A controversial new research has suggested that Egypt’s greatest female pharaoh, Queen Hatshepsut, might have moisturized herself to death.
Researchers at the University of Bonn, Germany, found a highly carcinogenic substance in a flask of lotion housed at the University”s Egyptian Museum.
The vessel, which featured an inscription saying it belonged to Hatshepsut, was long believed to have held perfume.
“After two years of research, it is now clear that the flacon was a kind of skin care lotion or even medication for a monarch suffering from eczema,” Discovery News quoted the University of Bonn as saying in a statement.
The skin lotion”s ingredients included large amounts of palm and nutmeg oil, polyunsaturated fats that can relieve certain skin diseases, and benzopyrene, an aromatic and highly carcinogenic hydrocarbon.
“Benzopyrene is one of the most dangerous substances we know,” said pharmacologist Helmut Wiedenfeld.
“We have known for a long time that Hatshepsut had cancer and maybe even died from it,” said Michael Hoveler-Muller, the collection”s curator.
“We may now know the actual cause,” he added.