I take a lot of hot baths to soothe chronic achy muscles, despite how much they dry my skin out. I love to find bath products that can help keep my skin feeling hydrated, but good ones can be so expensive. And frankly, companies usually focus on sweet smelling lathers over creamier and genuinely moisturizing options. I found this bag of Dr. Teal’s Milk Bath at Bed Bath and Beyond and it was only around $4, so I figured it was worth a try. The ingredients are simple, the cost is low, and it’s actually pretty effective!
This is a fine white powder that creates a milky, fragranced bath. The directions say to use 1/2 a cup of the powder in a bath, and while that seems like a lot, this is a product that I can actaully afford to use the recommended amount. I love the way it smells. It’s soft and sweet like, well, milk and honey (shocker!), and the bath fills the bathroom with the pleasant scent. Once I dry off I can still smell it on myself if I get my nose right up against my skin, but beyond that, I don’t experience a noticeable lingering smell.
One funny thing about this product is that there isn’t actually any honey in it. That’s the “fragrance” part of the ingredients list. There is goat milk, though, which according to the package provides vitamins A, D and E. Discovery Health says that while it may be difficult for skin to absorb the vitamins this way, milk fats and proteins can be moisturizing and help keep skin stay hydrated after you step out of the bath.
Dr. Teal’s Milk Bath with Milk & Honey contains:
– Sodium Chloride, or common salt
– Sodium Bicorbonate, or baking soda, which helps soothe and soften skin
– Sodium Sesquicarbonate, which helps soften water
– Fragrance (Parfum), the “honey”
– Titanium Dioxide, an opaque white mineral, probably used produce a milky appearance
– Goat Milk, for nourishing skin
In an effort to be economical, I’ve often used products that are more straight up Epsom salt bath additives. These are supposed to help with achy muscles, but I’ve had bad luck with my skin drying out when using them. Hot baths can really zap the moisture in my skin so I need something in there that helps hydrate, and I find this to be a really nice budget option.
I also like that it can be used in conjunction with other products. If I want to use Epsom salts, I can use this in addition to them so that I can get the best of both (cheap) worlds. Or, if I want a little extra moisture, I can also squirt a little oil into the bath. I’m currently using The Body Shop’s Coconut Beautifying Oil, and just a little goes a long way. Plus, the coconut scent blends beautifully with the milk and honey.
While I’ll probably continue to keep this stocked in my bathroom, it won’t entirely replace my more indulgent options. However, if I continue to alternate between this and my more expensive products, it’ll keep the average cost of a bath relatively low and I find that to be really helpful. I won’t really feel cheated when I use this, either, because I genuinely enjoy the scent.
Dr. Teal’s has a wide range of bath additives listed on their website, but my nearby Target and Bed Bath & Beyond have a much smaller selection. I’ll keep a lookout and see if I can find other products of theirs that appeal to me.
Do you have any favorite budget bath and shower products? I’d love to hear what they are!