ptolemies, who ruled Egypt for nearly 300 years. She was also the last true pharaoh of Egypt.
Modern-day depictions of her tend to portray a woman of great physical beauty and seductive skills — indeed, her romantic involvements with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony have been immortalized in art, music and literature for centuries. However, a number of ancient records, as well as recent historical research, tell a different story. Rather than simply a seductress, they tell of an intelligent, multilingual, female ruler who affirmed her right to rule Egypt and other territories.
Her “own beauty, as they say, was not, in and of itself, completely incomparable, nor was it the sort that would astound those who saw her; but interaction with her was captivating, and her appearance, along with her persuasiveness in discussion and her character that accompanied every interchange, was stimulating,” wrote the philosopher Plutarch.
Cleopatra was royalty in the classic sense - she was daring, confident, unapologetic - and its perhaps more natural to demonstrate these qualities when you have grown up among Pharaohs. But not all pharaohs are household names in the 21st century. In fact, how many can you name other than her? There were 170 pharaohs in ancient Egypt - but Cleopatra remains the most recognizable of all. As mentioned above, Plutarch attributed her influence, her desirability, and her seductiveness, to the innate charisma and exceptional intellect that she possessed. Additionally, she knew a thing or two about self-care. Even if you haven’t given ancient Egypt a single thought since high school history, you could probably name a few of her preferences in lotion, perfume, make up, or skin care.
How staggering is that? Two thousand years later, we are still familiar with her famous look, her jewelry, her make-up, her love affairs. We may not be as familiar with her military strategy and ingenious (sometimes ruthless) manner of ruling, but its her complex totality that has made her the most remembered face of ancient Egypt.
We have curated a special box this month, sending you Cleopatra’s favorite self care rituals, hoping you channel some of her best characteristics in yourself.
Firstly, The Cleopatra Vegan Milk Bath - Open your box this month and this is probably the first thing you smell - so amazing! We have to give a shout out to C&C Apothecary for keeping us involved in the creation of this product. They sent us photos of herbs drying and milk bath packaging- we knew we were getting a quality, handmade item. This bath is incredibly relaxing and soothes skin. The ground orange peel, lavender flowers, and rosemary create an energizing scent, helping to alleviate anxiety and focus the mind. Specifically, orange peels open the senses and awaken the spirit, providing energizing and motivating effects. Rosemary is a wonderful memory agent, and lavender helps to soothe stress and anxiety, also helping the mind and body to recalibrate. Indulge your queenly side with this special treat.
Next, we can’t wait for you to try the Neroli Shimmer Spray by YesOrganic Boutique in Albuquerque, NM. Neroli was reportedly Cleopatra’s favorite perfume, and no wonder. Aside from its beautiful fragrance, it is a natural aphrodisiac. It instills confidence and dispels feelings of anger. It is soothing to the nervous system and can be used to ease panic. We really enjoyed working with Indigo at Yes Organic, she put a lot of heart into creating these natural, earth friendly sprays for you to luxuriate in.
What is hiding in the blue jewelry box? Can you believe this resplendence of this thing? Handmade by the lovely artisans at Wristicuffs - the Swarovski crystal scarab hangs delicately on a 14K GF chain. The scarab hieroglyph, Kheper, signifies various ideas of existence, manifestation, development, growth, and rebirth. The beetle itself was a favorite symbol in all periods of Egyptian history The scarab-beetle god Khepera was believed to push the sun through the sky everyday. We appreciate so much, the effort of Wristicufffs to hear our ideas for a Cleopatra piece, and bring those ideas to life with this amazing necklace.
Nourish your inner Cleopatra with the Buddha Teas Organic Hibiscus Tea. Allegedly, Cleopatra adored hibiscus tea, believing it to enhance her legendary beauty. This jewel of the herbal tea world is also an excellent source of essential micronutrients. Hibiscus is known to have high amounts of vitamin C, and offers other natural antioxidants. It contains a number of active constituents, including citric acid, the source of its refreshing tangy taste. Pectin, flavonols, anthocyanins, sterols and mucilage are all found in hibiscus. All of these elements together create even more reasons to indulge in a fresh cup of hibiscus tea. Equally delicious hot or over ice.
AND FINALLY - Making the whole experience completely regal. The Le Boom. Cleopatra was known to HAVE. IT. ALL. And thats exactly what you get with this ingenious toy. Three vibrating points, powered by three separate motors, and 10 different functions! This imperial machine can be used for clitoral, g-spot (or p-spot on a male partner) and posterior stimulation. USB rechargeable, waterproof, and made with body safe silicone. There is essentially no situation that the Le Boom cannot enhance, it will definitely earn a spot among your very favorite of all erotic aids.
While there were many aspects of Egyptian life that would not be popular today, we like to think of Cleopatra as a woman of Heart + Honey caliber - unapologetically intellectual, confident in her sexuality, and self assured in all facets of her life. This Heart + Honey box celebrates Cleopatra VII with some of her most legendary self care secrets curated carefully for you .
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