Homemade Aromatherapy Fizzy Shower Tablets – and a printable!
Today, I continued my foray into healthy DIY living with fizzy shower tablets.
On a whim, several weeks ago I purchased all the goodies to make fizzy bath bombs and fizzy
bath salts. I had been taking LOTS of aromatherapy baths and decided it was no longer sustainable to keep buying the goodies, especially when I have a gazillion essential oils. So I loaded up my cart with Citric Acid and Dried Lavender Flowers from Frontier. I have a thing with buying in bulk. It may be a serious problem, but I have a hard time not buying things I’ll use in larger, cheaper quantities. There’s a reason Costco is my favorite store in the whole wide world.
Fast forward to today. I was searching for the perfect gift for a friend who has everything. Something I could make. Fizzy bath bombs were out since she uses her hot tub instead of a bath. But everyone takes showers, right? I remembered finding an awesome post on the Happy Hippy Homemaker about shower steamers. BINGO!
I followed her recipe to the letter, almost. I have included the full recipe below.
I decided I wanted my fizzy shower tablets to all include lavender, since it’s my favorite scent. And since I have it. A lot of it. A pound of lavender is enormous. So I added about 1/2 cup of lavender flowers to the mix. I also wanted it to have color so added some food coloring… I’ll explain later why this was a mistake. Learn from it.
For a mold, I used repurposed K-cups and a mini muffin pan. I was so proud of myself for upcycling those little non-recyclable plastic coffee holders. However, I found that they held TOO much of the ingredients and there wasn’t enough surface area for the fizzy shower tablets to fully disintegrate in the shower. The mini muffin tray, however, was the perfect solution and size. They fit nicely into a one-pint mason jar, and are the perfect size to fizz away in the shower.
A note on coloring the tablets. Don’t. They bleed the color right into the shower drain, which is a waste of good good liquid watercolor or food coloring. Secondly, it’s disturbing to watch your shower fizzy bleed purple fluid while you’re in the middle of an otherwise relaxing shower. Coloring agent aside, it was a wild success!
My blend for a relaxing shower: 3 drops lavender, 1 drop tea tree oil, 2 drops citrus blessing blend! Add them just before taking the shower or before placing in a jar for optimal scent during your shower.
Recipe for Fizzy Shower Tablets
Recipe adapted from Happy Hippy Homemaker:
2 cups baking soda
1 cup citric acid
1 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
1/2 cup dried lavender or chamomile flowers (optional)
3-5 tbsp water.
Note: If you wish to recreate my coloring attempt, add a few drops to the water before you add it a few drops at a time. Follow Happy Hippy Homemaker’s instructions on the appropriate texture. Enjoy.
Download the printable here. The smaller circle fits the metal center of the top of standard mason jar lids. The larger one fits over fabric on the top below the metal rim.