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Perfume, Cosmetics and Hygiene in Ancient Egypt


Egyptians were very concerned with personal appearances and hygiene. Many copper mirrors, combs, tweezers, and perfumes have been found in their tombs. Egyptians shaved facial and body hair with copper razors. Priests shaved off all body hair as part of their religious rituals of cleanliness before the gods.


Egyptians were famous for their perfumes. Many of the perfumes were exported throughout the Mediterranean region. Ointments were used to protect the Egyptians from the hot sun. Gray, black, or green paint was used to highlight eyes. Eye makeup was used on females, males, and even children.



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