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August 2018: LUTHER REGISTER NEWS (read the full article here.) – Donkey milk may be an uncommon drink for most people, but for the Traywick family of Luther, it is the answer to their prayers. Their journey led them to establish the state’s first Donkey Diary! This is the beginning of the story about a Luther business spotlighted by the state’s Made In Oklahoma (MIO) marketing program. Dulce de Donké is getting some media buzz attracting attention from as far away as Switzerland. They’ve been on TV, in magazines and all over the internet. That’s the outside marketing, but Dulce also does a fine job with its own marketing. Have you liked them on Facebook and Instagram? Check it out for the pictures, the antics and the sermonettes that will inspire, encourage and remind us hard work is worth it, from shoveling donkey poop to early morning milking. Many of us around here know the Traywick family. If we’ve not tasted a sample of the donkey milk, a growing number of us have tried the products – including the “Better Than Botox” moisturizer in the clever packaging.The story continues from their article from the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture and Made In Oklahoma news release shared statewide … In 2014, their 6-year-old daughter became sick with a common case of strep throat, which caused an autoimmune disease that attacked her brain, called PANDAS. With daunting medical options offered of hospitalization for IV immunoglobulin treatments or daily antibiotics for 12 years, the Traywicks were reluctant. So began a mission for a more holistic remedy. Ask Saundra whether she ever dreamed her Mama Mission would lead to donkey milk and she might laugh. But when your child is sick, inconceivable options become considerations. Research supported the healing aspects of donkey milk, and there was evidence reaching back to antiquity and Hippocrates. Long story short. Donkey milk worked. For those of us who know the family, and knew their darling daughter before, during and after her illness; it’s absolutely no surprise the family now operates a donkey dairy. They went all in. As their friends, we laugh about it and sometimes we cry as we cheer them on and watch them grow. They’re building the kind of business that when you watch them grow, you get the notion that someday we will all say, “Yes, we knew them when they were a struggling donkey dairy in Luther. Look at them now!”


AUGUST 2018  Guthrie News Leader (read full article here). Donkey milk may be an uncommon drink for most people, but for Walt and Saundra Traywick, it is the answer to their prayers. In 2014, their 6-year-old daughter became sick with a common case of strep throat, which caused an autoimmune disease that attacked her brain. The doctors said the only options were hospitalization for immunoglobulin treatments via an IV or antibiotics every day for the next 12 years. Luckily, the family discovered donkey milk, which helped heal their daughter, and surprisingly, turned into a family business, Dulce de Donké. The Traywicks began with three donkeys and now own 14 American Mammoth donkeys. “We use the donkey milk that our daughter and other sick children don’t drink to make our line of organic donkey milk soaps and skincare that we sell on our website and through select retailers,” Saundra Traywick said.

BEAUTY BLOGGER "Positively Vie" read the full review here. So many promises are made in the name of anti-aging. It’s utterly exhausting. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I’m not getting any younger (although I try) and I only have one face, which means that I don’t have time to waste on what I call “stupid products”. Those products that assume we aging women are stupid and therefore will willingly put anything on our faces just because we’re told it will make us young. This is precisely why I’m so excited about the product I’m going to talk about today. It’s no frills, no bullshit; just plain old milk from an ass made for yo face. It’s called Better than Botox. Now I’m not here to give skincare reviews as a routine practice. There are plenty of bloggers and Instagrammers who do that beautifully already. I will though, chime in when I want to make you aware of a product that not many people know about or that is so essential to an anti-aging arsenal that it merits an introduction. I received this moisturizer from a small company called Dulce de Donke. I encourage you to visit their website and learn more about this lovely family and how they started making products from Donkey’s milk. I love to support companies that are honest, thoughtful and that take pride in what they do. This company does just that. Their products are lovingly made, all organic, cruelty-free, and produced on their own farm in Oklahoma with fresh donkey milk from their beautiful donkeys. So here is everything you need to know about one of my new favorite skincare products. It’s actually not new at all, in fact, it’s an ancient beauty secret first hailed as a skin rejuvenator by the Egyptians. History of Donkey milk Cleopatra is said to have taken baths in donkey milk to keep her skin young and beautiful. Legend has it that 700 donkeys were needed to provide this milk necessary for her daily bath. The second wife of Roman Emperor Nero is also said to have used Donkey milk in her beauty regimen. In fact, this is a quote from Pliny the elder who wrote extensively about the health benefits of donkeys milk: “It is generally believed that ass milk effaces wrinkles in the face, renders the skin more delicate, and preserves its whiteness: and it is a well-known fact, that some women are in the habit of washing their face with it seven times daily, strictly observing that number. Poppaea, the wife of the Emperor Nero, was the first to practise this; indeed, she had sitting-baths, prepared solely with ass milk, for which purpose whole troops of she-asses used to attend her on her journeys ” (source) And Napoleon’s sister, Pauline, is also reported to have used it for her skin. Look, I can neither confirm nor deny this historical information. I have no idea what Pauline Bonaparte looked like. She may have had old, wrinkled skin for all we know. And as far as Cleopatra is concerned, we only have paintings. She was the queen and certainly was not going to be portrayed as an old hag by any artist in her day, not unless he wanted an early death. But I do love a bit of trivia and I thought you would too. The fact is that I’ve done my research, and Donkey milk has a ton of proven beneficial ingredients for the skin. I’m convinced.

APRIL 2017 Read the full review from beauty blogger Brown Eyed and Blushing here. "I have never considered the fact that donkey milk could be so beneficial for your skin, but it definitely is! According to their website, raw donkey milk is rich in ceramides, proteins, phospholipids (fatty acids), vitamins, minerals, & omega 3 & 6 fatty acids. All of which are known to hydrate dry skin, regenerate & reduce wrinkles. Dulce De Donke came about because their young daughter developed an autoimmune disease and would need antibiotics every day for several years, but they didn’t want to accept that as their only option for treatment. So instead, they did their research and discovered that donkey milk had amazing health benefits and could help their daughter regain her health! They invested in several donkeys and use the very rare milk for their daughter and then make their products from whatever was leftover. The Activated Charcoal Soap is the first product I’ve tried, and from what I can tell it won’t be the last! It contains other ingredients such as organic olive oil, organic coconut oil, organic lavender, and organic clove essential oils, which are rich in vitamins and contain anti-fungal properties. The milk bar retails for $9 and would pair really well with their Cleopatra’s Skin Cream ."

March 2017 Jessica Anderson, writer of the beauty blog Seek and Sparkle, wrote this review of our organic donkey milk skin care after trying our products. "...So what exactly is it that makes donkey milk such a powerhouse? First of all, donkey milk is compositionally different than traditional cow’s milk. It is the only substance that is closest to the composition of human breast milk in PH level as well as nutritional content. It contains high levels of vitamin C, proteins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, “From an immunological point of view, donkey’s milk is able to induce release of inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines from normal human peripheral blood lymphomononuclear cells, thus maintaining a condition of immune homeostasis.” In layman’s terms, it is an incredible anti-inflammatory making it ideal for calming and soothing irritated skin as well as inflammation in the body. It has also been shown to enhance the immune system and is particularly ideal for those who suffer from conditions such as asthma, psoriasis, and eczema. So all of that sounds great, but where in the world do you actually find donkey milk? Many companies sell products claiming donkey milk as a key ingredient, but it’s extremely important to ensure the products are high quality. I’d like to introduce you to a company called Dulce De Donke. Not only is the name intriguing, but so is their story and their products. The company was formed in the most unusual of ways when the family’s six-year-old daughter developed an autoimmune disease that attacked her brain due to a case of strep throat. The family was forced to make a decision, put their young daughter on daily antibiotics for the next 13 years, or find an alternate route. After countless prayers and tears, an answer was presented to them and it was one that was certainly unexpected. The answer was donkey milk. The family, desperate to help their precious child, bought three American Mammoth Donkeys. Little did they know at the time, that was only the beginning of their journey. After their daughter began to regain her health they were intrigued and amazed at the unexpected medicinal benefits of donkey milk. If it had the power to restore their daughter’s health, they began to wonder what other healing properties it could have. From their serendipitous discovery, Dulce De Donke was born. The company specializes in soaps and moisturizers made with all organic ingredients and, you guessed it, donkey milk. They offer a variety of soaps for different skin care needs and all of the fragrances are derived from organic essential oils. My absolute favorite is the Rosemary Mint Donkey Milk Bar soap that features raw donkey milk, organic olive and coconut oil, ground rosemary, and organic peppermint essential oil. Not only does it smell fresh, crisp, and clean but also offers many benefits for the skin. It moisturizes while regenerating and reducing wrinkles. It can be used as an energizer in your morning shower because of its invigorating scent. Dulce De Donke also offers an incredibly powerful moisturizer that lives up to its name and is sure to not disappoint. Better Than Botox Donkey Milk Moisturizer (a.k.a Cleopatra’s skin cream) is a true powerhouse chalked full of organic oils, butters, and raw donkey milk. It can be used on the face, neck, hands, even on chapped lips! I was absolutely amazed when I saw the fine lines on my forehead begin to gradually decrease after only one week of use. It feels thick and creamy when applied but dries with a light, non-greasy finish. I’m not sure how I ever lived without this moisturizer but I know I never want to let the jar run empty! No matter what your skin type or specific needs might be, there is truly something in it for everyone! Adding products containing raw donkey milk into your beauty routine can help you achieve a healthy, bright, and radiant complexion and can virtually cure any current skin issues that you may have. Curious about how donkey milk skin care products could benefit you? Check out Dulce De Donke’s website, Instagram, and Facebook page for more information. Your skin will thank you!" To read the whole article and review please visit the Seek and Sparkle Beauty Blog here

February 2017 We are honored to be selected to be a part of the Organic Beauty Lover Club Here is their promotional email about our product for their testers. OBLCLUB DulcedeDonke "The story of Dulce de Donké starts with the founder's little girl being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease that attacks her brain. They found the answer to their prayers in donkey's milk and bought 3 American Mammoth donkeys - critically endangered & descendants of George Washington's first imported French donkeys. Any extra milk not used for their daugher's health is used for Dulce de Donké's products. Donkey's milk is full of protein, phospholipieds & ceramides and has regenerative, soothing & restructuring properties. Cleopatra even bathed in it daily as part of her beauty regime. Dulce de Donké is made with pure & organic ingredients and their line includes an Activated Charcoal soap that draws out toxins & bacteria, Orange & Turmeric to fight free radicals & fight acne, and Rosemary Mint to reduce inflammation & energize the senses."