It’s been a long week of holiday season coming and going, the weather is chilly, your nose is getting stuffy and you are ready to relax!
A nice relaxing bath with a bath bomb or salts sounds wonderful – except you have no time to draw a bath. You can maybe grab a quick shower before you need to be on to your next task. But that doesn’t mean it can’t be a spa like experience!
Shower melts, also known as shower fizzies or aromatherapy tabs are an awesome way to make your shower time more luxurious.
While your shower steams up, the shower melt begins to break down filling your bathroom with an aromatherapy experience.
Aromatherapy has been around since ancient times – Egpytians distilled fragrant oils, Romans loved herbal bathes. While the term wasn’t coined until the 1930s there is evidence throughout history of using the aroma of plants for health and wellbeing.
Shower melts are extremly easy to make. Using a cute mold to shape them and packaging them up in a mason jar with a bow can turn them into a festive gift for your family and friends who love a scented holiday gift.
Keep reading to learn how to make these or watch the video here:
Most of the ingredients and tools are probably in your home already!
You will need:
- 1/2 cup of baking soda
- 1/2 cup of cornstarch
- 3 to 5 tablespoons of witch hazel
- Essential Oils: Tea Tree, Eucalyptus, and Peppermint
- Food Coloring – Green (optional)
- A medium to large mixing bowl
- A sifter or whisk to remove clumps
- A spoon
- Silicone mold
- Paper towel
Step 1: Mix dry ingredients together (baking soda and cornstarch), sifting or whisking until there are no clumps. If you have sensitive lungs, consider wearing a mask or holding a towel over your mouth and nose while pouring them as they can dust up.
Step 2: Slowy add the witch hazel to the mix. Start with 3 tablespoons and continue to add until mixture reaches a wet sand like texture. You don’t want the mix too wet or else it won’t set.
Note: There will be a reaction in the ingredients which makes it start to clump together. You will now add the essential oils and coloring but you will need to really mash it together with a spoon until it is all well mixed.
Step 3: Add 3 drops Tea Tree oil, 5 drops Peppermint, and 10 drops of Eucalyptus oil. You can add up to 30 drops for a stronger scent but these are strong essential oils and can be overpowering.
I chose these three oils because they are great for the chilly weather season. Eucalyptus aroma is known to loosen phlegm and aid in easing congestion, Peppermint is uplifting, and Tea Tree helps stimulate the body. The combination smells herbal but not too medicinal.
WARNING: Eucalyptus and Peppermint oil inhaled are not suitable for children. Please look into the safety and usage of essential oils with children.
Step 4: (Optional!) Add 2 to 5 drops of food coloring.
Step 5: Mix everything til well combined and then press into your silicone mold. Pat away excess moisture with a paper towel. Place your melts into the freezer to harden overnight.
All done! Pop them out of the molds and you are ready to go.
Store them in a COOL DRY place or else they may melt on their own.
Put them in a mason jar, tie a bow and you have an adorable holiday gift!