Wild Beauty: Rose Coconut Milk Bath

While I’m away on vacation – Heather is guesting posting for me today! Enjoy her gorgeous photography + tutorial!

Cleopatra is one of the most seductive and mysterious women in all of history, known for her beauty and the ability to seduce two of the most powerful roman men of all time.  It is said she bathed in asses milk to whiten and soften her skin, even if this isn’t true, bathing in milk has wonderful properties for our skin. Besides who wouldn’t feel sexy having “me time” in a milk bath with floating pink rose petals with a few candles?

This month’s herb of focus is the rose petal; associated with romance it balances the Sadhaka Pitta, the subdosha of Ayurvedic Pitta, which governs our hearts emotions. It is used to help alleviate depression, anxiety, insomnia, and irritability. The rose helps radiate our inner beauty and brings it out. Used over time, the essence of rose keeps imbalances in the skin from erupting.

No wonder Cleopatra was known for her perfect skin and radiant beauty!

As mentioned in the aloe vera gel recipe, coconut does wonders for our skin, especially when most of us aren’t able to go outside to milk our local donkey!  Making your own coconut milk from organic shredded coconut couldn’t be any easier. You will be amazed by how soft your skin feels.


  • 1 cup unsweetened fine shredded coconut, organic preferably
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Cheesecloth, muslin or nut bag
  • 1 tbsp liquid honey
  • Large handful of rose petals

Note – As with all my recipes all natural and organic is the best route to take while making your own herbal products. You can easily use a can of coconut milk or regular milk powder, but I would check the list of ingredients. If there are items you can’t pronounce these are not the best to place on your skin. Remember our skin is the body’s largest organ and should be treated with care.


Do not throw away the coconut “particles”, over on Tea with Me I have a granola recipe using the leftovers of this beauty diy!

Please do not use roses that you buy at a florist. The roses have been processed with pesticides and other artificial junk you do not want on your skin. Use dried rose petals from reputable sources (I get mine from Mountain Rose Herbs) or buy organic roses and dry them yourself.  Also unless you have a contraption that can make actual coconut flour (like milk powder), I would not use the leftover pulp in your tub. It gives you the same smooth silky feeling as the milk, but it will get everywhere and I do mean everywhere!

Now go, put some soft music, light a few candles, and bring out your inner Cleopatra.

October 23, 2012