Milk Bath Recipe

Super-easy milk bath recipes - make yummy homemade bath products in a flash

Milk bath recipes are some of the quickest, easiest homemade bath products you can make, and they're also some of the most restorative and soothing. When you add in the soul soothing, nerve relaxing benefits of essential oils, you have a surefire winner!

Milk removes dead skin cells and softens skin. It also nourishes and smooths, so it's especially good for dry skin or skin that seems to have lost its vitality.

This recipe includes corn starch and baking soda to power up its skin-softening effect and give the bathwater a silky feel. They're also great for soothing itchy skin.

One point about fat: The higher the fat content of the milk, the more nourishing it is for you skin. This is one time when Low Fat is NOT your best bet.

Simple Scented Milk Bath Recipe


2 cups (200g) whole powdered Milk

1/2 cup (65g) Cornstarch (also called corn flour)

1/4 cup (50g) Baking Soda

One of the Essential Oil blends below

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  1. Combine the milk powder, cornstarch and baking soda in a large dark glass or PET plastic jar. Put the lid on and shake the jar until the powders are completely mixed.

  2. Remove the cap and add the essential oils from one of the blends below, placing each drop in its own spot on the mixture. Re-cap the jar and shake to combine.

  3. Let sit for 24 hours before using, to let the aromatherapy bath recipe "cure". Store in a cool, dark place.

  4. To use, pour 1 to 2 cups of your milk bath under hot running water. Swish around to remove any lumps (there shouldn't be any) lie back and relax!

  5. Finish your skin-softening experience with a hydrating lotion or body oil. Yummy!

Scenting Your Milk Bath Recipe

Lavender Lift

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil, 9 drops lemon, 1 drop chamomile
  • Caution: if you're allergic to ragweed, leave out the chamomile.

Sunny Citrus

  • 10 drops bergamot essential oil, 9 drops orange, 1 drop geranium, ylang ylang OR jasmine
  • Caution: Do not use this blend before sun exposure - it may increase the risk of sunburn.

Silk & Spice

  • 10 drops lavender essential oil, 9 drops patchouli OR sandalwood, 1 drop clove
  • Caution: if your skin is sensitive, leave out the clove.

Sweet Vanilla Heaven

  • 10 drops vanilla absolute essential oil.
  • Note: You generally need less drops of the absolutes because their scent is so concentrated, however you can add up to 20 drops if you like a stronger aroma.

Summer Rose

  • 6 drops rose absolute, 3 drops palmarosa, 1 drop geranium.

Milk Bath Quick Trick

Want a milk bath right now but don't have milk powder on hand? Just pour 2 cups of milk directly into your bathwater, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and voila - instant milk bath recipe!

Where to Buy Milk Bath Recipe Ingredients

You'll find cornstarch, baking soda and powdered milk at your supermarket or at Plus, with Amazon Prime, you get free shipping on everything. My friend Lisa buys all her groceries on Amazon - no more trips to the store!

Amazon also has epic variety in essential oils - if you're a browsing kinda person, go nuts! Just remember you get what you pay for. Please, please don't buy the cheapest oils - I promise you they'll be diluted with synthetic ick you don't want on your skin.

I buy my essential oils from a company called doTERRA because I've found that they have the best quality - better than any of the other brands I've used over the past 10 years. I found I got better results and I never got headaches or skin irritation, which sometimes happened with other brands.

I was pretty resistant to trying them because their prices are higher than a lot of other brands, but when I saw and felt the difference on my skin, I was won over.

I find that because they're so effective, I can get away with using fewer drops per recipe, which helps even out the cost. So if you want high quality, ultra-effective oils, these guys are for you.

You can buy doTerra's oils at retail prices by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get a store-wide 25% discount. Contact me if you want more details on the wholesale deal - it's well worth it.

My favorite supplier for other aromatherapy recipe ingredients is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are excellent, their staff is wonderful, and their products are good. Here's some quick links to the essential oils you'll need for this milk bath recipe...

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