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Cleopatra’s Milk Bath Formula

Cleopatra’s Milk Bath Formula

Cleopatra was famous for her beautiful skin. Her secret was that she soaked in baths of fresh milk.

Modern laboratories now know why milk worked such wonders for her skin: the lactic acid in milk is an alpha hydroxy acid, a natural material that dissolves the glue that holds dead skin cells together. Milk can cleanse the skin down to its deepest layers.

This secret beauty formula couldn’t be simpler. Add 2 to 4 cups of fresh milk or buttermilk to the bathwater as the tub is filling. Soak for a good 20 minutes. Gently rub your skin with a washcloth or loofa to slough off the dead skin. Rinse your body thoroughly after soaking.

Caution: Very hot baths are not good for those with high blood pressure, and they can be draining for anyone. Skip this bath if you are allergic to milk or are lactose intolerant.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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3:03PM PST on Mar 2, 2013

this will offend vegans. this is not vegan. maybe mix all the milk. a soy, hemp, 7 grain, coconut, almond, hazelnut, rice, pumpkin, bamboo milks. for good fun.

1:47PM PST on Mar 2, 2013


10:58AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

What a WASTE....................

10:42AM PDT on Oct 30, 2012

Have you seen the movie 'Carry on, Cleo'?

9:29AM PDT on May 31, 2012

Marie, I thought it was asses' milk she used.

9:23AM PDT on May 31, 2012

@ Lydia P,it actually hurts cows not to be milked. Just as with people (women), if the cow is lactating, not being milked causes them great discomfort. Milking them is actually quite helpful.

5:49AM PDT on Apr 5, 2012

It would bother me to the extreme to waste the hard work and life's blood of living creatures for a shampoo or bath. Natural doesn't always mean kind. Bathing in milk, or honey in shampoo is disrespectful to the creatures that suffered to produce it. Drink milk if you must, use honey for sore throats, but for mercy's sake, don't waste the painfully given products of their bodies by using them for frivolous beauty treatments.

9:20PM PST on Mar 1, 2012

Didn't Cleopatra use mare's milk?

8:55AM PDT on Oct 12, 2011

Thank you

9:21AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

this is awesome, thanks!

in reply to Sumiko K:
the only humane dairy farms are small local organic farms. these farms are too small to be just a dairy farm. farms like this milk cows by hand, without the use of hormones. they feed both male and female cows grass, not corn, and do not infuse them with antibiotics. they milk the cows for as long as is profitable, and then they are humanely slaughtered on site for meat. in factory farming, the hormones etc destroy the bodies of the dairy cows and their bodies are so wrecked, that after they are too old to give milk, they cannot be slaughtered for meat. these small farms slaughter males when they reach the largest size that they will during their life, in order to increase profit. human slaughter is painfree and allows these animals to keep their dignity intact. these small farmers love their animals, and there is no abuse involved. getting meat from such farms involves paying far more for the product, but it does in fact come with these guarantees, because small farms like this have nothing to hide. if you want to see where and how the animals are kept/treated, the vast majority of these farms will let you simply visit and see.

real humane farms do not send animals to the "horror of the slaughterhouse".

and for the record, there is a farm somewhere in the US that retires cows after 8 years of milking, and then they are kept as pets. i don't know about the males though.

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