Lavender Shower Melts – DIY Stress Relief

Let the relaxing smell of lavender start your day or help you calm down in the evenings with these DIY Lavender Shower Melts. Lavender has been used for centuries for its soothing properties and is a natural stress-reliever. Simply add one of these melts with their calming scent and natural ingredients to your shower for a thoroughly enjoyable aromatic experience. Not only are these shower melts a great way to pamper yourself, but they make great homemade gifts for Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day or anytime you want to show you care.

Making these shower melts is super easy using Epsom salts, lavender essential oil, dried lavender flowers, baking soda, and a couple of other ingredients. I’ll show you how! Let’s get to it.

heart-shaped lavender shower melts on a light background

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What are shower melts?

Shower melts are an alternative to the popular bath bombs. Not everyone has time for a shower each evening and some don’t have a bathtub. Don’t fret. You can enjoy the aromatic benefits of bath bombs by using shower melts. The essential oils in the shower melts will fill the air as you shower. For example, if you use lavender, you will benefit from the relaxing aromatic properties of the oil as the shower melt dissolves.

What do shower melts do?

Shower melts are meant to allow you to enjoy the beneficial properties of essential oils while you shower. The melts will slowly dissolve when placed at the outer edge of the shower. These are wonderful to make with eucalyptus oil and use whenever you are congested. The scent of the oil will help shrink nasal passages allowing you to breathe more easily.

lavender shower melts on a light green background

Aromatic benefits of lavender essential oil

There are many benefits of lavender essential oil when used aromatically:

  • Stress relief – relax after a head day at work by adding one of the shower melts to your evening shower routine.
  • Better sleep – if you’re having trouble sleeping, lavender oil can help you relax, allowing you to fall asleep faster.
  • Reduced anxiety – those suffering from anxiety can benefit from the aromatic properties of lavender oil.
  • Headache and migraine relief – lavender oil reduces tension allowing for relief from headaches and migraines.

How to Make Lavender Shower Melts

Ready to make these lovely-smelling lavender shower melts for yourself? Here’s what you’ll need.

materials for the lavender shower melts - heart mold, lavender essential oil, baking soda, epsom salts, and soap colorant

Ingredients for Lavender Shower Melts

Makes 10 melts if using the same mold

process of making the lavender shower melts, steps 1 and 2
process of making the lavender shower melts, steps 3-4

Directions for Lavender Shower Melts

  1. Combine the baking soda and epsom salts. Stir very well, making sure to get rid of any lumps that may have formed in the baking soda.
  2. Add the lavender flowers and stir into baking soda/epsom salts mixture.
  3. Mix 1-2 drops soap colorant in water.
  4. Add essential oils, then add water mixture and stir well. You should have a somewhat pasty mixture that will form into a ball or shape well.
  5. Spoon mixture into silicone heart mold, pressing firmly to fill the entire mold.
  6. Let set 24-48 hours to set.
  7. To remove from mold, flip mold over and press out of mold. They should come out fairly easily.
  8. Store in an airtight container and put one in the bottom of the shower close to the drain calming and relaxation.
ingredients for the shower melts in the heart-shaped mold

How do shower melts work?

Shower melts dissolve in the steam from the shower. As they dissolve, the essential oils inside are released and fill the air.

Where do you put shower melts?

When using shower melts, you want to make sure not to place them in the direct flow of the water. This will cause them to dissolve too quickly. Instead, place them around the outer edges so that the steam dissolves them slowly. When storing, you want to make sure to store in airtight containers to prevent moisture from getting inside.

lavender melts for the shower

Can you use shower melts in the bath?

It is not good to use shower melts as bath bombs because the amount of essential oils in shower melts is much greater. Also, the other ingredients are often in different quantities causing the shower melts to react differently than bath bombs.

Why are my shower melts crumbling?

This is sort of complicated. If you find that your shower melts crumble as you remove them from their mold, they may not be dry enough. If you live in a humid environment, it may take a while for this to happen. Another reason is that the mixture may not have been wet enough when you made it. Pay close attention to the ingredients and add the proper amount. Also make sure to follow directions closely.

How to Keep Shower Melts from Crumbling?

Make sure to store in an airtight container. If you leave these out on a counter in your bathroom, they will fall apart due to the humidity in the room.

How long do shower melts last?

When stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place, these should last up to 6 months.

How do you store shower melts?

Shower melts should be stored in an airtight container. Storing in a cool, dry, dark cabinet will help prolong their shelf life.

heart-shaped shower melts made with Epsom salts, lavender essential oil, dried lavender, etc.
Yield: 12 shower melts

Lavender Shower Melts

Lavender Shower Melts

Learn how to make lavender shower melts with only a few ingredients and in less than an hour. These melts will help you relax during your morning or evening showers, plus they also make great gifts!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 days
Total Time 2 days 15 minutes

Materials

  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 40-50 drops Lavender essential oil
  • 1 tablespoons dried lavender flowers
  • 1-2 drops lavender soap colorant

Tools

  • Mini Silicone Heart Mold (Michael’s craft store) or similar

Instructions

  1. Combine the baking soda and Epsom salts. Stir very well, making sure to get rid of any lumps that may have formed in the baking soda.
  2. Add the lavender flowers and stir into baking soda/Epsom salts mixture.
  3. Mix 1-2 drops of soap colorant in water.
  4. Add essential oils, then add water mixture and stir well. You should have a somewhat pasty mixture that will form into a ball or shape well.
  5. Spoon mixture into silicone heart mold, pressing firmly to fill the entire mold.
  6. Let set 24-48 hours to set.
  7. To remove from mold, flip mold over and press out of the mold. They should come out fairly easily.
  8. Store in an airtight container and put one in the bottom of the shower close to the drain for calming and relaxation.

Looking for more shower melts to try? Our Eucalyptus Shower Melts are perfect for cold and flu season!

eucalyptus shower melts on light blue and white background

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