How to bathe like Cleopatra

Legend has it that the Cleopatra, one of history’s sexiest women, bathed in milk and honey in order to make her skin glow. When I first heard about this, I thought “Ew, no way am I going to bathe in milk.” However, I realized that I use yogurt in many of my DIY face masks because lactic acid promotes dead skin cell removal, thus a milk bath would probably have the same effect.

I tried it in order to see if the same rejuvenating effect from yogurt masks could result from milk baths. Within ten minutes of soaking in the mixture, my skin felt extremely soft and smooth. I emerged from my bath with radiant skin from head to toe. The Egyptian vixen definitely knew what she was doing…

You will need:

  • Whole milk
  • Honey
  • Flower petals (optional)
  • Candles (optional)
  • A bathtub
  • A bath pillow (if you don’t have one, you can make one using a few towels

**for those of you concerned about wasting milk:

Personally, I don’t think a substance is being wasted if you are using it in some manner, whether it be consumed or applied to your skin. To me, wasting milk is letting it go bad in the fridge or neglecting to finish your glass of milk during dinnertime. If using fresh milk is wasteful for you, you can use yogurt, powdered milk, or condensed milk for similar effects.

I warmed up half a gallon of whole milk with several spoonfuls of honey. While my tub was being filled up with hot water, I poured in the milk and honey mixture. I sprinkled flower petals everywhere and lit a few candles. After making a bath pillow out of a couple of towels, I allowed the mixture to soothe my skin for 45 minutes. You don’t have to bathe THAT long, I just happened to kill two birds with one stone by reading my political science textbook during my bath (because I’m a nerd). I recommend soaking in it for at least 20 minutes, though.

What do you think? Would you ever try it? I HIGHLY recommend it. My skin was so incredibly soft afterward, I didn’t think I needed lotion.

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