I am always looking for ways to improve my shower experience. As opposed to baths, for which there so are many products that can be used to elevate the experience, showers are kind of left on the wayside, which is quite upsetting when most of us don’t take daily baths.
Recently I discovered the beauty of shower steamers. They are super easy to make so I have been using them regularly ever since and today I thought I would share them with you, just in case you also wanted to make your daily routine just a little bit fancier.
WHAT YOU WILL NEED
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/2 cup citric acid
- 1/2 cup corn starch
- dried mint leaves (optional)
- 30 drops essential oil (have a read of this previous post of mine if you need some help in choosing an essential oil that suits your needs)
HOW TO MAKE THEM
Mix the baking soda, citric acid and corn starch in a bowl. If you can sift them, that is ideal but not a deal breaker.
Add the essential oil to the mixture. Use a spoon to mix in essential oil lightly.
Add water to a spray bottle and start adding moisture to the mix. Control how much moisture you add, and stop when mixture starts to fizz. Mix as you spray and stop when the mixture is the consistency of snow. It should still be fluffy but hold together if pressed into a ball. Do not use your hands to mix as concentrated essential oils should not come in direct contact with skin, or use gloves.
This step is optional, but I like adding some dried mint leaves or rose petals to the bottom of my tray. Then once that is done, start filling the tray with your mixture. Press down to pack them in and create a more solid shape.
Once you have packed them in, you can either allow to dry in the tray, or flip your tray onto a flat surface. If you are using a silicone tray, you will need to push them out carefully, if you are using a solid tray simply tap on the bottom.
Allow to dry for 24 to 48 hours. The longer the better and voila! Your very own shower steamers.
HOW TO USE
Pop a shower steamer on the shower floor away from the water stream and let the essential oils perform their aromatic magic. Store away from moisture, preferably in a sealed container or jar.
If you are having issues with consistency, or the shower is dissolving yours too fast or not fast enough, play around with the amount of water you add and how tightly you have packed them. Let me know if you give these a go!