Homemade White Tea Coconut Oil Bath Bombs

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.

*Be sure to add just a little bit of the wet ingredients at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. If you add too much, these will begin fizzing and continue to do so.

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. *Be sure to add just a little bit of the wet ingredients at a time, until you reach the desired consistency. If you add too much, these will begin fizzing and continue to do so.  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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    • says

      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!

      • Jamie says

        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!

    • Allie C says

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

  1. says

    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!

    • Juliana Smith says

      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.

      • says

        Thanks so much for this tip! I swore that I had citric acid sitting around in my pantry but when I checked, of course I had none 😐 but I did find some cream of tartar, yay! I’ll get to make some bath bombs today after all 🙂

  2. says

    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!

  3. says

    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.

  4. amanda says

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

  5. Melissa says

    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!

    • Melissa says

      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:)

      • Melissa says

        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!

  6. says

    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.

    • says

      As far as I know the coconut oil will firm up if kept in a cool place. I’ve never used liquid coconut oil to make these, but I can’t see it being all that different.

  7. Gail says

    Hi, Great website and beautiful bath bombs. I have one questions. How long can you keep them before using? I mean, if I make some up now to give at Christmas, will they still be good or does the fizziness leave? I guess that is two questions.

    Thank you..

    • says

      I had some that were still good even after a year. I ran out at that point, so I can’t say that they’d last any longer. They did lose a bit of color over time, but they still fizzed and smelled great.

  8. Ashley says

    Where did you get the natural colors at? I have been looking around forever to find someone that sells all natural coloring that is not super expensive. Or do you have tips on making your own? I refuse to use artificial coloring, if its not good for you to ingest, it can’t be good to put on your body either. Especially since what goes on the skin is absorbed and can get into the blood stream. So no thanks. By the way, this is an awesome post, thank you so much!

  9. says

    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…

  10. Sarah28 says

    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.

  11. Tammy says

    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 🙂 🙂 🙂

  12. Jilvan says

    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!!

  13. says

    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:)

  14. says

    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.

  15. Lisa (North Carolina) says

    Just made these for the third time and wanted to tell you that I love them!!!! Gave some to my daughters and they love them. I didn’t have any trouble finding any of the ingredients (citric acid at Walmart with canning supplies). Thanks for sharing because all of you girls that love a bath will love these!!!

  16. Kaitlyn says

    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?

    • says

      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.

  17. Shari says

    I’m excited to try to make these for birthday party favors. Has anyone tried to make them bigger? How about hiding plastic toys inside? What is the best way to package them? I heard that cellophane and/or ziplock bags won’t work because plastic eats the scents? How long do they keep? Thank you for the info!

    • says

      I’ve never made these hollow with things inside, but that sounds like a fun idea. As for storage, I used a glass jar. Mine lasted for a year before I ran out. They lost a bit of their color, but they still fizzed and worked great.

  18. diana says

    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.

    • says

      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.

      • Molly says

        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.

  19. Sally says

    I heard you can use arrow root powder as a substitute for cornstarch. It is almost the same according to few other recipes out there. I do not know if there is a problem with yeast infections with it or not.

  20. Monica says

    Tried to make these twice now. They don’t dry left second batch for two weeks and would not dry. Live in New Mexico dry climate, I don’t know what happened.

    • says

      I’m sorry that you didn’t have any success with these. I’ve made them a few times and haven’t had any problems with them drying. :/ I would suggest that maybe you used too much water, but if that were the case, they would have been fizzing while making them, so I don’t think that’s what happened.

      The only other thought I had is that maybe it was too warm, and the coconut oil didn’t firm up… But I feel like that’s grasping. I’m sorry again that they didn’t work out for you.

  21. Kelly says

    Made these the other day and they turned out great! Made them again yesterday and used pickling salt instead of citric acid like someone suggested and I had to throw them away 🙁
    On the first batch I also used rose water instead of the white tea and i used about 30 drops of essential oils and they were awesome and smelled great!

    • says

      Those sound wonderful with rose water! I definitely need to try it. Thank you for the input about the pickling salt, also. I had heard that you can use it, too, but never tried. Now, I know to stick to citric acid.

  22. Mary Gannon says

    Hi! Two questions – did you try using any glycerin when making these or is the coconut oil enough to soften us up? Also, what size should the molds be? I have some for crafts but I suspect they may be too small. And, of course, I found some on Etsy I love but they’re for guest soaps so may be too big. Thanks!

    • says

      I didn’t use any glycerin. I found great success with the coconut oil alone, but if you try glycerin, be sure to let me know how it works for you. As for the mold size, it makes no difference. I used both very small (1.5″ or so across), as well as larger molds (for the octopus. Both sizes worked equally well. The only real consideration is that you might want to use more than one bomb per bath if they’re on the small side.

      • Mary Gannon says

        Thanks! I tried it tonight and clearly had too much water but they’re almost dry so it didn’t hurt them in the end. I tested with a mini cupcake pan because of the excess fizzing. Look fine now!

  23. Nina says

    So I absolutely luv this idea of making coconut oil bath bombs, but I wonder if there could be a problem with the septic system if the coconut oil gets trapped in the pipes and has a chance to harden. We just moved to a home with well water, and have to be so careful.. Is that too paranoid based on the minute amount of oil used?

    • says

      Hi Nina, coconut oil melts at a very low temperature (in fact, your own body heat is enough to melt it), so there is very little risk of it hardening in pipes and causing any issues. If you’re super concerned about it, I would definitely recommend trying a recipe with another main ingredient, but I haven’t had any issues personally. 🙂

  24. says

    Darla (and all),
    Thank you so much for the recipes and advice! I was preparing to make a batch of these (using a famous celebrity/icon’s recipe) and my husband found this recipe as I was assembling my ingredients … I was excited that your recipe uses coconut oil. I used Peppermint Extract, and colored them pink, for my prototype batch. They are drying now (heart shaped silicone molds). I plan to make batches for Christmas presents for my girlfriends and my 3 sisters … So excited to find your web page. I am author and just had my debut novel (the first in a new Romantic Suspense series) published last fall, and I work from home and do a ton of crafting … and cooking!
    Thanks everyone for all the extra tips. I ordered my big bag of Citric Acid from Amazon. Good to know that I can get it in the canning section of Walmart though!
    Holidays Greetings to all,

  25. Cassie says

    Love all your beautiful bath fizzies that you have pictured here! I was so excited to try this recipe last night, and even more excited this morning when my fizzies were completely dry! And then ………. I realized that I had purchased and used the wrong type of fragrance oil! I accidentally bought the kind intended for warmers 🙁 OOPS! Looks like I will be heading back to Michael’s today.

    I do have a question though – when you’re giving these as gifts, do you give them in a glass jar?? Or wrapped in a cellophane bag – with the instructions for the giftee to then transfer them into a glass container at home? Thanks in advance 🙂

    • Cassie says

      And one additional question ………… if you’re giving fizzies of different scents (I’ll have lavendar, and then eucalyptus), should I package them separately when giving as gifts?? Or do you think it would be okay to put them in the same container?

      • says

        I would package each scent separately, but that’s a personal preference. You can package them together…when they are used, they will maintain their individual scents.

  26. Karina says

    what happens if the bath bombs end up being too wet? I think i added a bit too much oil…will allowing them to dry longer help or is it a lost cause? 🙁 mine stuck together well, but were way too wet i think

  27. Kiirsti says

    Made these last week and about to make a second batch! Great gift idea! I used muffin tins as molds – worked great 🙂

    Thanks for posting – this recipe’s a keeper.

  28. Brandy says

    These are amazing. My first try, I added too much liquid and they were a bit misshapen and not so pretty, but even then, they worked great once I threw them in my bath. So for those who are feeling timid, just do it! The second time, I used some plastic soap molds and made sure I used the bare minimum amount of liquid, and they turned out beautifully. The coconut oil is a wonderful touch, and I used lavendar, orange, and Roman chamomile essential oils to add some wonderful scents. I also used chamomile tea as the liquid base, which was a great recommendation. Just ordered a cameo mold to use, can’t wait to try that!

  29. Lea says

    Are these safe for the bath? Isn’t coconut oil not good if it goes down your drain, because just like regular oil, it eventually hardens and will cause clogs?

    • says

      I have been using these for about two years and haven’t had any problems. Coconut oil has a very low melting point – about 75 degrees F – and most people take baths that a much warmer than this (around 100 degrees F or warmer), so the chances of it hardening in your pipes are slim. If you don’t feel comfortable using it, there are lots of other choices for bath bomb recipes. If you try any, I’d love to hear what your thoughts are. Thanks!

  30. Stephanie says

    Love this! Can’t wait to make these! These are SO much better than Lush. Honestly, I think Lush is a bunch of junk. The ingredients in their products include sodium lauryl sulfate, parabens, Red 4, Blue 1…EW. I’ll choose all natural over synthetic ingredients anyday!

    • says

      Without watching you make them, I can only guess at the cause, but it sounds to me like you either added the liquid ingredients too fast, or you added too much of them. You have to add the wet ingredients slowly and in small amounts until the mixture is just barely like wet sand.

      If you added the wet ingredients in this way and it still fizzed over, then you could try adding less baking soda and see if that helps. I hope this is helpful!

  31. Lisa says

    I had to mix the food colouring in to the dry ingredients so the bombs turned out very light purple, but in the bath they turn vibrant purple when they hit the water! My kids loved this surprise:) I’ve been using these all winter for their very dry skin and the coconut oil has done wonders:) Great recipe!

  32. Roxie says

    What an awesome site! Thanks for the recipe for the Bath Bombs. I love coconut oil anything it smells so good and reminds me of the beach. I want to try this very soon as winter has taken a toll on the skin as usual.