Scents of Egypt Workshop Series KITS
Each workshop in the Scents of Egypt Workshop Series has the option to purchase a kit directly from the instructor Dora Roberta Goldsmith. Please contact her directly if this is something you would like to purchase in advance of the upcoming workshops.
Workshop 1: KYPHI
kAp.t in Egyptian or kyphi in Greek is a solid ancient Egyptian perfume. It is one of the first documented perfume recipes in the world, and one of the few surviving perfume recipe from ancient Egypt. With the Kyphi Kit you can make your own kyphi at home by following the ancient Egyptian kyphi recipe step-by-step.
The Kyphi Kit contents: All the ingredients to make kyphi, kyphi recipe (Dora's translation with the most up-to-date botanical identifications) and instructions
Price: 120€ + shipping
- PISTACIA RESIN
- PINE RESIN
- GUM ARABICUM
- JUNIPER BERRIES
- CYPRESS ROOTS
The exudation of the kyphi perfume mixture on fire served to purify and scent the air in one’s home, clean and perfume clothing, and it was even used as a chewing gum. As an olfactory adornment, kyphi served to enhance one’s appearance and to make them more attractive. The Kyphi Kit contains a bottle of my own kyphi, which will serve as a reference for your kyphi experiment.
(2) LIQUID KYPHI
The modern, liquid version of the ancient Egyptian perfume kyphi.
Workshop 2: TEMPLE
The Temple Kit is an advanced educational tool designed to introduce you to the olfactory world of ancient Egyptian temples. The collection includes 15 bottles: 14 individual scents that made up the smell of ancient Egyptian temples, and the “temple smell” itself, which is the reconstruction of the smell of ancient Egyptian temples in a bottle. The scents come with a description detailing the significance of each scent in the temple with quotes from ancient Egyptian sources.
The Temple Kit contents: 15 scents and article
Price: 150€ + shipping
- LOTUS FLOWERS
- CLOTHING DRENCHED IN LOTUS OIL
- FLORAL COLLAR
- FLOWER BOUQUETS
- ROAST MEAT
- VEGETABLES, FRUIT, HERBS
- TEMPLE SMELL
Workshop 3: LOVE MAKING
The Aphrodisiac Kit is an advanced educational tool dedicated to the scents of lovemaking and sexuality in ancient Egypt. You will learn about the gods that were related to love and sexuality through the sense of smell and the olfactory landscape of lovemaking in ancient Egypt.
Content: 8 scents, 1 phial, article
Price: 130€ + shipping
- AMUN: The creator god Amun had the power to create beings with his own body perspiration, which according the Egyptians smelled like incense.
- MIN: Min, the god of fertility, could not only create being with his sperm, but also with his sweat. His sacred plant was the fragrant Egyptian lettuce.
- HATHOR: Hathor, the goddess of beauty, love, music, dance, intoxication, and perfume oils and unguents, was also the goddess of one of the most important scents in ancient Egypt: myrrh. It was believed that Hathor intoxicated people and made them fall in love with each other with her own scent.
- MANDRAGORA: The mandragora or mandrake, or rmm.t as the Egyptians called it, is frequently featured in ancient Egyptian love poetry. The Egyptians were well-aware of the fact that the mandragora is an aphrodisiac and used it during lovemaking.
- KYPHI: kAp.t in Egyptian or kyphi in Greek is one of the few documented perfume recipe from ancient Egypt and is simultaneously one of the world’s first perfume recipes. The exudation of this perfume mixture on fire served to purify and scent the air in one’s home, clean and perfume clothing, and it was even used as a chewing gum. As an olfactory adornment, kyphi served to enhance one’s appearance and to make them more attractive.
- LIQUID KYPHI: The modern, liquid version of the ancient Egyptian perfume kyphi.
- GARMENT DRENCHED IN CAMPHOR OIL: The written documents inform us that garments drenched in camphor oil, in Egyptian ti-Sps, were considered highly attractive. The goddess Hathor received them as an offering in her temple, while women wore them when they met their lover in a garden.
- FLOWERS AT THE POND: The scent and the phial represent all the olfactory landscape of lovemaking with all the fragrant flowers that grew around a pond, where based on the love poetry, the Egyptians went to spend time with their lovers.
- Phial of FLOWERS AT THE POND perfume recreation
Workshop 4: Garden Scents
The Botanical Kit is a botanical library of all the vegetables and fruits that grew in the vegetable gardens and orchards of ancient Egypt. You can see, smell, touch and taste all the plants the Egyptians consumed in their daily lives. You will rediscover the olfactory landscape of ancient Egypt’s lost orchards and vegetable gardens through the so-called “garden fragrance” (sTi SA), a scent so important to the Egyptians that they regarded it as an object in its own right.
Content: 22 dried herbs, fruits and vegetables, 1 scent (garden fragrance), and article
Price: 100€ + shipping
- EGYPTIAN LETTUCE
- WILD CELERY
- GRAPE VINE
- CHRIST’S THORN
- GARDEN FRAGRANCE
Workshop 5: Ungent Cones
Description of this coming soon
Price: 120€ + shipping
Workshop 6: MUMMIFICATION
The Mummy Kit is an advanced education tool designed to introduce you to the olfactory world of mummification and ancient Egyptian afterlife. You will learn about the smells that defined the mummification chambers and tombs, and the scents that the ancient Egyptians themselves wished to be surrounded by in their life after death.
Content: 6 scents, 2 phials and article
Price: 130€ + shipping
- MUMMY: All the fragrant substances used on the body to mummify the deceased.
- MUMMY BANDAGES: The deceased was wrapped in bandages soaked in liquid resin.
- MUMMY GARLAND: The mummy was adorned with floral garlands covering its entire body from head to toe.
- COFFIN: The mummified body was placed in a fragrant wooden coffin covered in liquid resin.
The scents above represent the olfactory world of mummification, this scent is indeed extremely similar to the way mummies smell today.
TUTANKHAMUN’S FLORAL COLLAR: The collar placed directly on Tutankhamun’s body was made out of nine rows of floral ornaments and constitutes one of the greatest finds from his tomb.
- EMBALMING INGREDIENTS
- MUMMY GARLANDS
Workshop 7: Hknw Perfume
With the Hknw Kit you can make your own Hknw at home by following the ancient Egyptian recipe step-by-step.
Hknw, meaning “joy” in Egyptian, was one of the seven sacred oils used in the temples of Egypt to anoint the gods and in the process of mummification to preserve the dead. Its recipe is preserved on the walls of the Ptolemaic temple of Edfu. However, its existence can be traced back to as early as the 4th Dynasty.
Kit Contents: All the ingredients to make Hknw, Hknw perfume reconstructed by Dora (solid and liquid version), Hknw recipe (Dora's translation), instructions and article
Price: 100€ + shipping
- MYRRH, Type 1
- MYRRH, Type 2
- LIQUID HKNW
The modern, liquid version of the ancient Egyptian Hknw perfume.