Did you know an image of a land flowing with milk and honey has been long associated with paradise for the people of the Middle East?
Having had the experience of living in the Middle East just a few years ago, I do recall these riches of the land being a sweet, nourishing importance of the peoples’ everyday lives, whether it was in their diet or used topically on their skin. Milk and honey as symbols of fertility, appear in most ancient writings. And the notorious beauty, Queen Cleopatra of ancient Egypt, is said to have bathed in milk and honey to keep her skin soft and youthful.
So in regards to Cleopatra’s skincare routine, why use milk and honey besides the fact that it was thought to symbolize fertility?
Well, first of all, we trust it has to do with the lactic acid in fresh milk. Lactic acid is an Alpha Hydroxy Acid (AHA) which works to gently assist in the removal of dead skin cells, rejuvenating the skin, leaving it brighter, smoother and increasing the skin’s ability to heal faster. And honey acting as a natural humectant, meaning it has the ability to attract and retain moisture, along with being loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and healing compounds, would no doubt keep your skin soft and youthful.
It was said that Cleopatra took a bath in donkey milk, almond oil and fresh honey, because of course that is what was available in her region at that time. We are fortunate to live in a world now where the riches of the Earth are transported and shared from one side of the world to the other, every day. Fresh milk is not an item which would normally be transported from one continent to another which is why we wouldn’t normally bathe in donkey milk here in North America! Honey is a bit different though. Modern archeologists, excavating ancient Egyptian tombs, have often found something unexpected amongst the tombs’ artifacts: pots of honey, thousands of years old, and yet still preserved!
In our Manuka Honey Cleanser we are fortunate to be able to source Manuka honey directly from New Zealand, because there is absolutely no concern about the honey spoiling through transportation, even if it were to take thousands of years to get here! After doing a lot of research on bee products, we found Manuka honey to stand out in its unique properties for healing and in particular skin cell regeneration. Along with utilizing only the freshest local, organic goat milk, voilà we've got the two main components of Cleopatra’s ancient Egyptian skincare treatment. With our Manuka Honey Cleanser and our Goat Milk Soaps, the verdict always comes from our customers and it keeps on coming in the form of phone calls, e-mails, reviews, and conversations.