Bath Bomb Recipe with Coconut Oil – Alternatives?

It is easy to make a bath bomb with or without coconut oil. This recipe will provide a milky bath bomb to leave your skin feeling silky smooth, and you can choose your own scent too.

This is a really simple to make, easy DIY bath bomb recipe without coconut oil, which, once you have the ingredients, won’t take long to make and enjoy in your bath.


These ingredients will make around 4 Medium Sized bath bombs, it doesn’t use coconut oil but you can replace the olive oil with coconut oil, like for like, easily.

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1 cup citric acid
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • ⅓ cup Epsom salts
  • ¼ cup powdered milk
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa butter (Optional)
  • 10 drops Essential oils is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to, or


This should take around 15 minutes to make, with a further 24-48 hours for the drying process.

Step 1

Take your dry ingredients. baking Soda, Citric Acid, Salts and Cornstarch along with the powdered milk and mix them thoroughly together.

Don’t take any shortcuts here, the better the mix, the better the results when this baby hots the water on your bath.

Step 2

Take the wet ingredients now. Mix Olive Oil, optional cocoa butter and essential oils and mix well.

Step 3

Add the oils and butter to the dry ingredients and again mix well, getting everything mixed up as much as you possibly can. Again, this really is so important to produce a really consistently fizzing bath bomb.

Decide upon the color of your bath bomb and add the coloring now. This is an excellent selection of colors [Check price on Amazon]. You’ll never be stuck to find a color again. These can be intermixed to create yet further shades and colors.

Step 4

You are looking for a really good mix that will stick together. If the mix remains a bit dry and powdery, so much so that the mix falls apart when you try to press it together. Add a little water.

The best way to do this is from a spray bottle if possible. This will help prevent any fizzing action going off at this stage. you want to keep all that fizz for bath time!

If you do not have a spray bottle then add the water just a drop at a time, until the mix will hold together well and it feels ready to go into your molds.

Step 5

Now take your bath bomb molds and prepare to add the mixture to them

You may want to use some household item for DIY Bath bomb molds, or perhaps you could try out this bath bomb mold package from Amazon.

No Coconut Oil Bath Bombs – Why?

It may be just as simple as the fact that you have no coconut oil which to add to your bath bomb.

If you don’t have any and can wait a couple of days before making your bath bombs, you could try this Organic Coconut Oil [Price on Amazon]

It could be that you have some allergy to coconut oil, or you may just not like the scent of coconut, even the minor scent from this product.

Another reason could come down to cost and just don’t want to spend so much on making your bath bombs when they are cheaper alternatives available

Is Coconut Oil a Carrier Oil

Whilst coconut oil will usually be solid and will require melting before use in your bath bomb mixture, many people do undertake this task and ONLY use coconut oil for their Bath bombs. the reason for this is because it will want to solidify again and this will (as long as the right amount has been used) help with the hardening process of your bath bomb.

See the table below for pricing of alternative oils

Coconut Oil Alternatives

These alternatives can work for you in your bath bomb recipes without coconut oil.

You have several options running from Almond Oil through grapeseed Oil and just good old Olive oil.

Good Substitutes for Coconut Oil

The table below offers alternatives to coconut oil running from the highest price to lowest. the further down the table the cheaper the products.

OilGuidePrice on Amazon
Coconut Oil 16oz$13Check Now
Shea Nut Oil 16oz$10Check Now
Almond Oil 16oz$9Check Now
Grapeseed Oil 16oz$8Check Now
Olive Oil 16oz$5Check Now

Be careful when searching out coconut oil alternatives, not all options presented will work with bath bombs.

If you’ve sourced the alternatives from a cooking website, some items may not be suitable for this purpose.

My preference of alternative to coconut oil in bath bombs is to use Almond Oil, instead of the virgin olive oil suggested in the recipe above.

Coconut Oil Info

This section is going to let you know just about everything there is to know about coconut oil should you wish to find out. the only thing is, it will all be with reference to bath bombs with coconut oil, and not for eating or food purposes if that’s OK, that a whole different story.

Which Coconut Oil is Best for Bath Bombs?

There are different types of coconut oil you can use, but the best for me is Virgin Coconut Oil which will need a little melting prior to mixing, but will also help the hardening process of your bath bomb

Coconut Oils that can be used for Bath Bombs

  • Virgin Coconut Oil
  • Fractionated Coconut Oil
  • Coconut Essential Oil

The best coconut oil for bath bombs is one that you can easily source from wherever you are.

Whether you prefer to go to the grocery store to buy your oil, or if you are happy ordering coconut oil online from stores like Amazon, there is little difference in how that coconut oil will act within your bath bomb recipe.

Whilst there may be a slight difference in price, reflected in the quality of the coconut oil, it is not something we need to really concern ourselves with as bath bomb creators.

Whats the difference Between Coconut Oil and Coconut Essential Oil?

The difference between coconut oil and coconut essential oil is the production process leaving essential oil a more concentrated form of the natural product which in turn provides a heavier aroma than you will get with virgin coconut oil.

Different processes are used to extract essential oils from the coconut pulp but they retain all of the same theraputic benefits you will find with virgin coconut oil.

It should be noted that coconut essential oil will also begin to solidify at low temperatures just like virgin oil too.

What is a good coconut essential oil to use?

You will find many coconut scented oils, or coconut flavored diffuser oils, which are chemically produced to provide a coconut aroma. These are not essential oils.

[US] A good essential coconut oil is Difeel Essential Oils 100% Pure Premium Grade Coconut Oil 1 Ounce 2-Pack [See price on Amazon]

(UK-EUR) In the UK or Europe, try this 100ml Natural Aromatherapy Essential Oil from MOOD -[See price on Amazon]

What is Fractionated Coconut Oil?

Fractionated coconut oil has seen the oil undergo a process to remove fatty acids from the product. The reason this is done is to produce a more stable liquid form of coconut oil that will remain in liquid form even at lower temperatures

Can I use fractionated coconut oil in bath bombs?

Yes, it is perfectly OK to use fractionated oil in bath bombs, some people prefer to. I prefer natural virgin coconut oil though, as I can pop the bombs in the fridge for setting and they harden up really well and quite quickly too.

Is Coconut Oil good for you

Coconut Oi has been around forever and there are many things it is cited as being beneficial for

For Your face?

Coconut oil has natural moisturizing properties, to accompany both anti-bacterial and anti-fungal benefits too. Containing Anti-oxidant like Vitamins A&E as well, one may claim anti-aging benefits as well as relief from too much sun exposure.

In a bath bomb, you will not be applying the coconut oil directly to your face of course, but imagine the good that little bit of oil released from the bath fizzy is doing to the rest of your body.

For Your Body?

The same applies as above with the beneficial natural elements of coconut oil for your skin. Because it is natural it does not cause the same problems that chemically produced oils and cleansers do where they can clog your pores.

Silky smooth skin is achieved by having as natural Skin pH levels as possible. Coconut oil will help balance those levels in your skin for a super smooth touch. As long as you’ve done those legs!

For Your Hair?

Coconut il has been used for as long as anyone can remember for treating dry hair. Replacing lost moisture through styling and coloring, especially frequent treatments, coconut oil will balance the protein levels and is better than many other oils at penetrating the hair strands thanks to its light molecular structure.

Where Does Coconut Oil Come From?

Coconuts! It comes from a pulp created from the white meat of fresh young coconut. Without going into the great detail, it can be created from either dried coconut meat or produced in wet form too.

But yeah, coconut oil comes from coconuts. It’s all rocket science around here!

If you want to know more about the production of coconut oil from either dry or wet processing, then i suggest taking a look at Wikipedia, who covers it far better than I could.

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