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.

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).


Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

Patricia H.
Patricia H.5 years ago

thanks for the info

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

Penny C.
penny C5 years ago

I do use epsom salts in my bath.

Laurita Walters
Laurita Walters6 years ago

Sounds wonderful. Darla, great tips! Thanks!

Jon Hoy
Jonjon Hoy6 years ago

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.

Bon L.
Bon L7 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Mars L.
Mars L7 years ago

would be fun to try but i prefer fewer ingredients

Eli Is Here
.7 years ago

I love the smell of lavender!

Thanks Annie!! :)

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W7 years ago

I don't have time...