It used to be that a milk bath was quite the luxury—said to soften the skin and otherwise spoil you (and the milk, I suppose). They seem to have somewhat fallen out of fashion (or memory), but I’d like to bring them back. I’ve decided to update them with some inspiration from one of my all time favourite creamy winter beverages, the Chai Latté.

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I came to the idea of a chai latté bath through my experiences including ground ginger in bath salt mixes. It’s fantastic! Ground ginger gives the bath a super awesome boost of extra warmness that you just can’t argue with in the middle of the winter. Anyhow, once I have ginger in something I naturally want to add cinnamon, cloves, and cardamom, and before you know it, it’s a chai-scented something or other. Whoops?

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I ordered myself a few muslin bags from Saffire Blue that are super handy for bath infusions—they greatly reduce the clean up. I’ll make a big jar of the bath salts, and then place a scoop or two of them in the muslin bag before dropping it in the tub. If you don’t have a bag you could easily make one, or just resign yourself to cleaning your tub after your bath.

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Milky Chai Bath Salts

1 cup baking soda
½ cup sea salt

½ cup dried milk powder (coconut, goat, or cow)
1 tbsp dried honey powder (optional)
1 tbsp ground ginger
1 tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground cloves
½ tsp ground cardamom
10 drops ginger essential oil (optional)
20 drops cinnamon bark essential oil (optional)

Epsom salts, as needed

Blend the sea salt, milk powder, honey powder (if using), and dry spices together in a food processor. Add the essential oils 10 or so drops at a time, blending between additions.

Once you’ve got that all blended together, dump it into a bowl with the baking soda and mix to blend. (If your food processor is large enough you can just do all the mixing in it.)

To use, draw a hot bath and add about ¾ a cup of the mixture either straight to the bath water, or put the mixture in a muslin drawstring bag and close before dropping into the bath like a tea bag. Add 1–2 cups of Epsom salts for an extra relaxing soak.

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