Homemade Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Bath Set
The other day, I finally (after 10+ years!) posted my Spiced Oatmeal Raisin Cookies recipe... so it seems like a good time to post the bath set that I created to be loosely based on it.
Loosely, because there are no raisins.
I may not understand the people who are anti-raisin when it comes to oatmeal cookies, but I’m 100% on board with not putting them in a bath. The only raisins in my tub should be my fingers and toes, thank you very much!
This is a two piece set, a Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Milk Bath, and a Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Sugar scrub. Both smell amazing - good enough to eat, just... don’t.
Although - to be fair - if you’re using sweet almond oil for your sugar scrub, that one WOULD be edible.
Anyway, let’s get to it!
Benefits of Oatmeal Bath Products
I’m sure you’ve seen the odd hand cream or whatever touting the inclusion of oats.
Whether ingested or used topically, oats are known for a wild variety of health benefits, from being heart healthy (ingested, obviously!), to helping get rid of acne, exfoliation, moisturizing, and more.
It’s known to be an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, which is why it’s often used - as a bath or topical paste - to relieve itching in both babies and adults.
Lots of good stuff!
However, gifting - or using - a sack of oats in the tub isn’t a ton of fun, so I dressed up the concept a bit with this Spiced Oatmeal Cookie bath set!
Cinnamon not only brings a warm smell to the mix, it’s also been used in baths for centuries to bring warmth to the body itself, thought to stimulate blood cells.
Perfect for a cookie themed bath set, don’t you think?
Gifting This Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Bath Set
I’ve yet to see a Spiced Oatmeal Cookie bath set - aside from my own - when it comes to home spa products, so this is a unique gift idea for the cookie lovers in your life!
You can make one or both of the items, or make a BIG batch of one of the items (The Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Milk Bath, 100%!), and pack it in a big sack.
You can pack them up as part of a custom gift basket, maybe adding some related items - actual Spiced Oatmeal Cookies , for starters! - Maybe some Homemade Vanilla Extract as well. Just to really lean in on the bath + baking theme!
Whether in a gift basket or given as a standalone thing, I like to decorate the jars. A little bit of ribbon really adds a bit of SOMETHING, IMHO - makes it look and feel more gifty, you know?
I like to buy ribbon from a local dollar store, as they’ve got a great variety at decent prices. This time of year, the selection is even better, between holiday themed things, and fall themed items.
For my Spiced Oatmeal Cookie set, I like to combine a bit of natural look - twine, burlap look - with a bit of light purple. Not sure why that’s where my mind goes to for, as there’s nothing really “lavender” about oatmeal cookies!
Brains are weird.
Anyway, when giving homemade bath items as gifts, I recommend including labels for each item, with the ingredients used.
This can be either as a sticker on the bottom/back of your jar or packaging, or printed out on a bit of cardstock and tied on. It’s important for the recipient to be able to see what’s in it, to make sure those ingredients will be safe for them.
Also, self gifting is a thing. Treat Yoself!
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Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Milk Bath
Milk baths have been a popular beauty and relaxation thing for centuries... toss some Oats and spices in there, and you’ve not only got an oatmeal milk bath, you have a Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Milk Bath!
I start with a basic rolled oat, but you can use any kind of oats, really. If your recipient has Celiac or a gluten-allergy, be sure to use oats that are certified to be gluten-free.
Oats are inherently gluten-free, but due to the nature of their processing, they’re at high risk of being cross-contaminated with oats, when not certified GF.
I measure the oats into a small food processor or spice grinder and blitz until it’s a very fine powder - this will prevent the oats from clogging your drain! Chunks of oat will absorb water, while a finer powder will dissolve in hot water.
If you intend to use a bath tea bag, it’s less of an issue in terms of the drain safety... but you also won’t get as much of the oat goodness in the bath itself.
Ideally, you should use whole fat milk powder, as it’s the milk fat that gives a milk bath most of its desirable properties.
If all you can get is the low fat / fat free milk powder, it’ll work to bulk out your mix and make the water look milky... but it won’t feel quite as luxurious.
I use Epsom salt as the default base for all of my milk baths, as it’s readily available, affordable, a neutral colour, and good to soak in.
I’ve also got a long - decades! - history of using it as a soak for aching muscles, due to my figure skating. So, consider me well conditioned to view it as the gold standard!
You can substitute Corse Ground Sea Salt or Himalayan Pink Salt for some or all of the Epsom Salt, if you so choose, though the spices and oats will cover up the pink of the Himalayan salt.
I like to include baking soda in my bath salt & bath milk recipes, as it softens and soothes the skin, and makes the water feel silky. It’s just nice on the senses, and really, that’s half the point of fancy bath products, isn’t it?
Epsom salt almost always has chunks in it that should be broken down, for a nice looking milk bath. For that reason, I like to make this my Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Milk Bath in a plastic baggie.
I measure the ingredients into the bag, press most of the air out of the bag, and massage the bag a bit to break up and work out the clumps, properly mixing everything. It’s easier than stirring it in a bowl, and makes far less of a mess!
I’ve been using bath tea bags as a way of containing some of the mess associated with my style of bath soaks. Sometimes it’s dried flowers, other times it’s spices that don’t dissolve all of the way.
In the case of my Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Bath set, it’s only less-processed oats that you need to worry about, really. Cinnamon to a lesser extent.
Because oats can clog the tea bags and prevent any of the goodness from getting into the bath, I generally skip the tea bags for this one, and just rinse the tub after, if there’s any cinnamon residue.
If you’re looking to use the tea bags - even just for presentation purposes - this is the pack I buy, which is the perfect size for my bath soaks.
Just measure a cup of the Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Milk Bath into a bath tea bag, pull the strings to gather, and tie a knot close to the gather.
This Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Milk Bath recipe can be multiplied to make much larger batches, if so desired. If you’re making more than a double or triple batch, you’ll want to do it in a large bowl.
I like to use gloved hands to physically break up any clumps of Epsom salt in the bowl, before adding the other ingredients. It just makes it a lot easier to get a consistent final product.
Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Milk Bath keeps best in an airtight glass container. With proper storage, this Spiced Oatmeal Cookie milk bath should be good for about a year.
Use about 1 cup of Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Milk Bath in a hot bath , rinsing off after use.
If you’re not using a bath tea bag, you’ll want to rinse the tub out after use, if there’s any spice residue left.
Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Milk Bath
- Measure your oats into a spice grinder or food processor, blitz until it's a VERY fine powder. Place into plastic baggie.
- Measure all remaining ingredients into your plastic baggie.
- Press most of the air out of the bag, and close the zipper on it.
- Manually crush any clumps in the salt, and work to combine the ingredients.
- Transfer mixture to an airtight container, or measure into bath tea bags. Filled bath tea bags should also be stored in airtight containers.
- To use, measure 1 cup of Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Milk Bath - or throw one bath tea bag - into a hot running bath. Rinse after use
Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Sugar Scrub
This sugar scrub is sweetly scented and is gentle enough to use on your face (though some argue against using sugar on facial skin!), as well as your whole body. As I’d mentioned before, if you use sweet almond or coconut oil, it’s also edible!
Eating skin products is a bit weird though.
I once dated a guy who ATE my entire little tub of The Body Shop Strawberry lip balm when I was a kid. Literally scooped it out of the pot with his finger. Yeah. Shocking THAT didn’t last, LOL.
Anyway, just bake yourself a batch of cookies beforehand and avoid any issues!
Choice of Oil:
I like to use sweet almond oil, in general - and it works especially well with the “cookie” aspect of this recipe - but there are other options as well.
Many people use coconut oil when making homemade scrubs... and many people say to never use coconut oil on the skin, as it clogs pores. Some people use olive oil, some use hemp oil, some others even use vegetable oil.
Baby oil is a cheap and readily available option that’s good on the skin... but it tends to have a very strong “baby oil” smell, which can overpower the Spiced Oatmeal Cookie goodness.
Go with what works for you.
I’ve been using these jars for my homemade scrubs lately, and I love them. They look nice, close tightly, and are the perfect size for 1 batch of this Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Sugar Scrub recipe!.
Keep this Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Sugar Scrub in an airtight container, away from sunlight.
Sugar scrubs are generally considered safe to use on the face AND body, but be sure to not use this Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Sugar Scrub on broken, irritated, or freshly shaved skin.
This scrub should last between 1-3 months, depending on how well it’s cared for.
Using a very clean hand - or, better yet, a mini scoop like these - to take a bit of Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Sugar Scrub out, when using. The more you can keep the contents of the jar free from bacteria or mold contamination, the longer it will last.
Spiced Oatmeal Cookie Sugar Scrub
- ½ cup Rolled Oats
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- ½ cup Granulated Sugar
- ⅓ cup+ Oil of choice Sweet Almond, Olive, Coconut, Baby, etc
- 2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
- 2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- ½ tsp Ground Cloves
- Measure oats into a spice grinder or food processor. Blitz until fairly finely ground - not quite a powder, but not big chunks, either. Place into a glass bowl.
- Measure all remaining ingredients into the bowl
- Mix until well combined and all ingredients are well distributed.
- Check for consistency - I like it fairly dry, using ⅓ cup of oil... but some like a wetter consistency. Add more oil if you like!
- Transfer to an airtight jar.