Our story is as fascinating as the story of Cleopatra and her famous beauty baths, soaking in a bathtub of donkey milk. Naturally our story ends up intertwining with hers.
The feminine world has always been a mystery to men. And when it comes to beauty and its’ rituals, even more so. In 2005 one of our partners, Filipe Carvalho, read an article about Cleopatra and her rituals; the queen of beauty would bathe in the milk of 300 donkeys. Curious about the benefits of this milk and how it rejuvenises and refreshes the skin, he decided to research the topic further; and that is how it all began.
His research would unravel into a long and well-supported piece of scientific research that would lead him to find our first Mirandesa breed donkey – Bolacha.
From the outset we could see how sensitive Bolacha’s maternal instinct was, and it became clear that the well-being of her foal had to come first. Thus, in the for the first few months all of Bolacha’s milk would go to her foal, later, only a tiny amount would be milked. A balance that is respected to this day, milking is about sharing here at Herdade das Faias, it’s engrained in our roots.