A few weeks ago I was scrolling through Instagram, and happened to notice a post from Lisa Eldridge (she’s probably my favourite makeup artist, she’s incredible!). She shared a shot of this lavender bath milk, along with “So happy to get my mitts on this divine milky, lavender bath treat again!” and a photo of Audrey Hepburn. Well. Colour me intrigued.
I looked into the original, and the ingredient list is quite short. Water, lavender essential oil, some emulsifiers, alcohol, glycerin, and some additional fragrance ingredients. The first thing I thought I could do was drop the water and turn this into a much more concentrated product that wouldn’t need any preservatives. I figured if I basically just mixed some lavender essential oil with a liquid emulsifier and a few great-for-skin goodies, I’d end up with a concentrated bath milk. Just a few drops would do the trick. Sounds good to me!
Now, the lavender essential oil you choose for this bath milk is important. It’s also important that you like lavender. If you don’t, you could totally choose a different essential oil—this recipe is crazy easy to customize. I’ve got about half a dozen different types of lavender essential oil, from everywhere from France to the Ukraine to Bulgaria. I’d recommend avoiding lavender 40/42 for this recipe as it’s been processed to balance the percentages of Linalool and Linalyl acetate esters. It’s not a therapeutic grade lavender, which is why it’s inexpensive and great for soaps, but I’d recommend choosing one of your nicer ones for this project. You could also create your own essential oil blend—try swapping out a gram of the lavender essential oil for some benzoin or rosemary for something a bit different 🙂
Once you’ve got the lavender essential oil, the rest of the ingredients are a snap. We’ll include a bit of silk (optional, but awesome) for its healing, hydrating benefits. An emulsifier (I’ve included three options in the recipe) ensures your bath milk properly blends into your bath water so you don’t end up with floating dots of lavender essential oil. Glycerin helps soften skin, and that’s that. Those are all the ingredients. Sweet!
Once you’ve assembled everything, this recipe is a simple measure-cap-shake-voila. Brilliant! You’ll end up with a wee bottle of super concentrated lavender bath milk that will quickly blend into bath water without any oily floaters. Bring on the relaxation!
Relaxing Lavender Bath Milk Concentrate
1/8 tsp silk peptides, powder, or amino acids (wondering about substitutes?)
5g | 0.17oz olivem 300 or Polysorbate 20 or Turkey Red Oil
5g | 0.17oz vegetable glycerin
6g | 0.21oz lavender essential oil
Using a small funnel, measure the silk, olivem 300, vegetable glycerin, and lavender essential oil into a 15mL/half ounce glass bottle with a dropper top (an eyedropper is ideal, but I used one with the orifice reducer dropper top, and that works, too). It’s important to add the silk first, while the funnel is still dry, so it doesn’t stick to the funnel, but after that you can add the liquids in any order.
Cap the bottle and shake to combine. Voila!
To use, shake before use and add 5–10 drops to your bath as it’s running (the agitation will help blend the concentrate into your bath water). Enjoy your lovely, relaxing bath!
The “300” part of Olivem300 is important—do not use a different Olivem emulsifier in this recipe! Use one of the listed alternatives instead.
Remember, this entire recipe is in WEIGHT. You will need a scale to make it. That is why the ounce amounts do not add up to half an ounce, but they’ll fill a half-ounce (fluid ounce!) bottle.
Because this recipe contains no water, a broad spectrum preservative is unnecessary.