Their ingredients were actually pretty tasty

Part of the reason these long-lost embalming and burial perfumes smelled so delicious is most of their ingredients were actually pretty tasty. “Almost everything that the ancient Egyptians used in their perfume was edible,” Goldsmith says. “Perfumes in ancient Egypt were often very versatile. You could eat them, chew them, fumigate them, or wear them on your skin, hair and clothing.”

— Read more in Ancient Egyptians May Have Spiced Their Mummies: Most ingredients in embalming perfumes were good enough to eat at Atlas Obscura.


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