These nifty little shower steamer pucks are super fun bath products to make, and almost as much fun to use!
They're a great aromatherapy bath recipe to make with your kids or grandkids, and they're perfect for gift-giving because who doesn't shower?
Bath salts and other bath products don't always make the best gifts because not everyone takes long, hot baths, but these fizzy little gems are great for everyone!
You can do minty wake-up shower steamers or make up some eucalyptus ones and use them as handy home remedies for colds. I made up an after-workout blend, plus a relaxing floral blend for those stressful days when you don't have time to take a bath. I hope you have as much fun making them and using them as I did!
Fair warning, shower steamers are one of the trickier recipes to make because the balance of wet to dry ingredients can tip you from success to... well, a crumbly mess with the squirt of a bottle.
Use any blend of essential oils you like, sticking with a total of approximately 60 drops per recipe. Some sources suggest using a tablespoon (or more!) of essential oils to really intensify the scent, so you could play around with increasing the number of drops. Just don't use them as bath bombs if you do - they could be too strong on your skin if you're bathing with them.
It might be fun to add a tablespoon or so of dried peppermint leaves or lavender flowers (keep in mind they will go down the drain). Even a few little flecks of color would make them look more interesting. I'm thinking I'll try a touch of cinnamon with the Lavender Spice blend.
You could use powdered cosmetic colorant or natural dye powder to add some color to your creations. I might try some beet root powder to make some pink ones. Maybe spirulina powder for green. There's a bunch more color possibilities at Mountain Rose, so I think I'll have to play with them and see what happens. What fun!
My favorite supplier for aromatherapy recipe ingredients like witch hazel and citric acid is Mountain Rose Herbs. Their prices are excellent and their quality is good. Here's some quick links for getting your basic supplies and essential oils. (Pick up baking soda at your local grocery store.)
Another supplier I really like is doTerra. They only supply oils though, not the base ingredients.
I switched to doTerra's oils a while ago when I tested them against the other brands in my stockpile. I found I got better results, and I never got headaches or skin irritation, which sometimes happened with other brands.
I was pretty resistant to trying them because their prices are higher than a lot of other brands, but when I saw and felt the difference on my skin, I was won over.
I find that because they're so effective, I can get away with using fewer drops per recipe, which helps even out the cost. So if you want high quality, ultra-effective oils, these guys are for you.
You can buy doTerra's oils at retail prices by clicking the Shop button at the top. Or click Join & Save to become a wholesale customer and get a store-wide 25% discount. Message me if you want more details on the wholesale deal - it's well worth it.
Amazon has epic variety - if you're a browsing kinda person, go nuts! Just remember, you get what you pay for. Please, please don't buy the cheapest oils - I promise you they'll be diluted with synthetic ick you don't want on your skin.
Why stop at shower steamers? Try making homemade bath salts, bath and body oils and herbal bath "tea" with green tea or oatmeal. And don't forget the bubble bath! Easy, fun and luxurious! Here's some links for more yummy bath product recipes...