Luxurious and soothing, milk baths have been popular since the Roman era, and with good cause! You can scent this in many different ways in order to suit your recipientâ€™s personal preferences.
Basic Bath Milk Recipe
1 1/2 cups powdered milk (soy milk powder works just fine for this, but you can also use dairy milk powder as well)
1/2 cup Epsom salts
Essential oil of your choice
1/2 cup flower petals (optional)
Food coloring to suit the essential oil and flower petals (optional)
Mix the powdered milk and Epsom salts together, and if desired, and add 2-3 drops of food coloring (if desired), mixing well so that the color is uniform. You can skip this step if you like, although thereâ€™s something sweet about having the hue match the scentâ€”a few drops of red coloring will create a soft pink thatâ€™s ideal for grapefruit or rose scents, while orange is great for a tangerine-vanilla bath, light purple for lavender, and so forth.
After youâ€™ve mixed the milk and salt together, add 5-8 drops of essential oil. If youâ€™re creating a floral bath milk, you can mix in about 1/2 a cup of flower petals as well. Mix it all well, then decant into a pretty glass bottle or jar, and youâ€™re done.
*Note: If youâ€™re making a lavender or chamomile bath milk, recommend to the recipient that they use a tea strainer or cheesecloth for the bath, or else theyâ€™ll have to deal with a bunch of small floaty petals, which can be rather frustrating to corral.