A while back, I posted my bath bomb recipe. If you read it, you know I’m not a bath person. Well, it turns out lots of you aren’t either! I got several questions about an equivalent “shower bomb.” The idea is the same, really. Call them what you want, but I like the name “shower melts.”
In any case, you just drop one on the bottom of your shower, just at the edge of the water. As you shower, the melt will slowly dissolve, providing the same benefits of bath bombs–essential oils for relaxing, energizing, or whatever benefit you’d like; and a great aroma. They also can of course be used as bath bombs; they’re just smaller than your typical bath bomb.
I make these in a great silicone mold (see the picture below) that I also use to make my dishwasher detergent tabs. The nice thing about this mold vs. the steel molds used for bath bombs is that the release is perfect! No fighting to get them out. If you need a mold, I highly recommend this one from Amazon.
The recipe I use for these is the same as my bath bomb recipe. I highly recommend the use of a digital scale to measure the dry ingredients, but I’ve also provided approximate measurements if you don’t have one.
- 2 ounces baking soda (approx. 1/4 cup)
- 1 ounces citric acid (approx. 2 tbsp.)
- 1 ounces salt of choice (approx. 2 tbsp.)
- 1 ounces arrowroot flour (approx. 1/4 cup)
- 1/8 tsp mineral mica powder color of choice (or more if you want the colors to be more vibrant; can also be omitted for plain white melts)
- Place a medium plastic bowl on your digital scale, and zero it out.
- Add the dry ingredients, watching the weight as you go.
- When all dry ingredients are in the bowl, remove it from the scale, and stir the ingredients together; I just use my hands. Be sure to break up any clumps with your fingers.
- Mix the wet ingredients in a separate small bowl. I like to use a small Pyrex glass measuring cup. It makes for easy pouring when you’re ready to add the liquids to the dry ingredients.
- Stir wet ingredients thoroughly.
- SLOWLY pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Do small amounts at a time, or the dry ingredients will start to fizz up. I like to pour little bits in with my left hand and use my right hand to mix it in.
- Using your hand(s), mix the wet ingredients into the dry. In the end, it should be the consistency of lightly damp sand. If you squeeze some together in your hand, it should hold its form but not be hard.
- Transfer the mixture into your molds. Press firmly to ensure the mixture will hold together when it’s dry.
- Allow the molds to sit for several hours until the melts are dry and hard. In a dryer environment, they should be dry in 6-8 hours (or even sooner). In a more humid environment, drying may take 24 or more hours.
- Pop the melts out of the molds when they’re dry.
- Store in an airtight container or bag until ready to use.
If you’re using the molds I referenced above, this recipe will yield approximately 15 melts. You can certainly double or triple the batch to make more at one time.
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