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Stephenson Donkey's Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base
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Product Notice: May 18, 2023: This product was reformulated by the manufacturer without pentasodium pentetate. The change is minimal and will not affect the quality or performance of the soap bases, but the ingredient list on your product labels will need to be updated. 
This change impacts Stephenson M&P soap with batch numbers after 174500. For details on this change, visit Stephenson’s Knowledge Corner: Pentasodium Pentetate

Donkey’s milk is an emerging premium ingredient in the personal care industry and the newest addition to Stephenson’s line of melt and pour soap bases. It’s been used for centuries due to its high nutrient content and rejuvenating qualities. Cleopatra was known for taking baths in donkey’s milk as a beauty treatment.

This mild soap base is a very gentle cleanser that is a perfect option for baby soaps and sensitive skin. It has a beautiful, creamy lather with soothing properties that deeply moisturize. Easily create luxurious melt and pour soaps that rival the new upscale donkey milk products that are becoming increasingly popular in Europe.

For a fun, at-home project, try our tutorial on How to Make Loofa Soap!

Ingredients labeled with Batch #174500 or lower: Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Sorbitol, Sodium Laurate, Donkey Milk, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Titanium Dioxide, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Pentasodium Pentetate, Tetrasodium Etidronate

Ingredients labeled with Batch #174501 or higher: Aqua, Glycerin, Sodium Stearate, Sorbitol, Sodium Laurate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Donkey Milk, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Citric Acid, Titanium Dioxide, Sodium Citrate, Tetrasodium Iminodisuccinate, Tetrasodium Etidronate

Learn more about these ingredients on our Melt and Pour Soap Ingredients Defined page

Stephenson Donkey's Milk Melt and Pour Soap Base Highlights:

  • Vegetable based
  • Excellent foaming and lather
  • Neutral odor
  • Full of rejuvenating and moisturizing nutrients
  • Creamy, smooth texture
  • Perfect for slicing or molding

See our complete list of soap colorants.

IMPORTANT - Any time products are used on the skin, it is essential to test for safety. It is your responsibility to test any and all of our products to ensure satisfactory and safe results in your finished product. When adding ingredients to any soap base, do not use candle dye or fragrance oils that are not approved for bath and body use. Please see the individual fragrance page for recommended product usages, and review the IFRA sheets for usage maximums. You can also view soap-safe fragrance changes that have been affected by the IFRA 49 amendment.

Interested in selling your products? Check out a brief overview of labeling guidelines for cosmetics, which includes melt and pour soap, scrubs, whipped bath soaps, and more.

Wholesale Ordering
Check out our wholesale page for more information on ordering soap supplies in bulk or by the pallet.

Made in the UK


Melt Point
127°F (52.8°C)
White Opaque
Sulfate Free
Detergent Free
Skin Types
All Types
Prop 65 Warning

Product Reviews

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5 out of 5 Stars.
So lovely, so soft, second to the olive oil soap

This is so much softer than goat milk. Love love love. Please don't ever get rid of this melt and pour base at this price.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Great product but with caveat

The donkey milk soap is Devine. The only drawback is, how in the world do you get it out of the plastic container the 2 lb quantity is in. It doesn’t just plup out when you turn the container over, I bent a really sturdy spoon trying to spoon it out. Then I used a knife to try and cut it out and broke the blade on the knife. There has to be some secret how to get the soap out of that plastic container. If anyone knows, please share it.

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CandleScience responded: 2023-01-03

Hi there, thanks so much for sharing your experience with us. A member of our team has reached out to you via email to help navigate the plastic containers!

5 out of 5 Stars.
This is by far the best soap base I have ever used!!!! Buy it now!!!

I have used many soap bases from other great companies for years.....but this soap base is amazing. It leaves your skin so soft, good with fragrance oils, and best of all....if you love to make designs in your soap you will be amazed!

Thank you Candle Science for making a great product! You have gained a loyal customer.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Great experience for first time soap maker

It was extremely easy to use. Was fairly unscented which made it great for adding fragrance to. Did not take too long to set and held it shape very well. The quality of the soap is also good. Great lather and moisturizing. Also great price

5 out of 5 Stars.
About to purchase more!

I absolutely love this soap, I been using it for myself as I prepare to sell soap and I had severe dry cracked skin and after a few washes it completely went away, along with a big dark spot I had on my hand.

5 out of 5 Stars.
I love this soap base, can't wait to order again!

I'm about to launch my soap line and did alot of research on Donkeys Milk and knew I had to buy it. I made up my first batch and started using it on my severe dry skin and noticed a difference after a few washes! This soap is the truth and I will be ordering again so I can keep some soap on hand for myself.

5 out of 5 Stars.

I normally make goat milk soap because I enjoy the skin conditioning benefits of milk as an ingredient, but I have struggled with the film and feel left after you rinse. This base is amazing because it rinses clean and doesn't leave that filmy residue feeling but your skin is still clean and hydrated. It also holds fragrance and colorant beautifully. I will definitely purchase again!

5 out of 5 Stars.

I can't thank Candle Science enough for this soap! My skin is so dry it actually hurts,finding anything with effective moisture has been frustrating.This Donkey Milk soap made a wonderful difference! My skin isn't hurting or itching near as much,I finally have relief! I'm excited to share this product with others.Thank you,so very much!

5 out of 5 Stars.

As a person who struggles with year-round dry skin and severe eczema in the winter, I admit I was skeptical about trying this soap base. I've tried nearly every kind of moisturizing soap under the sun and there are very few that actually work for me. I decided to give this donkey milk soap a try. I'm so glad I did. I LOVE this soap base and I highly recommend it for anyone prone to dry skin. My skin is so soft and well moisturized. This soap base will be a life saver during the extremely dry winter months.

5 out of 5 Stars.
Cleopatra knew her stuff!!!

This base is amazing! I make spiritual soaps and this base is just what I have been looking for. It has a great lather and leaves you feeling CLEAN. I am about to place my 3rd order. Thank you for carrying this base.