It is right in the middle of winter and I am finding that my skin feels a bit dry, I am a little more tired than usual and my normal workouts are taking a bit of a toll on my poor, aching body. Anyone else feeling the same?
I am not normally much of a bath person but I have found myself wanting to dip into a bath more often lately just because of all those things mentioned and the warm, soothing relaxation sounds wonderful.
So I was in a fancy boutique recently and saw a milk cleanser that was packaged in a cute little milk bottle and I couldn’t stop thinking about how fun that was for gifts or just decoration for my own home. I came up with the idea of a milk bath and did a little research on what it was- after all bathing in milk doesn’t actually sound that appealing to me.
I did find out that Cleopatra was the one that put a milk bath on the map as she claimed the milk bath preserved her beauty and kept her skin glowing and youthful.
If it is good enough for Cleopatra, it is good enough for me.
It turns out that a milk bath is super easy to mix together and it is supposed to be excellent for the skin. This milk bath is also moisturizing which is perfect if you are suffering from dry skin.
To make this milk bath is super simple and you can adapt this to suit your own needs. Here is my recipe:
- 1½ cups Powdered Milk
- ½ cup baking soda
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup epsom salts
- 10-20 drops essential oil of your choice (optional)
- Mix all ingredients together and add to a jar.
I used lavender because it is so calming and such a lovely fragrance but you can use rosemary, floral scents, citrus scents, spearmint or you can use real almond oil or even honey.
The cornstarch, baking soda and milk powder are supposed to be very soothing so hopefully this is a little treat for you to get through the winter months.
I added epsom salts because they are amazing for soothing sore muscles but you can omit those or increase the amount to 1 cup if you really have tight or sore muscles. Just note when you do take baths- especially with epsom salts- be sure to stay hydrated with lots of water.
One last little note is in regards to how much to use. That is really up to you. I tend to use about 1/2 cup in my bath but you can be more or less generous depending on your needs.
You could also use mason jars or any pretty little container you might have on hand. I wanted to give these as gifts so I wrapped them with a little baker’s twine and added a little label that was hand stamped. Super simple and I think it looks really pretty.
Here are the items and sources for what I used- the milk powder you can find in the baking section of your local store. If you decide to try this project, please come back and let me know how it works out for you!
And here are a few other DIY bath products you might like:
Homemade Lotion Bars