We had a fun ladies evening learning about ingredients in store bought shower melts and venturing into making our own.
As we were discussing the ingredients in a store bought shower melt, I was appalled to learn that some of the ingredients are linked to serious diseases. It begs the question, why on earth would a company choose to willingly put ingredients like this into our skincare and beauty items. It also begs the question, why are we allowing them to?
There is something comforting in knowing that we can control the ingredients going into our recipes when making our own. There is something freeing and empowering in choosing better for our bodies instead of accepting what is available to us on the market.
As we were walking through the list of harmful ingredients we paused to think of what we had used in our homemade shower melts. Simple ingredients, available to us from our very own kitchen! Items that we can use in our cooking, meaning it’s safe to ingest and consume. This is comforting! This is knowing that what we are putting into our bodies is safe, hellooooo even edible!
So last night’s recipe consisted of cornstarch and essential oils. 2 simple ingredients. SIMPLE!
I’m going to share this recipe with you plus another one that I really like. You get to choose which one to try, or maybe you’ll be like me and decide to try them both. Enjoy!
Shower Melts Recipe No. 1
- 1 cup cornstarch
- a Tablespoon
- mixing bowl
- bowl of water
- essential oils of choice (we used 5 drops citrus and 3 drops peppermint)
- mold (we used cupcake liners and a muffin pan)
- Place cornstarch into a mixing bowl.
- Slowly begin adding a tablespoon of water at a time into the cornstarch, working through with your fingers.
- Continue adding the water until you have a consistency that is similar to wet sand and will hold together. Wet sand is not the same thing as mud, lol. Aim for a a damp consistency that will hold when squeezed.
- Add in essential oils of choice and work through with fingers to disperse among the cornstarch.
- Firmly pack into your molds.
- Leave to sit overnight to dry. (Process can be sped up by placing in the freezer for an hour)
- Remove from molds and store in an airtight container
Shower Melts Recipe No. 2
- 1 1/2 cups baking soda
- 1/2 cup cornstarch
- 1/3 -1/2 cup water
- 15 drops essential oil of choice (in this recipe I used Rosemary)
- 15 drops essential oil of choice (I chose Lavender)
- 15 drops essential oil of choice (I used Peppermint)
- Mixing bowl
- Molds or Muffin Tin (makes 12 if using muffin pan)
- Cupcake liners if using muffin tin
Note: You can switch up this recipe to use 30 drops of one essential oil and 15 of another if you’d like. The beauty is that you can use any essential oil you desire to achieve the aroma of your choice.
- In your mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
- Begin with 1/3 cup water and work it through the dry ingredients with your fingers, aiming for a damp feel that will hold when squeezed together. You may add a little more water if needed but be careful not to over-saturate your mix.
- Add in the essential oils, again working it through with your fingers.
- Pack firmly into the molds.
- Let sit to dry overnight. (You can speed up the process by placing in the freezer for an hour).
- Remove from molds and store in an airtight container in the bathroom.
Using Your Shower Melts
Simply remove from their wrapper (if you used cupcake liners). Place 2 melts on the floor of your shower and as the water runs over it, the aroma of the essential oils will rise up and into your nasal passages.
You can use cute little soap racks/tray like this one to place on the shower floor. It can help the shower melts to linger a little longer without the shower water dissolving them from both the top and the bottom due to standing water waiting to drain. This is a cute and clever idea!
Which Essential Oils Do I Use?
The fun part is that depending on which essential oils you decide to use, they can be soothing to the respiratory system, calming to the soul, balancing to the emotions, uplifting for a morning pick-me-up, even calming before bedtime. But YOU get to choose!
Here are a few of my favorites:
Calming: *Lavender, *Stress Away, *Frankincense
Uplifting: *Citrus essential oils, *Peppermint
Immune Supporting: *Thieves, Frankincense, *Copaiba
Respiratory Supporting: Eucalyptus, R.C., *Raven, *Peppermint, Rosemary, Lavender
Emotional Balance: Harmony, Release, Stress Away, Joy, Citrus essential oils
Have Fun Creating!
*Essential oils included in Young Living’s Premium Starter Kit. Get started on your essential oil adventure and have fun making many different variations of shower melts with an assortment of essential oils. Come see what our Premium Starter Kit is all about!