Ok. Grab all the baking soda. I think what you heard me say is grab some baking soda from your kitchen but what I meant was…grab ALL the baking soda that you have. Then go to the grocery store & fill up a cart with more baking soda because these shower steamers are UH-mazing & you’re going to want to make a bunch for yourself when you’re done with the Christmas list. I’m in touch with my inner Ron Swanson…go big or go home.
I’ve been saying this a lot these days but…this DIY is so dang easy. And it’s such a nice item to have on hand. Not technically qualified as a necessity but it should be. Whether you’re under the weather or just want to enjoy a relaxing, steamy shower–this DIY is for you.
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WHAT YOU NEED
Like I said, all the baking soda. But we’ll just count for one batch–2 cups.
One bottle will get you pretty far–4 TBS for one batch.
I’m using Lemon & Lavender in this recipe which is a delightfully refreshing & vibrant scent. But other amazing blends include:
eucalyptus & peppermint
THIS is perfect for clearing the air & opening up a clogged nose. Plus, who doesn’t love these two?
ylang ylang (perfect on it’s own)
A deep, floral smell that promotes relaxation–it’s a taste of heaven, of that I’m certain.
orange & cinnamon
A warm, seasonal blend that puts you right in the mood for Christmas. You can also use some of that YL Christmas Spirit that expertly blends: orange, cinnamon, & black spruce.
rosemary & lemon
A clean, bright smell for early mornings.
peppermint & orange & lemon & lime
Need a kick in the pants this morning? Use this bright, citrus filled combo.
orange & lemongrass
A more unique pairing that helps you to find that much-needed energy, invigorating!
geranium & lemon & orange
I love this blend of bright floral & citrus–a girly sort of shower.
lemon & eucalyptus (or peppermint)
Because sometimes simple is truly best.
I’m a huge fan of Young Living-–you can read all about the benefits of EO & why I chose Young Living here.
This is completely optional but it does add a little somethin’ somethin’ to an otherwise ordinary white cube of baking soda. I purchased this box from Amazon which came with four large bags of florals that I’ve been able to utilize in a bunch of different projects.
I used this one from Amazon which came with two molds = two batches. You definitely want something bendy like silicone to pop the steamers out without crushing them.
WHAT TO DO
But first another few shots of the rose buds because they’re just so preetttty.
Ok, let’s get down to business *to defeat the huns*.
To make one batch (one container’s worth), measure out TWO cups of baking soda.
And then 4 tablespoons of Witch Hazel.
I made a blend of lemon & lavender on this batch.
Basically, my kitchen has smelled heavenly for a week.
We’re just going to ignore the fact that Lemon EO looks like yellow snow here.
I used about 10-12 drops altogether…but go off of the smell. This is one instance where it’s ok to follow your heart. 😉
When you’re ready to throw one in the shower, you can add another drop or two of oil to increase the potency.
Stir, stir, stir.
I used a spoon to get all of the clumps out.
You want it just wet enough to be able to mold it. Try squeezing some in your hand–if it crumbles apart, add more witch hazel. If it’s liquid, add more baking soda. It should look somethin’ like the picture below.
Then smear the mixture into your mold.
There isn’t any nice way of doing this.
Then I used a tart shaper (that I just so happened to have on hand & that just so happened to be the perfect size) to press the mixture into the mold–making it really compact.
You want it to dry into a solid form so this is important, whether you use a tart shaper or your fingers.
Then I wanted to be fancy schmancy, so I filled up all of those little tart sized pockets with dried lavender.
Then tamp that lavender down with the tart shaper so that it “becomes one” with the steamer concoction.
There will be lavender that doesn’t stick & falls off later on.
It’s ok, lavender.
You did your best.
I still love you just the same.
*Cue a bunch of pictures of lavender because it’s also…just so pretty*
Now comes the waiting part.
I let mine sit out for the weekend to make sure that it really dried through the middles. This specific mold was a little on the deep side so I didn’t want to take any chances. I’ve also seen recipes where they’ve thrown the mixture in a tin & into the oven. Which isn’t a shabby idea. That would really ensure appropriate evaporation in a timely manner.
Next time…next time.
When it’s all dried out & smelling fantastic, push on the bottom of your mold to sort of “pop” the steamers out.
Sometimes you can grab it with a pair of tongs but honestly, ain’t nobody got time for that.
So just turn it over…carefully.
And let gravity do the work.
How neat is that!
And just trust me on this…you want this smell in your life.
Then toss them…I mean, not like a fast pitch more like a gentle caress…into a cute container.
Again, I used the mason jar option. Because I have a thousand of them & it just makes sense.
Snap a few dramatic jar pictures to document a DIY project gone right.
Turns out I had a few cubes that didn’t dry quite enough & crumbled in the final step so I decided to copyright “deconstructed bath steamers.” And tossed the crumbly remains into a mason jar to scoop out later on.
I mean, it’s practically the same thing right?
I may end up liking that even more.
To use the steamers, simply place one on your shower floor near the drain when you’re about to hop in. When the steamer starts to get wet & melt, it will naturally diffuse the oils with the steam in your shower.
It certainly takes the bathing experience to a whole other level, if you ask me.
So much smelly goodness.
And even MORE smelly goodness coming your way tomorrow.
My nose is going to think that it’s died & gone to heaven.
Until tomorrow. xx