The tiny pot–it’s just 2.4 inches across by 2 inches high–was discovered in a waterlogged ditch, but was preserved under wooden planks in thick layers of mud. It’s thought that the cream was probably used by fashionable Roman women who desired a fair complexion, which was quite popular in those days.
The WOW Report seems to be on an historical bent recently: a 104-year-old parrot, a 130-year-old fire. Now we have news from netscape.com of a 2,000-year-old moisturizer. Freshly excavated from a Roman temple near London. Perfectly preserved, creamy smooth, with finger impressions made by the caesar’s wife who last used it. From the analysis, it was probably from a counter in an ancient Harrod’s, not Boots. Dug up in 2003, fully evaluated this year, turns out the fat-and-tin oxide concoction is so sophisticated that Estée Lauder would have killed for the formula.