Roman container with foundation cream
© Museum of London
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Tin lead alloy container complete with lid. The contents of the tin were revealed as a moist white paste. Such cream is a very rare survival and the fine condition of the box is due to the waterlogged nature of the ditch where it was found. The main constituent of the cream is animal fat mixed with starch and tin oxide. The addition of starch produced by adding boilling water to roots or grains, would have made the fat whiter and smother in texture and is still used in cosmetics today.
150 AD - 200 AD