Blue Lotus Ancient Egyptian Perfume Recipe
The Egyptians were well known to have used perfumes to mask the body odor that would accompany the hot humid climate. The Egyptians use the hot enfleurage technique. This age old technique involves heating solid fats and stirring in botanicals like rosemary, lavender, myrrh, frankincense, juniper, aloe and rose. The botanicals are repeatedly strained from the fat and replaced with fresh material until the fat is saturated with fragrance. The hot enfleurage technique is considered the oldest known practice for preserving a fragrance scent. The end result is the enfleurage pomade. The pomade would be rubbed onto the hair, behind the ears, wrists, front inner hip area and the posterior knee area. The essences of our pomades were always meant to co-mingle with the body chemistry and because of that may be unique to each individual.
According to the Egyptian Hieroglyphs the coveted fragrance of Cleopatra was the sweet intoxicating floral scent of the blue lotus. It is often referred to as “cannabis of Ancient Egypt.” The lotus symbolizes the purity of the spiritual life of man. If you vision the flower in it’s natural environment, the flowers with their roots in the water while the flower floats above soaking in the sunlight. The Egyptians believed it could transform the soul to rise above it’s earthly space to the presence of Ra, the sun god as known as the bringer of light. In fact the blue lotus was found scattered over burial tomb of Ramesses II and also over Tutankhamen’s body when the Tutankhamen’s tomb was opened in 1922.
The blue lotus was primarily sacred to the Pharaohs because it gave hallucinogenic or entheogenic properties. The ancient Egyptians also consumed the blue lotus by including the lotus flowers in their wine. This was considered a shamanic ecstasy or positive mood enhancing practice as the blue lotus has unique alkaloids, which are alcohol soluble (and not water soluble).
However the ancient Egyptians included mercury and arsenic in the ox or ass fat to preserve the perfume. In today’s modern times these toxic ingredients have been eliminated. Today you can preserve the perfume by simply using alcohol.
Lotus absolutes are my favorite floral by far. It is also complements well with ginger, white pepper or lemon blossoms. Unfortunately lotus absolutes are extremely expensive, but well worth it. Once you smell the blue lotus you’ll understand why it’s so amazing. And just to be up front, the process takes four weeks to get the lasting scent.
Just to give you a little background on perfume making, each of the notes used to make the perfume work together and are called a “chord.”
A chord is composed of a base note, a heart note, and a head note.
- The base note is the one that lasts the longest and is usually something like vanilla, Cedarwood, amber, oak moss, frankincense, patchouli, musk and sandalwood. Start your recipe with this note first. The base notes are the final fragrance notes that appear once the top notes are completely evaporated.
- The heart note is the middle note, which is generally floral like blue lotus, jasmine, rose, geranium, lemongrass, lavender, nutmeg and ylang ylang. Add this note to the base note.
- The head note is the strong smell that hits you right out of the bottle. It’s often referred to as the opening or top note however they do evaporate quickly. Examples of dead notes include orange, lemon, bergamot, peppermint, verbena, niaouli, cinnamon, ravensara, grapefruit, sage and basil, Over time, you will notice the scent changes, melts even, into the heart and base notes. For your recipe this note will be added last.
2 parts base: 1 part heart: 1 part head: 1-2 parts carrier oil
40 drops base + 20 drops heart + 20 drops head + 20 drops carrier oil = 100 drops total
(Every milliliter of liquid is around 20 drops with a pipette or glass dropper).
Allow a week for the oils to mix properly and store in a cook, dark place. After a week, add in the alcohol and allow this mixture to meld together for a month in a cool dark place.
Blue Lotus Ancient Egyptian Perfume Recipe Ingredients:
- 2 milliliters of frankincense (base note)
- 1 milliliter of blue lotus absolute (heart note)
- 1 milliliters of cinnamon (head note)
- 2 milliliters of sweet almond oil (carrier oil)
- 4 ounces of non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) spiced rum
Blue Lotus Ancient Egyptian Perfume Recipe Tools you’ll need:
Make sure you obtain a 7-ounce opaque glass bottle, 4 pipettes or glass droppers for each of the oils as well as a way to label your bottle like a sticker or tag.
Blue Lotus Ancient Egyptian Perfume Recipe Process:
- Mix all oils together into the opaque glass bottle start with the frankincense, then the blue lotus absolute, then cinnamon and finish with sweet almond oil. Let this mixture stay in the bottle alone for a week to let scents meld. Shake the bottle gently to every day.
- Add a sticker to label the perfume and date created.
- Add the non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms) spiced rum and ensure the cap is on tight.
- Shake gently place in a cool, dark place for at least three weeks. This is optional but helps the alcohol scent fade and the scents of the oils intensify.
Lotus absolutes are my favorite floral by far. Use can also try it with some ginger, white pepper or lemon blossoms. I think you might find this scent just as amazing as the Ancient Egyptians!