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Oils and Perfumes of Ancient Egypt Paperback – Oct 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: British Museum Press (Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714127035
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714127033
  • Product Dimensions: 21.4 x 14.9 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,195,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ancient Egyptians at all levels of society were extremely concerned with scent and cleanliness and used an array of aromatics and essential oils to suit all occasions, both in this life and the next. Joann Fletcher investigates the extensive evidence in artistic, literary and archaeological sources and provides a guide to various oils and perfumes favoured by the ancient Egyptians. She looks at where they came from, how they were produced and stored and at the different ways in which they were used - practical, therapeutic, social, religious and funerary. Finally she suggests a number of ways to indulge yourself in true ancient Egyptian style.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Victoria on 7 Feb. 2008
Format: Paperback
A good first step for people wanting to try and make the perfumes used by the ancients.
Includes recipes and all known names for ingredients, with alternatives.
A good value book, well researched and well written.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Meri Khem on 6 Jan. 2015
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This not a book it is just a glorified and expanded leaflet - all copied from another authors work.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful! 26 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I recently received this set as a gift. The oils are top quality and the little book included is quite facinating. I would highly recommend to anyone who is interested in aromatherapy and herbalism as well as the culture of the Ancient Egyptians
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Blissful experience 6 April 2010
By Christine J. Hayden - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The perfume of these products is unlike anything I have ever used. Being allergic to many perfumes, this was just a blissful experience. After an aromatherapy massage the perfume lingers for quite a while and people have asked me what perfume I am wearing. As I am researching ancient Eygptian therapies this was just a lovely surprise. I highly recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Lovely scented oils and book with history and ideas for use 9 Jan. 2013
By msleslie - Published on
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This set from the British Museum has three basic oils used widely in ancient Egypt and a high quality booklet with the history of that usage, with recipes and ideas for you to use. I love them, and have tried many of the ideas. Apparently Cleopatra perfumed different areas of her body and hair with different scents at the same time, which I have begun to emulate; cinnamon oil massaged into my feet, lotus oil lightly brushed through my hair - surrounding one's self with scent is so wonderful! It is a delightful, sensual learning experience!
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Brilliant Book 8 May 2014
By Amber - Published on
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Full of great factual information and interesting stories. Joanne Fletcher has a good writing style and a great deal of knowledge of her subject.
Five Stars 12 Jun. 2015
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