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Homemade Milk Bath Recipe

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Making a Milk Bath is an easy way to soften and moisturize dry skin. With just a few ingredients, you can make your own soothing milk bath at home in just minutes!

A mason jar with homemade milk bath topped with a green ribbon

I don’t know about you but I am a huge fan of a nice hot bath.  Maybe it’s my three boys running around crazy all the time but taking twenty minutes of relaxation is HUGE for me!

I also like to experiment with adding various concoctions to the bath and coming up with DIY pampering goodies (like my DIY citrus scrub.) Today I am sharing a super pampering milk bath recipe!!

A collection of products to make homemade milk bath including baking soda and goat bilk

What is the history of a Milk Bath?

People have been adding milk to their bathwater for hundreds of years. In fact, Cleopatra and Poppaea, the wife of Emperor Nero were known for bathing in donkey milk and Queen Elizabeth the 1st of England was also known for taking milk baths.


This is one of the easiest little things to put together-three ingredients only: powdered milk, baking soda, and cornstarch.

  • Baking Soda softens your skin
  • Corn Starch soothes irritation
  • Milk Powder moisturizes the skin and the natural lactic acid found in the milk exfoliates

Generally speaking the higher fat the powdered milk the better, my grocery store only had goat milk in Vitamin D so that’s what I used but you could also use powdered coconut milk (smells amazing!!!)

Step by step

To make your milk bath combine the milk, baking soda, and cornstarch in a 2:1:1 ratio.  So if you used 1 cup of powdered milk you’d use 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/2 cup of cornstarch. 

I make mine in mason jars so I eyeball it in the jar then close the jar and shake it to mix it up!

How to add scent

If you’d like to add a scent add 5-10 drops of the essential oil of your choice (I use only Young Living Essential Oils) after mixing the powders and shake again. Lavender, Peppermint, or Citrus would be great options.

If adding essential oils, allow the milk bath to sit 24 hours before using to let the scent blend into the mixture.

Instructions for use

To use simply pour a cup into the bath, I usually pour half of a small pint mason jar in so I get two baths from a jar.  When not in use, store the milk bath in a dark, cool place in a sealed container.

Wouldn’t this make a great gift too?? Just make your own gift bag from wrapping paper, package it up and you have a thoughtful and inexpensive gift!

A mason jar on its side with homemade milk bath spilled on a wood table

For more DIY beauty products, try my Brown Sugar Lip Scrub, Coffee Sugar Scrub, or DIY Hair Mask!

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  1. I’m interested in making several jars of this to give as Christmas gifts. Do you know if this has an extended “shelf life,” or should I wait a few weeks to put this together?

  2. Do you have to use goats milk or coconut milk or can you something like NIDO whole powdered milk? It’s much cheaper and should still contain the fat you mentioned for moisturizing?

  3. They say that corn starch gives yeast infections do you substitute it with something else or just leave it out

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  5. I can’t wait to try this. Summer is coming to an end and I like to take a nice hot soak in the tub in the fall and winter time. I have some powdered buttermilk. Would that work in this?

    1. Buttermilk is much lower in fat than whole milk. plenty of lactic acid. experiment and see if it works the same. Make a small batch at first.

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  9. Young Living Oils are not very healthy. They aren’t biological, they can’t tell you where their ingedrients and plants come from (genmanipulated)
    I would never use them.
    But the idea is really good!

    1. Actually your comment is false Young living oils prove their source hence their motto from seed to seal. They are highly researched and

  10. I’d love to try this but is there something that can be used in place of the corn starch for people who have reactions to corn products? Thanks so much.

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