Body & Soul: Buttermilk Baby Bath

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This gentle milk bath will leave your skin soft and silky and is mild enough to use when bathing your baby. Milk is rich in fat and lactic acid, and helps soften and hydrate skin. For a bit of aromatherapy, add a few drops of sweet orange oil or your favorite essential oil. Note: Always use caution when using essential oils in products for infants. Omit the essential oil when preparing this recipe for children younger than 6 months. MAKES 4 OUNCES

• 1/4 cup nonfat dry milk 
• 1/4 cup whole dry buttermilk
• 1 tablespoon cornstarch
• 2 to 3 drops sweet orange oil or favorite essential oil (optional)

1. Mix together all ingredients and pour into a clean, dry container.

2. To use, for adults pour 1/4 cup of the bath powder into a full bath of warm water. For infants, pour 1 tablespoon into a small baby bathtub. 

Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt, 2002), available on our Bookshelf, Page 58. For more information and recipes visit her at

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