January 04 2021
Donkey Milk Soap | Milk Soap | Natural Soap Bar | Loofah Soap
Donkey milk is one of the most popular choices of milk to use within soap products. The same is also true for us, crafters of natural soap bars here at Sabun Co. As a natural source of everything from vitamins to vital nutrients, it has been a part of natural skin care for thousands of years.
The History Of Using Donkey Milk In A Natural Soap Bar
When it comes to donkey milk, we can take a history lesson all the way back to the magnificent reign of Cleopatra following the medicinal findings of Hippocrates.
Back in the days of exuberant life ruled by the Egyptian Pharaoh’s, Cleopatra would bathe in donkey’s milk as part of her skin care regime to promote her youthful glow.
Dioscurides Phacas (her chief medical advisor) suggested using expired milk (can also be referred to as sour milk or spoiled milk) which would feature a skin-peeling effect to expose the new layers of younger, wrinkle-free skin. This is due to the sugar and lactic acid that build up and form as the milk sours.
"Cleopatra is rumored to have carried around 700 donkeys with her all the time!"
That said, Cleopatra is rumored to have carried around 700 donkeys with her all the time! Luckily, modern day soap connoisseurs have remastered how donkey’s milk is used within soaps, so you only need one small donkey milk soap bar, not an entire herd of donkeys.
Since the esteemed discovery made by the Egyptians, donkey’s milk has formed a part of many historical cures for ailments. For example: Napoleon’s sister is reported to have used donkey’s milk for the skincare benefits. Also, in the 19th century in France, an infant assistant doctor encouraged feeding young children donkey’s milk to promote growth.
The Skin Benefits Of Donkey Milk Soap
Well, luckily modern day scientists have the tools and know-how to test the theories of Cleopatra and the suggestions of her medical advisors. Even better is having tangible evidence of truth in their beliefs!
With the vast number of beneficial ingredients naturally found within donkey’s milk, their theories of bathing in donkey’s milk to substitute the fountain of youth were found to be correct.
"With the vast number of beneficial ingredients naturally found within donkey’s milk, their theories of bathing in donkey’s milk to substitute the fountain of youth were found to be correct."
Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect to find within donkey’s milk:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
Bringing these minerals and vitamins together in a topical soap bar, they can be lathered into the skin to unleash the incredible benefits of donkey milk soap. Let’s take a look at what this magical ingredient has to offer for your skin:
1 - pH Balance - Donkey’s milk has a natural pH balance remarkably close to the pH balance of human skin. This makes it perfect to hydrate and soften the skin without causing damage to the top layers.
2 - Skin Repair - Giving more attention to the ingredients, Vitamin A is a powerful tool to repair the skin. When accompanied by a healthy diet, Vitamin A can be efficiently absorbed into the skin to help protect and maintain a healthy skin barrier and prevent irritation. This is the very reason why donkey milk soap is the ultimate choice to treat post-acne marks and dark spots.
3 - Anti-Aging - The mineral composition of donkey’s milk, Cleopatra’s source for her beliefs; provides an anti-aging effect. Skin cells are regenerated and tightened together, therefore it helps reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
4 - Eczema & Psoriasis - The available proteins in donkey milk are key to ensure skin regeneration while the soothing qualities from the vitamins help with those affected by skin conditions such as eczema, neurodermatitis or psoriasis.
5 - Acne Marks - People who suffer from acne and other broken skin problems, especially teenagers, benefit from the superior properties of the donkey milk. Not only does it reduce the irritation on the skin, helps clear acne marks, dark spots and sun patches but the creamy milk texture also aids to build a natural barrier against external bacterium.
Everybody experiences skin deterioration and regeneration in their own way. So, while all of the above might be a given, there are still other individual benefits behind creating suds with donkey milk soap. Also, it would be wise to keep in mind dairy in skin care products tend to behave differently for each individual. You better get to try and experience it for yourself!
"It would be wise to keep in mind that dairy in skin care products, tend to behave differently for each individual. "
How Does A Soap Base Get Infused With Donkey Milk?
Donkey milk soap is made using cryogenically frozen donkey milk in powder sachets. This crystalized milk is then slowly incorporated to hot water to rehydrate it. Then, it is slowly added to the natural vegetable glycerin soap base with essential oils to create a 10-15% donkey’s milk concentration. When the soap is added to the mold, we crafters love to add a little extra flourish for a luxurious feel.
For example: foliage, leaves, petals, spices, natural colors, vanilla or – if it’s the loofah soap – some natural sponge for extra natural exfoliation.
Where Can I Find Donkey Milk Soap?
Donkey milk soap is not something that can be found on the high street or in your local corner shop. While it may be a popular choice among handcrafted soap artists out there, you’ll need to hunt to find them.
The short of it is that you’ll likely find donkey’s milk being incorporated into soap by independent sellers on the wonderful world wide web, so keep your eyes peeled for some skin care miracles.
"Ode to Cleopatra’s distinction for donkey milk soap - Cleopatra’s Lover - Donkey Milk & Honey Natural Loofah Soap Bar"
Here at Sabun Co., we have our ode to Cleopatra’s distinction for donkey milk soap - our Cleopatra’s Lover - Donkey Milk & Honey Natural Loofah Soap Bar features the magical donkey milk and notes of warm honey for a truly golden experience for your skin.