Love soaking in a nicely scented bathtub after a long day at work but can never seem to find the time for it? In today’s busy world it’s sometimes difficult to find time, even just a half hour, to just stop and pamper yourself. That’s where these Calming Shower Melts come in handy!
Calming Shower Melts are scented with lavender essential oil which seem to have a calming effect on many people. Lavender essential oil is said to also help with insomnia, depression, and other conditions. I use it primarily because I just love the smell.
(As with many essential oils do your research and test it out if you’re not familiar with it because along with their beneficial effects there are not so beneficial ones for some. Also never apply these oils directly on to your skin or ingest them without first consulting your doctor or health care professional.)
Lavender essential oil as well as any other oil must never be applied directly to the skin. Oils must be diluted in a carrier such as coconut, avocado, jojoba and other oils; you can even dilute in water. Calming Shower Melts are actually combined with a powder and diluted in water, the same water you use when you shower.
The hot water you shower with releases the aroma from the Calming Shower Melts making this a great way to get some calming and relaxing alone time every day. I mean you’re going to take a shower anyway so why not sneak a bit of relaxation in. It’s particularly helpful if you shower just before bedtime as lavender is known to help send one off into slumber land.
Not only do these Calming Shower Melts smell heavenly they are so easy and inexpensive to make at home. Your biggest investment would be the essential oils and silicone molds if you don’t already have some. If you don’t have silicone molds no worries, you can use ice cube trays! Other than that it uses supplies you more than likely already have at home. Oh and of course you’ll need airtight containers to store your shower melts, I use Mason Jars. By the way these melts make awesome hostess gifts and party favors! So let’s make some shower melts!
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2 Cups Baking Soda
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
8-10 Tbs Water
Food Color (I use Wilton Gel based colors)
Silicone mold or ice cube tray
Place baking soda in a large metal or glass bowl (don’t use plastic as it absorbs the smells which may never wash out)
Add essential oils and mix well
Add 4-6 tbs spoons water and continue mixing. If mixture is too thick add water 2 tbs at a time until you get the consistency you want. I ended up using all 10 tbs. Mixture should be like fine sand to the touch but should be pasty and be able to hold its shape if you form a small ball.
Add your food color and mix well to distribute color evenly in the mixture. You can add more color until you get the color you want, but if you’re using liquid color you don’t want to add t much as it will make your mixture wet. That’s why I prefer the gel based coloring. When you’ve achieved the color you want you’re ready to mold your melts.
Press mixture into your mold or ice tray. The amount you need will depend on the size of your mold or tray. I got 5 large roses out of one batch. You don’t want to double the batch as it becomes harder to mix. If you need lots of melts make one batch at a time.
Place in the freezer to dry for at least one hour. Then unmold and store in airtight containers.
Like I mentioned I store them in large mason jars which are the perfect containers specially if you’re gifting them!
Have a stuffy nose? Try making my Vaporizing Shower Melts, they really will clear your sinuses!