It takes just minutes and a few household ingredients to mix up a batch of Lavender Milk Bath. Perfect for relaxing or giving as a gift, this homemade milk bath is super frugal and a great way to DIY on a dime.
Years ago I had the best time putting together spa gift baskets for the ladies among my friends and family. In addition to a few bath items like loofahs, puffs, and wash cloths, I also included a homemade milk bath scented with lavender.
What is Lavender Milk Bath?
A milk bath is when you mix liquid or powdered milk into warm water in the bath tub. You can simply add milk to the bath water or prepare a milk bath mixture with other things added in to increase relaxation and health benefits.
This lavender milk bath can be made to use for yourself or given as a gift. It is for use in the bathtub, for external use only.
Please keep away from children.
As always, please use common sense and discretion when making a home remedy or beauty product. Read the packaging carefully and be mindful of any health concerns.
Epsom salt – Regularly available in the pharmacy section of your store, epsom salt is used in baths to alleviate pain and stress as well as to soften the skin.
Dry milk powder – Available in the coffee/tea or baking aisles of the grocery store, dry milk powder is just that, powdered or dehydrated milk. It provides a number of health benefits to your skin.
Thanks to the general affordability of dry milk powder, a milk bath is super easy to prepare and lovely to bathe in.
Baking soda – A baking soda bath is often used to treat a number of skin conditions and can aid in relaxation and pain relief
lavender (oil and flowers) – Lavender is known for its relaxation properties and gives this bath mix a lovely scent.
The lavender flowers are pretty, but they may weird your family out if you forget to rinse the tub. Don’t forget to rinse the tub!
This is a frugal gift depending on how you source your items and if you will make good use of the extras.
Epsom salt was cheap at 22 cents at Walmart. Baking soda costs a few pennies. The lavender flowers cost about 25 cents. The powdered milk about 50 cents.
The lavender essential oil, however, was $10/bottle. While you’re just using a little amount, it’s still an investment on supplies that you may or may not use.
You’ll want to store the milk bath in a closed container. Repurpose pretty jars or bottles that you already have, such as milk bottles or Frappucino or iced coffee bottles. Or you can purchase new containers, like this apothecary jar, for the purpose.
But if you don’t want to spend the cash on containers and you don’t have anything for repurposing, just use clear plastic goodie bags or ziptop sandwich bags.
Be sure to add some kind of label so they know what they’re getting and what it’s made of.
All in all, you’re not going to spend more than $2 or $3 per batch of milk bath (plus container), but you’ll need to buy the ingredients for more than one batch.
How to Make Lavender Milk Bath
- mixing bowl
- measuring cups
- jar or other closed storage container
- 1 cup epsom salt
- 1 cup powdered milk
- 1/4 cup lavender flowers
- 1/4 cup baking soda
- 4 drops lavender essential oil
- In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
- Store in airtight containers.
- To use in bath: add 1/4 cup mixture to hot water in tub. Soak and relax.