Who doesn’t love a good truffle, amiright?! Eating a chocolatey herbal truffle while lounging in a tub resplendent with the dreamy scents and fizzy goodness of bath truffles is ecstasy as I see it. Throw in some meditation music and a nice candle and you have the makings of heaven on earth. Guess what, my friends? Bath truffles (the throw-in-your-bathtub kind) are super easy to make and quick to boot!

Here’s all you need to do to make these fab concoctions:


13 oz baking soda
4.5 oz citric acid
1 oz shea butter
1 oz cocoa butter
1/2 to 1 tsp essential oil

Mix the baking soda and citric acid together, making sure to break up the lumps. You may wish to put them through a sieve to make that easy. Or use your hands and have fun with it!

Melt the shea and cocoa butters and drizzle over the dry ingredients. Add the essential oil and mix well. Go ahead, stick your hands in it. It’ll take you way back to your play dough days.

Pack firmly into your molds – ice cube trays, silicone molds, little paper or plastic cups, or what you have on hand for molds.

Place in the fridge for about 1 – 2 hours to harden and viola! Pop them out and put them in cute little bags, wrap in tissue, or just place one in your friend’s hand and watch a smile spread on their face like the Grinch who finally understood the meaning of Christmas!

Consider sprinkling a bit of cocoa powder, dried herbs and flowers, or even Himalayan mineral salt in the molds before packing your truffles into the molds. How about beautiful clear and rose quartz crystals????

Makes about 8 two ounce bath truffles. Yay!

Something cool to drizzle over your bath truffles:

Melt 1/3 cup of cocoa butter,  and mix in 1/3 cup baking soda, and a pinch or to to a teaspoon of natural colorant powders such as turmeric, annatto, woad, indigo, alkanet, or rose madder. How much you put in depends on the depth of color desired. Drizzle over the bath truffles after they’re out of the mold for extra skin softening power and cool visual appeal.

Essential oil blends to try:

1. 2 parts lavender, 1 part mandarin orange
2. 1 part cocoa absolute, 1/2 part vanilla
3. 1 part clove, 1 part cinnamon, 1/4 part nutmeg
4. Equal parts fir needle, spruce, orange
5. Equal parts lemongrass and lemon

A word of warning, bath truffles will make your bathtub slippery, so do be careful, my dears. Enjoy and be well! I love you!

Suzanne Tabert

Suzanne "Queen Bee" Tabert

Suzanne Tabert, bioregional herbalist, is director of herbal education and herbal mentor at the Cedar Mountain Herb School. An herbal medicine instructor for 30 years, Suzanne teaches with great passion and excitement, bringing her wealth of herbal knowledge to students in an engaging and vibrant manner. She is the primary instructor at CMHS and an adjunct faculty at Bastyr University. Taking students to wild places and giving them tools to engage and connect with flora, fauna, and the exquisite beauty of nature is the icing on the cake of life, and one way that Suzanne is making a difference in the world, one person, one group at a time. She is currently writing a wildcrafting book that will be able to be utilized by people of all walks of life who wish to take their health back into their own hands. Cedar Mountain Herb School is a member of the American Herbalists Guild, Partnership in Education with United Plant Savers, and the American Herb Association.


  • Mary Sutton says:

    Since shea butter and cocoa butter are hard at room temperature, is there a risk of plugging the septic system? I’ve had that happen with even trace amounts of cooking oils accumulating, so I’m a bit nervous with hard oils.

    • Hi Mary,
      I’m a little confused. Are you talking about cleaning up the pots, spoons, etc., after making the balm? If so, use paper towels and lots of Dawn dish soap. Rub rub rub with the paper towels and dish soap to get almost all of the oils off before using water and the sink. Then, no worries. If you’re asking about showering after using the balms, unless a person is slathering a whole jar of the balm on themselves then showering, there should be no problem in the shower. I hope this answers your question. If not, help me to understand better what you’re asking.

      • Mary Sutton says:

        These go in the bathtub, correct? If that’s how they’re used, the coconut oil goes down the drain with the water. They’re so beautiful, but I get concerned with hard oils.

  • Cynthia Casey says:

    I added too much butters and they formed nice but won’t get hard. Put in fridge, they hardened but went soft. I could pour some clear MP over and make a soap shell? Ideas? Don’t want to waste this

    • Oh my goodness, I am just seeing this!! Did you end up doing anything with them? If that had happened to me, and it frequently does when I’m trying out new formulas, I would melt the lot and add a bit of melted beeswax to firm up the batch. You can put a bit on a spoon and stick it in the freezer for just a few minutes until cool to check for desired consistency. Hope this helps!

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