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DIY on a Dime: Mix Lavender Milk Bath

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Mix up this easy Lavender Milk Bath to gift this year.

Years ago I had the best time putting together spa kits 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.

Milk bath is super easy to prepare and lovely to bathe in. 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.

With this great gift, you can do a little or do a lot. The milk bath, packaged in a nice jar, makes a nice gift all by itself. Step it up a little more by adding other bath accessories. Don’t forget to consult the Spa Kit How to for more inspiration.

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.

Make sure you find other uses for the lavender oil.

I found two fun jars in my stash: a vintage ball jar with a wire latch and a milk bottle. You know for the MILK bath? I bought the former at a dollar store years ago. The milk bottle I bought at my local grocery store. It was full of milk.

Use whatever containers you like, provided you make them airtight. You could  use repurposed Starbucks Frappucino bottles for a very cute (and smaller than the quart size) milk bottle containers. But if you don’t want to spend the cash on containers, just use clear plastic goodie bags. Be sure to add some kind of label so they know what they’re getting.

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. (Stay tuned for other gifts including lavender flowers and oil.)

Your friends will thank you for such a relaxing gift.

Lavender Milk Bath


  • 1 cup epsom salt
  • 1 cup powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup lavender flowers
  • 4 drops lavender essential oil


  1. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Store in airtight containers.
  2. For bath, add 1/4 cup mixture to hot running water.
  3. Relax!

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

DIY on a Dime

This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts series. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list.

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  1. I LOVE taking baths, and I have an addiction to bath products of all kinds, but in my efforts to purge as many chemicals from my daily life as possible, I love finding all natural DIY recipes I can use to make yummy spas. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Any suggestions for the type of powdered milk to use? I always see it at the store and never know which one to buy. I would love to make these and also use the powdered milk for other recipes. Thanks for a great idea.

  3. Silly question, but are we talking fresh lavendar flowers? Are they commonly sold at a florist, grocer, etc..??

    1. They are dried as far as I know. But, lavender always seems “dry” to me. I have some that I dried myself. The rest I bought in the spice aisle of the health food store — in bulk.

  4. Thanks for the idea! I found some really cute jelly mason jars on clearance & I’m looking for recipes like bath salts & body scrubs. I never would of thought to add powdered milk to the bath stuff. Hopefully I can find cheap this week (the price of powdered milk has skyrocketed! in the past year here)

  5. I have never heard of a milk bath! Sounds lovely though 🙂 One thing you can do with the essential oil is to dab a little on the hand towel in the bathroom right after you clean it. It will scent the bathroom nicely, and coming into a freshly-cleaned and sweet smelling bathroom is SO fun!

  6. Where did you get your lavendar flowers? I’m not sure where to begin to look. I’m sure the answer is going to give me a Duh moment.

      1. We like to use our dried lavender for laundry sachet ls in the dryer. Use a 4×6 draw string bag tied very tight! Pop in the dryer! Your sheets will never be the same , you can use this bag 6 times per load for drying. Thank you!

  7. Hi! I would just like to ask if the sugar in powdered milk will affect the mixture? And how long will a batch keep? I live in a tropical area so Im just worried that it wouldnt be able to last long here

    1. My powdered milk doesn’t have sugar added to it. So, I’m not really sure how to answer that. I’d keep it a couple months probably in an airtight container.

  8. Can you use Instant nonfat dry milk? I looked at several stores today for powdered milk and rather than order something I can’t consume (I’m lactose intolerant), I’d rather know if I can substitute with something from the local store. I was going to make this for a gift and I don’t want to make up something that would be a weird blob in the tub! 😉 Thanks!