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This bath bomb recipe with shea butter will leave your skin moisturized and smooth as silk, not to mention the proven anti-inflammatory properties of this African gem.

Here is a simple shea butter bath bomb recipe you can make at home. most of the ingredients are simple household items or available in any grocery store.

You may have to order your shea butter online [Check Amazon for prices]

Bath Bomb Recipe with Shea Butter Ingredients

  • 8oz baking soda
  • 4oz cornstarch
  • 4oz citric acid
  • 4oz epsom salts
  • 3tbsp raw shea butter
  • 1tsp oil [Coconut Oil works well here]

Optional Additional Ingredients

  • 4tsp food coloring
  • 2tsp fragrance or essential oils

How to Make Shea Butter Bath Bombs

Once you have all of your ingredients together, you will need a few extra bits for the preparation process

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk or Spoon (Something to mix with)
  • Molds

Don’t worry if you don’t have any proper bath bomb molds as you can use something from around the house.

I have a guide to household items used for bath bomb molds here

Step 1

First Up get your shea butter melted down. Use a microwave on short 10-20 second sessions to do this. it should only take one or two goes, and make sure you don’t overdo it

Step 2

Mix the dry ingredients together. That’s the baking soda, citric acid, salts and cornstarch. The more you put into this mix, the better the end product fizz consistency will be, so give it an extra minute at the end.

Step 3

Pre-mix your essential oil and shea butter.

Now it’s time to add the butter and oil to the dry mix. We are looking for a mixture that is just wet enough to stick together. The chances are the shea butter and the oil might just be enough. If not then grab some water.

You have options here in how you add your water. One way or another you need to do it slowly, so teaspoon by tea spoon, drop by drop if possible to prevent any activiation of the baking soda and citrci acid.

Better still, grab a spray bottle and slowly add your water to the mix to make stick this way.

Once it’s ready….

Step 4

Grab your bath bomb molds and start stuffing that mixture in. get just as much as you can in there and apply as much pressure as you can.

If you have a good quality bath bomb press then of course you can use that, or these donut bath bomb molds on Amazon are great fun too!

Make sure you get as much in the mold. As long as the mixture is moist enough, this will help prevent cracking or breakage later,

Step 5

Feel free to let the shea butter bath bomb sit in the mold for 15 minutes before removing

Once removed, sit on parchment paper for at least 24 hours to fully set and harden. Ensure a cool, dry place away from humidity for obvious reasons.

Wrap it up?

If you are using this bath bomb for yourself, there is nothing more to do than store it until you are ready to use it.

If you are looking to make these bath bombs as gifts, then you might want to consider various ways to wrap a bath bomb.

Where Does Shea Butter Come From

You might be wondering exactly what Shea Butter is. Maybe imagining a block of butter, slightly yellow perhaps. Nope!

What is Shea Butter made from? – Shea Butter is the product of seed kernels from the Shea tree found in tropical Africa. The kernels are ground to create a powder and boiled in water. The butter rises to the top and solidifies ready for extraction.

Check out the exciting video at the bottom of this post that shows just how shea butter is made from those kernels. It is fascinating

Is Shea Butter Vegan?

Typically the answer is yes, for there is no need for Shea Butter to be anything else given its source and extraction methods.

The importance of being able to source 100% vegan materials for your bath bombs, I know, Is important to many, so for that purpose, I recommend this Shea Butter available from Amazon.

100% pure, unrefined, vegan and organic, it is the perfect product if you are looking to make organic, vegan-friendly DIY bath bombs with Shea Butter

Is Shea Butter Good for Skin?

Shea Butter is good for your skin in a range of applications including bath bombs. It works well as a skin softner thanks to the vitamins and fatty acids naturally present in this African nut by product.

In its unrefined state it is possible to whip up shea butter to a creamy texture and apply to your face as an anti-inflammatory.

Here we are using shea butter in a bath bomb. Using this application it melts away and covers your body for a silky sooth feel.

It does a particularly good job of moisturizing too and you can certainly feel the benefits of shea butter in bath bombs for several hours

Is Shea Butter Good for Hair?

There are several ways shea butter can be used for hair treatment. For sure, dry, itchy scalps will benefit from the moisturizing properties of the product, not that a bath bomb with shea butter is going to be much use in that respect!

Dry or damaged hair is reported to gain benefits from moisture shea butter can instill into it.

There is more information available on shea butter for hair elsewhere, I shan’t expand as we want to concentrate specifically on bath bombs here, but feel free to read this information page for more about using shea butter for hair

Does Shea Butter Smell?

Shea butter has only a mild smell when fresh. A mildly woody, earthy, nutty aroma might be detected. It is derived from shea kernels after all. Shea butter doesn’t ‘go-off’ quickly and therefore the smell is relatively stable.

You are probably more interested if shea butter bath bombs have a shea butter smell and the answer is no.

There is not enough of the product to really bring through any aroma and any use of essential oils or other fragrances will mask any scent from the butter

Which Shea Butter is Best for Skin

There is very little difference between one shea butter and another, especially if you are using the unrefined organic products which are recommended here.

So it really comes down to brand preference, and maybe any ethical packaging choices. It is up to you. I like this shea butter from amazon as it is a handy 1lb pack which goes a long way. I can use it for other applications in addition to bath bombs too

Will Shea Butter Clog Pores?

Shea Butter will not clog your pores thanks to being non-comedogenic. Using shea butter in bath bombs is a far less heavy application that actually spreading whipped up shea butter on your face.

You may be concerned that being used within the bath tub scenario, the warm water opening your pores would give greater access to the shea butter, but in fact this is a good thing.

With such great moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties, you can be sure to feel the effects of the shea butter from your bath bomb for several hours after exiting the bath.


  • 8oz bicarbonate of soda
  • 4oz cornstarch
  • 4oz citric acid
  • 4oz epsom salts
  • 3tbsp raw shea butter
  • 1tsp oil [Coconut Oil works well here]
  • 4tsp food coloring
  • 2tsp fragrance or essential oils

How Shea Butter is Made

Check out this amazing video showing how hard working women in Ghana create the shea butter you are looking to add to your bath bomb recipe today.

It really gives you an appreciation of the product.

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