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Romans were extremely hygienic

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Strigil
Strigil

The Romans (especially those from high society) were extremely careful about hygiene. They didn’t use soap though.

To obtain clean and healthy skin, perfumed oils were used and then scraped with a tool called strigil. In addition, various greasing oils and aromatic essential oils were added to the baths in Roman baths.

Often, the wealthier inhabitants of Rome used relaxing massages.

Sources
  • Amulree Lord, Hygienic Conditions in Ancient Rome and Modern London, 1973

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