Cleopatra is the ultimate example of beauty and brains. Not only was she a badass pharaoh who ran ancient Egypt, spoke over nine languages and formed alliances with Rome's Julius Caesar and Mark Antony, but she was well known for her stunning beauty and innovative self-care rituals. Her milk bath is the stuff of legends as was her glowing skin. She reportedly used donkey milk with honey, lavender and scattered rose petals to make for a decadent and luxurious skin soothing bath.

The queen, who believed she was the reincarnation of Egyptian goddess Isis, was definitely onto something considering that milk is an alpha hydroxy acid. Alpha hydroxy is found in so many products on the market today because it helps cleanse the skin, releases dead skin cells and acts as an exfoliant to reveal smooth, radiant, soft skin. Over time, alpha hydroxy can even effectively decrease the look of wrinkles and roughness. 

Lilac milk bath photoshoot model photography Annija Veldre deep purple spring

Why not take a cue from the ultimate boss babe and indulge in a luxurious bath this Valentine's Day. Just mix together 2 cups whole or powdered milk, 10-20 drops lavender essential oil, 1 cup epsom salts and/or sea salt, 1/4 cup of honey and a handful of dried roses. Mix together in a jar, add half a cup to your bath and voila, a soak fit for a queen! 

Cleopatra on the Terraces of Philae, 1896 by Frederick Arthur Bridgman (1847-1928), oil on canvas, 75x117 cm. 19th century.

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