I shared this at The Crafting Chicks blog a few weeks ago but I thought I would share it here also. I like to pamper myself when I can and I like to think of fun ways to pamper my friends. What better way than to give them something relaxing and soothing for the bath. Winter can be harsh on your skin and this Scented Homemade Milk Bath is the perfect solution.
What You Need:
1 1/2 cup Whole Powdered Milk
1/2 cup Cornstarch
1/2 cup Baking Soda
Essential Oils (about 10 drops)
What could be easier than 4 ingredients? The milk moisturizes your skin, the cornstarch soothes irritation, and the baking soda softens. The essential oils add a wonderful scent.
Mix the ingredients together in a large bowl. To fill 2 wide mouth Mason jars and have a little left over for myself I used 4 1/2 cups of milk, 1 1/2 cups of cornstarch, and 1 1/2 cups baking soda. If you are using smaller jars you won’t need to make as much. Just remember the ratio is: 1 1/2 milk to 1/2 cornstarch and baking soda.
By using the wide mouth jars it makes it so much easier to get the mixture in the jars. I tried using a funnel but it didn’t work very well. This was a better option. I washed the mixture off my hands and they were softer already.
Add about 10 drops of essential oils to a large jar or 5 drops to a smaller jar. Place the lid on the jar and shake until well mixed. If you add oils the Milk Bath will not be ready to use until after 24 hours.
Now it’s time to embellish the jars to give as gifts. I used chalkboard labels, tulle, and added cute little scoops to the outside of the jars. I had the little scoops left over from a Sundae party we had a few years ago. Aren’t they so cute? You could also decorate the lids using fabric, scrapbook paper, or washi tape.
I love the chalkboard labels on the jars. It’s easy to cut the vinyl using a cutting machine or even just cutting by hand. I used a Lavender essential oil because I think it’s so relaxing. I decided to add Peppermint oil to the other one because of Christmas gift giving. I would love to try Lemon or Orange essential oils in the future.
To use simply pour 1/2 – 1 cup into the bath water and relax. I think I’ll go take a bath now with my left over Peppermint Milk Bath.