DIY Beauty: Pamper yourself with a milk bath

by Gio
milk bath benefits and recipes

Wanna bathe like a queen? Forget water. Soak in milk, instead.

Cleopatra swore it was the secret to her youthful complexion. Famous for her beauty, the Egyptian Queen who won the hearts of the two most powerful men in Rome was willing to do whatever it took to keep her skin flawless.

One of her rituals was to bathe in donkey milk. Rumour has it, she needed about 700 lactating donkeys to have enough milk for her daily bath!

You don’t have to go that for. The whole milk you have in the fridge or a few sachets of milk powder will do just as well. But does a bath milk really work or is this just another of those crazy things women did in the name of beauty that turned out to kill them (lead makeup, anyone?)?

What Are The Benefits Of A Milk Bath?

Milk has exfoliating and moisturising properties.

Milk is loaded with lactic acid, an exfoliant that dissolves the glue that holds skin cells together. Once they’re off your skin, your whole complexion looks brighter. It feels smoother, too.

The proteins in milk moisturises skin, too. When you come out of the water, your skin will be baby soft.

Related: Glycolic Acid VS Lactic Acid: Which One Is Right For You?

Are There Any Side Effects?

If you’re allergic to milk, do NOT have a milk bath.

That’s not all. These days, milk can contain hormones and other impurities that can irritate sensitive skin.

I do think it’s best to get your exfoliation from a toner or serum with lactic acid instead than milk. It’s safer that way. But if you’d like to give a milk bath a go, go ahead. Just get out of there ASAP if you feel something isn’t right with your skin/body.


How To Make A Milk Bath

1. Simple Milk and Epsom Salts Bath For Relaxation


  • 50g of milk powder
  • 1 cup of Epsom Salts
  • a few drops of an essential oil of your choice (NOT fragranced – that’s irritating, too!)


  1. Mix the essential oil and Epsom Salts in a bowl and once they are well combined add the milk powder.
  2. Keep mixing until the mixture is rid of clumps.
  3. Add some of the mixture to your bath and store away the rest.

2. Milk and Cornstarch Bath To Soothe Skin


  • 1 cup of powdered milk
  • 1 cup of cornstarch
  • a few drops of an essential oil of your choice (NOT fragranced!)


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl until the mixture becomes clump-free.
  2. Add some to your bath and, if you made too much, store the rest.

3. Honey Milk Bath To Moisturize Skin


  • 1 cup of powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup of honey
  • 1 tablespoon of almond oil
  • 2 cups of hot water


Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl until all the lumps are gone. Then, add it to your bath.

Have you ever tried a milk bath before? Share your experience in the comments below.

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Paris B June 17, 2010 - 11:35 am

I’ve tried a milk bath!! But it was at some spa – make me feel baby smooth all over – must be all that lactic acid at work. At home I don’t have a bathtub so no DIY for me 🙁

beautifulwithbrains June 17, 2010 - 8:50 pm

Paris, that sounds wonderful! It must be an even more pampering experience at a spa. It’s a shame you don’t have a bathtub though, it’s so nice to bathe in milk sometimes at home.

Marina (Makeup4all) June 17, 2010 - 3:04 pm

I LOVE baths with milk! And I usually use milk with olive oil and essential oils 🙂

beautifulwithbrains June 17, 2010 - 8:52 pm

Marina, I’m glad you do too, they’re so nice, aren’t they? I’ve never tried using olive oil but I will now, thanks for the tip. 🙂

Trisha June 17, 2010 - 6:32 pm

I’ve never tried this, but it sounds pretty darn tempting with the sunburn I have right now.

beautifulwithbrains June 17, 2010 - 8:52 pm

Trisha, you have to try it. It’s so wonderful and luxurious and it’s amazing how smooth your skin feels afterwards. 🙂

Dao June 17, 2010 - 7:07 pm

I took a milk bath once. The milk passed the expiration date and I had to dump it down the drain. I chose to bathe with it first and my skin was amazingly soft afterward.

beautifulwithbrains June 17, 2010 - 8:54 pm

Dao, that’s nice that you still found a use for it. Bathing in milk is a wonderful experience isn’t it?

Tavia June 18, 2010 - 10:33 pm

I know this might sound silly but I haven’t taken a bath in ages. I prefer to wash myself in the shower, it’s faster and easier. Taking a bath takes a lot of time and most of the times when I used to take one, I was getting very sleepy, I almost wanted to sleep in the bathtub and I didn’t finished drying my hair. 🙂

beautifulwithbrains June 20, 2010 - 7:53 pm

Tavia, that’s not silly. Lots of people prefer to shower as it easy and you waste less water than when you take a bath. Personally, I like to relax by taking a long, hot bath. I could stay in there for an hour or more and get lost in my thoughts but most days, I just shower, cos it’s more practicle and faster. 🙂

Pamela September 30, 2010 - 3:15 pm

Can you use milk from a container or do you have to use powdered milk? And how much do you need to add to the bath so it will work effectively?

beautifulwithbrains September 30, 2010 - 8:21 pm

Pamela, both types of milk can be used. As for the quantity, it depends on your preference. Usually one or two cups are enough, but you can use more if you like.

mzflylady February 16, 2011 - 7:29 pm

what’s the name of the powdered milk you have to use

beautifulwithbrains February 16, 2011 - 8:54 pm

mzflylady, any brand of powdered milk you have is good. 🙂

serwaa aboagye June 8, 2016 - 7:49 am

I don’t have a bathtub what else can I do

Gio June 10, 2016 - 12:20 pm

Serwaa, oh no! Maybe you can do a pedicure foot bath?

H March 5, 2016 - 4:44 am

For anybody milk intolerant toward milk try buying it raw for your bath water. People who cannot have the typical milk at the store to drink can tolerate it if it’s raw,-that is if you can stomach it.

Gio March 5, 2016 - 9:28 pm

H, thanks for the tip. 🙂


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