13 July 2018

DIY Wake Up Shower Melts Recipe

Start your morning off right with these shower melts with a blend of essential oils to wake you up.

Mornings are rough, amiright?  I've been using my Awake essential oil blend in my diffuser to get myself and my kids alert in the mornings.  It works, but I've been trying to work from my office this summer to get some more work done.

Why is it that I can more done in an hour in my office than I do all day at home with my kids?  But I digress...

So I made these wake up shower melts to use in the morning instead.  They use a blend of essential oils that are said to help you wake up. 

Steam baths have been used in many different cultures all over the world.  Today, they are easy to do right at home with your shower.  

If you're not a bath person, these shower melts, also called shower fizzies, work in a similar way.  The hot water creates steam, and the melts give off essential oils as they dissolve to fill your shower with with aromatherapy vapors.

Think of them as a bath bomb for your shower.  


For the dry ingredients, I used baking soda, citric acid, and arrowroot powder.  Baking soda and arrowroot are both inexpensive, so they are used for the bulk of the recipe.

Some people use cornstarch, and you can, too.  I prefer arrowroot because it's not made from GMOs.  Corn is usually genetically modified, so I prefer to use arrowroot for cornstarch.  

Citric acid is what fizzes in the water.  It will start to fizz as soon as you add the water to the dry ingredients.  The fizziness (that's a word now) isn't necessary for the recipe.  You can make this shower melt recipe without citric acid.  Just use baking soda in place of the citric acid.  You might need to add more water and let it dry longer.


There are several essential oils that you can use to make these DIY wake up shower melts.  Lemon essential oil and other citrus essential oils can help increase serotonin levels in your brain to boost your mood.

Peppermint essential oil can help you stay alert and better able to concentrate.  Blends with these two essential oils would be great choices for this.

I used the Crafty Bubbles Awake essential oil blend, which has both peppermint and lemon along with several other oils that can help you wake up.  .  

It's a blend of:
  • Peppermint 
  • Spearmint
  • Lemon
  • Rosemary
  • Ginger
  • Clove
  • Grapefruit
  • Lemon eucalyptus
  • Tea tree
  • Sweet fennel
  • Myrhh
  • Tangerine

You could also use one of the following blends:
  • Rosemary, peppermint, marjoram
  • Grapefruit and basil
  • Orange and nutmeg
  • Black pepper and frankincense
I used my Nerdy Nummies gemstone mold because it gives me just the right size shower melts.  

You can use any mold, but I wouldn't use a large mold because the melt won't dissolve before you're done with your shower.  I do recommend using a silicone mold because it makes it easier to unmold these.

These look similar to bath bombs, and they work like bath bombs, but they shouldn't be used as one.  The recipe is almost the same as a bath bomb except these have more essential oils in them.  You'll be using way too much essential oil with this recipe, so just use it for the shower where you're not soaking in it.  




Mix the baking soda, citric acid, and arrowroot powder in a bowl.  Use the back of the spoon to squish any lumps in the baking soda and arrowroot powder.  Make a well in the center.


Add the essential oils and food coloring.  Try to get the drops all over and not just in one spot.  Slowly drizzle the tablespoon of water while you stir.  It will start to fizz as you add the water.  Just keep stirring.


Add water until it holds its shape when you handle it.  You might not need the entire tablespoon of water, or you might need a little bit more.  The humidity in the air can affect how much water you need, so you'll need to adjust accordingly.


Pack it into your silicone mold.  Let sit until dry, about 24 hours.

It will start expanding as it sits.  Just keep pressing it down every 15 minutes or so for the first hour or two.  I just pressed it down each time I walked by as I was cleaning the house.  If it expands, it will still work.  It just won't be as pretty.  

To use, place run the shower fizzy under the water just to get it wet.  Then set it in the corner of the shower where the water won't spray on it as much and let it fizz.  It will slowly release the essential oils.

Be careful after using because it could make your tub slippery.  Use common sense and a shower mat to avoid falls.  

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These DIY wake up shower melts are made with essential oils to get you awake and alert in the morning.

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Cari Dunn
Cari Dunn

Cari lives on a small farm in Ohio with her husband, three kids, two dogs, two cats, five goats, several chickens, and homing pigeons. She loves Gilmore Girls, coffee, and her kids. Not in that order.