Donkey Milk: Are the legends true?

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It's official: bar soaps are trending. But, soap made from donkey's milk remains a well-kept secret. They say Cleopatra bathed every day in asses' milk, and Pope Francis said he thrived on it as a baby. Now results are being reported in people with asthma, eczema and psoriasis who drink it or use soap made from it. Could donkey milk be the elixir of life? 

Rich in lactose and low in fat, donkey milk is said by experts to be the closest animal milk to the human variety. The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization says it has “particular nutritional benefits”, with a protein profile that may make it more suitable for those allergic to cow’s milk. It contains less total fat than cow's milk, and packs more anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids shown to enhance immunity, which may be helpful for people with conditions like asthma, eczema, or psoriasis. 

Certainly, scientists are becoming increasingly interested in it. It's benefits may not be proven clinically yet, but we're taking Cleopatra's word for it. New in the shop this week is a bar of soap made from donkey's milk that comes in sweet gift box. Buy one for you and a friend and try this ancient remedy before it sells out. 



I grew up in Austin, Texas where I was first introduced to the colors of Mexican interiors and spent my summers in Greece where my yiayia taught me the holy trinity of Greek cooking: lemons, olive oil, and salt. After studying photography and environmental policy at Sewanee: The University of the South I earned my B.A. in 2009 and moved to Washington, DC to work on political and public advocacy campaigns for The Nature Conservancy where I learned about message development, strategic planning, and feasibility research. In 2014, after the birth of my daughter and in an effort to strengthen my Greek ties and resurrect my photography I launched an e-shop called, ANGELIKI, where I share my hand-picked selection of my favorite Greek designs.

My love for fonts, film, and finesse has always remained true throughout this journey. Today, I live in Atlanta, Georgia and and work full-time as a mother, photographer, website publisher and shop curator