How to Make Citrus Shower Steamers

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I love aromatherapy to help me wake up in the morning. Learn how to make the best shower steamers recipe with natural ingredients in our easy tutorial. 

Overhead view of yellow flower shaped citrus steamers

Waking up to a refreshing shower is great, but it’s even better with these DIY citrus shower steamers. The uplifting aroma helps me perk up a little more quickly and makes me feel happy.

While I used grapefruit, lemon, orange and peppermint essential oils in this batch, you can substitute other oils for your shower melts too!

Here are some of my other favorite options:

  1. Peppermint, Lavender, Lemon
  2. Lavender, Eucalyptus, Peppermint
  3. Lavender, Orange
  4. Eucalyptus, Lemon
  5. Peppermint, Rosemary
  6. Lavender, Chamomile

For more ideas, grab my free guide to choosing the right essential oils for your homemade beauty products – totally based on your skin type and preferences!

Like citrus? Check out these recipes for Lemon Drop Foot Scrub and Honey Lemon Face Mask.

DIY flower shaped citrus shower steamers

Citrus Shower Steamers Tutorial

Learn how to make citrus shower steamers with natural ingredients.
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Active Time: 15 minutes
Freezer Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 15 minutes
Makes: 24


  • 1 cup baking soda
  • ½ cup citric acid
  • ½ cup cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water - plus 6 teaspoons
  • Yellow soap colorant
  • 10 drops lemon essential oil
  • 10 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 10 drops orange essential oil
  • 4 drops peppermint essential oil


  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Silicone mold


  • Add the baking soda, citric acid and cornstarch to a glass or metal mixing bowl. Whisk until all of the powders are well combined.
    Dry ingredients for shower steamers added to a glass mixing bowl with a whisk
  • Next, add the essential oils and stir well to incorporate, making sure to break up any small clumps.
    Essential oils added to the dry mixture in the glass bowl
  • Add the water and yellow soap colorant to a small mixing bowl, then stir to evenly distribute the color.
    Water and yellow food coloring mixed, then poured into the dry ingredients for shower steamers
  • Sprinkle the water, 1 teaspoon at a time, over the mixture to slightly dampen it. Stir well to distribute the yellow color.
    Dry shower steamer mixture dyed yellow then added to a glass bowl
  • Transfer to the flower treat mold, pressing down firmly. I like to have a baking sheet or cutting board until silicone molds to make them easier to move around.
    Shower steamer mixture packed into silicone mold
  • After all of the cavities are full, place the silicone mold in the freezer for 2 hours. Gently pop each citrus shower steamer out of its mold and store in an airtight container.
    Citrus shower steamers in a white bowl on a table


How To Use Shower Steamers

Place 1-2 citrus shower steamers into the corner of your shower, away from the water. The steam will activate the invigorating citrus vapors.

Free DIY Beauty Products Guide

How to choose the right essential oils for your homemade beauty products.

Open mason jar of pink peppermint body butter on pink and white background.

2 thoughts on “How to Make Citrus Shower Steamers”

  1. I’m really curious about these because I recently discovered this is something you can buy but I want to choose my own scents. Why do they need to be frozen? Do they have to be stored in the freezer? The ones I’ve seen are dry and very compact so they last for 2 showers. I am curious if these could be made to be more like the ones you can purchase. I would appreciate some feedback on this. Thanks

    1. You freeze them to help them dry and cure. They don’t need to be stored in the freezer. I’d need to see which shower melts you’re looking at to be able to see how they might differ from my homemade ones.

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