There was a very good reason why Cleopatra potentially took milk baths. All the ingredients that were used are great for the skin. Milk baths use lactic acid, an alpha hydroxy acid, to dissolve the proteins which hold together dead skin cells.
At room temperature, milk is fermented by bacteria that produce lactic acid. Such bacteria are commonly found in yogurt. Lactic acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid with the chemical formula CH3CH(OH)COOH. Alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA) are used extensively in the cosmetics industry in products claiming to reduce wrinkles, fade age spots and improve the overall look and feel of the skin. They are also used by dermatologists in chemical peels, and by beauty spas and home kits in lower concentrations. The effectiveness of alpha-hydroxy acids for improving the skin is well documented, although there are many cosmetic products with exaggerated claims. It is quite reasonable to expect that washing the skin with milk could promote the growth of lactobacilli bacteria that would help to remove dead skin cells by the action of the acid generated. In addition, the butterfat in milk would act as a moisturizer to prevent the skin from becoming dry.
Cleopatra was said to use rose oil and jasmine oil, but there are more affordable essential oils for like lavender (to relax) and orange (to energize).
2 cup Powdered Milk
½ cup Bi-carb soda
½ cup Epsom salts
½ cup Honey
handful of Rose Petals(optional)
1 ml (20 drops) Geranium essential oil
.5 ml (10 drops) Mandarin essential oil
.5 ml (10 drops) Ylang Ylang essential oil
**Optional: Rose, Lily or Lavender petals
1. Mix together powdered milk, bi-carb soda, epsom salts.
2. Put essential oils in a bottle and shake to blend.
3. Heat honey just a little bit (you do not want this very hot, otherwise it will damage the pure essential oils)and add essential oils and mix thoroughly.
4. Then combine dry ingredients with honey mixture.
5. Once the mixture is well combined, then add a handful of Rose Petals (optional).
You can choose how much to use per milk bath, and you will probably need a filter in the drain to catch the rose petals if you have used them. I do use them, I love the added scent!
While you are running your bath and when it is almost filled to where you want it add a couple of large tablespoons under the running water. Also make sure that you have your bathroom door closed so that the beautiful aroma from the pure essential oils does not escape, you certainly want to enjoy the aroma while you are bathing, it will certainly enhance the ambiance.
Cleopatra's Milk Bath is also an excellent gift to give to your friends and family. Put in a cute bottle or jar and add a pretty label and a ribbon.