Elevate your next outdoor bath or soak in the inflatable tub by making good use of a tried and tested milk bath recipe. A milk bath is not only physically and mentally soothing but great for your skin. Thankfully, milk baths are extremely affordable and you can actually choose all of the ingredients for your DIY milk bath. Then you can store the ingredients in an airtight container and use another scoop or two for your next warm bath.
The Benefits of a Milk Bath
Putting together your own soothing milk bath does more than keeping your skin soft, a milk bath can do the following with just a few ingredients:
- Relieve itchy skin
- Soothe skin rashes
- Hydrate dry skin
- Exfoliate dead skin cells
- Fight wrinkles
- Smell amazing and help you relax
- Leave your skin feeling soft and bouncy
How to Put Together a Milk Bath Recipe
Liquid or Powdered Milk
Before anything else, you have to decide what form of milk you'd prefer for the milk bath. There are a lot of powdered milk options that you can choose from (e. g., powdered coconut milk and powdered buttermilk.) If there is more fat in your powdered milk it will do a better job at exfoliating (because of the lactic acid) and moisturizing your skin so keep this in mind when you are choosing your milk powder.
After deciding what side you're on, powdered milk vs. liquid milk, choose what kind of milk will make up your milk bath recipe! If you want an oatmeal milk bath or one with coconut milk, it's totally up to you! Popular milk bath recipes use:
- Goat milk
- Coconut milk
- Almond milk
- Donkey milk
- Breast milk
- Whole fat milk
Of course, essential oils are essential in any milk bath recipe. Not only do essential oils set the tone for your overall experience, but they enhance the relaxation element of a DIY milk bath because it smells amazing. Choose one or even two essential oils! Add a few drops of our favorites:
- Lavender essential oil
- Lemon essential oil
- Vanilla essential oil
- Rose essential oil
- Mint essential oil
- Blend of essential oils
If you look at any other milk bath recipe, you know that baking soda is just as important as ground oats or lavender essential oil.
Baking soda is responsible for soothing irritated or itchy skin. Baking soda is also great at helping your skin heal which is why it's such a vital part of a DIY milk bath.
For finishing touches, you can add things like corn starch, flower petals, and Epsom salts into your milk bath. These dry ingredients can make a big difference in your milk bath experience!
DIY Milk Bath Recipes to Try
Plant-Based Milk Bath
Use plant-based milk, baking soda, floral essential oils, and add rose petals for a non-dairy milk bath!
Minty Oatmeal Milk Bath
Add your oat powdered milk, baking soda, corn starch, and mint essential oil into warm water for one of the most popular oatmeal baths out there!
Lavender and Powdered Coconut Milk bath
This milk bath is perfect for lavender essential oil lovers! Add coconut, non-fat, and whole-fat dry milk together before adding your lavender essential oil. This milk powder mix doesn't need an emulsifier and you can store the powdered milk for future milk baths.
Milk and Honey Milk Bath
Add liquid milk, any will do, your favorite essential oils, Epsom salt, and honey into the bath water for a relaxing and hydrating soak.
Vanilla Oatmeal Milk Bath
Grind up oats in the food processor into a fine powder for this milk bath recipe. Simply add your oats into some goat milk then add baking soda, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and vanilla essential oil! Feel free to top off your milk bath with rose petals!