Easy Homemade Shower Bombs

Shower bomb on shelf

Move over bath bomb! The shower bomb (or shower steamer as you may know it) is fast becoming a popular choice for those on the go. In a world where we don’t have much time but so desperately crave little moments for self-care, a shower bomb is a perfect choice. Here we find out what a shower bomb is, how to make your own, and share a few of our favourite DIY shower bomb recipes.

What is a shower bomb?

A shower bomb looks and feels just like a bath bomb. When added to water, it will bubble, fizz and release beautiful aromas to awaken, or if you prefer, calm the senses. Created using essential oils often used in aromatherapy, shower bombs will turn a mundane daily routine into a spa-like experience. But that’s not all…

Shower bombs:

  • Nourish the skin
  • Help relieve colds, nasal congestion or seasonal allergies
  • Support with improving mood and sleep
  • Don’t leave stains on your skin or bath
  • Are better for those with sensitive skin
  • Use less water than if you were having a long soak

Inspired to get going? Here is how to make your DIY shower bomb


Here’s what you need to make shower bombs:

  • Baking Soda – two cups
  • Citric Acid – ½ cup
  • Essential oils of your choice – 20 drops
  • Arrowroot powder – ¼ cup
  • Water – 1 ½ tbsp
  • Food colouring – a few drops (optional if you want to choose your colours)
  • A silicone mould
  • A dropper and mixing bowl
  • A tablespoon

Step by step guide:

Before you start, bear these tips in mind:

  • If the texture is too dry, the shower bomb will crumble. You can fix this by breaking it up and adding water to mould it again
  • If the texture is too wet, your shower bomb will expand. If you hear a fizzing sound as you mix it, your ingredients have reacted too early. Slowly add some more arrowroot powder to the bowl until the fizzing stops
  • If you are creating your shower bomb in a more humid environment, it may take longer for the mixture to dry
  • Wear protective gloves whilst creating your shower bomb, as citric acid can irritate the skin

Shower bomb making instructions:

  1. Add the baking soda, citric acid and arrowroot powder into a mixing bowl and stir well
  2. Add your water and food colouring, then slowly add 20 drops of your chosen essential oils whilst mixing
  3. Once you have a damp texture (not paste-like, but moist like wet sand), scoop the mixture into the mould until it is full and compact
  4. Use your spoon to press down to make sure
  5. Leave the mould to dry and set for a few hours
  6. Gently remove the shower bomb from the mould, and leave it overnight
Shower bombs in bowl

Our favourite shower bomb recipes

Whether it’s to kick-start your day or relax at the end of one, playing around with shower bomb combinations is a great way to improve your essential oil knowledge. Enjoy the fragrances you love, or discover new ones; try simple recipes using only one oil, or create a shower bomb blend by mixing a few oils together.

If you’re new to working with essential oils, be sure to check out our Essential Oil Blending Guide to discover the best choices for positively impacting your sleep, mood, energy, and overall well-being. Or, to get started, simply follow some of our favourite recipes below:

Relaxing shower bomb recipes

Settle down for the night after a relaxing shower bomb experience. Lavender is always a popular choice for peace and calm. Go simple with lavender on its own, or try using it in one of our recommended blends:

  1. Lavender, Peppermint and Rosemary
  2. Neroli, Lavender and Petitgrain
  3. Clary Sage, Lavender and Vetiver

Need more zen? Discover all of our relaxing essential oils.

Energising shower bomb recipes

Be gone with the morning blues with essential oils which pick you up and keep you there. A burst of lemon packing a citrus punch is a favourite among many when boosting energy. Try these equally energising blends:

  1. Sweet Orange, Peppermint and Lime
  2. Rosemary, Peppermint and Lemon
  3. Lemon, Lime and Cinnamon Bark

Need a boost? Discover all of our energising essential oils.

Grounding shower bomb recipes

Connect the body and mind with essential oils that promote inner peace and stability. Woody tones such as Cedarwood are known to offer a grounding effect. Also, try these long-lasting blends:

  1. Sandalwood Amyris, Vetiver and Roman Chamomile
  2. Lavender, Lemongrass and Rosemary
  3. Cedarwood, Cypress and Myrrh

Need to reconnect? Discover all of our grounding essential oils.

Cleansing shower bomb recipes

Revitalise you and the air around you with delightful aromas to clear the mind. Tea Tree is a commonly used oil for cleansing and has many healing benefits. For complete rejuvenation, try some of our other cleansing blends:

  1. Eucalyptus, Lemon and Red Thyme
  2. Citronella, Nutmeg and Peppermint
  3. Lime, Juniper Berry and Patchouli

Need to feel refreshed? Discover all of our cleansing essential oils.

Exfoliating in shower

How to use a shower bomb

Now you have created your perfect shower bomb, it’s time to enjoy it! There are two ways to get the most out of a shower bomb:

  1. Get your shower nice and warm and hold your shower bomb under the water. Enjoy the inviting aromas that are released. Let the bomb foam up within your hand (still under the water) and smooth it over your skin before washing it away
  2. Place your shower bomb on the floor of the shower and let the intoxicating aromas rise to meet you. Let the warm mist create a heavenly atmosphere around you


Those with more sensitive skin should avoid excessive contact because the concentration of essential oils in shower bombs is much higher. We advise placing the shower bomb on the floor or popping it into a soap dish to stop it from washing away prematurely.

There you have it! These quick and easy homemade shower bombs are brilliant fun to make and enjoy. A lovely gift you can tailor to the recipient, start creating today and let us know how you get on.

Further reading:

Check out our Essential Oils Blending Guide for more inspiration on the oils which work best together.