Beauty Rituals of Ancient Egypt


Recently I visited the Natural History museum in Houston, TX and found myself moving slowly through the Egypt exhibit. I was stunned by the artistry that the Egyptians threaded through all of their creations.

The sarcophagi, painted with a unique mix of colors and symbols, seemed to to contain a magic power. The artifacts that had been placed in the ancient burial tombs had a craftsmanship that you rarely see among the everyday objects of our time. It was obvious that they were not only designed to be pretty, but were crafted for spiritual reasons.

Sadigh Gallery’s Ancient Egyptian Cosmetic Jar | Carved from a single piece of limestone, this jar was used to store kohl, an ancient form of eye cosmetic.

I was drawn to the displays of pots, bowls and jars that would have contained cosmetics and toiletries. It became clear that the daily act of caring for and beautifying the body was a sacred ritual for the ancient Egyptians.

I was reminded of an article that I had read long ago by Judith Illes called Beauty Secrets of Ancient Egypt. In the article Illes writes: “For the ancient Egyptians, beauty, magic and medicine were inseparable.” Taking care of and adorning one’s body was, for the Ancient Egyptians, a sacred spiritual act.

I believe that there is power in all of our daily rituals, especially if one adds intention into them. If you are trying to imbue your physical body with beauty, then having the right attitude about the simple act of cleansing your face or brushing your teeth can activate a beauty magic that begins to create the physical results you desire.

Inspiring music, a fine brush, and the burning of incense are capable of transforming your daily routine into something quite powerful…especially if they inspire you.