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!
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!!
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 ½ cup of baking soda and ½ 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!