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
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…
- 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?!
And, in case you needed more reasons to pour yourself a bath, I have more recipes just like this Coconut Milk Bath waiting for you in this FREE Bath Recipe E-Book.
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Creamed Coconut is a Skin Care Superstar
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?
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).
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
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!
DIY Coconut Milk Bath Soak
- 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
In a coffee grinder or mini food processor, grind your shredded coconut into a flour.
Pour the shredded coconut into a mixing bowl and add the corn starch. Mix well.
Add the essential oils (if using) and quickly mix it into the dry ingredients.
Lastly, scoop in the creamed coconut and blend once more. You should have a nice, moist, powder-like consistency.
Store in an air tight container in the fridge.
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,
Thought of the day: Luxurious self-care doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated.
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