Essential oil shower steamers and melts-- No time for baths, but love the aromatherapy benefits of bath bombs? Try shower melts! 15+ ideas for essential oil blends to use in shower steamers (1) to wake up & feel energized, (2) to calm and relax, (3) to uplift and (4) to support clear breathing.

Shower Steamers and Melts Made with Essential Oils

Shower steamers (aka shower melts and shower bombs) are a great way to add aromatherapy to your shower!

Today for Fun Finds Friday, I’ve gathered up some of my favorite posts on how to make shower steamers.  As you’ll see, shower steamers are really very easy to make and only take a few ingredients.  The basic recipe is 1 cup baking soda , 1/3 cup distilled water, and 25 drops essential oil.  Yep, the recipe is very simple.  I think the really fun part is choosing which fun shape you want to make and which essential oil blends to use {see below for a few ideas to get you started}

 

Here’s a great video from TheBargainHound on YouTube showing how she makes shower steamers.  Around the 3-1/2 to 4 minute mark you can see the consistency you’re looking for with the baking soda and water mixture.  And at the end of the video, you can see what the shower steamers look like once they’ve dried.

 

essential oils for wake up/feel energized/invigorating blends

peppermint + orange + lemon + lime

lemon + peppermint

grapefruit

orange + lemongrass

 

essential oils for calming/relaxing/unwind & de-stress blends

lavender + orange + frankincense

lavender + bergamot + ylang ylang

eucalyptus + spearmint

ylang ylang + orange + cedarwood

patchouli + sandalwood

 

essential oils for uplifting/find your happy place blends

lemon + orange + grapefruit

lime + spearmint

lavender + clary sage + bergamot

geranium + lemon + orange

 

essential oils for blends that support clear breathing

peppermint + eucalyptus + lavender

rosemary + eucalyptus + lavender

thyme + lime + eucalyptus

cedarwood + rosemary + orange + frankincense

lemon + eucalyptus

 

Essential oil shower steamers and melts-- No time for baths, but love the aromatherapy benefits of bath bombs? Try shower melts! 15+ ideas for essential oil blends to use in shower steamers (1) to wake up & feel energized, (2) to calm and relax, (3) to uplift and (4) to support clear breathing.

Super cute silicone molds make these shower steamers even more fun!  And they make great gifts!

Christmas (stocking, gingerbread man, Christmas tree)

snowflakes

flowers (green)

flowers and leaves (pink)

squares

hearts

 

Check out these great ideas for shower steamers

Lemon Essential Oil Shower Melts  from Sunny Sweet Days

Essential oil shower steamers and melts-- No time for baths, but love the aromatherapy benefits of bath bombs? Try shower melts! 15+ ideas for essential oil blends to use in shower steamers (1) to wake up & feel energized, (2) to calm and relax, (3) to uplift and (4) to support clear breathing.

DIY Peppermint Shower Bomb from Pink When

Essential oil shower steamers and melts-- No time for baths, but love the aromatherapy benefits of bath bombs? Try shower melts! 15+ ideas for essential oil blends to use in shower steamers (1) to wake up & feel energized, (2) to calm and relax, (3) to uplift and (4) to support clear breathing.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil Shower Melts from This Rollercoaster Called Life

Essential oil shower steamers and melts-- No time for baths, but love the aromatherapy benefits of bath bombs? Try shower melts! 15+ ideas for essential oil blends to use in shower steamers (1) to wake up & feel energized, (2) to calm and relax, (3) to uplift and (4) to support clear breathing.

Duck Shaped Shower Steamers from Curious Country Cook

Essential oil shower steamers and melts-- No time for baths, but love the aromatherapy benefits of bath bombs? Try shower melts! 15+ ideas for essential oil blends to use in shower steamers (1) to wake up & feel energized, (2) to calm and relax, (3) to uplift and (4) to support clear breathing.

Heart Shaped Shower Steamers from Amanda Brunngraeber

Essential oil shower steamers and melts-- No time for baths, but love the aromatherapy benefits of bath bombs? Try shower melts! 15+ ideas for essential oil blends to use in shower steamers (1) to wake up & feel energized, (2) to calm and relax, (3) to uplift and (4) to support clear breathing.

Grapefruit Shower Melts from Happy Mothering

Essential oil shower steamers and melts-- No time for baths, but love the aromatherapy benefits of bath bombs? Try shower melts! 15+ ideas for essential oil blends to use in shower steamers (1) to wake up & feel energized, (2) to calm and relax, (3) to uplift and (4) to support clear breathing.

Flower Shaped Shower Steamers from Bargain Briana

Essential oil shower steamers and melts-- No time for baths, but love the aromatherapy benefits of bath bombs? Try shower melts! 15+ ideas for essential oil blends to use in shower steamers (1) to wake up & feel energized, (2) to calm and relax, (3) to uplift and (4) to support clear breathing.

Peppermint & Eucalypus Shower Melts from Mad in Crafts

Essential oil shower steamers and melts-- No time for baths, but love the aromatherapy benefits of bath bombs? Try shower melts! 15+ ideas for essential oil blends to use in shower steamers (1) to wake up & feel energized, (2) to calm and relax, (3) to uplift and (4) to support clear breathing.

You might also like these other recipes and posts on using essential oils…

Soft & Silky Whipped Body Butter

DIY face serum for your skin type {dry, oily, sensitive, mature, acne-prone, and normal}

3-Ingredient DIY Peppermint Foot Cream {to refresh tired feet}

31 Genius Essential Oil Tips & Hacks

How to Make Bubbling Bath Salts with essential oils

20 Favorite Roller Bottle Recipes {with free printable labels}

DIY Sugar Scrub with essential oils {for the softest, smoothest skin ever}

 

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By | 2017-04-19T11:03:03+00:00 February 19th, 2016|Essential Oils|35 Comments

35 Comments

  1. maria February 20, 2016 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Excited to receive and explore more of your products.

  2. Susie February 25, 2016 at 5:18 pm - Reply

    So after you make these bombs then what do you do?
    Put them on the floor of the tub or net them under the shower head?

    • Sarah Lewis March 2, 2016 at 12:42 pm - Reply

      Hi, Susie. You place a shower steamer on the floor of your shower. Put it in a spot where it will get a little wet, but out of the main water stream. As the water hits it, it will dissolve and give off the aroma (and benefits) of the essential oils you used to make it. Be careful though to not get it too wet too quickly or it will just completely dissolve and run down the drain before you even get to enjoy the smell of the oils. – Sarah

  3. Kris March 5, 2016 at 5:26 am - Reply

    Thanks for the recipe! Approximately how many drops of oil do you use per batch?

    • Sarah Lewis March 14, 2016 at 5:15 pm - Reply

      Hi, Kris.
      I use about 25 drops of essential oil for 1 cup of baking soda and about 1/3 cup of water.
      Sarah

  4. Allison Tristan March 5, 2016 at 1:20 pm - Reply

    In general, how many drops of each oil should you use? Thank you.

    • Sarah Lewis March 14, 2016 at 5:08 pm - Reply

      I sue about 25 drops of essential oil for 1 cup of baking soda and about 1/3 cup of water.

  5. Allison Tristan March 5, 2016 at 1:21 pm - Reply

    I have another question as well. Why distilled water vs. tap water? Thanks again.

    • Sarah Lewis March 14, 2016 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      Hi, Allison.
      If you are going to use the shower steamers quickly (like within a week), then either tap or distilled water will be just fine.
      The reason for the distilled water is that anytime you’re making a diy project with water you run the risk of bacteria and germs growing in your finished project. tap water (and regular bottled water) has more things living in it than distilled. So using distilled gives you a little bit longer shelf life. That’s also why it’s so important to try to get your shower steamers COMPLETELY dry (via air drying or baking in the oven) and to store them in airtight containers (so no water from the air can get in).
      For the shower melts made with cornstarch, you don’t have to use distilled water, because they get stored in your freezer which will slow down the bacteria and germ growth.
      Sarah

  6. Mary Dorr March 5, 2016 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    Could u answer a question about shower bombs please. I never can smell them in the shower. I have doubled the amounts of essential oils but no aroma. Do you have any tips for me? Thank u.

    • Sarah Lewis March 14, 2016 at 4:59 pm - Reply

      Hi, Mary.
      Do you know about how many drops of essential oil you’re using per shower bomb? You mentioned you used double the amount, so if that were me, that would mean it would be 10 drops of essential oil per shower. I personally wouldn’t use more than that.
      Another option for getting the aromatic benefits of essential oils in the shower is to place a few drops of essential oil on a wash cloth, then place the washcloth on the floor of the shower where it will get wet, but where it isn’t in the main water stream. The good thing about that method is that if you try that and it’s not strong enough for you, then it’s easy to move the washcloth closer to your nose. You could hang it from the shower head or the soap rack in your shower. You could even hold the washcloth a couple inches from your nose a couple time throughout your shower and take deep breaths.
      those are a few ideas. please let me know if you try any of them. They’ve worked for me, but I love to hear how things work for other people.
      thanks so much for asking your question! I hope we can all learn together.
      Sarah

  7. jen March 8, 2016 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Look forward to trying these! How many drops of oil would you recommend?

    • Sarah Lewis March 14, 2016 at 4:16 pm - Reply

      Hi, Jen.
      I use about 25 drops of essential oil for a cup of baking soda and about 1/3 cup of water. That way, given the size of shower steamers I make, I get about 3-5 drops of essential oil per shower.
      That’s plenty for me. Some people like them stronger, but I prefer to start with less and increase if needed.
      You could test to see what amount works best for you by making a batch of 1/4 cup baking soda and a little more than 1 tablespoon of water (makes a thick paste). The divide the batch in half and add 5 drops to half the batch and 7-8 drops to the other half of the batch.
      Sarah

  8. Ami Storey March 10, 2016 at 7:41 am - Reply

    I really enjoyed reading this article. It has a lot of great information and essential oil recipes. I will definitely be using my oils to try these. I’m sharing this article on Facebook and my other social media.

    • Sarah Lewis March 14, 2016 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Ami!! I’m so happy that you found it helpful. HUGE thanks for sharing it with your friends and followers! I really appreciate that. – Sarah

  9. Sara March 11, 2016 at 8:39 am - Reply

    Approximately how long does it take to dry?

    • Sarah Lewis March 14, 2016 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Hi, Sara. How long it takes to dry depends on which recipe you use. I use about 1 cup baking soda to about 1/3 cup water and about 25 drops essential oil to form a thick paste. That usually takes 1-2 days to air dry, but it varies based on how humid it is in my house when I make them. They dry a lot faster in the winter, and they take longer to dry in the summer. – Sarah

  10. Joan March 31, 2016 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    How do you get them into different colors?

    • Sarah Lewis April 4, 2016 at 9:51 am - Reply

      Hi, Joan.
      I leave my shower steamers white (uncolored). My thinking is that while coloring a bath bombs serves the purpose of coloring the bath water (so I color bath bombs), coloring a shower steamer or melt doesn’t really color anything other than the water running down the drain. So I skip the tints and colors for shower steamers and melts.
      If I were going to color shower steamers, then I would use the type of dye used to make bath bombs. The bath bomb dye is called “lakes”. You only need a very small amount of lakes (1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon to produce rich, vibrant colors in 3+ cups of bath bomb mix).
      Another option some people do is add a few drops of food coloring to the mix (or to get the slightly marbled look of different colors in one shower melt, they add one color to tint the entire base, then form the melts, and then add drops of food coloring in 1-2 other colors to the already formed melts). You do run the risk of the food coloring staining your shower floor, so I would test it.
      Sarah

  11. Sara April 29, 2016 at 8:27 pm - Reply

    How many shower steamers does about 1 cup baking soda to about 1/3 cup water and about 25 drops essential oil make?

    • Sarah Lewis April 30, 2016 at 10:21 am - Reply

      Hi, Sara. It will depend on how big your silicone molds are. I usually make 4-6 shower steamers per batch. – Sarah

  12. Jessica September 27, 2016 at 6:20 pm - Reply

    Thank-you so much for the recipe! My husband has been sick for a few days with terrible congestion so I thought these would be perfect! But I cannot get mine to melt! I followed the recipe, dried in the oven as instructed… I can’t smell any Essential Oils either! I have a small business making organic spa products, so I can do some of this stuff, LOL! Any advice? I read the above comments, everything was measured, not too much water used on the melt… 🤔 Thank-you! Jessica

    • Sarah Lewis October 7, 2016 at 9:36 am - Reply

      Hi, Jessica.
      If you want a really strong smelling shower melt, you may want to try adding methol. That will have a much stronger, concentrated scent.
      In terms of it not melting, have you tried submerging it in water? Did it still not dissolve? The reason I’m asking is I’m wondering if you may have done such a great job making yours, that they can withstand more direct water contact and may actually need to be put in the path of the main shower stream in order for them to dissolve? Just an idea. I haven’t heard of this before. It’s usually the opposite problem- that the shower melts dissolve too quickly with even just a little bit of water sprinkled on them.
      Sarah

  13. Bee October 13, 2016 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    on the topic of water, is filtered water ok to keep them for a while? or is distilled bottled water preferred?

    • Sarah Lewis October 16, 2016 at 8:35 pm - Reply

      Hi, Bee.
      Filtered water is fine. I would suggest boiling for a minute or so (to kill off any germs) and then cooling it down before using it in the recipe.
      Sarah

  14. Dawn October 28, 2016 at 10:42 pm - Reply

    I got a shower melt recipe from Whole Foods, it says to use Witch Hazel instead of water. What would the difference be there?

    • Sarah Lewis November 1, 2016 at 9:53 pm - Reply

      Hi Dawn,
      You could use witch hazel instead of water, but I don’t think it’s worth it. I use a little witch hazel in my bath bombs because it’s so great for skin. But since a shower steamer just goes down the drain (and never really touches your skin), I wouldn’t waste good witch hazel on a shower steamer.
      Sarah

  15. Julie McLerran March 18, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

    Thank you, Sarah. I can’t wait to make some of these.

  16. Kathy Rowland April 10, 2017 at 2:35 am - Reply

    Curious to how you get the color in there, is it just food coloring or color from the oils?

    • Sarah Lewis April 14, 2017 at 7:52 pm - Reply

      Hi Kathy,
      short answer= food coloring
      longer answer= I usually leave my shower steamers white (no added color). Unlike bath bombs, which color the bath water, shower steamers just run down the drain, so that’s why I usually don’t worry about adding color. However, if you want to add colors for fun, or to make a cute gift, add a few drops of food coloring to the mix.
      Sarah

  17. Ronda May 15, 2017 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Do you make bath bombs the same way.

  18. Monique July 25, 2017 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    I baked mine in the oven. They’re not holding together. They keep crumbling

    • Sarah Lewis August 5, 2017 at 7:11 pm - Reply

      maybe try pressing them more firmly into the silicone mold?

  19. Louise Neilson September 18, 2017 at 9:38 am - Reply

    Hi Sarah,

    I made these yesterday using peppermint, eucalyptus and lavender essential oils. I used approx 15 -20 drops of each. I also think I should have popped in a little more baking soda here as when they were in the mould the water was rising to the top. Would you do this to gain right consistency?

    I too have very little patience so popped them in the oven. I’m guessing it was 250°F and not °C as I had to remove them after half hour or they would have been cremated.

    Since making the family and I have used in our showers and not one of us can smell the desired aroma, in fact we can’t smell anything. Any tips here?

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