I love baths. Having a bath is my daily go-to for self-love, me-time relaxation! Candles, music, bubbles-- I love it all. If I'm ever lost, I'm likely just hidden away in the tub with my granny-style floral shower cap on, lost in the warmth of the soothing water and a good book!
One of my favourite special treats for bath time is a Cleopatra-style milk and honey soak, with rose petals. Even better when this happens on a lazy Sunday afternoon-- "Nothing to do. Nowhere to be. A simple little kind of free"! Even just writing about this, my heart flutters and my body yearns for some tub-time!!
...my "happy place" prepared for a rose petal milk & honey bath soak!
Known of her radiant skin and her stunning beauty, Cleopatra was said to bathe in milk to keep her skin soft and beautiful. The milk for these legendary baths was provided by donkeys- it was told that donkey's milk "lurked a magic which would dispel all diseases and blights from your beauty". Today, however, we know that milk (in general, not just donkey milk) is a great natural ingredient for skin care for its lactic-acid, a natural form of alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). AHAs penetrate the top layers of the skin to slough off dead skin cells. This exfoliation stimulates the skin and new, healthy cells are generated. Using AHAs in your skincare routine allows the skin to rejuvenate itself more quickly. I favour natural sources of AHA as opposed to synthesized however, both forms will support rejuvenation. I also recommend that, like anything, moderation is key-- prolonged use of AHAs can actually worsen signs of aging over time.
For a few different reasons, I avoid dairy in my diet as much as possible--I cave hard when it comes to village ice cream and the occasional baked goodie...but I'm all about the almond milk for cooking and drinking. For milk baths however, cow or goats milk is best (unless you can get donkey milk, then use that for sure, lol!). You can use powdered milk or liquid milk from the grocery store (full fat- 2% or homogenized is best) however, I recommend organic raw milk...its not that much more than regular milk, and in my opinion totally worth it, especially if you can source it from a biodynamic farm--but that's a whole other topic/ blog post in itself though!
Cleopatra was said to have added honey to her milk baths, as well as use lavender and rose petals for fragrance which I also favour. For me, I especially love the femininity and subtle scent of rose petals floating around my body as I soak. Jasmine is another beautiful scent you might want to try as well. You can use real flower petals or essential oils- either will work! This is all about you, so get creative and use scents that make you the happiest! Light some candles, pour yourself a glass of your favourite wine or cup of tea and indulge.
Milk & Honey Bath Soak
- 4 tbsp of honey (I use Wedderspoon Organic 100 Raw Manuka Honey, Active 16; available at Community Natural Foods)
- 500 ml (2 cups) organic full fat, raw milk
- Handful of rose petals (optional)
Gently warm the milk and honey, until the honey dissolves fully into the milk but without boiling the mixture. Stir for a few minutes then let cool.
Pour the milk and honey mixture into a hot bath and scatter the rose petals. Lie back and relax and then use a sea foam sponge or wash cloth to gently exfoliate and remove dead skin cells. Rinse your body afterwards and enjoy your soft and silky skin!
Note: Recipes and information shared on AHAs are based on my personal experience only. You should always consult your health care provider before trying new techniques and products, natural or otherwise.