How to make bath oil beads

Updated February 21, 2017

Bath oil beads are easy to make at home using a few speciality ingredients that you can find at natural health stores and drug stores. They can be used to promote relaxation, and healing essential oils can be used for various skin types and conditions. This recipe for bath oil beads yields approximately 10-20 beads, depending on their size.

Grind 2 teaspoons Epsom salts and 1 teaspoon sea salt in a clean coffee grinder or spice mill until a fine consistency is reached.

Combine 3 teaspoons baking soda, 1 teaspoon citric acid, 2 teaspoons corn starch, 1 ½ teaspoons goat milk powder, and the ground-up salts in a small mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly.

Combine 1 ½ tablespoons cocoa butter with ½ tablespoons virgin coconut oil in a small saucepan. Heat the mixture over low heat until completely melted, stirring occasionally.

Add 6 tablespoons of the dry ingredient mixture to a small mixing bowl, and stir in the melted cocoa butter mixture slowly. Add 20-25 drops of essential oil of your choice, or a combination of essential oils, and then mix thoroughly.

Form the resulting mixture into several small, round bath oil beads with your hands. These can be any size you like, but the smaller you make them, the more you'll have to use per bath.

Add a handful of bath oil beads directly to your warm or hot bathwater, and soak in the tub to enjoy. Store the bath oil beads in a glass jar with a tightly-fitting lid and keep it in a cool, dry place.


You can use regular powdered milk instead of goat's milk powder, if necessary or desired. Substitute the sea salt for mineral salt, if necessary or desired. Use essential oils for your skin type when making bath oil beads. Try lavender for normal skin, rose for dry skin, and lemon for oily skin.


Be careful when you enter your tub, because the beads can make the bottom slippery.

Things You'll Need

  • Epsom salt
  • Sea salt
  • Coffee grinder or spice mill
  • Baking soda
  • Citric acid
  • Corn starch
  • Goat milk powder
  • Small mixing bowls
  • Cocoa butter
  • Virgin coconut oil
  • Small saucepan
  • Essential oil of your choice
  • Glass jar with lid
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Willow Sidhe is a freelance writer living in the beautiful Hot Springs, AR. She is a certified aromatherapist with a background in herbalism. She has extensive experience gardening, with a specialty in indoor plants and herbs. Sidhe's work has been published on numerous Web sites, including