MENTHOL SHOWER STEAMERS

Shower steamers are small, flat discs that you place under the water on your shower floor to release essential oils as they fizz and dissolve, helping you wake up, relax or soothe nasal congestion. Shower steamers are quick to make, cheap and suitable for gifts – not everyone takes baths to enjoy handmade bath bombs, so shower steamers are perfect to wrap up and give to family and friends! Wake up with a minty, fresh scented steamer in the morning, or perhaps relax with a lavender scented steamer in the evening – we like using menthol or eucalyptus shower steamers whenever someone has a cold/sinus discomfort. Remember to take care when using shower steamers: they contain oil which may make your shower floor slippery.
    
Materials for MENTHOL SHOWER STEAMERS

Yield: 6
Yield: 12
Yield: 24
Bicarbonate of Soda
1/4 cup
1/2 cup
1 cup
Citric Acid
1/8 cup
1/4 cup
1/2 cup
Cornflour (Corn Starch)
1/8 cup
1/4 cup
1/2 cup
Epsom Salts
1/8 cup
1/4 cup
1/2 cup
Castor Oil (or Sweet Almond Oil)
1 1/2 teaspoons
3 teaspoons
6 teaspoons
Menthol Oil (or Skin Safe Essential Oil)
(double quantity for fragrance oils)
3/4 teaspoon
1 1/2 teaspoons
3 teaspoons
Water Soluble Colouring (Optional)
1-2 drops
2-3 drops
4-6 drops
Witch Hazel (Spray Bottle)
Varies
Varies
Varies
Note: 1 teaspoon = 5ml
   
METHOD:
1. Sift bicarbonate of soda, citric acid, cornflour and epsom salt into a bowl. Whisk well.
2. Measure castor oil, menthol oil and colouring (if using) in a jug. Whisk well.
3. Pour jug contents into bicarbonate mixture and whisk slowly until combined. Rub between gloved fingers if the colouring/oil clumps.
4. Spritz with a little witch hazel if required and mix well – mixture should clump when pressed into your hand. Spritz with extra witch hazel if mixture isn’t holding together and mix well. Shower steamer mixture should not fizz - that means too much water has been added.
5. Pack firmly into a mini muffin tray, ice cube trays or other small shaped moulds. Wait until firm to touch, at least 5-10 minutes (or overnight) then pop out onto a board to dry for 48 hours before packaging.
6. Pack into airtight bags or containers for storage.
     
  

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