Bicarbonate of Soda – used in body care in ancient Egypt

Ancient Encyclopaedia writes:

“Women in ancient Egypt placed great value on personal appearance, hygiene and grooming. Egyptian women (and men) bathed a number of times a day in a soda-mix with water (the Egyptians had no knowledge of soap). Henna was used to dye the hair, nails and even the body. Unlike other cultures of the time (Greece, for example) women could cut their hair short if they liked and many women shaved their heads and wore wigs. Tomb paintings depict the deceased in the latest fashions in wigs, clothing, and makeup. Cosmetics were not considered a luxury but a necessity for daily life and many examples of makeup, perfume and toiletry items are found in tombs.”

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