Donkey Milk’s History
Donkeys belong to the Equidae family,
which also includes horses and
zebras. Various breeds of
domesticated donkeys live all over
the world, and like many other
mammals, female donkeys, known
as jennies, have been raised for
thousands of years for their milk.
Donkey milk may sound like a trendy
newcomer to the cosmetic market,
but in reality, it has been around for
thousands of years. Egyptian Queen
Cleopatra used to bathe in donkey’s
milk to keep her skin soft. Poppaea and Messalina knew about its youth-giving properties. Pauline Bonaparte, Napoleon's sister, is reported to have used donkey milk for skincare. Hippocrates was the first to write of the medicinal virtues of donkey milk and reportedly he used it as a treatment for arthritis, coughs, and wounds. Pliny the Elder in his encyclopedic work, Naturalis Historia, wrote extensively about its health benefits, but it wasn't until the Renaissance that the first real scientific consideration was given to donkey milk. Subsequently, the Comte de Buffon mentions the benefits of donkey milk in his Histoire Naturelle.