What are Shower Steamers?
To be honest, up until this year, shower steamers which are also known as Shower melts were nowhere on my Radar.
I’d heard of standing in a steaming shower to help support wellness.
Truth be known, before kids I had been known for standing in a steaming shower for as long as the hot water lasted.
I like breathing in the steam and how it opens up my lungs and relaxes me.
But then Shower Steamers entered my life.
Shower Melts / Shower Steamers are made to sit in a corner of your shower away from the main flow of water.
The way I use my Shower melt is I place the homemade Shower steamer pod on the seat in my shower.
I know everyone doesn’t have a shower seat so placing it in the far corner of your shower works great too.
The shower disk will slowly dissolve from the small amount of shower water it gets. As the shower disk melts it releases whatever Essential oil you have added to them.
This gives you an amazing aromatherapy session right there in your shower as you breathe in the steam and vapors.
Now I know you can buy these in the store but I don’t want to pay $16+ for something that goes down the drain so fast.
I’m a bit frugal.
But with kids running around, I’m no Martha Stewart either.
DIY projects must be fast, easy and inexpensive. This project fits all those requirements.
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What do you need to make simple shower steamer pods?
Pretty much most of this you probably already have in your home.
How do you make a homemade shower melt?
- Add baking soda to a glass or metal bowl.
- Add essential oils
- Add water
- Stir till it is a pasty consistency
- Measure out mixture into Silicone molds or cupcake tins
- Allow pod to dry and harden
I have super in-depth instructions down below so you can whip these out fast.
But first, let’s answer a few questions that most people new to DIY Shower Disk and essential oils have about this project.
Can you use shower bombs in the bath?
The answer to this question relies on how much essential oil is used.
Following the recipe in this post, I would suggest not using the Shower melts in the bathtub if you plan on soaking and sitting in the water.
The reason for this is the amount of oils being used.
This recipe calls for more essential oils than what I would use in a bath bomb.
Bath bombs are used when you are planning to sit and soak in a tub.
So in a bath bomb or salt bath recipe, I would use a lot less essential oils.
Too much essential oil used in a bath can cause skin irritation and can cause a reaction. No one wants a chemical reaction to essential oils. They are not fun.
I use a higher amount of essential oils for this recipe because it needs to be released aromatically and some of it will end up going down the drain. This higher amount is safe to use because a large majority will never touch your skin.
Can you use essential oils in the shower?
Yes you can definitely use essential oils in the shower.
Essential oils are actually a part of every product I use in the shower from the shampoo and conditioner I use to the body wash and shave oil.
I love that Young Living, who I get my essential oils from, is a company that creates products for your whole home.
This way you can ditch the toxic personal care products you been using and switch to a healthier version using essential oils.
Another great way to use essential oils other than in personal care products and in shower steamers is to place 2-3 drops of essential oil on a wet washcloth and then placing the washcloth to your face and inhaling the oils.
How long does it take to make shower steamers?
From grabbing all my ingredients, mixing and then drying time it takes me about an hour.
Most of that is drying and cooling time. Actual work time is under 20 minutes and I’m not super fast at it.
I’ve tried several ways to dry these so they form a hard disk.
First, I tried to freeze them to dry them out.
But once I removed them from the freezer they just melted and made a mess. So storage outside of the freezer was a no go.
To be honest, I’m too impatient to do the whole air drying thing. Which is probably in truth the smartest way.
So into the warm oven, they go. I will say when you open the oven be prepared for your eyes to water when the vapors get released.
How do you make shower melts with essential oils?
- 1 cup Baking Soda
- 3-6 tablespoons of water
- 20 drops of Essential Oils
- Silicone Molds or Muffin Tin
- Glass bowl
- Metal Spoon
- Measure 1 cup of Baking soda into a medium size glass bowl
- Add 10-15 drops of essential oils
- Add water starting with 4 tablespoons and stir.
- Add more water till it reaches a dry/ pasty consistency
- Add Steamer mixture to molds
- Baking in a 250 oven for 20 mins till dry and hard.
- Allow to cool.
- Store in an air tight container.
Place one pod in the corner of your tub or shower. Turn on warm to hot water for shower. Allow pod to dissolve as you shower. Inhale and enjoy steam.
If stored in an air tight container shower steamer pods should last a month or two.
You can add a drop of food coloring if you want a colored shower pod. One drop goes along way. Before using any coloring, I would think about the possibility of staining any surfaces the pod comes into contact. If this is a worry, I would avoid using coloring.
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Recipes for different Shower Steamers
For wellness- (using Young Living Premium Starter Kit Oils)
10 Drops Raven
5 Drops Peppermint
5 Drops Lavender
For Relaxation- (using Young Living Premium Starter Kit Oils)
15 Drops Stressaway
5 Drops Lavender
For Energizing Boost- (using Young Living Premium Starter Kit Oils)
10 Drops Citrus Fresh
10 Drops Peppermint
When and How to use these Shower steamers
You can use them anytime you take a shower.
I created the wellness recipe for supporting the respiratory system.
So this is a great go-to essential oil use for winter wellness.
The Young Living Essential Oil Blend Raven which is the main part of this recipe has:
All these essential oils are known for helping to invigorate your senses and support the respiratory system.
(All three oils, Lavender, Peppermint and Raven, in this recipe are apart of the Young Living Premium Starter Kit)
I like to place the shower steamer pod in a corner of my shower or tub away from the main flow of water. This way the pod gets a light misting of water spray that allows it to dissolve slower.
As the shower disk dissolves, it releases the essential oils into the air so that they are picked up by the steam created by the warm shower.
I then relax and deeply inhale the steam and oils.
Once the Shower pod is completely dissolved I rinse my body and feet well to insure there is no left over residue and then I do a quick rinse of the tub and shower.
These shower pods can be used with older kids but I would make sure there is always a parent or an adult in the room to supervise.
NOTE- It’s not recommended to use Camphor or Eucalyptus around small children or infants. If you want to use a shower pod for them I would use Frankincense, Lemon and Lavender in a pod at 4 drops each.
If you have questions regarding using essential oils safely around your children check out our super simple Safety Sheet.