I love Burt’s Bees Buttermilk Baby Bath How’s that for a tongue-twister?! but I also like to support fellow WAHMs (aka Work at Home Moms). So when we ran out of the Burt’s Bees I decided to buy some buttermilk baby bath from a WAHM. I found 8 oz of lavender scented baby bath for $8 plus shipping.
When it arrived the first thing I did was take a whiff… mmmmmm, I love lavender! Then I checked out the ingredients… nonfat dry milk, buttermilk powder, lavender essential oil. Hmmm… that sounds like something I could make at home for less than $1 per ounce. I started to feel kinda dumb, and turned to my trusty laptop to Google “buttermilk baby bath recipes”. Only about a million results showed up. That’s when I felt really stupid.
At least I learned from my mistake and now know how to make my own buttermilk baby bath for the boys. I’ll share my recipe but suppose first I probably should post a disclaimer: don’t use any ingredients that your child may be allergic to, discontinue use if there’s any sign of skin irritation. I’m not an herbalist or anything, and I don’t play one on TV. I’m just a mom who likes to make stuff for her kids so please use your own common sense.
Amy Sue’s Oatmeal Buttermilk Baby Bath (makes 1/2 cup, enough for 2 baths)
1/4 cup dry buttermilk
1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
1/4 cup oatmeal flakes
2-3 drops lavender essential oil – not fragrance oil
Whirr the dry ingredients in a food processor or clean coffee grinder to grind up the oatmeal and dry milk powder. Whisk in the essential oil and pour into a airtight jar or resealable plastic bag. To use just sprinkle 1/4 cup of the powder under warm running water as you fill the tub.
You can increase the amounts of the ingredients as long as you keep the proportions the same and you can substitute your favorite essential oil for the lavender oil. I’ve heard that orange oil smells yummy, but since orange is an energizing scent it’s probably not the best choice for a bedtime bath.
Splish splash, go take a bath!