Have you ever wanted to make shower melts, but shied away from doing that because you figured it was too difficult?
It’s true that some of these handmade creations are quite fancy. I’ve seen ball-shaped bath bombs with all kinds of colors, inlaid with flower-shaped inlays. Apparently, you can get as creative as you want, limited only by your imagination.
However, you don’t have to. Simple shower melts can also be made with just two ingredients. They smell every bit as good as the fussy ones. You can also get craetive with the essential oils you add. Depending upon your aromatic choices, you can make relaxing scents or invigorating scents. Or, if you suffer from congestion, you can also make head clearing melts.
Shower Melts With Essential Oils
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Previously, I had made shower melts without citric acid. This is a common ingredient for bath bombs, and it’s what gives the bath bombs a fizz. However, it is possible to make bath bombs without citric acid. This is what I wanted to do, because I didn’t have any citric acid in the house. Ordering it online would have taken too long. And I didn’t feel like running to the store.
My motto is, “there’s always another way.” So I did a Pinterest search for a bath bomb/shower melt recipe without citric acid. I was happy with the end result. The shower melts weren’t too difficult to make. But they needed at least a day to dry. Was there an easier way?
Shower Melts With Lavender Oil
Yes, there’s a much easier way to make shower melts. All it takes are two ingredients, plus water. The first ingredient is pure arrowroot flour. I had some in the house. But this popular gluten-free substitute is also available online.
The next think I needed was lavender essential oil. This is something I always have in the house. Although not technically an ingredient, you do need a silicone mold or a plastic ice cube maker.
(I already had the latter in the house, although a more flexible silicone mold would probably have been easier to work with.)
Plant Therapy is one of the brands of essential oil I recommend on this site. It sells an amazingly sweet version of lavender essential oil. This is one of my favorite aromatherapy companies. All Plant Therapy oils are independently tested. When I order, I know I’m getting a 100 percent pure oil. You probably won’t find Plant Therapy essential oils locally. But you can order them online.
Easy Shower Melts Recipe
Anyway, the recipe for shower melts with essential oils is very simple. The original recipe I saw online called for corn starch. However, I decided not to use this because I didn’t have any regular corn starch in the house. In order to use corn starch, I’d have to order it online. That’s because I’d only want to use organic corn starch. Here’s why. Nearly all of the corn crops grown in the United States are genetically modified.
This means they’re bred to survive being sprayed with a controversial herbicide called Roundup. I don’t buy genetically modified foods, partly because I don’t like the idea of eating Roundup. Nor do I want this compound in my shower. The idea behind shower melts is to let them melt in the shower, so you can inhale the soothing or invigorating aroma. So, instead of corn starch, I used arrowroot flour. We already had this in the house, and it wasn’t being used for anything else.
How to Make Shower Melts
Anyway, here’s how easy it is to make your own shower melts. You can add lavender essential oil, especially if you shower at night and want to relax and unwind. Lavender is well known for its soothing properties. This is one of the essential oils I use to help me sleep.
Or, if you shower in the morning, you may want to use a different type of aromatic. For instance, you can find specific blends designed for energy and alertness, such as Invigor Aid Synergy Blend. This blend could easily be used in a shower melt recipe, if you tend to shower in the morning.
DIY Shower Melt Recipe
Here’s how to make your own shower melts, with arrowroot flour, water and the essential oils of your choice.
2 cups of arrowroot flour.
20 drops of lavender essential oil. Or, you can use any essential oils of your choice.
Enough water to make a paste the spreads easily. Arrowroot flour is fun to work with. You want to add just liquid enough so you can spread it in the silicone mold or plastic ice cube tray. For 2 cups of arrowroot flour, maybe start with 6 teaspoons of water and slowly add more as you need. Don’t add too much or the mixture will take a long time to dry. Add the essential oils when you’ve reached the desired consistency. It should look something like the melt mix you see in the bowl below.
Fill the individual molds with this arrowroot flour paste and press with your thumb so the mixture is even. Put the mold tray in the freezer for an hour.
These statements have not been approved by the FDA. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not use essential oils unless directed to do so by a healthcare professional. Certain essential oils should not be used for children.