How To Make Shower Steamers That Actually Work (for cold and aromatherapy)

 

In this post, I will show you how to make aromatherapy shower steamers that actually work! I will also teach you how to make menthol shower steamers for colds. It is pretty easy once you have the right recipes and I have a couple prepared for you 😉

3 different types of DIY shower melts with lavender, citrus and menthol

What I will cover in this post:

What is a shower steamer

How to use them

How to make them, including: 

DIY shower steamers for colds + recipe 

DIY aromatherapy shower steamers + recipe

Detailed instructions on how to make shower steamers of any kind

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three different kind of homemade shower steamers

 

What is a shower steamer?

If you like the idea of bath bombs but prefer taking showers, then you will love shower steamers. They are like bath bombs, except that they contain no moisturizing oils for the skin. Instead, they contain a high amount of essential oils or fragrance to provide an awesome aromatherapy experience.

 

How to use shower steamers

Start a shower and get your bathroom nice and steamy. Place a shower steamer on the shower floor. You want your shower fizzie to be out of the direct stream of water, but close enough for little splashes of water to hit it. 

The water will activate the fizzing reaction and release the fragrant essential oils into the air. This will create an amazing aromatherapy session right there in your shower.

Another option is to place your shower fizzy in an organza bag and hang it on the wall. The scent will be stronger this way as it is closer to your nose. 

 

How to make shower steamers

There are two main types of shower steamers: aromatherapy shower steamers and the shower steamers for colds. Both are made in the same way, but the first one is designed to improve your mood and the second one to decongest your nose. In this post, I will show you how to easily make and modify both.

homemade shower melts with menthol and essential oils

 

DIY shower steamers for colds and sinus relief

Menthol shower steamers are great for clearing out sinuses. They are made with sinus-clearing ingredients like menthol, peppermint, and eucalyptus. These ingredients combined with hot shower water create soothing steam that eases coughs and congestion. It is a great way to get relief from the flu or allergies.

The key ingredient in these DIY shower steamers is menthol. It is the strongest ingredient and provides the most relief. If you’re interested, you can read more about using menthol crystals for cough and congestion here

Menthol is often paired with sinus-clearing essential oils such as eucalyptus and peppermint oil. But you can also mix in other essential oils. For example, citrus scents go very well with mint, while lavender could help you relax before bedtime.

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Menthol shower steamers for sinus relief

 

Menthol shower steamers recipe

1 cup of Baking soda

1/3 cup Citric acid

1/4 cup of Cornstarch

15 g Menthol crystals

40 drops of Essential oils (20 drops of Peppermint & 20 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil is a classic sinus relief blend)

Witch Hazel or 91% Alcohol in a Spray Bottle

molds (silicone baking molds, large ice cube trays, halves of bath bomb molds and similar)

mica powder for color (optional)

 

Baking soda and citric acid will create a fizzing reaction, while cornstarch will make your fizzy steamers harder. Cornstarch can be substituted with white clay or cream of tartar.

(tutorial on how to make this recipe is at the end of the post)

 

Silver stripes on menthol shower steamers

Take a little container, then mix silver glitter mica and rubbing alcohol. You only need a little bit of rubbing alcohol to reach a creamy consistency. Then, take a little brush, dip it in the mica and brush over the shower steamers.

 

DIY aromatherapy shower steamers

Aromatherapy shower steamers are packed with fragrant essential oils that are released into the hot steam when the steamer is activated. It works like a diffuser turning your shower into an aromatherapy spa.

Making shower fizzies yourself means that you can take full advantage of the aromatherapy benefits. You can customize and use essential oils that match your wishes.

I personally have two favorite aromatherapy essential oil blends that I use in my shower steamers:

“Let’s have things done today” 3  Bergamot : 2 Sweet Orange : 1 Eucalyptus

“Relax” –   3 Sweet Orange : 2 Lavender

If you don’t yet have your own stack of essential oils, have a look at this set of essential oils that includes orange and lavender for relaxing steamers and peppermint and eucalyptus for sinus clearing steamers. It is often cheaper to get sets than separate bottles.

 

Now the important part.

Many DIY shower steamer recipes include the “base” (baking soda, citric acid…) of the shower steamer and essential oils. But, essential oils alone will not create the effect you are expecting.

The title of this post promises to teach you how to make shower steamers that actually work, so I will reveal the secret … 

 

… aromatherapy shower steamers need menthol crystals too!

Why? Menthol crystals amplify the scent of essential oils and help them to get released into the air. This is the only way to make aromatherapy steamers that are strong enough to smell them.

I experimented with using essential oils only and it didn’t work well. I ended up using A LOT of essential oils for a small effect. It was expensive and wasteful.

Purple DIY shower steamer with lavender essential oils made with halves of bath bomb mold
DIY lavender shower steamers

 

DIY aromatherapy shower steamers 

1 cup of Baking Soda

1/3 cup Citric Acid

1/4 cup of Cornstarch

10 g Menthol crystals

60 drops of Essential oils of your choice

Witch Hazel or 91% Alcohol in a Spray Bottle

molds (silicone baking molds, large ice cube trays, halves of bath bomb molds and similar)

mica powder for color (optional)

 

Making shower steamers: detailed instructions

 

1. Start by dissolving your menthol crystals. Place them in a cup and add the essential oils. Essential oils will dissolve the menthol crystals. To make the process faster or if you don’t want to use essential oils, use rubbing alcohol to melt the menthol.

2. In a large bowl, combine baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch.

3. Mix in the dissolved menthol and essential oils.

4. Add color. Just like with bath bombs, it is important to mix all the ingredients well. I always start by mixing with a whisk and finish mixing with hands.

5. The final mixture should resemble damp sand. Squeeze it in your palm. If the mixture stays together, it’s ready. If it crumbles, spray some alcohol/witch hazel, mix and try again.

testing if bath bomb mix is ready

6. Take your molds and pack them tightly with the mixture. Keep the mixture in the mold for a minute and then remove from the mold to dry.

7. Let the shower steamers dry overnight. Make sure they are not exposed to any moisture to prevent citric acid from activating. I like to place some dry rice around my steamers while drying. Rice absorbs moisture allowing my fizzies to dry nicely.

8. Something to be aware of is that some of the scent will disappear while drying. I know. Life is unfair. To compensate for the lost scent, add a couple of drops of essential oils to the finished steamers. Ideally somewhere on the bottom, so it wouldn’t be seen.

9. Once fully dry, your shower steamers are ready to be used. Store them in a dry place. You can keep them in an airtight container.

 

Here is a shorter version of the recipe instructions for printing:

DIY Shower Steamers With Essential oils

3 different types of DIY shower melts with lavender, citrus and menthol

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of Baking soda
  • 1/3 cup Citric acid
  • 1/4 cup of Cornstarch
  • 15 g Menthol crystals (10 g for aromatherapy ones)
  • 40 drops of Essential oils (60 drops for aromatherapy ones)
  • Witch Hazel or 91% Alcohol in a Spray Bottle
  • Molds
  • Mica powder for color (optional)

Instructions

  1. Dissolve menthol crystals by mixing them with essential oils or alcohol.
  2. In a separate bowl combine baking soda, cornstarch and citric acid.
  3. Add color if using any.
  4. Add dissolved menthol and essential oils.
  5. Mix for couple of minutes to ensure that all ingredients are well incorporated. The final mixture should resemble damp sand. Squeeze it in your palm. If the mixture stays together, it’s ready. If it crumbles, spray some alcohol/witch hazel, mix and try again.
  6. Take your molds and pack them tightly with the mixture. Keep the mixture in the mold for a minute and then remove from the mold to dry overnight.
  7. Add couple of drops of essential oils to the finished steamers. Ideally somewhere on the bottom, so it wouldn’t be seen.
  8. Store in an airtight container.
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