As someone with a shower and not a bathtub, I’ve often felt left out of “self-care” conversations. I’ve never been able to use a nice bath bomb or enjoy a glass of wine while listening to a podcast in the tub. While the shower experience is quick and easy, it’s never felt like a luxury.
That is, until now.
If you’re looking to change up your shower game and want to create a spa-like environment for your shower, look no further than a shower melt.
Also known as “shower steamers,” these beautiful concoctions surround you with calming scents that are guaranteed to improve your shower experience.
Here’s everything you need to know about shower melts and how you can easily make them at home. Happy showering!
OK, But What Is a Shower Melt?
Alright, let me break it down for you. In the simplest of terms, a shower melt is essentially a bath bomb, but for your shower. Simple enough, right?
While bath bombs diffuse once you soak them in water, shower melts evaporate into the steam of your shower. Bath bombs usually contain moisturizing oils for the skin, but shower melts are simply focused on the aroma. Think of it as if you’re placing a diffuser into your shower.
What You Need to Make a Shower Melt
Believe it or not, you don’t need a lot of items to make homemade shower melts. Here is what you need:
- Large mixing bowl
- Wooden spoon
- Ice cube tray or muffin tin
- Baking soda
- Citric acid
- Sea salt or Epsom salt
- Witch hazel
- Essential oils of your choosing
Essential oils are the main ingredient of a shower melt, so it’s important to pick the right one based on what you’re going for.
For example, lavender promotes sleep, so if you’re looking to relax, that may be the essential oil to go for. However, if you’re showering in the morning, peppermint may be the way to go, as it can help increase alertness.
Shower Melt to Help You Unwind
Are you looking for a shower melt that’ll help you unwind after a long day? If you’re someone who takes night showers, this may be the one for you.
Here’s a simple and easy recipe.
- ½ cup baking soda
- ¼ cup citric acid
- ¼ cup of salts
- 1 to 2 tsp. of witch hazel
- 20 drops lavender oil
- 10 drops chamomile oil
- 25 drops clary sage oil
- Combine baking soda and citric acid in a mixing bowl
- Drop the essential oils into the bowl, make sure to stir well
- Slowly pour witch hazel into the mixture
- Once the mixture is done, pour into molds and keep it at room temperature
- Let the molds sit for about 24 hours before use
- Place them into an airtight container
Follow these simple instructions for other shower melts. In fact, all you have to do to create a different shower experience is to change up the essential oil ingredients.
How to Use
Once you have your shower melt ready to go, turn on the shower and let it get a little steamy. In fact, the more steam the better.
Place the shower melt on the floor and let the water activate the melt, which will release the essential oils. Step into the shower, breathe in the steam, and let yourself relax! You deserve it.