This DIY Milk Bath recipe with lavender, rose and oatmeal will leave your skin soft and your mind calm.
Back before I got into DIY bath and body products, I never really thought about how to create a relaxing milk bath, or why you would want to. I don’t know if I assumed people poured straight up whole cow’s milk into the bath, or what! The idea of using powdered milk never crossed my mind.
It turns out, you can do it that way! But most people nowadays use powdered milk instead, to create a soothing blend of dried herbs, milk, and essential oils with a long shelf life and no refrigeration needed.
Why You Should Try A Milk Bath
The lactic acid in milk is great for dry or itchy skin, and it’s mild, so irritation is highly unlikely. It’s also rich in vitamins and minerals, including zinc and vitamin e.
I like to add finely ground oatmeal to my milk baths, because oatmeal is great for opening up your pores. The anti-inflammatory properties will help reduce swelling or irritation as well!
Cornstarch will leave your skin feeling silky smooth and refreshed, as will the baking soda. However, baking soda can make your mixture clumpy. If you’re giving this away as a gift, I would leave it out.
Lavender and rose petals are wonderful for dry, itchy skin as well, but to be honest, I mostly add them for the aesthetic and the calming scent. Nothing makes me feel calm after a long day’s work quite like a relaxing bath with lavender and rose petals.
Choosing The Right Herbs and Ingredients For Your DIY Milk Bath
You can use any type of dried milk that you want. I happened to have dried coconut milk on hand, so that’s what I used. Regular dried milk would have worked just as well.
Truly, taking a bath with just dried milk would be soothing and great for your skin on it’s own, but personalizing it with different herbs, flowers, and essential oils is the way to go!
You can choose to add the ground oatmeal if you like, but it’s not necessary. Besides lavender and roses, I would also recommend calendula or chamomile. Those are my top four flowers for gentle skincare DIY’s.
Lavender is a good base flower, but if you don’t have any on hand, a few drops of lavender essential oil would work. Just go easy. Remember, essential oils are highly concentrated and can irritate your skin if they’re not diluted or used properly.
DIY Milk Bath Recipe (Lavender Rose & Oatmeal)
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Ingredients For Floral DIY Milk Bath:
- 3/4 cup Oatmeal (finely ground)
- 1 cup Powdered Milk (I used powdered coconut milk)
- 1/2 cup Dried Lavender Petals (finely ground)
- 1/3 cup Dried Rose Petals (finely ground)
- 1/4 cup Cornstarch
- Optional: 1/4 cup Baking Soda
- Optional: A few drops of Essential Oils of your choice
- Mason Jar/Glass Container
- Optional: Twine
How To Make A DIY Milk Bath:
1. Grind The Oatmeal Until Fine
In a blender, blend the oatmeal until finely ground. Add the oatmeal to a large bowl once done.
2. Blend The Dried Lavender and Rose Petals
Grind the flower petals until they’re fine, and add them to the bowl of oatmeal.
3. Add The Powdered Milk To The Bowl & Mix
Add the powdered milk to the other ingredients, and mix well. If you’re adding essential oils for a stronger fragrance, add them now and mix.
4. Add The Mixture To Your Mason Jar or Glass Container
Tie a bow with some twine if you have it! It gives the jar that rustic chic vibe that I love.
When properly stored in a dry, cool spot, with a secure lid, this recipe should last for a long time! Seeing as all of the ingredients have a long shelf life, I would say it could last upwards of a year. However, the sooner you use it, the better.
Remember, if you added essential oils, they’ll lose their potency a little faster in clear glass jars like this one. Even still, when stored correctly (in a dark room is best), it will last several months.
These would make adorable gifts or party favors. The glass jars would be the most expensive part about them if you make them in bulk. Slap a cute sticker or tag on, and you’ve got yourself a thoughtful gift for friends or family!
If you make my DIY milk bath, I’d love to see! You can tag me in a picture on Instagram or leave a comment below letting me know how it turned out. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.
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