Ancient Egyptian Inventions You May Not Know About

The ancient Egyptians are credited for some of the most amazing feats in art, architecture, warfare and pretty much every aspect of learning there is. What's more, interestingly, a considerable lot of these antiquated Egyptian innovations are characteristically identified with individual cleanliness, well-being, and even fashion.

Hieroglyphs Ancient Egypt

Eye-Make Up

While considered as a real part of one of the stylish (and rather ageless) ancient Egyptian innovations, the extent of the eye cosmetics, in any case, went past as just a fashion statement. Perhaps developed by around 4000 BC, such cosmetics were not restricted to the ladies. Moreover, unique facial make-ups additionally mirrored the status of the individual, with honorable women tending to make more use of diverse shades and balms to gain some form of societal recognition. What's more is that Egyptians believed that the kohl of their eye shielded them from different diseases and the proverbial ‘evil eye’.


The early types of tables were utilized by ancient Egyptians, however, not as items for dining or writing. One of the Egyptian innovations in the domain of furniture, such tables (or proto-tables) were essentially a fancy way of putting away things and keeping them far from the floor. After some time, few of the furniture evolved to four-legged, three-legged and even one-legged tables. Some of these rare examples, generally made of wood (yet others made of stone and metal) were then used for dining and also for gaming purposes.

Breath Mint

From individual appearance to individual cleanliness, one of the "coolest" antiquated Egyptian inventions is the breath mint. While dental cleanliness was presumably not high on an ancient Egyptian's priority list, many of them, needed to manage bad teeth because of their dietary choices such as foods that included nectar and later even sugar.

With that being said, bad breath was an issue, particularly for the nobles and royals who viewed themselves as 'divine'. The solution to this very mortal problem was breath mint, produced using a blend of myrrh, cinnamon, and frankincense. These ingredients were regularly bubbled together in a honey base and afterward molded into pellets for easy consumption.


While the prior section dealt with freshening one's breath, one of the interesting ancient Egyptian creations may have been the toothpaste itself. With that in mind, the world's most known formula for a toothpaste originates from Egypt, however, the papyrus itself is just dated from fourth century AD and unmistakably displays a Greek content. Nevertheless, as indicated by the record, the antiquated cleaning agent for their magnificent pearly whites is made up of one drachma (one-hundredth of an ounce) of rock salt, one drachma of mint, and one drachma of the dried iris flower, all blended with around 20 grains of pepper.

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