Softening Milk Bath Recipes

Though many of the top spas and health resorts have started offering milk baths to their clients, the truth is, these baths are really nothing new.

Throughout history these baths have been the choice of Queens.

Cleopatra, who was loved by two powerful Romans and who ruled her country through a time of turmoil and assassination, was thought to have enhanced her beauty with the use of milk baths.

Queen Bathsheba of Biblical times was bathing on the roof of her palace when her future husband David first laid eyes on her, and through there is some disagreement between the poets, milk was said to be one of the components of her bath.

Queen Elizabeth, the woman who ushered in English Renaissance, and Elisabeth of Bavaria were also thought to have bathed in milk.

The beautiful women of history have always known that these baths can be amazingly healthy for your skin, but why is this?

The Benefits Of A Milk Bath

Milk contains lactic acid, which can be used as an exfoliation agent.

Many women who suffer from things like dry skin, acne or blackheads find that milk baths can help them a great deal, and if you suffer from these conditions, they can help you too.

Essentially, the lactic acid in milk will dissolve the proteins that your dead skin uses to cling to your body; this leaves your skin feeling fresh and smooth largely because a entire layer of dead skin might have been sloughed off!

There is a difference between what you will typically get in a spa and what you might have gotten two thousand years ago.

In the first place, Cleopatra was thought to have bathed in the milk of asses, that is, of the donkeys that were native to Egypt.

Today, most of the baths you will encounter will be mostly water with a small amount of fresh cow's milk or powdered milk added to it.

You'll also find that other additives like special herbs, spices or essential oils can be used to scent the bath and to imbue it with other healthful properties.

After getting out of a your bath, is is often recommended that you take a quick cool shower to remove any of the last traces of milks or oils, and you'll often feel a great deal more relaxed.

Some women use this bath specifically for getting in touch with their sensual side, while others will praise its exfoliation qualities.

Many people claim that a milk bath will accelerate new skin growth, and it is well known that it will moisturize and condition your skin.

Take some time and think about what a milk bath will do for you. Why not follow in the footsteps of some of the greatest beauties of history.

Milk Bath Recopies

Basic Milk Bath Recipe

This recipe will be enough for 2 to 3 baths and has a soft violet scent form the orris root.

To use scoop the desired amount of milk bath and tie securely in a hanky or muslin bag, or even a face cloth, tie to your faucet and allow the warm water to run over the bath bag.


  • 1 capsule vitamin E
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup almond meal
  • 1/4 cup dried orris root
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 3 cups powdered milk


  • Place all dry ingredients into a bowl
  • Break open the vitamin E capsule and add to dry mix
  • Stir until completely mixed
  • Store in a covered container

Note: You can make your own almond meal using a blender grind up slivered or blanched almonds until they are a powdered consistency.

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Bathe Like A Queen

Chamomile Milk Recipe

A wonderfully simple recipe to help you relax and unwind.


  • 1/2 cup dried chamomile or 5 chamomile tea bags
  • 1 cup boiled water
  • 4 cups powdered milk


  • Steep chamomile or chamomile tea bags in water for about 20 minutes
  • Strain the liquid
  • Mix the liquid with milk and add to your bath water

Milk And Honey Recipe

Milk and honey create a skin softening bath and is perfect to use in the winter months when your skin is dry and craves extra moisture.


  • 4 tablespoons of honey
  • 6 tablespoons of dried milk powder
  • 1 quart of boiling water


  • Place honey in a bowl and add the boiling water.
  • Stir well until the honey is completely dissolved
  • Let sit until cool
  • Place the powdered milk in a bowl and gradually blend in the honey water
  • Add this milk mixture to a warm bath and swish with your hand to completely dissolve

Note, This recipe does not store, make and use.

Oatmeal Milk Recipe


  • 6 drops lavender oil
  • 1 Teaspoon hazelnut oil
  • 1/4 cup oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup powdered milk


  • Mix all ingredients together except the oatmeal and add directly to your bath
  • Put oats in face cloth, hanky, or a muslin bag and let bag float in bath water as you are bathing.

Note: This is a one bath recipe, make and use

Summer Night Milk Recipe


  • 4 drops gardenia fragrance oil
  • 4 drops orange oil
  • 5 drops vanilla fragrance oil
  • 6 drops sandalwood oil
  • 1/2 cup Epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 2 cups dry nonfat powdered milk


  • Mix all ingredients together well and pour into a covered container
  • Pour 1 cup into your bath as you fill the tub and mix well

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Author: Tanna Mayer
Updated: April 7, 2015

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