When you hear milk bath, what is the first thing that comes to mind???? For me, I remember hearing stories of Pharaoh Cleopatra using the milk of donkeys, honey and assorted flower essence for her daily bathing routine – she was such a diva! Lol Milk baths have always been something associated with luxury, splendour, grandeur and ultimate pampering… oh la, la! We all deserve to be pampered, so today I am sharing an easy DIY recipe for a luscious milk & honey bath that you can enjoy in your home this week 🙂
Now that Spring has Sprung (or at least for some of us), this bath is a perfect way to get your skin mega smooth, silky and sexy as you shed your winter layers. Ideally, perform the dry brushing routine I talked about in a previous posts, then soak up the goodness of this milk bath. When bath time is over, apply a pure, light moisturizer and darling, your skin will feel AMAH-ZING!!!!
The all-star ingredients featured in this bath, all have super nourishing and moisturizing properties, that will have your skin singing! Some of the key ingredients and their benefits include:
. Goat Milk Powder: High in essential fatty acids with a unique PH similar to humans, so is better absorbed and less irritating than other milks. Contains natural lactic acid, a form of alpha-hydroxy-acid (AHA) often found in many luxurious exfoliating products in spas. AHA helps to gently exfoliate dead skin cells, hydrate and reveal brighter skin.
. Cocoa Butter: A key ingredient in many body butters due to its super hydrating properties. High in Vitamins E & K, natural treatment for dry skin, scars and stretch marks. Naturally high in antioxidants that create a barrier for the skin. High in fatty acids which penetrate deep into the skin for intense hydration.
. Honey Powder: Anti-aging properties, attracts, retains and rebuilds moisture in skin. Natural antiseptic, skin cleanser and softener
Having a bath is also such a great way to relax, unwind, mediate and just soak away any unwanted stress from the day; adding this milk bath to your routine will just heighten your bathing experience to bathing 2.0! lol. In addition to Cleopatra, other royal figures who have been said to have indulged in a “beautifying, youth-promoting” milk bath include Nero’s wife Poppaea, Napoleon’s younger sister, Pauline, Queen Elizabeth I and Elisabeth of Bavaria!
Much like lady Cleopatra, I am definitely the Queen of my castle, so it is only fitting that I pamper myself with a lush, moisturizing milk bath and all you Queens out there should definitely try it out as well. This bath is also King friendly, so go ahead and rub-a-dub-dub with that special “King” in your life 😉 As always, use your discretion when using this bath soak especially if you have an existing medical or skin condition – common sense always please 🙂
As mentioned, the below recipe is super quick and easy to make and you can customize the fragrance with essential oils of your choosing. I used pure absolute ylang, ylang essential oil in this recipe as I LOVE its rich, velvety, deep, sweet and sensual notes along with its stress reducing properties. It does not hurt that ylang ylang is a natural aphrodisiac as well 😉 Other sensual wood and/or heavy floral oils are great for this bath recipe too; vetiver, cedarwood, sandalwood, geranium, patchouli and rose are all fabulous options to name a few.
As for the flower petals, they are optional but they make the bath that much prettier! I love to use dried Rose petals for a lot of my DIY bath recipes but to celebrate Spring, I used bright and beautiful dried Calendula flowers mixed with a touch of lavender flowers. The flowers can be a bit of a muck to clean out of the bathtub, so make sure you are not using bucketfuls 😛
When preparing the cocoa butter for the recipe you will want to pop it in the freezer before grating it, to avoid it melting too quickly in your hands. Make sure you use the fine grating side, so you don’t have massive chunks in your milk bath blend.
Last, like many DIY projects this milk bath makes a great gift for any occasion or just because. I usually fancy up the jar a bit more when gifting, by wrapping it with muslin cloth and a pretty ribbon 🙂
Happy bath time King and Queens! 🙂
150g Goats’ milk powder
200g Aluminum-free baking soda
25g Raw unrefined cocoa butter
20g honey powder
2 drops Ylang Yalng pure absolute oil OR 15-25 drops ylang ylang essential oil
Handful of dried flower petals (optional)
Spatula or metal spoon
700ml airtight jar – you can also use a few small jars instead
- Grate the cocoa butter on fine side of the grater then set aside.
- Place the goats’ milk powder, baking soda and honey powder in the sieve. Sift into a bowl, making sure that you press any clumps through the sieve.
- Add the essential oil to the sifted powder mixture and mix thoroughly with your spatula or metal spoon.
- Add the grated cocoa butter to the scented powder mixture and stir in gently. Sprinkle in most of the dried flower petals and mix through.
- Spoon the mixture into the jar(s) and sprinkle the remaining flower petals on top.
- When you are ready for bath time, sprinkle a few spoonfuls into running bath water and relax in milk bath bliss 🙂