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Unveiling the Magic of Shower Steamers: A Complete Guide

Updated: Mar 27


Between my work and family commitments, trying to catch up with friends who I rarely see, and my second, third and fourth jobs as a cook/housekeeper and chauffeur, finding a few spare minutes in the day just for myself is a distant dream. What I'd love is an entire day at a nordic spa where I can relax, unwind and rejuvenate, but finding the time for that seems impossible.

Though shower steamers can't magically free up my schedule, they are a clever solution when I'm craving some relaxation during my busy day. For anyone struggling to balance the demands of everyday life, shower steamers offer a convenient and delightful escape. So let's discover how these little wonders can transform even the most hurried shower into a few minutes of blissful tranquillity.

What is a Shower Steamer?

Shower steamers, also known as shower bombs or shower melts, are crafted specifically for your shower setting. They are small, fragrant pucks that release pure essential oil vapor when dissolved in hot water. These oils blend with the steam from your shower, surrounding you in a soothing aromatic experience.

Contrary to bath bombs, you are not fully immersed in water along with the essential oils, which makes shower steamers a great option for individuals who experience skin irritation. 

Ingredients and Varieties

Shower steamers are made primarily of sodium bicarbonate, citric acid, menthol crystals and essential oils. The sodium bicarbonate and citric acid combination creates aeration, activating the essential oils and their peaceful aroma. Among the many scents available, eucalyptus and lavender are particularly renowned for their therapeutic benefits.

Eucalyptus: A Breath of Fresh Air

Eucalyptus oil, extracted from the leaves of the eucalyptus plant, is celebrated for its clear, sharp, and fresh scent. When adding eucalyptus essential oil to shower steamers, several healing properties result:

  • Respiratory Relief: Eucalyptus is known for its ability to aid in clearing nasal passages, making it beneficial for those with colds, sinusitis, or allergies.

  • Mental Clarity: The energizing scent of eucalyptus can help reduce mental fatigue, promoting a sense of alertness and rejuvenation.

  • Antimicrobial Properties: Eucalyptus oil has natural antimicrobial and antiseptic qualities, which can be beneficial for skin health.


Lavender: The Essence of Relaxation

Lavender oil, derived from the lavender plant, is known for its sweet, floral, and herbaceous aroma. Lavender essential oil brings a host of benefits to shower steamers:

  • Stress Reduction: Lavender is widely used for its calming properties, helping to reduce stress and anxiety levels.

  • Improved Sleep Quality: The soothing scent of lavender can promote relaxation, making it easier to fall asleep and improving the overall quality of rest.

  • Skin Soothing: Lavender has anti-inflammatory properties, making it gentle on the skin and helpful in soothing irritations.


Benefits of Shower Steamers

  • Aromatherapy: The essential oils in shower steamers, such as eucalyptus and lavender, offer various aromatherapeutic benefits like stress relief and mental clarity.

  • Convenience: They provide a quick and easy way to enjoy aromatherapy for even the busiest go-getters.

  • Skin-Friendly: Being less direct in contact with the skin compared to bath bombs, they’re generally gentler and suitable for sensitive skin.

  • Versatility: You can choose a shower steamer that fits your mood or desired effect, with a wide range of scents available.

How to Use Shower Steamers

I recommend placing the shower steamer on the shower floor, away from the direct water stream with the stopper of the tub down or the drain covered. As it dissolves into the gathering water it releases the aromatic vapor from the steam-distilled oils. Use hot water to create more steam for better scent dispersion.

DIY Shower Steamers

Wondering how to make shower steamers at home? So it turns out you do have some free time! There are all kinds of shower steamer recipes online, and one of the benefits of DIY is customizing the scents and adding ingredients like dried flowers for an extra luxurious touch.

Be aware, you will need to compact the ingredients in a press, but a big ice cube tray and a little elbow grease can do in a pinch. Here are a few links to help get you started.


Shower steamers are a convenient way of transforming your shower routine into a spa-like experience. Scents like eucalyptus and lavender can help soothe your body and mind, turning your shower into a healing refuge.

Shawna Bruch is a chartered herbalist and aromatherapist in Paris, Ontario. She makes Slow Beauty products wildcrafted from natural botanicals.

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