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Skin-Softening Bath

Skin-Softening Bath

This luxurious delight of a bath is an updated version of one Cleopatra might have used to keep her skin soft and smooth. (Here is a hint: The lactic acid in the main ingredient has amazing skin-softening properties. Cleopatra swore by asses’ milk. This formula calls for an easier-to-find substitute!)

The bath has the added benefit of helping to remove toxins, and being very calming and relaxing, too. Read the simple but heavenly formula here:


1 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons Epsom salts
1/2 tablespoon olive oil or canola oil
3 drops lavender essential oil

1. Combine ingredients and pour into the stream of warm water as your tub fills.

2. Immerse yourself and soak for 15 minutes or so.

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Adapted from 365 Simple Pleasures, collected by Susannah Seton (Conari Press, 2001). Copyright (c) 2001 by Susannah Seton. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from 365 Simple Pleasures, collected by Susannah Seton (Conari Press, 2001).

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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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2:35AM PDT on May 1, 2013

Thank you :)

9:30AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

thanks for the info

2:54AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

Thank you :)

12:06PM PST on Jan 20, 2013

I do use epsom salts in my bath.

11:20AM PDT on Jul 12, 2011

Sounds wonderful. Darla, great tips! Thanks!

8:15AM PDT on Apr 13, 2011

This is wonderful! But always remember to clean out the bathtub so you don't slip and fall the next time you get in the tub. I've done that a few times breaking ribs and thats not fun.

7:12AM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

Thanks for the info.

10:48AM PDT on Oct 28, 2010

would be fun to try but i prefer fewer ingredients

7:56AM PDT on Jun 28, 2010

I love the smell of lavender!

Thanks Annie!! :)

2:38PM PDT on Jun 19, 2010

I don't have time...

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