The Most Luxurious Bath There Is

July 2014
It happens to all of us : caught up in the stress of daily life, we forget to take time for ourselves and to take a break. No matter how hectic your shedule gets, you should always make a bit of time to pamper yourself. Arianne de Guzman, beauty nerd and founder of the blog Glitter Geek, explains how to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation from the comfort of your own bathtub.

Did you know that milk baths were all the rage in Ancient Egypt? Take a page from Cleopatra’s book and find out how to relax in a delightful, affordable and all-natural milk and oat bath.

A bath worthy of Cleopatra

Ingredients and materials required

  • 3 cups of Natrel Fine-filtered 3.25% milk
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • 3 tbsp honey powder (or 1 cup raw honey)
  • Essential oils (vanilla, bergaptene-free bergamot, geranium)
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups
  • Coffee grinder
  • Large mixing bowl
  1. Step 1

    Put the rolled oats in a coffee grinder. Grind the oats until they have a fine flour texture.

  2. Step 2

    Add all of the dry ingredients into a mixing bowl.

  3. Step 3

    Add drops of your favourite essential oils into the dry mix. For this recipe, I added 5 drops of vanilla, 5 drops of bergamot and 5 drops of geranium essential oils. Mix well.

  4. Step 4

    In the bath, prepare the water. You want the water to be warm to the touch, but not so hot that it hurts the skin. If you're using raw honey, pour the honey under the running water to melt the honey into a liquid consistency.

  5. Step 5

    Slowly pour in the dry ingredients and mix them with the water by swirling your hand in the water.

  6. Step 6

    Pour Natrel Fine Filtered 3.25% milk in the bath.

  7. Step 7

    Relax, enjoy, and make sure to soak for at least 15 minutes.


I like to double or triple the recipe and store the finished product in an airtight jar. Print a label and tie a ribbon on it: it makes a thoughtful gift for someone who deserves a DIY spa day.

Bergaptene in bergamot essential oils can cause skin irritations with sun exposure, so try to find a bergaptene-free bergamot essential oil to avoid photosensitivity.

If you don’t have time for a bath, mix a small amount of milk – ¼ cup with a tablespoon of dry ingredients – in a bowl. After cleansing your skin, apply the mixture with a shower pouf for a hydrating and exfoliating skin treatment.

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