How To Make A Relaxing Coconut Milk Bath

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Hello Lovelies:

What’s luxurious, makes your skin feel silky smooth and is uber relaxing? A coconut milk bath yo!

And guess what? It’s actually really flipping easy to make your own coconut milk bath! Like 3 ingredients simple (ok – 4 if you want to add essential oils, but that’s totes up to you).

All you need are a few spare minutes to put everything together.

Maybe you want to put your feet up and relax in the tub, enjoying a subtle coconut scent while your skin soaks up all the moisture. Or perhaps you’re looking to spoil someone to a super awesome homemade gift. Or both (because, why the heck not, right?) Either way! You’re going to love this one.

Ready to make some skin care magic? Let’s check out why a coconut milk bath is awesome and how you can make it happen…

(Super Bonus – There’s a free Bath Recipe E-Book with even more awesome recipes waiting for you too!)

Bath’s Are So Good For You

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Taking a hot minute (pun intended) to relax in a tub is an amazing for of self-care. Check out all the goodness bath’s have to offer…

Baths:

  • Elevate Mood and Increased Relaxation
  • Reduce Stress
  • Improve Sleep
  • Decrease Muscle Pain
  • Soothe Cold Symptoms
  • Might lessen Inflammation and Help Control Blood Sugar
  • Can Help Manage Chronic Pain
  • Create an opportunity For Self-Love

That’s 8 awesome reasons to hop in the tub, right?!

Related: You’ll Love These 8 Super Health Benefits of Baths

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Creamed Coconut is a Skin Care Superstar

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While all of the goodness that goes into this coconut milk bath recipe is pretty awesome, the creamed coconut is my favourite part. Creamed coconut is super thick and, you guessed it, creamy. It’s filled to the brim with moisturizing fats that your skin is going to love!

But what exactly is creamed coconut?

Creamed coconut (like Let’s Do Organic, my go to,) is created when ripe coconuts are harvested and their flesh is grated and soaked in water. The cream will rise to the top and subsequently be scooped out, packaged and sold to healthy foodies like you and me. It’s actually fantastic to have on hand and goes amazing in sauces, smoothies, stir fries and more. But why stop in the kitchen when it’s just dying to be kind to your skin too?

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Creamed coconut is around 85% fat. Much like coconut oil, it’s filled to the brim with a fantastic mixture of skin healthy fats. And their moisturizing properties are pretty awesome. For one thing, they help to strengthen and increase your skin surface lipid levels (which is fancy talk for the oils that fill the spaces between your skin cells while protecting and moisturizing your skin’s surface). And on top of that we’re looking at a super hydrating effect (source).

Related: DIY Healthy Hair Care – Homemade Deep Conditioner (Only 4 Ingredients)

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Even cooler, all of the awesome coconut oil found in creamed coconut has been shown to take down staphylococcal colonization on the skin. This is an icky bacteria and if you’re like me and deal with eczema you definitely want to take this sucker down.

But, good news, this study found that the coconut oils (which are plentiful in creamed coconut) can destroy up to 95% of staphyoloccal colonization in eczema sufferers when used topically. Booyah! This means that moisturizing with coconut oil and bathing in coconut milk baths like this one is extra awesome for my eczema brothers and sisters (and still amazing for everyone else ;)).

Basically, soaking in this goodness for a while in the tub will leave your skin feeling silky smooth. And the delicious coconut scent, whether you choose to amp it up with essential oils or leave it au naturel, is totally relaxing and soothing. It’s all win! And super affordable and simple to put together. Ready to make yourself a batch?

Nourishing Coconut Milk Bath Recipe

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Now you may be wondering “Hey Sara – why didn’t you use powdered coconut milk in this recipe”. And I hear ya! But you know I like to keep it healthy and simple here in the Ms. Health-Esteem house. And all of the powdered coconut milk I found came packing with a few other unnecessary ingredients. So I opted for shredded coconut (I love the super fine stuff by Let’s Do Organic for this recipe).

If shredded coconut seems like a strange stretch, don’t you worry. You can actually use shredded coconut to make your own coconut milk. So it’s definitely a perfect swap. But we’re going to grind that stuff up into a powder so it mixes well with your bath water, giving you that milky bath goodness you’re looking for. It only takes a few seconds in a coffee grinder or food processor and you are good to go!

Now let’s do this!

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DIY Coconut Milk Bath Soak

Course DIY Beauty
Cuisine Bath Soak, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Self Care, Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 8 minutes
Servings 1 Person
Author Sara - Ms. Health-Esteem

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Fine Shredded Coconut Like Let's do organic.
  • 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
  • 2 Tbsps Creamed Coconut Like Let's Do Organic
  • 10-20 Drops Essential Oil (Optional) Like doTERRA Lavender or Wild Orange

Instructions

  1. In a coffee grinder or mini food processor, grind your shredded coconut into a flour. 

  2. Pour the shredded coconut into a mixing bowl and add the corn starch. Mix well.

  3. Add the essential oils (if using) and quickly mix it into the dry ingredients.

  4. Lastly, scoop in the creamed coconut and blend once more. You should have a nice, moist, powder-like consistency. 

  5. Store in an air tight container in the fridge. 

  6. Add to the bath as you are pouring the bath so that the coconut milk bath powder mixes well. The water should be almost opaque (and silky smooth on your gorgeous skin). Enjoy!

Have you enjoyed a coconut milk bath before? Are you excited to make one and relax in all if it’s goodness? What are your go to ways to relax? Share your awesome thoughts in the comments below!

Oh, and don’t forget your free Bath Recipe E-Book! I’m so excited for you to treat yourself to some relaxing DIY Self-Care. <3

Health and love,

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50 Comments

  1. Reply

    Deimile

    April 18, 2018

    I have all the ingredients at home! I should really take the time to myself this wknd and try this. Thanks for sharing!

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      That’s so awesome Deimile! I hope you had a wonderful, relaxing bath <3. What did you think of the recipe?

  2. Reply

    janna conner

    April 18, 2018

    this sounds pretty easy to do and sounds great! I tried years ago to use coconut oil on my hair and it was a bit of a disaster. Greasy for a week, and I couldn’t wash it out but for the skin sounds much better!

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      Oh no! That must have been awful Janna! I’m so sorry to hear that. The creamed coconut is definitely oily, but if you don’t dunk your head you should be safe! Hope you love it 🙂

  3. Reply

    Aubree

    April 18, 2018

    I’ve always wanted to try this but never knew what to use! This was so incredibly helpful!

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      I’m so glad to help Aubree! I hope you treat yourself to some really soon. It’s amazing how simple things like this are eh? I definitely didn’t think it would come together so easily – but I was pleasantly surprised. Hope you are too. Enjoy <3

  4. Reply

    thecozycompass

    April 18, 2018

    This sounds easy to do, but so beneficial. Might have to whip this up this weekend!

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      When simple, decadent and healthy all roll into one I am so happy! I hope you adore it hun. Let me know how it goes <3

  5. Reply

    Raina Ross

    April 18, 2018

    This sounds amazing! So easy too which is always a bonus when you have limited time!

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      Absolutely! Especially when you’re trying to get some tub time in too, right? I really didn’t want a recipe that takes forever to put together. I hope you treat yourself Raina! It’s delightful. Let me know what you think! ^^

  6. Reply

    Nicole

    April 18, 2018

    Sara, this sounds so amazing! I am going to try to remember to treat myself to this after my daughters dance competition this weekend. Now to decide, orange or lavender first? Thanks hun!

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      Oh that’s so nice! How did the dance competition go Nicole? I hope you all had a blast! 🙂
      Let me know what oils you choose! Enjoy the self care time. You deserve it ^^

  7. Reply

    Kyla @ A Life Adjacent

    April 18, 2018

    Well it just so happens that I have some Let’s Do Organic creamed coconut in my pantry right now… this sounds like the perfect way to use it! 😉

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      Oh sweet! That’s an awesome coincidence Kyla! I hope you enjoy it. It’s so kind to your skin – I love it. Let me know your thoughts hun <3. I'm so excited for you to try it!

  8. Reply

    thesweetteaspoon

    April 18, 2018

    This looks luxurious! I can’t wait to try this!

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      Yaas! That’s the perfect word to describe it. I love it! And I hope you adore it too. It certainly feels luxurious on your skin. 😀

  9. Reply

    Daima Hussain

    April 19, 2018

    This sounds so good, I honestly did not know about creamed coconut until now. Great post!

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      Thank you so much Daima! I hope you get your hands on some creamed coconut soon ^^. It’s really good in edible recipes too haha. But man does it ever feel wonderful on your skin. Let me know what you think if you treat yourself to a coconut milk bath <3

  10. Reply

    Jasmin | VeeatCookBake

    April 19, 2018

    Babe this is awesome. I have all ingredients at home. Next time have time for me I will definitely do this. 😍

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      Oh I am so excited for you to try it Jasmin! I can’t wait to hear what you think <3. I hope you get a little you time soon. You deserve it gorgeous!

  11. Reply

    Sue Anderson

    April 19, 2018

    Wow! That sounds incredibly luxurious. I’d never even heard of creamed coconut before today. How else do you use it?

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      I’m so excited for you to discover creamed coconut Sue! It’s luxurious on your skin. But it’s really good in a lot of dishes too. You can add it to soups, sauces, stir fries, smoothies etc. for a nice creamy texture and some healthy fats and fiber. I’ll have to share some edible recipes that feature it soon too! Let me know what you think if you try it hun <3. I'd love to hear what you make with it.

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    CHRISTINA BENAVIDEZ

    April 19, 2018

    This seriously makes me want to draw a bath! I haven’t relaxed that way in quite awhile. I will definitely be trying this recipe 😉

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      That’s awesome Christina! I find that a bath is the ultimate form of self care. At least for me. We all have different preferences ^^. But if this sounds like a nice relaxing idea you should definitely dive in (or… walk in carefully and safely hehehe xD). I hope you love it! Let me know how it goes <3

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    helpmamameditate

    April 19, 2018

    I love to cook with coconut milk. A coconut milk bath sounds so relaxing and luxurious! I’m going to make this for Mother’s Day.

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      That’s fantastic Jennifer! I hope you have a nice, relaxing bath and a wonderful day celebrating what a fantastic mama you are <3. I can't wait to hear what you think sweetie!

  14. Reply

    Elly's diary

    April 20, 2018

    Wow! This looks amazing! I though I new “all” coconut milk secrets (hahahaha I love it!!) …but this is new! <3 Thanks for sharing! <3 <3 <3

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      hehehe I love that Elly! Coconut still have some tricks up her sleeve after all. Honestly, I swear that stuff is magical. I hope you treat yourself to this goodness someday hun. Wishing you a wonderful day full of self care and joy!

  15. Reply

    confessionsofarealisticmom

    April 21, 2018

    That sounds amazing! I really need to make this. It’s very dry where I live so I’m sure that would really cure my dry skin. Thanks!

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      Oh I hope that this makes your skin feel wonderful hun! Dry skin can be so frustrating. Hopefully this helps your skin feel soft, moisturized and luxurious. You deserve it. Let me know if it helps! <3

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    roseblash

    April 21, 2018

    This is a must try. I really enjoy coconut oil for so many things. I am sure coconut milk is great too.

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      Thank you Rose! The creamed coconut really does wonders for your skin. I’m sure you would adore it! It’s also fantastic for cooking ;). Let me know if you give it a go! I’d love to hear what else you make with it ^^

      • Reply

        roseblash

        April 24, 2018

        I will keep you posted. I look forward to reading more of your posts.

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    Jamie Fuller

    April 21, 2018

    I’ve never heard of creamed coconut- I’m going to have to search it out and give it a try because I loooove coconut especially for summer and bubble baths are my fave! Thanks for the recipe lovely <3 Jamie

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      You’re so welcome sweetie! It should be in the health food section. It’s in a little box (about 200g/7oz). Hopefully it finds you! It definitely makes for a really decadent bath and goodness my skin is silky smooth afterwards. I’d love to hear what you think Jamie! Let me know how it goes <3. Wishing you a wonderful day!

  18. Reply

    joleisa

    April 22, 2018

    Being from Jamaica I am quite used to coconut in all its forms, just not on my face. I will look to correcting this soon. Thanks for such a great idea.

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      It’s absolutely wonderful how much goodness coconut has to offer Joleisa! I hope you enjoy bathing in it too! Have fun discovering a new aspect of this wonderful plant. I’d love to hear your thoughts once you’ve given it a try <3

  19. Reply

    moretomum

    April 23, 2018

    Wow, I’ve never heard of this type of bath before! Definitely sounds luxurious. Thanks!

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      You’re so welcome! I’m excited for you to treat yourself to one <3. Such a wonderful form of relaxation and self care ^^.

  20. Reply

    Codrut Turcanu

    April 24, 2018

    I’ve heard about this before but never bought coconut for bath… thank you!

    • Reply

      Sara

      April 24, 2018

      Is there anything coconut can’t do? ^^ I hope you enjoy it Codrut! Let me know what you think 🙂

  21. Reply

    Little Fat Woman

    May 17, 2018

    Loved this! A little self care with home ingredients. Can’t wait to try it and share my thoughts with you 💗

    • Reply

      Sara

      July 3, 2018

      I’m so glad to hear that Shawna! I hope that you adore it. Self care activities like this are always the best ^^. Wishing you well <3

  22. Reply

    Cheryl

    December 29, 2019

    Is it fresh grated coconut or dried shredded coconut for this recipe?

    • Reply

      Sara | Ms. Health-Esteem

      December 30, 2019

      Hi Cheryl, great question! It’s dried. I used the brand Let’s Do Organic’s Fine Shredded Coconut. But any dried, shredded coconut should work just fine 😊. I hope you enjoy it tons!

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