Cleopatra Inspired DIY Lavender Milk Bath by Katie Gustafson January 18, 2019 04:03

Cleopatra Inspired
DIY Lavender Milk Bath
By Katie Gustafson

Thousands of years after her infamous reign of ancient Egypt, Cleopatra holds up as a timeless beauty icon.  This is extra impressive in our digital world, plastered with images of celebrities, because we don’t even really know what she looked like. But it’s possible that Cleopatra’s beauty secrets hold up for other reasons. Her powerful confidence was legendary and she was seriously devoted to self-care, even while ruling the world. There’s definitely some appeal to that for the modern woman.


Today I’m bringing you a really simple, but decadent, DIY that takes advantage of two of Cleo’s famous self-care hacks: oils (lavender essential oil, in this case) and milk. This DIY Lavender Milk Bath uses dehydrated milk, which allows it to hold onto it’s shelf life (since we aren’t all able to send our many servants out to obtain fresh milk on the daily, like Cleopatra.) This recipe also uses baking soda and Epsom salt, two modern ingredients that can help soften skin and relax muscles. This DIY Lavender Milk Bath makes a fabulous gift for someone who rules your world, or a great way to treat yourself like a queen.

What You’ll Need


  • 2.5 cups of Powdered Milk

Milk contains lactic acid which helps your skin slough off dead cells, which is why a milk bath makes skin appear smoother and brighter. Milk also contains plenty of fat and protein, both of which moisturize skin. I like this powdered milk because it is full fat and hormone-free, but there are plenty of options to choose from.


  • 20 drops of Bee Pure Lavender Essential Oil

Cleopatra reportedly used a variety of essential oils as perfume. Lavender essential oil is our top choice to add to the bath (probably no surprises there, right?) Lavender’s beautiful scent has been found to reduce stress and help sleep. It also has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, which means that it is an effective cleanser and can reduce puffiness/redness.


  • 1 cup of Epsom Salt

If you are physically active at all (most modern queens are), Epsom salt baths need to be a part of your life.  Not only do Epsom salt baths help with muscle recovery, the magnesium they provide via skin absorption has a plethora of benefits for the body and mind.


  • 1/2 cup of Baking Soda

Baking soda is an inexpensive ingredient that pretty much everyone has lurking around in their kitchen cabinet, but it also is a winner in the DIY beauty world because of it’s exfoliating and skin-softening properties. In addition to the milk in this bath, the baking soda softens and brightens skin even more.


  • Pretty Packaging

If you are making these as gifts, I’d suggest packaging them in a glass, milk bottle or a container that comes with a scoop (check out Amazon or even your local dollar store to find some options). You can also go with a classic Mason jar, of course!


  • Optional: Other oils (Frankincense, Myrrh, Neroli or Patchouli) and/or dried lavender flowers.

Cleopatra reportedly favored the scents of Frankincense, Neroli and Patchouli, so you may consider adding any of these to your milk bath to give it a more Egyptian edge! A tablespoon of Lavender buds also make a beautiful touch when making this milk bath as a gift. Just beware that the user will have to clean out the tub afterwards if you decide to add the flowers, which may or may not be worthwhile to the recipient.


Combine all of the ingredients well, package and enjoy! This recipe yields 32 oz, which comes out to about 8 uses if you use .5 cup for each bath!