I like to share a nice skincare recipe and this one for bath milk is lovely and perfect for this time of year, when it’s fine to close the curtains, run a gorgeous hot bath and indulge in a little TLC. All these ingredients can be bought at your local supermarket easily, with the exception of the botanicals, but you don’t really need to add these as they are optional and really just decorative. It’s so easy to make this bath milk and makes a really lovely gift too. Full of natural minerals and moisture, bath milk is perfect for dry skin. If it’s good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for us. Cornflour and bicarbonate of soda soften the skin and help to alleviate dryness too.
So what do you need?
- 200g empty jar (you can use a clean jam jar or similar: clean them in the dishwasher to sterilise them)
- 100g milk powder (full-fat, semi, goats etc. but get a fatty one as that’s where the moistursing element is, a skimmed-milk powder won’t give you a very indulgent product)
- 50g cornflour
- 50g bicarbonate of soda
- 40 drops of essential oils of your choice – lavender, geranium, rose, sweet orange are all good.
- A teaspoon of botanicals (dried lavender, rose petals, calendula leaves etc.)
- mixing bowl
How to make it
Weigh the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle on your chosen essential oils and stir very thoroughly. Decant into your jar. Label your jar with the date and the essential oils you used, so you know for next time what you made. Make is look pretty with a little ribbon around it.
How to use it
This is the most fun part – just run a bath, tip in a good amount, swirl it around, then get in and enjoy!
You can add any essential oils to this – just make sure you don’t use more than 40 drops for the total 200g recipe. Eucalyptus is perfect for when you are feeling congested. A little rosemary is great for achy muscles. Rose is super-indulgent and makes it a lovely present. Just research the essential oils you like the most.
Adding botanicals really makes the bath milk look so pretty – you can easily buy small amounts of dried rose petals and similar on Ebay.
If you want to create something even more gorgeous, you could add a little grated cocoa butter into the mix; this will add a very moistursing element to the bath milk. 20g will do this nicely, so just reduce the cornflower and the bicarb by 10g each.
Adding some epsom salts will make this bath milk work extra well for achey muscles.
Basically, you can play around a little with the quantities until you create a bath milk which is perfect for you.