Homemade Bath Oil Beads

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Makes 10 beads.


  • 1/4 cup powdered milk
  • 2 Tbsp. white flour
  • 2 Tbsp. borax powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp. rosewater or water
  • 2 tsp. mineral oil
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  • 12-15 drops rose fragrance oil (or fragrance of your choice)
  • 1-2 drops red food coloring (optional)


Combine the dried milk, flour, and borax in a bowl. Using a fork, stir until well mixed. Add the rose water, mineral oil, rose fragrance oil, and food coloring (if desired). Stir until you have thick dough.

Take a teaspoon of dough and roll it into a ball, with your hands. Keep rolling and working with the dough until it is shiny with oil all over it. Repeat until all of the dough has been shaped. Place the balls on waxed paper or foil and let air dry for 24 hours. You can leave in ball shape or press designs in them. This makes a handful of fragrant bath beads. When one or two dissolve in warm bath water, they release skin-softening milk and oil, and the scent of roses.


By Irishwitch from Aurora, CO

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January 13, 20110 found this helpful

Borax can be toxic in high doses. It needs to be kept away from animals and children. It can be used to keep pests away, such as ants. It can be used as a bleaching agent. When it is mined it can become contaminated with arsenic. So is best left out of recipes which come in contact with skin.


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January 14, 20110 found this helpful

Thank you, Berrybee! I was concerned about the Borax, too. I wonder if there is a safe substitute for it, that would work with this recipe?


I do like the idea of homemade bath oil beads, but would like to avoid the Borax.

September 7, 20140 found this helpful

This is a very small amount of borax actually so it wouldn't harm you in any way to be honest. The borax is a water softener and it is gentle on the skin in this small of an amount. If you aren't wanting to use it you can add in the same amount listed for borax with powdered milk or powdered goats milk. :)


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