The best Mint Milk Bath Recipe to leave your skin feeling soft and nourished. This makes an ideal homemade hostess gift or holiday gift for anyone on your list!

Made with just a few ingredients in a few minutes, you’re going to love this luxurious way to soak.

milk bath in a clear glass jar on a wood surface, with a linen towel in background.

I’m starting to think about gift giving again. I truly enjoy making gifts that our friends, family and girls’ teachers will love. In fact, don’t skip this post with 40+ Homemade Christmas Gifts… there’s something for everyone on your list!

A clear glass jar of mint milk bath recipe under a tree with blue and wrapped gifts.

After sharing some of my favorite sugar scrub and bath salt recipes with you, I decided it was time to share my favorite milk bath recipe.

Of course, it involves spearmint. Something about this particular scent just puts me at ease. Of course, this is a great gift for yourself too! We all know how important self care is!

This post was originally published November 2013 and updated December 2020.

milk bath recipe ingredients in silver measuring cups on a wooden surface.

What is Milk Bath?

You can make this bath and beauty product as an additive to your bath water. It can be fresh or powdered… this particular recipe is powdered because it makes a beautiful gift when packaged.

It has properties that create luxuriously smooth, refreshed and moisturized skin!

In fact, it’s said that Catherine Parr and Elizabeth I of England used milk baths in effort to look young!

A clear glass jar of mint milk bath recipe under a tree with blue and wrapped gifts.

Milk Bath Recipe Ingredients

This recipe gets back to the basics, requiring pantry style ingredients my Grandma always had on the farm.

  • Dry Milk – Powdered milk is simply dehydrated milk, pressed into a fine powder. It has a long shelf life so feel free to stock up!
  • Cornstarch – Another white powdered ingredient, it’s incredibly smooth and ground fine, often used for thickening in recipes.
  • Baking Soda – Baking soda is a leavening agent used in baked goods. When activated, it’s also an incredible natural cleaning agent!
  • Essential Oil – Many folks seek out essential oils for health benefits, but they also have an incredible fragrance that adds to the aromatherapy experience of your milk bath recipe. Here, I’ve used spearmint essential oil, which can benefit your breathing and help with sore muscles.


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How to make milk bath

  1. Mix dry ingredients together in a mixing bowl.
  2. Add essential oil to preference {keep in mind that it will be diluted in the bathtub}
  3. Stir well.
  4. Add the mixture to your jar and allow to sit at least 24 hours before enjoying.

The jar lid left beautiful impressions on the mixture, as you can see – it’s so soft.

You can use as much of this recipe as you’d like in each bath! I’d suggest starting with half a cup and working your way up from there… it’s totally personal preference!

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What are the benefits of milk bath?

The lactic acid in milk is an alpha hydroxy acid dissolves proteins that hold dead skin cells together, allowing them to be released. It leaves your skin looking and feeling more youthful and fresh.

What kind of milk do you use for a milk bath?

I prefer full fat dry milk because it’s ideal for gifting! However, you can use whole (liquid) milk, buttermilk, coconut milk, goat milk, or soy, rice or almond milk in a milk bath. Cow’s milk is most popular (probably because it’s inexpensive).

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Free Printable Label for Gifting

I’m also including a free printable label today. Kraft paper is not only on my must have craft supply list, but it’s also my favorite for holiday gift wrapping. It just feels classic and timeless.

You can use kraft paper sticker sheets to adhere the label directly to the glass with no additional adhesive if you’d prefer!

Click here for the free printable mint bath milk label! Find weck jars for storing your bath recipes here.

You can also package this mint milk bath recipe inside a clear ornament for the ultimate holiday gift. Tie one of my printable gift tags on for a little added charm!

homemade mint bath milk recipe and free printable labels

If you prefer, you can watch this video in this post to learn how to make it step by step.

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Mint Milk Bath

Easy 4 ingredient milk bath recipe to leave your skin feeling soft and nourished.
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 5 minutes
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  • In a small mixing bowl, whisk powdered milk, cornstarch, and baking soda until combined.
  • Add essential oil to preference, keeping in mind it will be diluted in the bath tub. Whisk well.
  • Add mixture to an airtight jar. Allow to marinate at least 24 hours before enjoying for the best fragrance.


  • Store in an airtight container up to one month.
  • You can use as much of the milk bath recipe per bath as you’d like… I’d suggest starting at half a cup and going up from there! 



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    1. My apologies April! It’s 1/4 cup. I’ve updated the recipe. I hope you enjoy this and my other homemade gift ideas!

  1. This looks like an absolutely lovely gift idea! I am vegan and am going to attempt to do the recipe with dried soy or almond milk 🙂 I had one question if I may, where did you get those jars, love them! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Hi Brigid! I’d love to know how that works, please share! Of course! They are standard Weck jars, so typically anywhere you can purchase canning supplies, including Crate & Barrel & Williams-Sonoma. Enjoy!