Shower Steamer Recipe
Make these fun, practical homemade bath products - perfect for gift-giving!
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.
Shower Steamer Recipe
2 cups Baking Soda
1 cup Citric Acid
A spray bottle of Witch Hazel
60 drops of your favorite Essential Oil or one of the blends below
- Put your baking soda and citric acid through a fine sieve, pressing
out any lumps. (Makes a difference, so don't skip this step!) Stir
together the baking soda and citric acid.
- Drop the essential oils into the mixture, placing each drop in its own little spot and stirring as you go so it doesn't clump.
- Mist the witch hazel over the mixture, stirring vigorously with a
fork or your fingers. Mist the witch hazel the minimum amount needed to
make the mix just moist enough to bind together when squeezed, but not
so wet that it starts to fizz. (This actually turned out take a lot more
spraying than I thought it would.) Spray a bit, stir a bunch, squeeze a
bit of the mixture together to see if it clumps. When the clump holds
its shape, it's ready.
- Press the shower steamer mix into molds (like silicone muffin tins
or candy molds) very, very firmly. You want the mix to be tightly packed
in the mold, so use your fingers. (I used the bottom of a glass to
press the mixture down into the muffin cups.)
- After half an hour or so, flip the mold over and tap it gently on a
flat surface to pop the shower steamers out of the mold. Let them sit
undisturbed for a few hours or overnight to dry completely. Cover them
lightly with a piece of cling wrap so the scent doesn't dissipate while
- Wrap the finished shower steamers in cling wrap or parchment paper
and store them in an air-tight container to avoid loss of scent.
- To use: When you take a shower place a shower steamer puck on the
floor in front of you, with you between the puck and the spray. Let the
steam do most of the work, but if your shower is fairly cool you can let
the spray hit the shower steamer every so often to release a burst of
Customizing Your Shower Steamer Recipes
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!
Where to Buy Shower Steamer Supplies
use Mountain Rose - their quality is good and their prices are very
affordable. Here's some quick links for getting your basic supplies and
essential oils. (Pick up baking soda at your local grocery store.)
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...
Bath Salt Recipes
Homemade Bubble Bath
Bath Oil Recipes
Herbal Bath Tea Recipes
Milk Bath Recipe
Aromatherapy Recipes Homepage from Shower Steamer