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DIY Shower Melts with Essential Oils

January 20, 2020 in DIY, Essential Oils, Natural Living

Ever wish you could have a spa day right in the comfort of your own home? While a facial may be another post for another day, I’ve got your aromatherapy experience covered with these DIY shower melts. Today’s post includes three recipes that are sure to calm, energize and sooth your soul.

What are shower melts?

Shower melts are a compact mixture of dry ingredients and essential oils that transform a normal shower into an aromatic experience. They make for a great addition to your daily routine when you don’t have time for a bath, but are still looking to create a spa-like atmosphere in your tub.

How do you use them?

Place a melt on the floor of your shower just outside of where the main stream of water is falling. You want it in a place where it will get wet, but not get pounded by water. Then, hop on in. The hot water and steam should do their job in helping your melt to release it’s magic.

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What ingredients are needed to make shower melts?

While there are a variety of ways of going about making shower melts or steamers, the following are the ingredients needed for the three recipes I share today:

Baking Soda & Epsom Salt: The two main, dry ingredients that work together to give the melt some substance.

Water: Just a touch is needed to help better compact the dry ingredients above.

Essential Oils: These are key to getting that desired aromatherapy experience. Depending upon the oils used, one can create an experience that’s calming, energizing or even soothing to the senses.

Silicone Mold: Used to give the melts their shape, a silicone mold of some sort is a must for this process. For our melts, I used my child’s Kiddo Feedo silicone storage container. But you can use whatever you have on hand or get creative with your shape by buying molds that match the season or occasion (especially if giving your melts as a gift).

Optional: While not necessary, you can spice up your melts with some natural colors or add some herbs or floral accents to top them off as well.

Shower Melt Recipes

Calming Shower Melts

Looking for a way to wind down after a long work day or to promote a good night’s rest? This shower melt blend is for you.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 1-2 tsp water
  • 20-30 drops lavender essential oil
  • 20-30 drops cedarwood essential oil

Energizing Shower Melts

Looking to start your day with a little kick in your step or to energize yourself during that afternoon slump? This shower melt blend is for you.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 1-2 tsp water
  • 20-30 drops lemon essential oil
  • 20-30 drops tangerine essential oil
  • 20-30 drops grapefruit essential oil

Soothing Shower Melts

Looking for a melt that will invigorate your senses and sooth congestion or sniffles when illness strikes? This shower melt blend is for you.

Note: Because of the oils used in this blend, it may not be suitable for young children. Use your own best judgement if planning to use with kids.

What you will need:

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup epsom salt
  • 1-2 tsp water
  • 20-30 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 20-30 drops peppermint essential oil

Recipe instructions:

  1. Mix the baking soda and epsom salt in a bowl to combine.
  2. Add small drops of water to the mixture to wet it a bit. Don’t over water. Start slow and add in more as needed. When ready, the mixture should appear like semi-wet sand, and it should hold together without crumbling.
  3. Once you have reached this consistency, mix in your essential oils following the suggestions in the recipes above or by making your own combination.
  4. Place mixture into silicone mold, pushing firmly so that it fulling compacts and occupies the space. Leave sitting in the mold for at least 24 hours to dry.
  5. Once dry, remove and give one a whirl. The remainder can be stored in a cool, dark place in an airtight container for ideally a month or less to maintain freshness.


  • Aroma not strong enough for your liking? Add in more essential oils. This may also be done if your melt has been stored for a while to give it some life back.
  • Melt crumbling/dissolving too quickly? Try using less water in your mixture.
  • Melt not dissolving? Try packing it a little looser on your next go around. In the meantime, breaking it up a bit in the shower should help release the aroma a little easier.

Enjoy this post? Here are some others you might like:

Natural DIY Detangler (with Essential Oils)

5 Ways to Use Essential Oils with Kids

My All Natural Morning Routine Must Haves


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  • Nicole January 22, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Love all the information you post!! Thank you. Cant wait to make some of these. Truly helping my family get healthier and use better alternatives. 💜

    • kristahapp January 23, 2020 at 4:16 am

      I hope you enjoy them! And thank you so much for the kind words! I so enjoy sharing and connecting with families like our own on this journey!

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