DIY – Shower melts

I am not a bath person. I love to make bath bombs for my kids and for my friends that are bath people but I really don’t use them myself. When I saw shower melts, I knew I had to try it. The concept is very similar to bath bombs, only on a smaller scale and you are only going for the aromatherapy rather than using all of the soaking additives, like Epsom salts and moisturizers.

I looked into a number of shower melt recipes and decided to follow this one. The comments on many of the others noted that they were very crumbly. This recipe called for baking soda, citric acid, and essential oil. This is a combination I am familiar with after all of the bath bombs I have made. Other recipes were made with only baking soda or only cornstarch. You are welcome to give them a try. I prefer a little fizzy action that you can only find when you combine the citric acid with the baking soda.


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid
  • about 40 drops of essential oil
  • optional – colorant
  • ice cube mold or mold of similar size


Combine baking soda and citric acid in a bowl. Add the color agent and the essential oil. Mix well well with your hands as you are adding the oil to prevent the mix from bubbling. I made two batches, one using a “mediation” blend of oils and one using an “alive” blend of oils that I purchased from Plant Guru. Press the mix into your molds. I used these ice cube molds from Ikea. One is a little flower and the other is a fish. Allow the molds to dry overnight then remove form the molds. Store in an airtight container.


Add 2-3 melts to your shower. Place them on the shower floor where they will come in contact with the water. Don’t place them too close to the drain or all of that aromatherapy goodness will do right down the drain with the water.

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