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Homemade Beauty Solutions...make your own bath and body products

Updated on May 28, 2011


Indulge yourself with silky milk baths, delight in beautiful bath oils, Pamper your skin with cleansing body scrubs, spice up your bathing experience with refreshing bath salts and bombs all made at home by you.

Making homemade bath products is a lot simpler then many of us first realise, a great way to save money, with most of the ingredients needed able to be found in most local supermarkets or pharmacies( if not already in your pantry)  making it a fantastic option for those of us concerned with using natural products and the bottom dollar

Homemade milk bath

Milk baths were made historically famous by Cleopatra, the properties of milk are thought to aid in dissolve dead skin cells, and considering Cleopatra’s renown beauty and the smoothing effect it has on the skin I am inclined to believe the hype, try some of the recipes below for simple milk baths to enhance your bathing experience

Lavender Milk bath

I cup of powdered milk

2-3 drops of lavender oil

Step one. In a small bowl mix the ingredients before adding to your bath.

Step two. For a nice touch of luxury add lavender leaves or flower petals to the water of your bath.

Note this recipe can easily be adapted with the use of different oils

Vanilla milk bath

2 cups of powdered milk

1 cup of corn-starch (or cornflour)

10 drops of vanilla pure essential oil

Step one. Using a wire whisk or metal knife, mix the powdered milk and corn-starch together until it seems to be the same colour

Step two. Still stirring add the vanilla oil until well combined

Step three. Store in an airtight sterilized bottle or container,

Note. Another recipe that would make a great gift idea, for friends and family.

Milk bath

1 cup powdered milk

1/2 cup Epsom salts

1 tablespoon baking soda

1 tablespoon corn-starch

2 to 3 drops of your chosen essential oil

Step one. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl adding the oil last

Step two. Store in an airtight waterproof container,

Step three. Uses… add two tablespoons or more table spoons to your bath and relax.


Luxurious milk bath

2 cups powdered milk (dry)

1 Tablespoons of dried orange peel

2 Teaspoons of dried lavender flowers

2 Teaspoons of dried rosemary

Step one. In a mixing bowl combine all the above ingredients thoroughly

Step Two. Pour into chosen airtight container, (A glass bottle is perfect for this if you have one)

Step three. Use… Pour ½ cup into a full bath and enjoy

Note, this also makes a great gift idea

Homemade Bath oil

Bath oils have been used for thousands of years, its use recorded thought out history all over the globe from early biblical times, to ancient china and Egypt just to name a few.

In today’s age we have so many oils from all over the world that there is sure to be something for everyone, so try out the following simple recipes for making your own bath oils

Honey bath oil

This is for a single use only

1 cup of honey

2 cups of milk

I cup of sea salt (or cooking salt)

4 tablespoons of baking soda

15ml of baby oil

Step one. In a mixing bowl stir the honey, milk, salt and baking soda together pour into a warm bath

Step two. Add the 15ml of baby oil to the bath and stir well before you enjoy this smoothing soak.

Honey and vanilla bath oil

Keep in a cool place

1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

½ cup honey

½ cup shampoo (preferably unscented)

1 cup light oil, such as baby oil or mineral oil

Step one. Pour all ingredients into a glass bottle or jar and shake until well combined,

Step two. Uses… pour as much as you like into your bath or massage into the skin during a shower.

Homemade body scrub

Using a body scrub is a great way to remove dead skin cells, cleanse and refresh you skin leaving it silky smooth and smelling great, try some of these homemade body scrubs made with simple ingredients and you may be happily surprised with the results


Brown sugar body scrub

 Keep cool until ready to use

1 ½ cups of brown sugar

½ cup of olive oil

¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract


Step one. Pack the brown sugar into a mixing bowl, pouring the olive oil over it slowly, using spoon press oil into sugar until it makes a paste

Step two. Sprinkle the vanilla extract over your paste for a refreshing scent

Step three. Use…gather into your palm and massage over your skin, not to be used on the face, over broken skin or hair.

Great to help make your skin softer and give it that healthy glow


 Cocoa body scrub

Can store up to six months, in a waterproof tight container,

2 tablespoons of olive oil

½ tablespoon of cocoa powder

1 cup of brown sugar

½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon

½ cup of sugar


Step one. In one bowl mix all the ingredients thoroughly together then store in a waterproof container

Step two. Use…scrub all over your body while in the bath (or shower) for wonderfully smooth scented skin.

Note to remember, if moisture gets into the container the mixture is should be considered ruined due to growing bacteria



Scented salt body scrub

2 cups Epsom salts

1-2 drops of food colouring

1-2 drops of fragrance or essential oil

2 tablespoons of baby oil

Step one. Mix together in a large bowl and store in an airtight bottle.

Step two. Use… Massage into the skin in the bath (or shower) using as little or as much as you like


Note this recipe is very adaptable with colours and different scents making a great gift idea for friends and family members.


Basic salt body scrub

½ cup of olive oil

2-3 Tablespoons of sea salt (although regular salt will suffice)

Step one. Mix together in a small bowl

Step two. Massage into the skin in the bath or shower, the salt will clear away the dead skin cells while the oil will moisture.

Note. Not to be used more then 2-3 times a week as it can dry out the skin when overused.


Homemade Bath salts

Believed to have first originated in china, the use of bath salts is a great way to enhance your bathing experience, both for relaxation and medical benefits, and it is so easy to make both for yourself of as a gift for friends and family try it today

Easy bath salt recipe

I cup of Epsom salt

7 drops of essential oil

7-10 drops of colour (food colour will work nicely)

Step one. Mix together the Epsom salt and your chosen oil; stir until there are no clumps

Step two. Stir in your colour until nicely blended

Step three. Spread out on baking paper and leave to dry for a few hours, once dry place into an airtight container.

Note when using essential oils, skin irritation can occur if too much oil is used in a recipe


How to make bath salts

Making Bath bombs


So light some candles play some soft music and spoil yourself today with your own homemade beauty products!


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      Paige Avery 6 months ago

      These are amazing.i love ❤️ it

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      Treammewern 4 years ago

      My partner and i utilized to receive at the top of living although of late I've truly accumulated a new opposition.

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      K.A.E Grove 4 years ago from Australia

      I am so glad that you liked them, I truly hope you enjoyed them

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      Sarah 4 years ago from USA

      Those scrubs sound divine! I'll have go and make some!

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia


      the honey bath oil is a fantastic bathing experince, which I highly recommend. When dealing with food I tend to lean towards caution, and milk can go off quickly at times, but if you do store this bath oil in the fridge it can ( and has for me) keep up to a week. but I do recommend keeping an eye on it after the first day.

      I hope you enjoy this :)

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      Davina 5 years ago


      I am making Honey bath oil, but it says for single use only. Does this mean you can only use it once? If so this seems strange as there is an awful lot of ingredients.

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia

      Brown sugar scrub has long been my favorite I am so very very glad you enjoyed it!!!

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      hannah miller 5 years ago

      ahhhhhhh that brown sugar scrub is sooo refreshing i can't stop feeling my skin it is soooo soft! Thanks for telling me about it!

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      K.A.E Grove 5 years ago from Australia

      I am thrilled that you loved the brown sugar scrub as much as I do :) thanks heaps for the feed back..


      I hope you have fun with your home made projects, let us know how which ones work the best for you :)

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      AmyEliza 5 years ago from Toronto

      I can't wait to try some of these!

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      had to go and try the brown sugar - now I'm back - WONDERFUL!!! Thank you so much!


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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      I am so glad to have helped :) I love the home made products that I make for myself and friends and cannot recommend the process enough!

      good luck with your beauty bible :)

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      laral 6 years ago from England

      I love this hub! Thank you for your suggestions. I was thinking to make my own range (for myself only) of beauty products and this will definitely go into my home made beauty bible.

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      there is nothing nicer then relaxing at home in the bath with a good book and few candles :) us hard worked mothers need it :) so glad that you liked these...

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      4tune 6 years ago from Michigan

      I'm a bathing freak, I can NEVER get out of a tub fast, I always say oh yes just 10 minutes but always has to be like an 1/2 hour thing, well I have a hyper kid so I need it.

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      I am so glad to hear that you liked these and I cant recommend the brown sugar scrub enough...

      I hope you enjoy them

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      Thelma Alberts 6 years ago from Germany

      Hello nighthag! This is a wonderful hub. I love body scrubs on my skin. I´ll try your brown sugar body scrub.I´ll bookmark this. Thanks for sharing.

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      I am so glad that you found this hub useful, I am a huge fan of the body scrubs and I hope that you like them as much as I do.

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      eudociadavis 6 years ago

      Great nighhag,you done a great job all of your recipes are awesome and i will definitely try your Brown sugar body scrub recipe.Bundle of thanks.

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      I am so glad that you like these recipes, I have personally found that regular use of body scrubs goes a long way to smooth out skin all over our bodies and anything that contains milk is a wonderful help to giving our skin a healthy glow...

      Thanks heaps for the visit

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      accofranco 6 years ago from L Island

      hey nighthag this is awesome...i love the cocoa and honey scrubs...can they help my back to look smoother and glowing?

      i love this hub...thanks, you are amazing...

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      K.A.E Grove 6 years ago from Australia

      I am so glad that you liked these homemade bath recipes, I have to admit that as much as I love the milk baths, it is the body scrubs that win for me every time,

      I hope that you enjoy these as much as I do :)

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      mysisters 6 years ago

      Great Hub! All of these DIY homemade recipes sound divine! I especially love the milk baths and body scrubs.

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia

      Nan, sounds lovely and simple, which are the two things I like the most, thanks for the tip :)


      Thanks so much, they really are quite indulgent

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      NikitaButalia 7 years ago

      This is amazing. Hats off to you!

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      Nan 7 years ago

      Thanks for the information. I buy lavendar oil and use in my bathwater. I usually sit for 1/2 hour, and it makes me feel great.

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      Dazzling Image 7 years ago

      Thanks nighthag, I shall try out the brown sugar scrub real soon:)

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia

      lola oyedotun, thanks I am so glad that you liked it.

      Loren's Gem, I am so glad that you liked it, the milk baths are beautiful, but I adore the body scrubs the best :)

      Dazzling Image, I am so glad that you liked them The brown sugar scrubs are my favorite


      I have a few hubs planned on this topic, including foot

      and hand care, so I will let you know as I am always open to sharing links :) I am glad that you liked this :)

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      DaisyChain 7 years ago from France

      Lovely Hub. I've just written a hub about foot care. Do you have any home made foot preparations that you could add to this hub? It would make a nice link.(If not, I suppose any of these could be used).

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      Dazzling Image 7 years ago

      Wow...I love the DIY body scrubs. Very economical and it works great on the skin. Thanks for sharing.

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      Loren's Gem 7 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

      Great hub! Love those milk baths as well as those scented salt body scrubs. Rated and voted it up! :-)

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      Lola Oyedotun-Balogun 7 years ago from Calgary

      Thanks for sharing....

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia

      they are really nice, the first time I tired some of the body scrubs it felt a little strange using cooking ingredients, but the way it made my skin feel quickly won me over. Perfect for taking that precious 'me' time we all need

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      acaetnna 7 years ago from Guildford

      Gosh they sound divine - thanks, a great hub. I shall bookmark this for when I get some 'me' time!

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia

      I am so glad I could help, I simply love most of the recipes on this page so I am thrilled you liked it!

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      Youngcurves19 7 years ago from Hawaii

      Love it thanks!!!!! you pretty much added everything i need! great hub

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia

      Thanks I am thrill that you like it, the scrubs are great, but should only be used on the body, I hope to have more hubs covering skin care soon thanks heaps for stopping by

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      Sammy 7 years ago from Australia

      Wow, interesting hub! I like the scrubs! - are they just for body application or can they be used on the face also?

      Thanks!! :) SF

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      K.A.E Grove 7 years ago from Australia

      Hey samiaali I am so glad that you liked, I definitely recommend the brown sugar scrub that and the cocoa one are my absolute favorites so quick to make and great for the shower!

      Thanks so much for stopping in I hope you like these recipes as much as I do