Transform Your Shower with Essential Oil Steamers

Ever thought about turning your shower time into something more than just a rinse? Enter shower steamers: these little wonders are revolutionizing the way we think about our daily routines. With ingredients like baking soda, citric acid, and an array of essential oils, they're not just another bath bomb's cousin. They're your ticket to transforming any ordinary bathroom into a haven of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Intrigued? You should be. These aren't just chunks of salts thrown on the shower floor; they’re carefully crafted and designed to dissolve in water, releasing therapeutic aromas that mingle with the steam from your shower. Imagine stepping in after a long day and being enveloped by calming lavender or invigorating eucalyptus – sounds heavenly, right?

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What Are Shower Steamers?

Sometimes after a tiring day, I like taking a nice long shower. Shower steamers are a great way to make it even more relaxing. They're similar to bath bombs, but you use them in the shower instead. Here's how to make shower steamers with different scents for an at home spa experience. These have a more concentrated scent than most of my skincare recipes since they're not meant to go directly on the skin. It's a great way to get the benefits of aromatherapy while you take time for self-care. Shower steamers also make nice gifts for Christmas or birthdays. Also known as shower bombs or shower melts, they're kind of like bath bombs. I'll put one on the side of the tub where the shower water can reach it and release the scent. Homemade shower steamers are activated once wet and fizz and smell good in the shower. Unlike bath bombs which also offer skin benefits, these are more for the aromatherapy benefits.

How Shower Steamers Work

Shower steamers are made with a variety of ingredients that typically include baking soda, Epsom salts, citric acid, essential oils, and witch hazel. You'll also find clay, botanicals, food coloring, fragrance oils, and mica powder or colorant (depending on the recipe). My recipe uses baking soda and citric acid as a base. The Epsom salts help harden them and castor oil acts as an emulsifier so they're less likely to crumble. Kaolin clay also makes them harder and can add a nice color. You could also add some mica powder or natural food coloring if desired.

Benefits of Using Shower Steamers

Shower steamers are a great way to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy while you shower. The essential oils in shower steamers can help to improve your mood, invigorate, and promote relaxation. 

How to Use Shower Steamers for Maximum Aromatherapy Benefits

If you use a mini muffin-size mold the shower steamer should last for a regular-length shower. For smaller molds, you may need two. You'll want to place it in your shower where the water can reach them, but not wash them down the drain immediately. If they're on the shower floor they'll only last a few minutes (if that). The best place is the bathtub ledge or a shower shelf. If the only option you have is the shower floor, make sure it's as far away from the shower head as possible. For the best aromatherapy benefits, place your shower steamer on the floor of the shower away from the direct stream of water. You want the steamer to slowly dissolve with the steam and humidity rather than quickly fizzing away under the shower spray.

Combining Scents for Unique Experiences

Experiment with different essential oil combinations in your shower steamers to create unique aromatherapy experiences. For example, combine lavender and eucalyptus for a relaxing yet invigorating shower, or try peppermint and orange for an energizing morning boost.

Tips for Longer-Lasting Shower Steamers

To make your shower steamers last longer, keep them in an airtight container between uses. You can also break larger steamers into smaller pieces to use over multiple showers. Placing the steamer farther away from the direct water stream will also help it dissolve more slowly. Using a larger mold size can help your steamers last longer in the shower too.

Top Shower Steamer Scent Combinations to Try

To make life easier you can just use a premade blend from one of my favorite essential oil companies. I came up with a few recipes though that have a variety of benefits and smell amazing.

Energizing Scent Blends

For a morning energy boost, try shower steamers with invigorating essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, or grapefruit. These scents can help wake you up and provide a refreshing start to your day. Breathe Better Blend

This invigorating blend helps open up the sinuses. It's not recommended for little ones under age 3 but older kids and adults feel free to enjoy. 

Relaxing Scent Blends

To unwind after a long day, use shower steamers with calming essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, ylang-ylang, or sandalwood. These soothing scents can help reduce stress and promote relaxation for a better night's sleep. Springtime Blend

Uplifting and helps with seasonal allergies. Lemon brightens the mood and helps thin congestion. Lavender is calming and also works as an antihistamine. Even if you don't have allergies, it's definitely worth trying.

Mood-Boosting Scent Blends

Certain essential oils can help elevate your mood and promote feelings of happiness and well-being. Try shower steamers with uplifting scents like orange, bergamot, lemongrass, or rosemary for a natural mood boost. Earthy Blend

This blend also uplifts the mood and helps ground the emotions. Some studies show just smelling grapefruit may help promote a healthy weight. Bergamot is used to relieve anxious feelings and stress. Cedarwood helps with nervous tension, stress, coughs, and mucus.

DIY Shower Steamer Recipe for Easy Homemade Aromatherapy




  1. In a glass mixing bowl combine all of the dry ingredients together with your hand. I wore a glove for this. You can either crush any lumps with your hands or sift the baking soda before adding it to the mixing bowl.
  2. Add the drops of essential oil and castor oil and mix well with your hand until the mixture resembles wet sand.
  3. If the mixture is too dry, then use a fine mist spray bottle filled with vodka or witch hazel to moisten the mixture. Only do 2 sprays at a time to avoid getting it too wet.
  4. Once you can squeeze the shower steamer mixture into a clump that holds its shape it's done.
  5. Immediately press the mixture into your molds, pressing firmly.
  6. Let air dry for 24 hours before unmolding and using.
Key Takeaway: 

Shower steamers turn your shower into a spa, using essential oils for relaxation or an energy boost. They're easy to make and perfect for gifts.


We've journeyed through what makes shower steamers not just another addition to your bathroom but an indispensable part of creating moments of calm and clarity amidst chaos. From their simple yet potent ingredients list to tips for maximizing their aromatic benefits - it’s clear they offer much more than meets the eye.

This isn’t merely about adding fragrance to water; it’s about embracing self-care in one of its most accessible forms. Whether you lean towards scents that energize or soothe, integrating these marvels into your routine could very well redefine how you view ‘me time’. So here we stand at this juncture - where everyday showers hold potential for extraordinary experiences. Now go ahead, transform those minutes under water into something truly special.

Written By: Candice Wheat, the Founder and visionary behind The Lavish Goat. Candice Wheat is the creative force behind The Lavish Goat, pioneering indulgent self-care experiences through her innovative formulations. As the Founder and Chief Formulator, her passion for crafting luxurious Shower Steamers, bath bombs, and other products shines through in every detail. With a background in cosmetic formulation and manufacturing, Candice combines expertise with a genuine dedication to quality, creating products that elevate everyday routines into moments of indulgence. Through her work, she invites you to immerse yourself in a world of lavish self-care, curated just for you.