Thursday, 19 May 2011

Posh spice: How Cleopatra got a golden glow

I am not an expert on make-up tips - ancient or modern - but I have just found this intriguing beauty tip which was, apparently a favourite of Cleopatra. Her secret for a golden glow and the scent of romance was saffron.

That little tip comes courtesy of Kashmir Life. Kashmir is, of course, one of places where saffron is grown. Spain and Iran also produce saffron. Its use dates back to more than 3000 years and is mentioned in various historical documents found in the Mediterranean, Asian and European countries. The spice has been widely used for many centuries in industrial use, like in cosmetics, perfumes and facial creams, diary industry, alcohol industry and tobacco industry. 

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