2000 year old foundation from Ancient Rome

I wanted to share a quick little post with you to talk about this awesome cream they found 11-ish years ago! It’s dated back to 2nd century AD and is a type of foundation that they used in Ancient Rome. Apparently it’s very well preserved (it even has finger prints) and speculated it’s probably made from 40% animal fat, most likely from sheep or cattle, 40% starch and tin oxide.


The cream had a “pleasant texture when rubbed into the skin” according to researchers  and it had a powdery finish. How cool is that?

Fun Fact

Women in Ancient Rome sometimes applied sweat from sheep wool to their faces before bed. Now this may sounds disgusting, but it’s still actually very common these days. You may notice it listed as lanolin, which is an ingredient of a few moisturisers.

I would love to do a post on ancient skincare, I may write one in a week or so 🙂

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11 thoughts on “2000 year old foundation from Ancient Rome

      • fowlalpha says:

        Yes, insane it is. But if you’ll look closely and began disecting a products ingredientsyou’ll find some old stuff were just hidden under a scientific name or something. And some old rituals like putting gold in one’s face or body could be traced back BC era.

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