In the madness of natural ingredients in cosmetics, there is one that stands out by its origin: donkey milk. If we were to trace its history, the use of donkey milk as a cosmetic product is not very recent. It was already widely consumed in ancient times for its benefits on beauty... but also on health. The great Cleopatra never went without her herd of donkeys to enjoy her daily milk bath. That required to her all the same more than 300 animals! Famous for her great beauty, it is undoubtedly her who initiated what we observe today: a flood of natural cosmetics (or not) based on donkey milk.
Common name: Donkey milk
Other name: Lacta asinus
INCI name: Donkey milk
Forms found: liquid (fresh or raw) and powder (freeze-dried or atomized)
It all comes down to its composition. It is such that this milk, along with mare's milk, is very close to breast milk. It is therefore very nutritional as well as dermatological. First of all, it contains much more lactose than the cow's milk usually consumed, but the most interesting thing is that it contains half as much fat! Secondly, children often have an allergy or intolerance to cow's milk proteins, especially to beta-lactoglobulin. This protein is simply not present in donkey milk, so there is less risk of allergies. It does not contain coagulable casein either, a protein which sometimes makes us digest milk badly. It is also for this reason that it is impossible to make cheese with donkey milk, even if we would have liked to combine pleasure and well-being. At the dermatological level, as we have seen, the composition rich in fatty acids, amino acids, vitamins and minerals makes it a very interesting cosmetic ingredient to regenerate and soften the skin.
With all these good reasons, one could say to oneself to the donkey in this case! Unfortunately, it is not so simple. While a cow produces on average 25 liters of milk per day, the donkeys will produce 2 to 4 liters of milk per day. We understand better why donkey milk is called the white gold of cosmetics. Donkey milk therefore remains a luxury beauty product, very rare and unfortunately overexploited at present. This implies terrible drifts such as the mistreatment of animals. Here are our tips to combine product quality and respect for the animal:
Fresh milk can be stored in the refrigerator (12 hours maximum), as can raw milk. Powders should be kept away from heat and humidity.