Here's a recipe I've had written in my recipe book for a few years that should go along very very well with you milk bath skincare recipes:
1 tablespoon dried rosemary
1 tablespoon dried thyme
1 tablespoon dried mint
Peel of 1 orange
Peel of 1 lemon
2 cups boiling water
1 small (9.6-oz) box dried milk, enough to make 3 quarts; if you have oily skin, use nonfat milk powder
Combine the herbs and citrus peels in a large ceramic bowl. Pour the boiling water over the herbs and peels and allow to steep for several hours (even overnight). Strain off the liquid, removing all solids. Add the milk powder to this solution. Draw a warm (not hot) bath, and pour the entire mixture into the bath water. Soak in the tub for at least 20 minutes. Rinse the milk off your skin with warm water; you don't want it to sour on your skin, creating an unpleasant smell. Pat dry and moisturize your body.
Yields: Approximately 16 oz, enough for one bath.
This sounds wonderful Stephanie. I usually just add milk/butter milk to mine and call it Cleopatra's Milk Bath. You can see the recipe here. Thanks for sharing this recipe.
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Run a nice, warm bath but not too warm to rip the natural oils from the skin. Leave a window slightly open but shut the door to lock in the steam. Now and again, run the hot water tap in the sink to produce more steam- this will help cleanse and refresh your skin.
Have your normal bath as you would usually ie wash yourself, feel free to add bath salts or liquid soap etc. Try to repeat this routine at least once a week. It will open the pores allowing you to wash the dirt out.
To make this bath cookie, you will need sea salt (2 cups), baking soda (1/2 cup), cornstarch (1/2 cup), T light oil (2 ), vitamin E oil (1tsp), essential oil (6 drops) and eggs (2 nos.).
Mix all the ingredients into soft dough. You can easily make 24 cookies out of the ingredients mentioned here.
Preheat the oven at 350 F and place the dough on the non-greased cookie sheet. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes and allow it to cool. Use 2 cookies every time you bath. Drop in the water and allow dissolving.
Here's my philosophy when it comes to a relaxing time in the tub:
First of all, before getting in, allow the water to run and the bubbles to foam and sit on the toilet seat and take a few calming breaths while closing your eyes. Then, light various scented candles all over the place and i suggest that you don't limit on the variety of scents, the more the better. After it's all set up get in and keep taking deep breaths while you listen to the sounds of whatever music you chose to play or even the peaceful sound of the wind, rain, or silence. Take your time and enjoy!!:)
SHOWER AND BATH GEL % of total
Distilled Water 49.69
Soap Blend DEV 40.00
PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate 8.50
DMDM Hydantoin 0.30
Citric Acid 0.06
Polysorbate 20 0.65
Sodium Chloride (or) table salt *** 0.50
1. Combine ingredients of Part A with mixing until dissolved.
2. Add the ingredients of Part B to Part A with mixing.
3. Premix the ingredients of Part C and add to Part A+B with mixing.
4. Add slowly Part D for thickening of soap blend.
Add fragrances such as:
· Modern Fresh Floral
· Chamomile Spa
· Sweet Herbal
· Pina Colada
· Cranberry Crème
· Cucumber Melon
· Ocean Fresh
(Add fragrance solution slowly while mixing to desired strength.)
Note: Color should be mixed approximately 40:1 in water before combining. Mix together and then add with mixing until the product has the color strength you are looking for.
Note: If your formula becomes cloudy add polysorbate 20 one drop at a time until it clears.
*** Viscosity (or thickness) of the blend can be adjusted with the use of sodium chloride (salt) at low levels in some of the products. This can range from 0.2% to 1%. Viscosity typically follows a salt curve whereby a maximum viscosity is reached and
Salt thickens surfactants due to the ability of the sodium ions to lower the charge density on the outside of the micelles in the formula. This usually only applies to anionic species or anionic nonionic mixtures.
Hey Neli, thanks for this awesome recipe! One thing caught my eye: pina colada :) Here's a recipe for pina colada bath