DIY Calming Shower Steamers

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Did you know you can bring aromatherapy into your shower with one easy trick? Shower steamers are a rewarding and budget-friendly option to bring the calming effects of essential oils to your shower. They can help you unwind, relax, and improve your sleep, especially in these challenging times.

Let us have a look at how to make calming shower steamers with only a handful of ingredients!

Benefits of Shower steamers

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Shower steamers are an excellent way to leverage the benefits of aromatherapy even when you do not have a bath. They are loaded with essential oils and blends that can promote different properties for our minds and bodies.

Shower steamers are more than just adding a pleasant scent to your shower. In fact, they can be used for many different things:

  • To help you unwind and soothe stress
  • And to improve sleep and boost relaxation
  • To uplift your mood or to help you wake up
  • To soothe the effects of cold, flu, and congestion

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Can shower steamers be used as bath bombs?

No, shower steamers cannot be used as bath bombs as they contain high levels of essential oils that could irritate the skin or even cause an allergic reaction.

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What essential oils are calming?

  • Bergamot
  • Roman chamomile
  • Clary sage
  • Lemon
  • Neroli
  • Ylang-ylang
  • Lemon balm

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DIY Calming Shower Steamers with Lavender


  • 100g baking soda
  • 50g arrowroot powder
  • 19g water
  • 0.7g lavender essential oil
  • 0.5g cedarwood essential oil
  • 0.8g bergamot essential oil


  1. Weigh all the ingredients
  2. Combine baking soda with arrowroot powder, and stir well (but be careful not to inhale any of the powders)
  3. In a small beaker, weigh and combine water with essential oils
  4. Slowly add the water-essential oil mixture into the powders, whisking well to combine
  5. Once the mixture is moist, it should form a block when you compress it in your hand, it is ready to be packed
  6. Pack the mixture tightly into molds and let it sit for about 30 minutes
  7. Next, take the steamers from the molds and air-dry them for another hour
  8. Store them in an airtight container away from humidity and direct sunlight
  9. To use, take a steamer, place it into your shower away from the direct water stream. Splash it with water and let it release a calming and soothing scent!

Tips on making shower steamers

  • You can change essential oils to create your own calming blend
  • Add a bit of mica powder to your steamers for an extra color kick
  • They make lovely and budget-friendly gifts
  • You can easily double or triple the batch if needed
  • Silicone molds do not work well  as they are bendy; use something more solid instead
  • The size of your steamers will depend on the size of the molds


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