2 cups baking soda.
1 cup citric acid.
1 cup cornstarch.
3-5 tbsp water.
1/4 cup to 1/3 cup distilled water
25 drops essential oil (see below for essential oil blends to customize your shower steamers for energy, calming, uplifting and congestion)
Mix baking soda, citric acid & corn starch together in a large glass mixing bowl.
Add essential oils to batch. Add food coloring if you like.
Using a spray misting bottle. Begin to mist the surface of the mixture. Mixing it well. Continue spritzing and stirring until you end up with a consistency of wet sand. When you squish it together, it should stay together. Be careful not to add too much water for it will fizz.
scoop into silicone molds
use the back of a spoon or your finger tips to press down firmly on the mixture
allow to dry overnight in the molds
once completely dry, remove from molds
Place on the floor of the shower.
I have a smaller shower, so I put mine on the floor in the corner of the shower — you want to put it in a spot on the floor where it will be out of the main shower spray but still get hit with some water.
The heat of the shower and occasionally getting hit by water will dissolve the baking soda and release the scent of essential oils into the air
Some other shower steamer recipes use ingredients used in bath bombs (a.k.a. bath fizzies), but there’s no need to put those more expensive ingredients (like citric acid) in a shower steamer. Baking soda, water, and essential oils are all it takes to make a good shower steamer.
If you live in a humid area, it might take longer for your shower steamers to dry. Make sure they are completely dry before you try to remove them from the molds.
If your shower steamers are not drying as fast as you’d like, you can dry them out faster in a low temperature oven (250-300 degrees).
If you want to change up your essential oils, you can omit the essential oils from the recipe and make “blank” shower steamers. Then just add a few drops of essential oils to the shower steamer right before you want to use it.
Store your shower steamers in an airtight container.
essential oils for wake up/feel energized/invigorating blends
peppermint + orange + lemon + lime
lemon + peppermint
orange + lemongrass
essential oils for calming/relaxing/unwind & de-stress blends
lavender + orange + frankincense
lavender + bergamot + ylang ylang
eucalyptus + spearmint
ylang ylang + orange + cedarwood
patchouli + sandalwood
essential oils for uplifting/find your happy place blends
lemon + orange + grapefruit
lime + spearmint
lavender + clary sage + bergamot
geranium + lemon + orange
essential oils for blends that support clear breathing
peppermint + eucalyptus + lavender
rosemary + eucalyptus + lavender
thyme + lime + eucalyptus
cedarwood + rosemary + orange + frankincense
lemon + eucalyptus
essential oils seasonal allergies
peppermint + lemon + lavender