Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Homemade White Tea Coconut Oil Bath Bombs

by Darla

White Tea Coconut Oil Bath Bombs by BakingdomThese are not food.

I am not sorry.

Bath bombs. Homemade. They have coconut oil in them, they smell incredible, and I’m smitten.

I’m a bath girl. Not like a sit-in-the-tub-and-wash kind, but a relax-with-a-book-and-forgetchertroubles kind.

It’s tough being a bath girl and a military wife at the same time, because moving so often means that there’s a good chance your next home won’t have a tub (just a shower). Or it may have a tub, but it might be unsuitable for baths (too small, for example).

In the 11 years, 6 states, and 9 homes of my military wifedom, I’ve only had three bath-worthy tubs. My current tub being the latest and greatest.

Bakingdom BathroomUm, so…yeah. I’ve turned the whole room into a mini spa, which is mine, and mine alone; the boys share the other bathroom. It’s heaven.

With a tub like that, yes, I need pretty, yummy, girly bath bombs.

This is one of the best projects I’ve done in a very long time. I got inspired by a little bath bomb kiosk that popped up at my local mall, and now, I’ll never buy a pre-made bath bomb again.

I loved having control over what was going into these, and how they were going to turn out. I made a variety of bomb sizes, because I love the idea of fun shaped fizzies. Plus, you can always toss in two or three, depending on their size, and it’s far better than one of those massive balls that is really too much for most baths.

For shapes, I really wanted a vintage, old timey feel, so I made pretty cameos, funny little octopi, elegant keys, dapper mustachios, and frogs. I love how they turned out; the colors are beautiful and fresh, they smell absolutely delicious, and they look whimsical and lovely. They’re like pretty, pastel steampunk toiletries.

Dry Bath Bomb MixtureI made my bombs using coconut oil, because it’s so great for your skin and it smells wonderful. All I did was cut the oil (which is like a soft shortening consistency) into the dry ingredients of my bombs. You can see that the mixture is mostly sandy, but there are a few clumps.

You can use another kind of oil, if you prefer, but I liked that the coconut oil was semi-solid, allowing me to use other ingredients for the moisture.

Wet Bath Bomb MixtureAfter adding the wet ingredients, it’s hard to see much of a change to the mixture, but if you look closely, you can see that it resembles slightly dampened sand now.

Clumped Bath Bomb MixtureThe best indicator that the mixture is ready is when you can squeeze a small handful together and it sticks. Time to get out the molds!

Molded Bath Bombs by BakingdomI tried making my bath bombs two different ways. The first technique was with a silicone mold (the pink octopus). This method works – quite well. However, I would recommend that you only use molds that don’t have any delicate details, like tentacles. They were such a disappointment when they easily snapped off during de-molding. I managed to get a couple of cuties out, but it was a pain.

The second technique I tried was using basic clear chocolate molds. These were absolutely perfect. Every single bomb came out beautifully, and without a smidgen of trouble. They just pop right out.

When molding the bombs, pack them into the molds very tightly. You want to compress them as much as possible.

Humidity Swollen BombsI only have two bits of advice when making these bombs.

First, wait until the bombs are completely dry before taking them out. For me, that meant a minimum of four hours. Minimum. If you take them out too soon, there’s a good chance they will break. Even simple molds will lose chunks, because they’re slightly sticky while they’re still drying.

Second, wait until the bombs are completely dry before taking them out. Yes. I know. It’s the same piece of advice, but it’s for a different reason this time. The thing is, you can take them out before they’re dry. On simple molds, they come out decently.

However, see that picture up there? The pink bath bombs? See how they look all bumpy and unattractive? Yeah. That’s because they were reacting with the moisture in the air. They still work, but they’re not very pretty.

The conclusion? If you’re gifting these and you want them to be pretty, they must dry completely while in the molds. Those pink bombs were cameos. I pressed them in, then popped them out immediately. They looked beautiful! You could see the design, and they held together…

…and then they started getting weird bumps. Lesson learned.

Homemade White Tea Coconut Bath Bombs by Bakingdom Yay for homemade bath bombs! I really contemplated scents and essential oils for these, but I hated all of the ones I found locally, so I skipped them. Instead, I just brewed some strong tea (white, in this case). You could use any tea you like…green tea would be excellent. It adds a light and delicate scent to the already fresh scent of the coconut. This was really all they needed.

Hot Bath Bomb WaterNow, for the big test (I know, the mug is totally amazing, and absolutely gorgeous…Anthropologie, of course)…

Fizzy Coconut Oil Bath Bomb Test by BakingdomSuccess!! The bombs are bombing…in a good way! They fizzed and floated and dissolved and left behind fragrant, soothing water that made my skin feel crazy soft. Like, really. I’m utterly obsessed. Imma say it again: I’ll never buy store made bath products again. Seriously.

Homemade White Tea Coconut Bath Bombs by BakingdomAnd when you can make them as lovely and whimsical as these, for practically nothing, why would you?

These were easy (mix, mold, use), fast (5 minutes to mix, tops…10 to 15 to mold), and really incredibly fun to have on hand.

White Tea Coconut Oil Bath Bomb by BakingdomPlus, they are a crazy simple, beautiful, and useful gift. I can’t think of any of my friends who wouldn’t love these. They’re all-natural, vegan, and completely perfect for pampering.

Don’t talk yourself out of making these. I made them on a whim, because I really wanted to try it out, and I wanted coconut oil in mine, and I’m so happy that I did. I had fun making them, and they truly are wonderful.


White Tea Coconut Oil Bath Bombs
Makes 1 to 3 dozen, depending on size

*If you gift these to anyone with a gluten allergy, make sure that you double check all of your ingredients and buy GF brands. You should also always double check vegan ingredients.*


1 cup baking soda
1/2 cup citric acid (I got mine at Whole Foods)
1/2 cup corn starch
2 tablespoons Epsom salts
2 tablespoons coconut oil
5 to 6 teaspoons liquid, such as water or tea (I used strong white tea)
a few drops essential oils, optional
food coloring, optional (I used all-natural colors)

In a large bowl, combine the baking soda, citric acid, corn starch and salts. With a whisk or dough cutter, work the coconut oil into the dry ingredients, until the mixture resembles sandy with some larger chunks of oil.

Working with 1 teaspoon at a time, slowly add the liquid to the dry ingredients, stirring it in immediately with a large spoon. The mixture will foam slightly with each addition, this is normal. Add the liquid until your mixture resembles slightly damp sand. It should still be primarily dry, but when you squeeze a handful together, it should stick in a lump.

If you wish to add coloring or essential oils, do so by mixing them into the liquid ingredients. For example, I made white, pink, and green bombs. Before adding the liquid ingredients, I divided the dry mixture equally between three bowls. Next I divided the liquid ingredients into three equal parts (2 teaspoons each). To one bowl, I added the plain liquid. This was my white bomb mixture. For pink, I added a small amount of pink food coloring to the liquid, then stirred it in. I repeated this step with green food coloring for the green bombs.

Once the mixture is ready, press it firmly and tightly into each mold. You do not need to prepare the molds in any way. Allow to dry for a minimum of 4 hours, or overnight. Remove from the molds and store in an airtight container until ready to use.

Recipe by Darla (Based loosely on Brenda Sharpe’s recipe – which I can’t seem to find a working, original link to. :( Will update when located.)

Homemade White Tea Bath Bombs by Bakingdom

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{ 41 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Megan {Country Cleaver} April 2, 2013 at 10:19 am

I have been looking all over for a recipe that I could make these with that didn’t somehow, for some reason, scare the daylights out of me. And the mustaches – totally sold me. I’m a suckerl ike that.


2 Darla April 2, 2013 at 10:26 am

Yay! They were so easy, Megan! I was a little scared I’d over-fizz them, and bomb my bombs before they even made it to the mold, but it was easier than I anticipated. I just added the liquid ingredients slowly. I’m head over heels for them!


3 Jamie December 2, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I usually use witch hazel extract (and an atomizer or spray bottle) for my liquid, but I love tea and it’s cheaper. Awesome idea!


4 Vicki @ WITK April 2, 2013 at 10:50 am

I love bath bombs! I’m a total Lush fanatic. :) where did you get that octopus mold? So cute.


5 Allie C January 5, 2014 at 4:17 am

I found that exact octopus mold by searching “octopus mold” on ebay! Also found the keys, cameos, and moustache molds the same way :)


6 Tina @ Sugar Bean Bakers April 2, 2013 at 11:18 am

These are so amazing, I can barely stand it.

Hubby’s 88 year old grandmother LOVES baths and bath products. I seriously buy her a GIANT box of bath products for Christmas every year. I will be making these for her as soon as I figure out where to buy citric acid (no Whole Foods here).

Awesome my friend!


7 Juliana Smith December 7, 2013 at 12:21 am

I just wanted to let you know that you can use cream of tartar in place of citric acid. I never mess with specifically buying citric acid and my bath bombs always turn out just fine. It’s a lot easier for me because I can just grab that when I’m already making a trip to the grocery store. I usually use about 4 tablespoons of the cream of tartar in place of the citric acid in one batch of bath bombs. I hope this helps.


8 Jessica December 7, 2013 at 10:11 pm

You can get it at Walmart in the canning section, usually over by the pot and pans and kitchen appliances.


9 Sincerely Jill April 2, 2013 at 12:43 pm

I love this! In a little over a month, my husband and I will be moving into our first home. With that home comes a lovely bathtub, and that bathtub needs these bath bombs. Thank you for sharing Darla!


10 Valerie April 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm

Cannot wait to try making these omg!!


11 Renee April 2, 2013 at 8:22 pm

When I lived in Taiwan, I had plenty of money because my rent was so cheap. Consequently, my bathroom was so tiny I could barely move around. A couple of times I actually got a hotel room for a weekend just so I could take a bath. Wish I’d had one of these then. No shower in Honolulu and no money. C’est la vie.


12 Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. April 3, 2013 at 10:57 pm

That tub is just dreamy! These are so great! I want to make them as gifts for all of my girlfriends (and myself, obviously!)!


13 michelle April 7, 2013 at 6:11 am

I love the pastel colors! and a mustache bomb, nice!!! thanks for sharing your crafty crafts too :)


14 amanda April 7, 2013 at 1:26 pm

That is neat! Can’t wait to try them! Have you heard of sugar scrubbies? Those and bath bombs. Are my fav. Bath lux!


15 Melissa April 12, 2013 at 11:08 am

I couldn’t find citric acid so I used pure vitamin c powder ascorbic acid and it fizzed really well. I am pleased with how it all turned out!


16 Melissa April 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm

I also used blueberry tea which made them a sort of light blue/purpl and cherry flavored tea to give a light pink color. I also couldn’t find epsom salts (after going to multiple stores) so I finally just bought dead sea salts from natural grocers in the beauty section. Just thought I would put the modifications on here since they worked for me when I couldn’t find all the ingredients. Thanks for posting this recipe! I am so excited to give these as gifts to my bible study ladies as we close out a semester:)


17 Melissa April 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Ok sorry….I spoke too soon. The ones I made with the other flavored tea turned a nasty brown color when they fully dried. I don’t know if it is the different acid or salt or what. The food coloring worked great though!


18 Kallie April 15, 2013 at 9:42 am

Ok, I want to make these with lavender oil, so do I use that instead of water?


19 Jamie December 2, 2013 at 4:08 pm

Use it in addition to the water, and add the oils to your salts instead of your liquid.


20 Tami May 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

Hi! I make bath bombs all of the time. Part of the reason that yours got all bumpy is because you used a water based liquid (white tea). And you added it by the teaspoonful. Try using witch hazel in a spray bottle. If you spray your dry ingredients and mix and then spray and mix again until you have the right consistency you won’t be so likely to get “bumpy” end product. The water in your tea set off the citric acid.


21 Tami May 9, 2013 at 1:55 pm

You can also find citric acid on-line at Brambleberry.com


22 Laura December 1, 2013 at 7:39 pm

I’m hoping these will turn out ok… They continue to rise/expand. I just keep pushing them down… I assume it was a reaction with the citric acid?


23 Donna January 4, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Mine are doing the same thing, like they’re growing! I keep pushing mine down, as well. Did yours turnout okay?


24 Darla January 27, 2014 at 1:25 pm

They worked out perfectly, even the ones that swelled.


25 Laura December 1, 2013 at 7:42 pm

Note… I had a bottle of Pure Seduction body spray (Victoria’s Secret) so thats what I used for the liquid. I love the scent and it gave the mix a light pink/purple tint. I made them in christmas tree shaped plastic candy moulds. Super excited… Now just to wait for the next 3 1/2 hours…


26 Sarah28 December 5, 2013 at 10:03 am

Where do I get cornstarch? I’ll look in the supermarkets but I’m not sure if they have it, the online supermarket doesn’t have it.


27 Darla December 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

I get mine at any grocery store. It’s usually in the baking aisle. As for the coconut oil, it doesn’t matter…whatever your personal preference is.


28 Sarah28 December 5, 2013 at 10:05 am

And do I use organic refined coconut oil? Or unrefined coconut oil?


29 Tammy December 8, 2013 at 2:24 am

Love the ease of this recipe! I was totally intimidated, but tried it tonight and was excited to make it with my 3 year old :) She had fun watching it fizz and trying to stir it “fast enough”! I think it needed a lot more essential oil that I used (10 drops easily), but I didn’t use tea. Looks lovely, fizzed when I washed my hands… Now I pray it comes out of my molds tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe and idea :) :) :)


30 Jilvan December 16, 2013 at 11:08 am

Thank you so much for this recipe!

Just one question, I’m a little confused about the liquid tea. Do you just put the tea in hot water and wait for it to cool down add the water in the mixture or you put the dry tea leaves in? oorrrr do you soak the tea leaves and then put the soft tea leaves in?

Hope you can get back to me as soon as possible. I can’t wait to make these for Christmas presents (yeah i know only 8 days left, eeeek!!
Many Thanks!!


31 Darla January 27, 2014 at 1:27 pm

Steep the tea and let it cool. I don’t include any tea leaves.


32 Lisa January 5, 2014 at 6:53 am

These are awesome! We recently switched to coconut oil for all of our baking. I keep two bottles in the cupboard, one that is just like shortening (unscented), and a second that smells like coco butter. These bombs would be perfect with the latter:)


33 Martha January 22, 2014 at 7:25 pm

I just made these with a few twists… I used darjeeling tea as my liquid and during a stroke of zaniness decided to cut open the tea bag and add in the tea itself. The effect is pretty magnificent looking, yet subtle and naturally colored, and will definitely contribute to the aroma of the bath bomb itself. I additionally added a few drops of vitamin E oil to keep the tea leaves from going bad. They’re drying now, we’ll see how they turn out! Making them as a gift for my girlfriend, who doesn’t really like girly colors/scents but loves tea and baths.


34 Kaitlyn April 29, 2014 at 4:35 am

This is kind of confusing for me, I haven’t made these yet ba use I have questions before I mess it up! Can you use pickling salt ? Is that the same thing as citric acid? And can I use like olive oil? In place if essential oils? Also do I add like water at all? Kind of foggy on the liquid ingredients. Is it water and essential oils or what?


35 Darla May 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

According to google, yes, pickling salt is the same as citric acid, so you could use either. As for olive oil in place of essential oils, you could use it, but essential oils are highly concentrated, so you only add a few drops – I can’t see a few drops of olive oil making much of a difference, but it won’t hurt the recipe either. As for water, you’ll notice that the recipe requires 5 to 6 teaspoons of liquid. I chose to use white tea, but you can use water, if you choose. I hope this is helpful.


36 weiling June 27, 2014 at 7:50 pm

i have not done it yet but i will do it. And i think that a lot of my friends will like it.


37 diana July 2, 2014 at 6:10 am

Just an FYI Cornstarch will cause yeast infections and will feed a current one, it is not recommended for bath bombs plus they are not in commercial ones for that same reason. what would you substitute for that.


38 Darla July 4, 2014 at 6:19 pm

I would be interested to read where you learned that corn starch has been proven to cause yeast infections. I had heard this rumor myself, before making these, and read up on it. The only thing I could find in reference to corn starch and yeast infections were rumors and anecdotes. I couldn’t find any scientific evidence to support the rumors, but if you have, please, please share, as it would be very helpful to have as a resource. I’d greatly appreciate it.

As for a substitute, I’m sorry, but I don’t know what would be a good replacement to act int he same way that corn starch does.


39 Molly November 14, 2014 at 4:03 am

Hello! I know it’s been a while since these comments but I thought I’d add something. I’m planning on making these soon so I wanted to check up on the cornstarch conundrum and found this article: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1525-1470.1984.tb01138.x/abstract. It indicates that cornstarch do not enhance yeast growth on skin. So yay! I’m super hyped to make these :) I’m going to substitute the water for witch hazel and add peppermint essential oil. Or maybe some other yummy thing I find at Whole Foods while I’m getting citric acid. This recipe in particular appealed to me because of the essential oils.


40 Molly November 14, 2014 at 4:04 am

Correction: appealed to me because of the *coconut oil*


41 Heidy Clark October 10, 2014 at 5:58 am

Fabulous recipe, thank you! Arrowroot powder is a great substitute for corn starch. ♡


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