Aromatherapy Shower Fizzies

  • Difficulty:beginner
  • Time:20 minutes
  • Yields:Six 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
Droppers
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?

65 Responses to “Aromatherapy Shower Fizzies”

  1. 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

  2. Martina says:

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  3. vanessa onwughalu says:

    omg! Wil def be trying this x

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi ML!

      That’s great to hear! It’s amazing what essential oils can do. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      • Alexandra says:

        ML try making them with Eucalyptus it helps a lot for the breathing and people with asthma, we have breathing problems in our home (sinuses & asthma) and eucalyptus does wonders ;)

    • cathy says:

      I have been making these for some time- they are awesome! There is a sinus blend that got me though this spring- 1.5 ml eucalyptus 1.5 ml peppermint (2nd dist) and .5 ml tea tree.

      All these are great for allergies and such <3

  6. Barb says:

    What eo would I use to alleviate symptoms of a cold? Eucalyptus? Would I combine that with something? This is a really nice idea!

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Barb!

      Eucalyptus Essential Oil can help clear your sinuses, so it may help with cold symptoms. :)

      You may like it paired with Anise Essential Oil, which can help with colds and coughs.

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      Eucalyptus Essential Oil: http://www.brambleberry.com/Eucalyptus-Essential-Oil-P3818.aspx
      Anise Essential Oil: http://www.brambleberry.com/Anise-Essential-Oil-P3829.aspx

      • Cheryl says:

        What would the mixing be with the Eucalyptus Essential Oil and the Anise Essential Oil? I am just starting to use EO and at the price alot of them are I dont want to mess anything up? Alot of people in my family get the flu and stuff that goes around and I would like to make these to help them out.

        Thanks

        • Kelsey says:

          Hi Cheryl!

          That depends on your preference! If you like more Anise Essential Oil, you can add more, or vise versa with the Eucalyptus.

          It may be helpful to start off with equal amounts of both essential oil and giving it a sniff. Then you can adjust the amounts from there.

          It’s also important to know that while these essential oils are thought to help clear sinuses, they have not been tested for their effectiveness in treating or curing colds. In order for something to be considered a “cold medicine,” it has to be tested by the FDA. I’ll include more about that below. :)

          -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

          Etsy Updates Policies on Cosmetic Making Claims: http://www.soapqueen.com/business/etsy-updates-policies-on-cosmetics-making-drug-claims/

  7. 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.

        Cheers
        Vickie

        • 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: http://www.brambleberry.com/Witch-Hazel-P4212.aspx

  8. 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?

  9. Michelle says:

    These look wonderful thanks.

  10. Cindi says:

    How many fizzes does this make?

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Cindi!

      This makes six shower fizzies. :)

      -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

  11. Barb says:

    It is early where I am so maybe I am missing this… but how much baking soda is used as I see you need it in the directions, but don’t see how much in the recipe??

  12. Hana S says:

    How do we store these? Is there the same danger of them ‘losing’ their fizz as bath bombs have? Thanks!

    • 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

  13. Marcy says:

    Can u make them different colors?

  14. Carly says:

    I want to make a bunch of these, but it’s so humid here I’m afraid leaving them out will just make them melt. Can I put them in an oven on warm to dry/harden instead?

    • 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!

  15. Vicki says:

    Will very small amounts of dry colorants such as micas, oxides, or even clays or paprika work in these shower fizzies?

  16. 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

  17. Lena says:

    Hi, how much fragrance oil can I use in these? Is it the same rate as EOs?

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Lena!

      That is correct – just substitute the same rate of fragrance oils for the essential oils. :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

      • Lena says:

        Thank you, Kelsey! My husband kinda ruined my excitement today when I said, Imagine shower fizzie smelling like our fav coffee FO! He said, Why would I want a coffee shower fizzie if I want to smell my citrus soap…

        • Kelsey says:

          Hi Lena!

          I would love a shower filled with the smell of coffee! It’d perk you up right away. :)

          -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

        • Sarah J says:

          I have seen one entry on Etsy that says put them in as you’re about to get in, so the bath room & shower have the scent before you get out the soap/shampoo. Do that and you could have the coffee first, then the citrus! :)

  18. Sarah J says:

    Love this!! Works much better than my previous attempts. I LOVE this mold too.

  19. 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.

    • Kelsey says:

      Hi Connie!

      These fizzies are designed to dissolve fairly quickly so that scent can fill your shower immediately. It sounds like you did everything just right! :)

      -Kelsey with Bramble Berry

  20. Elaine says:

    Hi!

    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: http://www.brambleberry.com/Witch-Hazel-P4212.aspx

  21. 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?

    Thanks!

    • 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 :-)

  22. Cindi Fairchild says:

    Can you tell me how many drops of each essential oil you use per shower fizzie?

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