Handmade Scented Milk Bath
With scented milk bath, you’re essentially giving someone the gift of soft skin. Legend has it that we can attribute Cleopatra’s radiant skin to regular soaks in milk baths. With that in mind, I made several batches to give as gifts this holiday season.
I started with some spice jars from Crate & Barrel outlet to hold about a cup of the mixture in each, which amounts to approximately two bath servings.
Then, I gathered the simple ingredients: powdered or nonfat dry milk, corn starch, baking soda, and essential oils. I chose eucalyptus and lavender because I had them on hand.
In a bowl, I mixed 1 cup of the dry milk…
And a quarter cup each of the corn starch and baking soda.
I then added about 15-20 drops of the essential oil, and mixed it in thoroughly with a wisk.
Next, I filled up each container with the milk bath mixture.
I typed the labels on our old typewriter, which took some practice.
And then glued the labels to the sides of the jars.
With a bit of raffia or ribbon around the tops, these will make the perfect little gifts for teachers, family, or friends.
Basic Milk Bath Recipe:
- 1 cup of powdered milk
- 1/4 cup of baking soda
- 1/4 cup of corn starch
- 15-20 drops of essential oil (spearmint, eucalyptus, lavender, etc.)
Stir ingredients together well, add to jars, and let sit for at least 24-hours before using. You may typically put about 2-4 tablespoons per bath. This basic milk bath will last for months, even up to a year, on the shelf. You can get more fancy with your milk bath and use other kinds of powdered milk, like coconut or yogurt, even nut flours. And you can add salt to add minerals to the bath. But you can’t go wrong with the basic bath to start.