Aromatherapy Shower Fizzies

At the end of a long stressful day, nothing beats a steaming shower. The hot running water and soothing vapors create a great way to relax and unwind. If you’d like to improve your next shower, these Aromatherapy Shower Fizzies harness the power of aromatherapy to create a calming experience. Use the ‘Soothing Blend’ to unwind in the evenings and, the ‘Awakening Blend’ to perk up your mornings.

Simply toss the fizzy on the floor of the shower and let the aromatherapeutic vapors envelope you. The “Awakening Blend” below is the perfect way to get moving in the morning. The citrus essential oils are uplifting to the spirit and smell amazing too. Easy to make, these shower fizzies will make showering your favorite part of the day!

What You’ll Need:

1/2 cup Sodium Bicarbonate
1/4 cup Citric Acid
Witch Hazel
Guest Mini Celtic Kells Knot Mold

Soothing Blend
2 ml Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil
1 ml Ylang Ylang III Essential Oil

Awakening Blend
2 ml Litsea Essential Oil
1 ml Red Brazilian Mandarin Essential Oil

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ONE: Add baking soda and citric acid in a large bowl and mix to combine. The baking soda and citric acid may form clumps. Use your fingers to break them up or sift the powders through a strainer.

TWO: Now add the essential oil blend of your choice. Usage rate can be higher than you would do with a traditional bath fizzy because these are meant to be inhaled, not sat in. Suggested blend amounts are above (3-4 ml per batch) though you can go all the way up to 1/4 ounce of the blend for the mixture. If you go this high, this a lot of oil. You might not even need to use witch hazel (as described in step four).

THREE: Stir the essential oils into the powders. Using your hands is the easiest method. Tip! Wear gloves if you want to protect your manicure, citric acid will dull nail polish.

FOUR: Depending on the moisture level of the current mixture, spritz the bath bombs with witch hazel. It should take between 5 – 7 spritzes. The mixture should be wet enough so when you squeeze the powder in your fist it holds its shape when you open your hand. You want to spray enough so that the powders stick together and aren’t crumbly. Be careful though because spraying too much can cause the mixture to fizz prematurely and ruin your shower fizzies.
FIVE: Once the powders hold shape, use your fingers to press the powders into the mold and produce a smooth top.

SIX: Unmold the bath fizzies after an hour and allow them to fully dry out overnight. Keep in mind that because there is such a high concentration of essential oils in these bombs, they are not meant to soak in a bath tub! Instead, set them on the floor of your shower and allow the steam to carry the scent.

How do you de-stress? Do you have any favorite essential oil blends to wake you up or calm you down?

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  1. says

    I love how your system of how to put this together! It makes it hard to over wet the ingredients if you check on things as you go. I just tried this recipe with success and made some adjustments for me, being this is my first time doing this. I used a plastic Ice cube tray lacking any fancy mold. I did not grease the tray before pressing my mix into 9 of the cubes. There was no swelling at all of the mix. I left it in the tray for 2 hours then checked to see if the blocks came out easily…. they did as I carefully twisted the tray. I let them finish drying over night, wrapped them in gift tissue paper and put those into a plastic bag.
    First I doubled the recipe 1 cup Baking Soda, 1/2 cup Citric acid. I measured 1/2 teaspoon of Lavender essential oil for this mix. added a few drops of food coloring. mixed very well. then I misted with witch hazel 2 times mixed and added again 2 mists at a time ( came up to 33 mists in my case for this amount of ingredients ) mixing as I went observing the ‘caking’ quality as I squeezed the mixture each time till it was like yes as if I was making a snow ball. It was not over wet at all with this method! I pressed into my ice cube tray as I mentioned earlier. These make a good size for the Shower Fizzies! I’m very excited and plan to use this same recipe to make more only in mini candy molds for use in the bath. I like this recipe why have 2?
    Thank you I searched for hours looking for a Shower Fizzie recipe and yours fit the bill!

    • Kelsey says

      That’s awesome Jean, I’m so glad this recipe turned out well for you! I love the idea of using ice cube trays for molds – that would give you the perfect size fizzy. :)

      Also, so glad you found the instructions helpful! Fizzies can be a little tricky, but once you find the right consistency it makes it easier.

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  2. Ingeborgh says

    thank you for this recipe!!! I live in the Netherlands and I was so happy to find out that Bramble Berry ships world wide! I just made my first batch and I can’t wait to try them out.

  3. Robin says

    Are silicone molds a bad idea? I tried this recipe last night. All seemed well until I went to unmold…they broke apart. Any advice would be helpful. I only waited the 1 hour suggested before attempting to pop them loose. Thanks!

  4. bekah says

    Made these with 5ml of essential oil and no Wichita hazel came out perfect! Only one issue… they don’t smell! I had my husband use the tester one (wasn’t a whole one last one made) and he didn’t smell anything so I gave him a a full one still didn’t smell anything! I used eucalyptus essential oil in thoughts he help the congestion when waking up in the morning and a silicone brownie bite mold I know it won’t be as strong as a bath bomb but I’m so sad it didn’t work any tips?

    • Kelsey says

      Hi LuAnn!

      It sounds like those fizzies may have gone off prematurely! In humid environments, especially a steamy bathroom, the fizzies can react with the water and go off. I would recommend wrapping those fizzies tightly with plastic wrap. That way, they will stay dry until you’re ready to use them. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  5. Michala says

    Hi there!
    I’m new to soap making and made some of these shower fizzies yesterday along with some lavender melt and pour soap (that turned out great.)
    I had a bit of a problem with the fizzies though…
    The first batch crumpled to powder as soon as I unmoulded them! With my second attempt, I spayed a lot more witch hazel, WAY more than the 5-7 sprays recommended in your tutorial. They unmoulded fine, and I left them out overnight. The smaller one which were moulded in a silicone tray are ok, few cracks here and there but solid. The bigger one have just fallen apart! The only thing I did differently to the tutorial was to add a few lavender buds and purple mica to the mixture. Could this have affected the result of the fizzies, and why only the bigger ones?! Any tips would be much appreciated! Thanking you in advance!

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Michala!

      I’m glad you were able to try out this recipe!

      Witch hazel can be a little tricky to work with. Too little and the bath bombs may be too dry, and too much and it may still dry out the fizzies or cause them to react prematurely. How much witch hazel you need to use depends on a number of factors, including humidity and temperature.

      When your bath bomb mixture is fully incorporated, squeeze it together in your hand. If the mixture stays together, you don’t need to add any witch hazel! If it falls apart, spritz with witch hazel once or twice. Keep squeezing in your hand to see if it sticks together. That will help you get just the right amount. Hope that helps! :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      Witch hazel:

      • Summr says

        I’ve been wanting to make shower bombs for a while now and would like to try yours. Being my first attempt at any kind diy like this I’ve read a lot of recipes and reviews. I live in a very humid climate so am trying to anticipate problems with cracking, crumbling and fizzing before use. Thank you for your suggestion on preventing these mishaps. What I would like to understand before I begin is what purpose the witch hazel serves. (I assume what is used is not alcohol free?).


        • Kelsey says

          Hi Summr!

          Bath fizzies will perform differently in humid climates. If it’s really, really humid, the bath bombs can actually start to fizz in the bowl! If that’s the case, a dehumidifer or fan in your DIY room would help. Just don’t aim the fan directly at you, otherwise those powders can blow away!

          Witch hazel, which contains alcohol, is used as a wetting agent in bath bombs. If your climate is more dry, it may take several spritzes of witch hazel for the shower fizzies to clump together in your hand. In your climate, it may not take any! After you have the powder and essential oil mixed, give it a squeeze. You want the mixture to look like the photo above, where the powder is holding together. If not, spray the witch hazel a couple of times, mix and clump again.

          You can learn more about making bath fizzies here:

          While they dry, a fan or dehumidifier will help so they don’t start fizzing too early. :)

          -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

          Witch hazel:

          • Summr says

            Thanks kindly for your reply and links, Kelsey, much appreciated!

            My question regarding the Witch Hazel is partly an insatiable curiosity and a need to know how things work & why, but also because I use alcohol free Witch Hazel and didn’t know if it would work nor what it’s purpose is in place of water. Now I do!

            Thanks again!

          • Kelsey says

            You’re welcome Summr! If you’re a curious person, you’re in the right place. Making your own bath products is a lot of fun, and there are lots of ways you can customize them. :)

            -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  6. Yildiz says

    Does adding Calcium Sulfate (Plaster of Paris), which I see in some tutorials, help with a longer lasting shower fizzy? I saw you did not use it, so I wondered if it would really help making them last longer. If so, how much should one use?


    • Kelsey says

      Hi Yildiz!

      We haven’t used plaster of Paris, so I’m not sure! I would recommend doing a little research before using it in your shower fizzies, as it may not be safe to use in the shower. It may also react weirdly in your shower.

      A small test batch may be helpful. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      • Yildiz says

        Thanks Kelsey!

        I’ve seen a tutorial on Kitchen Chemistry were they were making shower fizzies with this plaster of Paris, saying that they will last longer in the shower. Since I’m not familiar with Kitchen Chemistry (from essential wholesale), I thought I would ask your experience with it.

        Thanks so far :-)

  7. Elaine says


    I have been wanting to make this recipe since I first saw it and now I finally have. I keep going back to the mold and they are exploding so I keep trying to pat them down. So I guess this means I used too much witch hazel? The problem was that nothing was sticking together when I was making it.

    Any ideas on how I can stop this from happening next time?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Elaine!

      Several factors can cause the bath fizzies to go off early, including a very humid environment or too much witch hazel.

      After you’ve made your fizzies, squeeze the mixture together in your hand. If it clumps together, no witch hazel is needed. If it doesn’t, spray once or twice and try again. You want to add just enough to make them stick together. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      Witch hazel:

  8. connie says

    how long should the shower fizzies last in a shower. One the size of an ice cube? They seem to work well but dissolved quickly. I loved them and will be making more but wanted to know if it was working correctly? Thanks for the advice.

  9. Maggy says

    Hi. Do I need to use a flexible mold for the shower fizzies like you do for soap, or can I use a new, metal mini muffin pan? The mini muffin size seems perfect. If I can use the muffin pan do I need to prepare the pan in any way so the fizzies will pop out before adding the fizzie ingredients? Thank you.

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Maggy!

      We didn’t use a metal pan, so I’m not entirely sure! I think it should be fine though. You may want to line it with wax or freezer paper to make sure they pop out. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Carly!

      A great way to store these is to wrap them in plastic wrap or put them in an air-tight container and keep them in a cool, dry place.

      We haven’t put them in the oven, so I’m not sure how they would react! You may want to try a small test batch to see. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      • Carly says

        I’m definitely going to try putting them in the oven for a bit to try and harden them up – leaving them out overnight right now would just cause them to melt instead of hardening! I’ll have to come back here and report what happens!

          • Kelsey says

            Hi Blair!

            Oh no! If you’re in a humid climate, those fizzies can start to react prematurely. It may help to store them in a cool, dry place, like a kitchen cabinet.

            A dehumidifer is also a great tool to have in your soaping or crafting room. :)

            -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Hana!

      If you don’t plan to use them right away, a great way to store them is wrapping them in plastic wrap or putting them in an air-tight container.

      If you live in a humid climate, they can morph or start to react prematurely. No fun!

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      • Cheryl says

        I have been following the directions to a T and since I have been packing them in the molds I am only able to get 4 out of the mixture but I am really having a hard time getting them out. What am I doing wrong?

        • Kelsey says

          Hi Cheryl!

          How long are you waiting before attempting to unmold your fizzies? We let them sit out overnight. If they’re still not wanting to come out, they may just need a bit more time to set up.

          It also helps to break the air lock in the mold. To do that, pull gently at the sides of the mold cavities. Then, flip the mold upside down and apply pressure with the palm of your hand or your thumbs. That should help the fizzies pop out. :)

          -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  10. Alyssa says

    These look great! I’m wondering if you could give suggestions for an essential oil or blend of separate oils to use for these fizzies when one is congested or has a cold? Maybe Eucalyptus? Mint? Both? What would you suggest?

  11. Trisha Noble says

    Great idea! I learned bath fizzies a few weeks ago and yes indeed witch hazel (if you use too much) and make them premature fizz. So no matter how often you stuff them back into your molds a huge marshmallow will still form afterward. (but you can still use them in the bath).

    Shower fizzies make so much sense!!! I love it! Thank you for another great idea!

    • Kelsey says

      Hi Trisha!

      I’m so glad you like this recipe! :)

      Witch Hazel is a better binding agent than water, but you’re right – too much will cause those fizzies to react!

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      • Vickie Wade says

        Hi I had a problem with the shower fizzies. They expanded twice the size (mushroomed out) and did not set to remove from the mold.
        Any suggestions as to what went wrong?
        I used distilled water to spritz not witchhazel.


        • Kelsey says

          Hi Vickie!

          If you use distilled water, it can cause your bath fizzies to go off prematurely. No fun!

          I would recommend using witch hazel. It binds them better and has less chance of causing an early reaction.

          To help your bath fizzies stick together, squeeze the mixture in your hand. If it clumps together, you don’t need to add any witch hazel. If it doesn’t, apply a couple sprays of witch hazel until it does. Spraying too much witch hazel can make these fizzies react, so just do a couple sprays at a time. :)

          -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

          Witch hazel:

  12. ML says

    I made these for my DH, he has allergies and sometimes just cannot breathe. So a hot shower with one of these does help. But I must remind him he forgets even if he is suffering badly.
    I did not make the lavender ones yet, but I hope to.

  13. Toni says

    I love the essential oil blends that have been posted lately. I love to use them, but I don’t know how to blend very well and do not want to waste them. I can’t wait to try these as I also love making bath bombs but have no tub to use them in in and usually give them away.

  14. Jessica says

    I’m really excited about these! I have tossed sad/ugly bathbombs on the floor of my shower in the past, but the scent didn’t quite do it for me. But this is the perfect solution to wanting a relaxing experience, but not wanting or being able to take a bath. Hooray! Can’t wait to try them

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