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Simple aromatherapy shower steamers you can make quick

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What are Shower Steamers?

Try this simple shower steamer recipe with ingredients you probably already have on hand.

To be honest, up until this year, shower steamers which are also known as Shower melts and shower steamer tablets 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.

Hello, awesomeness.

DIY aromatherapy shower steamers

Shower Melts / Shower Steamers are made to sit in a corner of your shower floor away from the main flow of water. They are a great alternative to bath bombs when you don't have the time for a relaxing long bath.

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 the floor of the 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 blends 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 self care project fits all those requirements.

Essential oils and baking soda laid out on a table to ready to make shower steamers.

*This post contains affiliate links to the essential oils and other products I talk about in the post. I will receive a small commission from your purchase. The statements made and the products mentioned on this website have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Please talk with your medical professional before using essential oils. 

What do you need to make simple shower steamer pods?

Baking soda

Essential Oils


Silicone molds or muffin tin

Glass bowl

Metal spoon

Pretty much most of this you probably already have in your home.

How do you make a homemade shower steamer tablets?

This is my favorite recipe to make essential oil shower steamers. I don't include coconut oil in my shower tablets because I don't like the idea of fat going on the shower floor to cause a slip hazard.

  1. Place baking soda in to a glass or metal large bowl.
  2. Add essential oils
  3. Slowly add water
  4. Stir till it is a pasty consistency
  5. Measure out the mixture into Silicone molds or cupcake tins
  6. Allow pod to dry and harden
  7. Store in an airtight container preferably glass.

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.

Essential oils, silicone molds and baking soda laid out on a table to ready to make shower steamers.

Can you use these shower steamer recipes as bath 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 number of drops of essential oils being used.

This DIY shower steamer 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 pure 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 concentration 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.

Essential oils, silicone molds and baking soda laid out on a table to ready to make shower steamers.


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. the Aromatherapy benefits

of using essential oils in the shower are amazing.

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 have been using and switch to a healthier version using essential oils.

Another great way to use essential oils other than in personal care bath products, homemade beauty products, and in DIY aromatherapy shower steamers is to place 2-3 drops of essential oil on a wet washcloth and then place the washcloth to your face and inhale the oils. It's an easy way to create a spa-like shower but with less water and work. I love to use this method for my morning shower when time is important.

Shower melts drying in colorful silicone molds


How long does it take to make this diy shower steamer recipe?

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 using an ice cube tray.

But once I removed them from the freezer they just fell apart 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 especially if you use eucalyptus oil to make a menthol shower steamers recipe.

How do you make shower melts with essential oils?

I love creating my own DIY shower steamers using different essential oils and natural ingredients.

My favorite are the lavender shower steamers with just a bit of essential oil called stressaway. They turn a quick warm bedtime shower into an aromatherapy spa for supporting great sleep. This recipe will show you how to make shower steamers without citric acid.

Basic aromatherapy shower steamer recipe

Basic aromatherapy shower steamer recipe

Yield: 6 pods
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

These simple DIY shower steamers are great for supporting wellness and relaxation while you shower. The number of essential oil steamer pods you make is based on the size of your mold and how much you fill each mold.



  • Silicone Molds or Muffin Tin
  • Glass bowl
  • Metal Spoon


  1. Measure 1 cup of Baking soda into a large glass bowl
  2. Add 10-15 drops of essential oils
  3. Add water starting with 4 tablespoons and stir.
  4. Add more water till it reaches a dry/ pasty consistency. You want it the consistency of wet sand.
  5. Add DIY shower steamer mixture to molds
  6. Tap the mixture with the back of a spoon to compact and press the mixture to the mold.
  7. Baking in a 250 oven for 20 mins till dry and hard.
  8. Allow to cool.
  9. Store in an air-tight container.


Place one pod in the corner of the bottom of your shower. Turn on warm to hot water for shower. Allow pod to dissolve as you shower. Inhale and enjoy the 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 a long 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.




Essential oil shower melts with a glass weck jar


Recipes for different Shower Steamers

Feel free to create your own shower steamer recipe by varying the amount of essential oil but I would keep the total amount to around 20 drops of essential oils. I would not use fragrance oils for these recipes. You want to use pure essential oils from a good source so you know your aromatherapy recipe will work the best.

For wellness and sinus congestion support-

10 Drops Raven essential oil blend by Young Living

5 Drops Peppermint oil

5 Drops Lavender oil

For Relaxation- (using Young Living Premium Starter Kit Oils)

15 drops Stressaway essential oil blend by Young Living

5 drops Lavender oil

For Energizing Boost- (using Young Living Premium Starter Kit Oils)

10 drops Citrus Fresh essential oil blend by Young Living

10 drops Peppermint oil

Deep Breathing- Eucalyptus shower steamer recipe-

10 drops of Eucalyptus oil

5 drops Rosemary oil

5 drops tea tree oil

Shower melts drying in colorful silicone molds


When to use these Shower steamer recipes

You can use them anytime you take an everyday shower. They also make great gifts for those you want to give a little aromatherapy love to.

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:





and lemon

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 a part of the Young Living Premium Starter Kit)

How to use these DIY Shower steamers

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 from the shower steamer 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 for using essential oils safely.

What do I do if my homemade shower steamer doesn't dissolve?

Most likely if your shower steamer mixture isn't dissolving when placed on the floor of your shower it is that it is not getting enough water from the shower head. Next time, try moving the shower tablet to another location on the bottom of the shower with more spray.

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Tuesday 21st of May 2019

Would you recommend setting these on some sort of dish/plate/soap holder with or without holes in it to help make it last longer? Or are they meant to only last for one shower? Thanks


Thursday 30th of May 2019

I actually place them in a corner of the shower and they last about two showers but I have noticed that they don't smell as strong after the first shower. but I think I would put it in a dish holder with holes so that it doesn't sit in water. Great question!

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