DIY Milk Bath Recipes

July 12, 2016

DIY Milk Bath Recipes


As a Denver photographer specializing in milk bath portraits, I’ve had my fair share of experience with baths! My clients tell me all the time that getting their portraits taken in the milk bath is a relaxing, spa-like experience, and I try to enhance that with salts, oils, and other fun good-for-your-skin additives. Milk baths contain lactic acid and have benefits like exfoliating away dead skins cells and softening rough patches.


If you enjoyed your milk bath here at my studio, there are a lot of all natural items you already probably have in your pantry that you could add in to your baths at home for ultimate soothing, relaxation, and healthy, moisturized skin. I decided to collect some fun recipes to share and would love to hear from you in the comments if you have a favorite that is not listed!

Boudoir Milk Bath with lavender and roses

Lavender Milk Bath

adapted from my frugal adventures

  • 1½ cups Powdered Milk
  • ½ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 10 drops lavender essential oil

Mix all ingredients together and put into resealable jar.
Denver Boudoir milk bath portraits


Peppermint Milk Bath
adapted from this mama loves

  • 1½ cups Powdered Milk
  • ½ cup epsom salts
  • Peppermint tea bag

Open tea bag and mix contents with the milk and salt. Place into releasable jar.


DIY Milk bath recipes rose boudoir photography

Rose Milk Bath
adapted from hello glow

  • 1½ cups Powdered Milk
  • ½ cup epsom salts
  • 1/4 cup dried rose petals
  • 10 drops rose essential oil

Mix all ingredients together (add petals last) and put into resealable jar.


Maternity fine art milk baht portraits
Chamomile Oatmeal Milk Bath
adapted from shaken together life

  • 1½ cups Powdered Milk
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup ground oats (put 1/2 cup oats in food processor until fine)
  • 1/4 cup dried chamomile flowers


Mix all ingredients together (add flowers last) and put into resealable jar.


Note of how much to add to your bath – it is up to you! Most recipes I found called from about 1/4 C to 1/2 C of the mixture added to the running bath water.

Enjoy your relaxing bath time!


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