DIY Shower Steamers

I've used this DIY tutorial to make all kinds of gifts, most recently for Christmas ornament exchanges.  But this would be the perfect gift for your high school grad heading to college or birthday girl or boy.

Now you may be asking yourself, what is a shower steamer? Shower steamers, or shower melts, are not to be confused with bath bombs. They have similar ingredients, but shower steamers are placed at the bottom of your shower out of the direct water stream for an aroma therapy experience.

1. Baking Soda 2. Citric Acid 3. Essential Oils  4. Witch Hazel 5. Clear Ornaments – the fillable, 2 halves 

You Will Need:

I like these ornaments that split in half like these:

Start by adding 2 cups of baking soda to a glass bowl.

Then add 1 cup of citric acid and mix with a wisk, breaking up any clumps that you find.

For the next step, you will want to put on surgical gloves. Add 40 drops of each essential oil.

Add witch hazel to a spray bottle and CAREFULLY wet the mixture by starting with 20 spritzes. Then work the witch hazel in to the mixture. Repeat until the mixture is the consistency of wet sand.

You can tell if you add too much moisture, because the mixture starts foaming.

Take it slow, and mix in between groups of 20 spritzes. It is still just a bit too dry in this image, so I added about 20 more spritzes of witch hazel.

Once you have your ornaments filled, let them dry overnight.

Make sure to clear the edge on the bottom half. It’s the edge where the other ornament half locks in.

To keep the halves from sticking together, I used freezer paper.

Assemble to ornaments and wrap ribbon around them to keep them from opening. They're ready to gift!

These are easy, quick, and inexpensive plus you can personalize them for each person you're giving them to.

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