Pinned And Tried: Oatmeal Milk Bath

February 21, 2017

It’s been a really long time since I’ve done a post like this! But the other day I mentioned to Dev how dry and itchy my skin felt, to which he responded “you need a milk bath”. He was absolutely right! So I turned to one of my favourite social media platforms, Pinterest, for some recipe inspiration.

I decided to go ahead with this pin because it has pretty photos (key), minimal ingredients and simple instructions. I blitzed 1/2 cup of oats in my Magic Bullet (creating a fine powder) and combined it with 1 cup of powdered skim milk and 1/4 cup of baking soda. I opted to sprinkle some lavender on top, although I would not recommend this step. It sure does look pretty, but the tiny buds stick to the sides of my tub and I have to spray them down the drain with my shower head after each use. They also don’t really add much benefit…a few drops of a lavender essential oil would smell much nicer and be less messy.

Oatmeal is known for its moisturizing benefits, while milk acts as a gentle exfoliator. Both are known to be soothing and can reduce redness or irritation frequently caused by dry skin. But to be honest, I don’t find this very moisturizing, and although an inexpensive DIY product, it’s nowhere near as luxurious as the LUSH Bath Oils or Bubble Bars. The recipe from the pin I found calls for whole fat dried milk, but unfortunately my local Bulk Barn only had vegan options. This is probably why I didn’t find it very nourishing…

If I were to try an oatmeal milk bath again, I would definitely use a ‘thicker’ milk rather than soy.

The powder also doesn’t dissolve completely when it hits the water. Instead it clumps and ends up looking like baby puke after too many arrowroot cookies. It’s not the most pleasant thing to sink into…

The jar does look really pretty sitting in my bathroom cabinet though!


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