DIY Mood-Boosting Shower Bombs

Starting today and continuing on occasional Fridays I’m going feature “Feel-Good Friday” posts centering around health, fitness, and wellness in general. I’m kicking it off with an awesome PopSugar project I tried this week.


I’ve been seeing all of these DIY recipes for bath fizzies, but I am just not a “soak in the tub” girl so I’ve never tried any. I belong to Camp Shower because I’m always in a big hurry in the morning and I can be in and out of the shower in 10 minutes flat (even with deep conditioning and shaving my legs!).

So when I saw this DIY article on PopSugar last week called “Start the Day Right With Uplifting Shower Bombs” (by Sarah Lipoff) I got kind of excited. The opening of the article read, “Refresh with invigorating scents that wake you up. Simply toss one of these shower bombs in your shower and enjoy the enveloping smells that help make your day great. Made with vibrant-smelling essential oils…..”  And that’s all I needed to see. Enveloping smells? Vibrant-smelling essential oils? YES, count me in!

Since it’s Spring Break (yes, fellow English teachers, I meant to capitalize those two words) I had some time to try this out. It was really simple (it was a great project for my 7-year-old to help with), but we learned a few tips that will make it even better the next time we try it.

Here’s what you’ll need:



  • Small mixing bowl
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup citric acid (look for this in the canning section at the grocery store)
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 30 drops orange essential oil
  • 30 drops lavender essential oil
  • 30 drops lemongrass essential oil
  • Spray bottle filled with water
  • Silicone molds

We didn’t have lavender and lemongrass essential oils, so I used DoTerra Wild Orange Oil (energizing, stimulating, and purifying), Grapefruit Oil (energizing and invigorating), and Citrus Bliss Blend (invigorating and cleansing). They blended well together! The original article said that lavender rejuvenates along with the lemongrass, so I’d like to try that combination next time if I have those oils.

STEP 1: Mix together the baking soda, citric acid, and cornstarch in a small mixing bowl. Break up lumps as you go (we used a fork). The article said that the baking soda and cornstarch help the bombs hold together and the citric acid helps them fizz.



STEP 2: Slowly add the essential oils into the bowl and mix.



STEP 3: Spritz the mixture with water and then stir. Continue spritzing and stirring until the mixture resembles wet sand. Tip: Don’t spritz too much water into the mixture! We did, and the first batch of shower bombs were fizzing and growing even as we tried to press them into the molds. They wouldn’t stop and the texture ended up more like grainy cool whip (see, in the picture below?). Not good. I used the first sweet-smelling but too-foamy batch to clean out a few sinks and then whipped up a second batch with a lot fewer sprays of water.

STEP 4: Press the mixture into the silicone molds and let set until dry. The article said it can take up to 8 hours, so we left them in the molds overnight.




STEP 5: Carefully pop the shower bombs out of the silicone molds.


It was NOT easy to get the shower bombs out of the molds that had narrow parts. A lot of them snapped when we were taking them out (see the plate of pieces-parts below). Next time I’m going to use silicone molds with simpler shapes (hemispheres, ovals, cubes, etc.).


It’s all good, though. We can still use the pieces-parts in the shower.

We tried our amazing citrus-scented shower bombs this morning and they were GREAT! The scent is truly invigorating, refreshing, enlivening, and all of those things they were supposed to be. For each shower, we placed one bomb on the floor of the shower where it would be hit by the water coming down. Right away the scent wafted up, filling the air with citrusy fragrance–but it wasn’t overpowering: it was just right.

If you made a set that looked nice and packaged them up prettily, these would make GREAT gifts! I know teachers would love them. 😉

The only negative is that the scent didn’t last all that long – maybe a few minutes. But when you’re only in the shower for 10 minutes anyway, that’s okay.


Side Note on DoTerra Essential Oils:

I use DoTerra Essential Oils because I went to an oils class taught by a coworker a few months ago (more on my experiments with frankincense oil to remove skin tags/moles here). Since then I’ve branched out a little more with oils, using them for cleaning and home scents (LOVE.THOSE.CITRUS.SCENTS!). We also have peppermint oil, which helps relieve headaches when dabbed at the temples or behind the neck and helps you be alert and focused (my older son found this to be true at a chess tournament recently).

DoTerra oils are very high quality and even though I’m new at using them, I have seen a lot of benefits. Check with your friends who sell DoTerra for more information.  I paid the $35 and signed up to be a DoTerra Wellness Advocate (which is basically a wholesale membership, sort of like Costco) so I can get the 25-55% discount on the oils. You can buy DoTerra Oils through me  (or become a wholesale member yourself) using the link here. But check with your friends first–seems like everybody knows someone selling DoTerra and it’s nice to buy from people you know.


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