Relax after a chaotic day with homemade lavender shower soothers. They make the perfect gift for friends, family, and yourself!
I’ve gone a little crazy with the homemade bath products lately, but I couldn’t help but share one more recipe for lavender shower soothers to help you relax after a stressful day.
Chaotic days are rare in my perfect home, but it never hurts to be prepared. :: insert sarcastic font ::
Baking Soda or Corn Starch?
These are the same base recipe as the energizing aromatherapy shower steamers, using corn starch as one of the main ingredients. I’ve also made a similar eucalyptus shower melts recipe using baking soda.
Both baking soda and cornstarch work well, but there were some small differences I noticed:
- Baking soda shower melts turned out more like a hard soap consistency while the cornstarch was more powdering and easier to crumble
- Cornstarch was more temperamental to work with – there was a fine line between not enough water and too much water
- If you are adding a colorant, the baking soda mix blended the color better than the cornstarch
Overall, I’d still use either recipe without concern, but if I had the choice I’d go with baking soda just for its ease of use.
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One heck of a relaxing combination
Lavender is the star of the show when it comes to relaxing scents due to its sleep-inducing and anxiety-relieving effects. Combine it with cedarwood essential oil, which has sedative and tension-relieving properties, and you’ve got one heck of a relaxing combination. You can read more about the benefits of lavender here and the benefits of cedarwood here.
Lavender Shower Soothers
- 1 cup cornstarch (can substitute for baking soda)
- 2-5 tablespoons water (as needed)
- 10 drops lavender essential oil
- 10 drops cedarwood essential oil
- Soap colorant (optional)
- Silicone mold (this one is similar to what I used)
Add cornstarch to a glass or metal bowl.
Slowly mix water with cornstarch one tablespoon at a time until you reach a thick paste consistency. You may not need 5 full tablespoons. If you add too much water the mixture will become a weird slime consistency—just add a little more cornstarch until it is a paste. The below image is what it will start to look like as you are adding the water.
Add your essential oil and soap colorant if using and mix well. I’ve used food coloring in the past without any issues, but you can get soap colorant for a reasonable price at places like Hobby Lobby or Amazon.
Press your mixture firmly into your mold and put it in the freezer to dry. This is the flower design of the mold I used, but they are bigger than mine. My mold had 3 across and they were about golf ball size.
After about an hour, your shower soothers are ready to use.
How to store and use lavender shower soothers
Store them in a dry, airtight container for 1-2 months. I stored mine in a glass container that wasn’t as airtight as I thought it would be and they did start to get soft. If this happens, you can store them in the freezer.
When you’re ready to use your lavender shower soothers, toss them into the bottom of your shower and inhale the relaxing scent. It will melt down really quickly as the water hits it, so to make it last a little longer I usually will put it on a ledge or corner of the tub where it’s not directly under the shower head.
If you are having a hard time smelling the essential oils you can also hold the shower soother in your hands as it melts. Just huff it right from the palm of your hands for maximum impact.
You can also add more essential oil to your shower soothers if they don’t end up being a strong enough scent. Just drop a couple drops right on the disk before you put it in the shower.
Lavender shower soothers are great if you are looking for homemade gift ideas. You can give them as a hostess gift for holiday parties, pair them with some slippers and sugar scrub for a teachers gift, or keep them for yourself to wind down after a crazy day…that I can’t relate to at all.
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