Donkey’s Milk in History

Cleapatra's White Gold

Donkey (ass’s) milk was the beauty secret of ancient Egyptian Queens Cleopatra and Nefertiti. Its natural regenerating properties, individual character and scarcity have made it a luxury product, earning it the nickname ‘The White Gold of cosmetics’. Cleopatra’s opulent daily bathing rituals were her skincare secret weapon. According to the philosopher Pliny The Elder, she bathed and moisturised with it to prevent wrinkles, soften her skin and brighten her complexion. In other words to stay forever young.

Bathing in Donkey Milk
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Donkey milk was a symbol of decadence in the classical world. The Pope, who famously disdains luxury, named himself after St Francis, the protector of all animals. He revealed that he was brought up on donkey’s milk, to supplement his mother’s milk as a baby.


Pauline, sister of Napoleon Bonaparte, took baths of donkey milk. This was considered scandalous at a time when the milk was very rare.

Bathing in Donkey Milk
Donkey Milk in Rome

Donkey milk has through history been known as the star of cosmetics and promises great benefits and fantastic results.

Scientific analysis has revealed the amazing nutritional properties of donkey milk.
Based on its pH level and nutritional makeup. It is rich in vitamin E, amino acids, vitamins A, B1, B6, C, D, E, Omega 3, and 6. It contains high amounts of calcium and has four times less fat than cow’s milk. To add to all these great nutrients, its youth-keeping properties are caused by natural retinol found in the milk, allowing you to look younger.