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Welcome to our big donkey milk cosmetics test 2022. Here we present all the cosmetic products with donkey milk that we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information and added a summary of customer reviews on the internet. We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best cosmetic products with donkey milk for you.

You will also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer interesting videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that you should definitely pay attention to if you want to buy donkey milk cosmetics.


  • Donkey milk is demonstrably hypoallergenic and therefore ideally suited for allergy sufferers. The therapeutic effect of the milk also helps people with respiratory diseases. Donkey milk can be used internally and externally.
  • Natural cosmetics with donkey milk are very valuable because of its many effects. It moisturises the skin, nourishes it and forms new ones.
  • Donkey milk cosmetics include common care products such as creams for hands, face and body and cleansing products such as soaps, shampoos, shower gels and bath additives. Due to the increasing demand, new products are regularly launched on the market.

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Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying donkey milk cosmetics

What is donkey milk?

Female donkeys produce donkey milk when they have a foal. The taste of donkey milk is slightly sweeter than cow's milk - almost caramel.

Donkey milk is most similar to human breast milk and was therefore used as a substitute milk for motherless babies as early as the 18th century. Hospitals in Paris kept donkeys to feed the babies.

Amino acids and antibodies can be detected in donkey milk, which have a positive effect on the human immune system. (Image source: / Leroy Huckett)

Cleopatra used the effect of the natural product in soothing baths to maintain her beauty. Other celebrities such as the Empresses Joséphine Bonaparte and Sissi of Austria made donkey milk famous through its use in cosmetics.

What ingredients does donkey milk contain?

The milk contains vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9, vitamin C, vitamin D and vitamin E and important minerals (calcium, potassium, sodium, phosphorus, magnesium). Donkey milk also contains trace elements such as iron and zinc.

Donkey milk contains about 7.4% lactose, which is similar to human breast milk (about 7%). It is especially suitable for allergy sufferers. We will explain why in the following sections.

The following table shows the main nutrients of donkey milk. These substances always refer to 100g of the food.

Ingredient amount
Energy 177 kJ / 42 kcal
Fat 1.01 g
of which saturated fatty acids 0.61 g
of which monounsaturated fatty acids 0.31 g
of which polyunsaturated fatty acids 0.04 g
Carbohydrates 6.10 g
protein 2.00 g
water 90.29 g
dietary fibre 0.00 g
cholesterol 3.00 mg
minerals 0.47 g
calcium 110.00 mg
potassium 70.00 mg

For whom and for which complaints is donkey milk suitable?

Lactose intolerance is often justified by the fact that we humans only have one stomach, but consume milk from ruminants with several stomachs.

The digestive system of cows, sheep or goats consists of several stomachs, which is why their milk is more difficult for us to digest.

The donkey, on the other hand, has only one stomach, which is why donkey milk is better tolerated and healthier for us.

In addition, the lactose content and milk protein of donkey milk is very similar to that of human breast milk.

Donkey milk is hypoallergenic and is therefore increasingly used in clinics. The milk is especially popular with allergy sufferers, as it is known for its positive effect on skin diseases (e.g. neurodermatitis or acne) and allergies.

Donkey milk can be drunk fresh or applied externally to affected skin areas. It is also recommended for the treatment of bronchitis, whooping cough and other respiratory diseases.

What are the effects and properties of donkey milk cream?

Nowadays, donkey milk is increasingly used in cosmetic products such as creams and soaps because of its special properties.

The valuable ingredients in donkey milk promote cell regeneration and thus counteract skin ageing. The fatty acids omega 3 and 6 contained in donkey milk increase moisture retention and thus help with dry problem skin.

In addition, they promote the elasticity of the skin and make it supple and soft. In Asia, donkey milk is considered an anti-ageing drink.

Donkey milk cosmetics are perfect for allergy sufferers and people with neurodermatitis and acne. A great advantage of organic cosmetics is that they do not contain perfume or chemical additives.

Which cosmetics with donkey milk are available and how much do they cost?

Fresh and freeze-dried donkey milk is expensive because the donkey only produces milk in the presence of the foal. Therefore, she has to be brought to the milking stable together with her foal.

In addition, the amount of milk produced daily is just one litre. In contrast, a cow produces about 50 litres of milk per day. For this reason, all foodstuffs made from donkey's milk, such as donkey's milk cheese, but also donkey's milk cosmetics, are relatively expensive.

Did you know that donkey milk cheese is one of the most expensive cheeses?

A piece of cheese made from donkey's milk costs 60 pounds because it takes about 25 litres of donkey's milk to make it. Donkeys give very little milk compared to cows and goats. Consequently, it is not easy to produce large quantities of cheese.

In addition to the most common products listed in the table, you can also buy liquid soap, shower gel, hand cream, bath additive and face masks with donkey milk in selected shops.

When buying cosmetics with donkey milk, you should pay attention to the percentage of milk contained in the product. Generally, the higher the percentage of donkey milk, the higher the price of the product.

Type Quantity Price
Face cream 40-50 ml £ 12-20
Body lotion 250ml £ 10- 20
Soap, solid 100g £ 2-10
Shampoo 200ml £ 10-13

What are the alternatives to donkey milk cosmetics?

If the donkey milk products are too expensive for you, there are alternative natural products that have similar effects. If you are looking for a highly moisturising cream, you should look for hyaluron cream. Hyaluronic acid is a substance that is produced naturally in the body, so it does not cause allergies or side effects.

The acid is characterised by its ability to store and bind large amounts of water. The resulting gel-like material acts as a filler and thus counteracts wrinkles. Creams with hyaluron help your skin to become more elastic and resilient.

Skin cream with donkey milk is a great natural product. However, you can quickly pay a high price for high-quality products. Fortunately, there are alternatives - also from nature. (Image source: /

As an allergy sufferer, you should generally pay attention to two things when choosing your cosmetic products: The ingredients of the products should be openly visible and you should know the substances to which your skin is allergic.

Natural or organic cosmetics are definitely the right choice, but you can still react to natural products if you do not tolerate the ingredients.

Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate cosmetics with donkey's milk

In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the many possible donkey milk cosmetic products. The criteria you can use to compare donkey milk products include:

  • Percentage
  • Quality
  • Additional ingredients

In the following paragraphs, we will explain to you what is important in the individual criteria.


If you decide to buy a cosmetic product with donkey's milk, try to find out what percentage of milk is actually in the product. In health food shops, you can consult the packaging or ask a salesperson if you are unsure.

Unfortunately, a percentage figure is rarely given on the internet. In addition, a list of all ingredients is often missing. In this case, you should contact the manufacturer directly or ask former buyers in purchase reviews.

If you do find a list, make sure that donkey milk is not too far down the list. This indicates that the share is very low. In our ranking, we presented a soap with an exceptionally high content of 21% donkey's milk.

In most cases, products with a high donkey milk content are significantly more expensive than lower-quality products. However, looking at the price is not enough to check the quality, which brings us to our next buying criterion.


Especially as an allergy sufferer, you should pay attention to the quality of your cosmetics and care products. With organic products, you can be sure that unnecessary chemical perfumes, parabens and additives are avoided.

This is not only good for your sensitive skin, but also for the animals.

Organic donkey milk is made from animals that are kept in a manner appropriate to their species. As already mentioned, the donkey only gives milk in the presence of her foal. If she is separated from her foal, this means high stress for the animal and a lack of milk flow.

If you do not buy your cosmetics on the internet, but on holiday directly in the producing country, it is worth going directly to the farm.

Here you can not only buy your products directly from the farmer, but also check out the conditions under which the donkeys are kept.

Additional ingredients

In the previous sections we presented the various properties of donkey milk in detail. Donkey milk also contains the enzyme Lysozm, which kills bacteria and penetrates deep into the skin.

It heals the damaged skin and forms new skin at the same time. Therefore, the new skin layer looks directly healthier. Furthermore, the enzyme ensures a dermatological balance.

Donkey milk is known for its therapeutic and cosmetic effects. The effect can be positively enhanced by combining it with other natural ingredients.

Other ingredients which harmonise super with donkey milk and are often used in cosmetics are: Shea butter, almond oil, argan oil and olive oil.

Especially in the cold season, products with these combinations are in great demand. Donkey milk moisturises irritated and brittle skin. The oils nourish and protect against further exposure to the cold.

Facts worth knowing about donkey milk

What herbal alternatives are there to fresh donkey milk?

If you cannot tolerate cow's milk, e.g. due to lactose intolerance, or if you decide to go vegan, there are a number of plant-based alternatives besides conventional cow's milk and the expensive donkey's milk.

Nowadays, a whole range of plant-based alternatives to animal milk can be found in every supermarket. (Image source: / Pixabay)

Correctly, the alternatives are called "drink". However, the term "milk" has also become accepted for the plant-based drinks.

Soy milk

Soy milk is the classic among plant-based milk substitutes. The soy bean is rich in protein, which is easy for humans to digest. It can be whipped to an excellent froth for daily coffee and is also available as soy cream.

Almond milk

Depending on how it is prepared (with or without sugar), almond milk has a lower or similar fat and calorie content to cow's milk, but less protein. It is rich in vitamins and minerals and can be easily made at home in a blender.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is made from the white flesh of the coconut. It has a fruity, nutty taste and has already become a firm favourite in Asian cuisine. The milk contains healthy fatty acids, potassium, sodium and magnesium.

Oat milk

Grain milk made from spelt or oats contains few vitamins and minerals after the grain has been strained. For the right consistency, vegetable oil and sometimes sweeteners are often added to the milk. Because of its taste, which is strongly reminiscent of cereals, this alternative is very suitable for mueslis or smoothies.

Rice milk

Rice milk is not made from conventional rice, but from whole-grain rice. The calorie content is lower than that of low-fat milk. This type of milk is often available in vanilla and chocolate flavours. Caution - sugar is often added here.

Hemp milk

Hemp milk is the latest trend and is very popular because of its high content of omega-3 fatty acids. This milk, made from hemp seeds, is creamy, easy to digest and great for cooking.

You should always check the ingredients list when choosing, as many products have a lot of added sugar. By choosing organic milk, you avoid products that are contaminated with harmful substances.

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