Updated: Apr 10
Bath bombs have been all the rage for a while, but have you heard of shower bombs? Also called shower steamers, melts, fizzers or tabs, these little gems are popped in the shower with you while you shower. They release a fantastic fragrance, giving you an at-home aromatherapy experience!
With all the stress and anxiety surrounding the Cornavirus crisis, now is a great time to just take some time for you to de-stress.
They make fantastic DIY eco-friendly gifts, or they can be a treat just for you.
So let's get started...
These fizzers are really simple to make and only contain 3 ingredients: bicarbonate of soda, citric acid and essential oils. Because of the bicarbonate of soda and citric acid, when placed in the shower the melts fizz, releasing the scent of the essential oils of your choice.
Including some form of aromatherapy into your life, or a loved one’s life, is a great idea. Aromatherapy can improve sleep quality, reduce stress, sooth sore joints and even help relieve headaches! This is what makes these DIY shower steamers so great! Not only do they smell fantastic but they can have a wide range of benefits. As you choose your own essential oil blend, you can produce different kinds of shower melts for different occasions and benefits.
For example, these melts can be great if you have a cold! Nose clearing essential oils coupled with steam of a shower are the perfect combination for clear sinuses.
Here are some essential oil blends for different benefits:
Congestion relieving shower melts
-Peppermint, eucalyptus, sage
This mix is perfect for when you have a cold, as all three essential oils help to clear the sinuses. Peppermint can also help to soothe a sore throat.
-Sweet orange or mandarin, lemon and rosemary
-Peppermint, basil, lemongrass and rosemary
These essential oils have been associated with a positive mood and a boost in energy, making this the perfect oil blend to start your day off well.
-Lavender, bergamot, sage
Lavender is well known for relaxing and helping induce sleep, but bergamot and sage are also sleep inducing!
But you can also just choose essential oils based on how they smell!
Aren’t these shower melts just the ideal gift for that moody relative that is impossible to shop for? They’re easy and very quick to make at home, so they make for a fantastic last minute gift. But even better, they're homemade and low waste! If you buy your citric acid and bicarbonate of soda from a zero-waste supermarket, the only plastic involved in the making of the gift is the lid on the essential oils. But, essential oils are very concentrated so they last a long time, and the lids are usually recyclable.
How to use a shower melt
All you need to do to activate the melt is to make it wet, by quickly running it under the stream of the shower. It does not need a lot of water; the littlest amount will activate the melt. You can then place it on a shelf, tray, or even the floor, and it will fizz throughout your whole shower!
You will need
Makes 12-16 fizzers
- 250g bicarbonate of soda
- 125g of citric acid
If you want to make different amounts of shower melts, feel free to change the quantities of the ingredients! Just bear in mind that the bicarbonate and citric acid should be a 2:1 ratio.
- <60 drops of essential oils of your choice
- A silicone mould
I recommend using an ice cube tray or something similar, as this will create smaller fizzers that will last one shower, making them more convenient.
If you want to use larger molds, the fizzers won’t be used up in 1 shower so they might continue dissolving after your shower, meaning they go to waste!
I highly recommend using a silicone mould as you can easily remove them from the mould when they’re dry. If you use an inflexible mould they could break, so if you only have a hard mould, line it with oil to make sure they are easy to remove.
- Witch hazel or rubbing alcohol
- Corn starch or arrowroot powder
- Food colouring
- Dried flowers
If you would like to jazz up the appearance of your fizzers, you can colour it using some food dye, or add some dried flowers, such as lavender.
How to make them
1) Place the bicarbonate of soda and citric acid in a bowl and mix well. If there are lumps, use your stirrer or spoon to get rid of them.
2) You will then add the essential oils of your choice gradually, to ensure you don’t make the mixture too wet. For this, I recommend using less than 60 drops of essential oils for 375g of mixture. Mix with your hands until the mixture takes on the consistency of damp sand. When you squeeze it with your hand it should hold its shape, and it shouldn’t crumble.
Another reason why it’s good to add them bit by bit is so that you can adjust the amount of each essential oil you’re adding to make the scent just right. The amount of oils you use will vary based on the potency desired and the strength of your essential oils.
If you’ve added the amount of essential oils you want but the mixture still seems too try, add some water, half teaspoon by half teaspoon until you reach the damp and formable consistency needed.
Adding water will start a chemical reaction between the bicarbonate and the citric acid, so the mixture will fizz. This is normal, but keep mixing it well as you add the water.
You can use witch hazel or rubbing alcohol instead of water if you prefer, as they evaporate quickly so your mixture would dry faster in the next stage.
If your mixture won’t form, you can add a bit of corn starch or arrowroot powder to help bind it.
3) When you reach the desired consistency, start putting the mixture into your moulds. Pack the mixture down firmly to make sure it will hold a solid shape.
Let the mixture dry in the mould overnight in a cool, dry place, until completely dry.
4) Remove your melts from the mould when dry and store in an airtight jar or container, as this will allow the fizzers to stay dry.
These shower melts have a long shelf life, but the scent will be strongest if used within a month of their making… but I doubt you will have any left by that point!
I really hope this post inspires you to try making something you might not have made before! I think that these fizzers make fantastic eco-friendly (and low cost) gifts or a great homemade treat for yourself.
Let me know before if you try these, or tell me what your favourite low waste gift ideas are. 😊
Bye for now,