DIY Aromatherapy Shower Steamers

These DIY Aromatherapy shower steamers are the perfect way to have a relaxing shower when there’s no time for a bath.

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A photo of three DIY shower melts stacked on top of each other on a wooden board and some in a ramekin

I love taking baths. But with a hectic schedule and three kids it’s not always possible. But I love to enjoy the benefits of a bath with these DIY Aromatherapy Shower Steamers. So how do they work?

I just put a shower disc on the far end of my bathtub while I’m taking a shower and let a little bit of water trickle on the disc to release the scent in the disc and voila! Shower aromatherapy.

What makes these DIY shower steamer discs so awesome is that you can mix and match the scents to customize your aromatherapy experience.

I love using Stress Away (because again three kids and a hectic schedule) but you can use eucalyptus (for a spa-like experience), lavender (to promote rest and relaxation), or even peppermint (to energize). There are so many possibilities. These are my favorite resources for getting essential oils.

I love making this homemade shower steamers because I know exactly what’s going into them. I’ve seen store-bought shower melts but found they contained artificial scents (which can actually cause respiratory issues), artificial colors (yuck!) and preservatives (aka toxic chemicals). I’m working to eliminate the toxic chemicals in my home to keep my family healthy.

What Are Shower Steamers?

If you prefer a shower to a bath, shower steamers are a great option. They’re made with baking soda and essential oils and work similar to bath bombs. But rather than placing them into a tub, the steamer is placed on the floor of the shower. The water activates the fizzing reaction and releases the essential oils into the air

How To Make DIY Aromatherapy Shower Steamers – Step By Step

  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F (180°C).
  2. In a bowl, combine the baking sodaessential oils, and water. Mix them into a paste.
  3. Spoon the paste into the silicone molds, press the mixture in, and smooth the tops off with your fingers.
  4. Place the pan in the oven and bake the cubes for 20 minutes at 350° F.
  5. Remove the tray from the oven and allow the cubes to cool completely. The tablets will continue to dry as they cool.

Closeup of mixing bowl, measuring cup and bottle of Stress Away essential oil

These DIY Aromatherapy Shower Steamers are really easy to make. Just combine the ingredients into a bowl and bake at low heat for 20 minutes. I’ve got the full recipe below.

The key is the essential oils. I really love Stress Away – it’s a blend that helps to melt the worries and just daily life (aka mom life) away. So when you take a shower it’s like spa aromatherapy without having to leave your home.

And I hope you’ll love these DIY shower steamers like I do. The kids can use them too – and you can make fun shapes with different silicone molds. How cute would these molds be… for little kids, for boys, for girls.

So let’s get into how to make these DIY Aromatherapy Shower Steamers…


Step by step directions on how to make DIY Aromatherapy Shower Steamers

How To Use These DIY Shower Steamers

Place a dried DIY shower steamer disc in the shower (in the far end of the shower stall or bathtub – away from the direct water stream). You can put a few drops of water on the shower steamer disc to get the aromatherapy going, but avoid direct water contact from the shower as it will melt away too fast. Breathe in the scent of the essential oil and enjoy!

How To Take a Really Relaxing Shower

Along with your shower steamer, you can make shower time a bit more special with some of these ideas:

  1. Play some soft, relaxing music.
  2. Turn down the lights and light some candles instead.
  3. Try hanging some lavender from the shower head.
  4. Try adding some live plants.
  5. Get out your fanciest towels!
  6. Consider transferring your bath products to pretty plastic containers.

Aromatherapy in Your Shower

Aromatherapy shower steamers are an awesome addition to your bathroom. But how do you know which oils to use? And for what purposes? Which ones wake you up or help you to fall asleep? Which ones are good for hormonal support or when you are sick? Below are some ideas to get you started!

At Bedtime

Lavender or German Chamomile

When You are Sick

Eucalyptus + Peppermint, or Thieves

When You are Stressed

Clary Sage, Frankincense, Harmony, Stress Away, Peace and Calming, or Trauma Life

Hormonal Support

Clary Sage, Dragon Time, Geranium, Melrose or Ylang Ylang

Focus + Concentration Support

Brain Power, Clarity, Peppermint, Rosemary

 After Yoga or a Massage

Awaken, Frankincense, Lemongrass, Palo Santo, Patchouli, Sandalwood

Top Tips For Aromatherapy Shower Steamers

  • Place the steamer at the far end of your shower, so it doesn’t melt too quickly.
  • Allow cubes to cool before use.
  • Use silicon molds, they will allow you to remove the steamers with crumbling them.
  • These shower steamers will store for up to 6 months in a cool, dark cabinet.

A close up of three diy shower melts stacked on top of each other

DIY Aromatherapy Shower Steamers (Stress Away Shower Melts) - great alternative to baths -

How to Make DIY Aromatherapy Shower Steamers

Don't Mess With Mama
DIY Aromatherapy shower steamers are the perfect way to have a relaxing shower when there's no time for a bath.
4.54 from 15 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes



  • Preheat the oven to 350° F (180°C).
  • In a bowl, combine the baking soda, essential oils, and water. Mix them into a paste.
  • Spoon the paste into the silicone molds, press the mixture in, and smooth the tops off with your fingers.
  • Place the pan in the oven and bake the cubes for 20 minutes at 350° F.
  • Remove the tray from the oven and allow the cubes to cool completely. The tablets will continue to dry as they cool.
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  1. 5 stars
    I tried these! I think I executed it poorly though lol!

    I made 12 thin disks in a muffin tin with liners. The disks were quite hard when I removed them. I let them cool down and brought one to the shower right away (I made a basic lavender melt). I should have let them rest a little longer. Mine were packed tightly but I think that the outsides had cooled but the center was still weak as it instantly split when it came in contact with water. I didn’t get any aroma while in the shower. I tried to lift the melt to check for scent but it just dissolved.

    I think one of the main problems was making too many disks, too thin. Next time I will try to reduce them from 12 to about 6. I think the temperature was fine but the thin disks likely burned off all their oils as they baked. I would leave overnight or longer than an hour to cool before using. I think they were packed tightly. I used an old votive candle jar to really pack them down.