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Awakening DIY Citrus Shower Bombs

These beautiful shower bombs are so easy to make, and when you toss one in your shower you simply will be amazed. They will most definitely give you that spa-like feeling right in your own home!

Shower bombs, or Shower steamers as they are often referred to, are super trendy these days. I don’t know about you, but essential oils are my ‘jam’ so to speak.

Over the last few years, I’ve found so many uses for them and experienced the health benefits of essential oils. I could go on and on but, instead, I’ll just say that when I tried this recipe I was DELIGHTED.

This shower bomb recipe is packed with 3 incredible essential oils. All 3 provide their own individual benefits but put them together in one shower bomb…..WOWZA!

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I’ll just tell you right now. Don’t buy the expensive shower bombs at the store!

I tried my hand at shower steamers a while back and loved the way they turned out – and they’re WAY cheaper. Plus, they’re perfect for helping you wake up on those early mornings!

Give this recipe and try and I know you will love it as much as I do!

If you or someone you know (everyone?!!) deserves a little pampering, try our Minty Orange Sugar Scrub Bars or Must-Have Self-Care Routine Ideas and Recipes.

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What is a Shower Bomb?

Shower bombs are small tablets or balls infused with essential oils and aromatic scents that dissolve when they come in contact with water.

When the water hits them, the balls or tabs will begin to melt away releasing the benefits of the oils and the chosen scents.

Ingredients Needed for these Citrus Shower Bombs

  • Epsom Salts – helps relax and relieve muscle pain
  • Baking Soda
  • Sweet Orange Essential Oil – helps reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • Grapefruit Essential Oil – balance mood, decreases blood pressure and relieves stress
  • Lemon Essential Oil – improves skin, reduces anxiety and helps to feel energized
  • Water
  • Orange Mica Powder – mica is a natural stone mineral that is ground into powder and provides color and sparkle
  • Orange Zest
  • 15 Hole Cylinder Silicone Mold
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How to Make this Shower Bomb Recipe

This process is SUPER simple – see for yourself!

Step 1

Using a cheese grater or zester, grate some orange zest off of an orange. Bake the zest in the oven for 25 minutes at 200 degrees or let it sit out for a couple of days to dry.

Step 2

In a small bowl, combine epsom salts, baking soda and mica powder. Stir until completely combined.

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Step 3

Add essential oils one at at time, stirring well after adding each essential oil to your shower bomb mixture.

Step 4

Add in the water, stirring as you pour.

Step 5

After stirring very well, you should have a paste like mixture.

Step 6

Sprinkle a small bit of orange zest into the bottom of NINE of the mold cavities.

Step 7

Fill the same 9 cavities with your mixture and pat down firmly.

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Step 8

Allow steamers to set in mold for 24 – 48 hours.

Step 9

Carefully remove steamers from the mold.

Step 10

When ready to use, place 1 – 2 steamers in the bottom of the shower and enjoy!

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How To Use Shower Bombs

The most common and suggested way to use your shower bomb is to put it on the floor of your shower. Allow the stream of water to hit it and release all of the essential oils and fragrant goodness.

Or, instead of placing the bomb on the bottom of the shower, put it on a ledge or next to your shampoo bottle so that it will still get a fair amount of water splashed on it to release the scents. This will also help in making the shower bomb last longer.

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Recipe Notes and Tips

Adjust the amount of orange zest you add to the steamers to your liking. Zest the entire orange so you can add the amount you prefer or for the next time you make this recipe.

Each essential oil is different in its consistency. Some may be thicker than others so just be patient as you count out the 80 drops of oil. Or count fast if the oil is thinner. 😉

Variations to Try

Change up the shape of the mold. Stars, squares, circles, roses, hearts, letters…..the options are nearly endless. There are so many fun molds to choose from. (These would make perfect gifts for family, friends, or co-workers.)

Choose a different combinations of oils, scents and mica color:

  • Lavendar/Bergamot with purple mica powder
  • Peppermint/Rosemary with light green mica powder
  • Cedarwood/Orange with orange mica powder
  • Cardamon/Lemongrass with yellow mica powder

The combinations are literally limitless. These are just a few of my favs. Get creative and choose combinations that you love most!

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FAQs About DIY Shower Bombs

Got questions about making shower bombs? You may find the answers down below.

What is the point of a shower bomb?

Shower bombs, much like their bath-foaming counterparts, help create a spa-like environment in your own home awakening your senses by providing a soothing blend of sweet-smelling scents and essential oils.

What’s the difference between bath bombs and shower bombs?

A shower bomb is used in a steamy shower so that when the water hits it, the fragrance and the oils are released into the air.

A bath bomb interacts directly with the skin in the bath water to help soften and moisturize.

Where do you place a shower bomb?

All you need to do is drop one or two steamers in the bottom of your shower and turn the water on.

My best advice is to keep it away from the drain so it doesn’t dissolve too quickly but also keep it as close under the water steam as possible to reap all the heavenly benefits.

How long do shower steamers last?

The ingredients in a shower steamer react when the water hits it releasing the scent and oils. The shower steamer can last up to 5 – 10 minutes but that depends on how much water directly hits the steamer.

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Check out more of our DIY recipes

If you enjoy DIY recipes that use essential oils like these shower bombs, you are going to love these ideas!

  • Easy Glow in the Dark DIY Bath Bombs
  • Luxurious DIY 3-Ingredient Vanilla Sugar Scrub
  • Bugs Away! DIY Essential Oil Mosquito Repellent

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Awakening Citrus Shower Bomb

Awakening Citrus Shower Bomb

Yield: Makes 9 steamers

Sweet and invigorating, these easy DIY shower steamers are the best way to start the day!


  • 1/2 cup epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 80 drops sweet orange essential oil
  • 80 drops grapefruit essential oil
  • 80 drops lemon essential oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 tsp orange mica powder
  • orange zest
  • 15 hole cylinder silicone mold


  1. Using a zester or cheese grater, grate some orange zest off of an orange. (Let sit out for a couple days to dry or bake in 200 degree oven for 25 minutes.
  2. Combine epsom salts, baking soda and mica powder in small bowl. Stir well until combined completely.
  3. One at a time, add the essential oils. Stir often.
  4. Add water stirring continuously.
  5. Stir very well. The mixture will be paste-like.
  6. In the bottom of 9 of the mold cavities, sprinkle a small amount of orange zest.
  7. Fill the cavities with the paste like mixture and pat down.
  8. Let the steamers set in the molds for 24 to 48 hours.
  9. Remove the steamers from the mold as carefully as you can.
  10. To use, place 1 - 2 steamers on the floor of the shower.

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