Cleopatra Claim du Jour

Inter alia:

In the ancient times, honey was not only used for culinary purposes but also for embalming the dead and in some accounts, honey was used instead of gold to pay taxes. For Queen Cleopatra, honey was a vital supplement to preserve her beauty. She used it for facials as well as in bathing where honey acted as a very effective moisturizer.

Source? Is there some ancient collection of Cleopatra’s beauty secrets? Most claims seem to fall into that category, despite questions about Cleo’s beauty in reality …

Roman Toothpaste?

From the Huffington Post:

We probably don’t know exactly when a substance was first used on teeth. But research suggests that the Ancient Egyptians first developed a dental cream as far back as 3000-5000 BC. This dental cream was comprised of powdered ashes from oxen hooves, myrrh, egg shells, pumice, and water the actual “toothpaste” was likely a powder at first, with the water probably added at the time of use. And while it probably tasted terrible, it likely provided a somewhat minimum level of tooth cleaning, at least in a “scraping away the bad stuff” sense.

Later, in Greece and Rome, we see more abrasives being added to the powder mixture, like crushed bones and oyster shells. More cleaning power, for sure, but still, the taste… Well, maybe it’s not so bad. We know the Romans added flavoring, perhaps to help with bad breath and to make their paste more palatable. This flavoring was more or less powdered charcoal and bark I’m not sure how tasty powdered charcoal really is, though.

via Thomas P. Connelly, D.D.S.: The History of Toothpaste: From 5000 BC to the Present.

Source??? At least they don’t take Spaniards in Catullus as indicative of Roman practice …