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Simple Milk Bath Recipe


Cleopatra & Marc Antony

Cleopatra & marc Antony

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Cleopatra, and other sophisticated ladies, have bathed in milk for centuries. While it may seem like just wasteful decadence, there's actually a reason why the milk is good for your skin. The lactic acid in milk is an alpha-hydroxy acid, which helps cleanse the skin and release dead skin cells. This simple recipe is very flexible and customizable to your own royal desires. You can modify the choice of salts, types of milk, fragrance and other ingredients to give you just the bath experience you want.


  • 2 cups of powdered milk (goat, cow or buttermilk)
  • 1 cup of epsom salt (optional)
  • 1 cup of sea salt (optional)
  • 1/2 cup of baking soda (optional)
  • 1 cup Natrasorb Bath (optional)
  • 1/2 ounce of lavender essential oil or any other fragrance you prefer (optional)


  1. Measure out the milk. If you're using salt(s), mix everything together well, making sure to break up any clumps. I find that a large, wide, stainless steel bowl works best for mixing.
  2. Add the fragrance or essential oil. I love lavender in bath blends...but you can use any fragrance or essential oil blend you like.
  3. Mix everything together well.
  4. Scoop the milk-mixture into jars or other air-tight containers.
  5. Add a half cup or so to briskly running bath water and enjoy a soothing soak.
Note: I've included salts in the recipe, but they are optional - the main point here is the milk. The salts will help with the cleansing (sea salt) and detoxifying (baking soda) and relaxing (epsom). Include any or all of them at your preference. Natrasorb Bath is also a really great, silky, luxurious additive that is lovely in bath milk blends. (Buy Direct)

Additional Note: Be sure to note the "pull" or "best by" date of your powdered milk. It won't last as long on the shelf as regular salts will.

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