It’s no surprise that peppermint is one of my favorite essential oils. I love that it gives me energy, but also helps clear my sinuses when I diffuse it at times. Plus it’s just one of my favorite scents. While I love a good bath bomb, I don’t take a ton of baths (I leave that to my kids) and I feel like shower steamers do a similar job for those of us who shower on the regular. Check out these peppermint snowflake shower steamers – they’re fairly easy to make and it is like diffusing peppermint while you shower!
Snowflake silicone mold (this is a similar mold to what is pictured.)
1 1/2 cups cornstarch, divided
40 drops peppermint essential oil, divided
2 tablespoons witch hazel, divided
4-6 tablespoons water, divided
blue soap colorant (optional)
1. Pour half of the cornstarch (3/4 cup) into a metal or glass mixing bowl. Add 20 drops of peppermint essential oil and 2 Tablespoons of water and stir.
2. Add 1 tablespoon of witch hazel. I like to use mine in a small spritzer bottle. It’s not required- I just think it gets distributed better that way). Stir again.
3. Pick some of the mixture up in your hand and squeeze it. If it holds its shape, it is ready to transfer to the mold. If not, add an additional tablespoon of water and stir.
4. Once your mixture passes the “squeeze test,” transfer to the snowflake molds, pressing down firmly to pack the mixture into each mold. Freeze for one hour.
(If you do not want blue snowflake shower steamers, skip steps 5 through 7!)
5. To make blue snowflake shower steamers, add 4-5 drops of blue soap colorant (more if you want a darker blue color) to a bowl with 2 tablespoons of water. Add the colored water to the remaining cornstarch and mix. Add 20 drops of peppermint essential oil and stir well.
6. Add 1 tablespoon of witch hazel. Test the mixture to see if it clumps in your hand after squeezing it. If so, transfer the mix to the silicone molds. If not, add an additional tablespoon of water and stir. Repeat the “squeeze test.” If it stays together after squeezing the mixture, you are ready for the snowflake molds. If not, add an additional tablespoon of water.
7. Firmly pack the mixture into each mold and freeze for one hour.
8. Gently pop out each snowflake shower steamer from its silicone mold and allow to air dry overnight. Store in an airtight container. ENJOY!
How to use: Place 1-2 snowflake steamers in the corner of your shower, away from the main stream of water. The steam from the shower will help activate the steamer and release the uplifting and energizing aroma of peppermint!
Michelina Ciciola says
Once I get to step 4 do I leave enough space to add the second half of the ingredients to fill each mold to the top?
I just updated the post because I realized that the next couple of steps didn’t fully read correctly. You do not need to leave room, if you’re making the white steamers. You’ll freeze for an hour so they’ll fully harden. Let me know if you have any other questions!
About how many will 1 recipe make?
Jaime McKee says
It depends on the size of the silicon mold you use. For this one, about 5-6 shower steamers. I have another silicon mold that has much larger snowflakes, so this would only make 2 or 3 steamers.
I made these, froze them for an hour and then put them out to air dry. I picked one up after it was done air drying and it crumbled into pieces. Is there something I can use as a binder? I want to give these as gifts without crumbling 😫
Jaime McKee says
Thanks for reaching out! It sounds like these got too dry – and obviously you don’t want them to be too wet. I would add a little more water, even spraying with a water bottle so it’s more of a mist. I’ve had to do this for bath bombs and I didn’t want those to fall apart.
For many of my bath bombs, I actually lightly bake them to get them to set (I heat the oven to 200 degrees and then turn it off before putting my silicon mold – which sits on a baking sheet – into the oven for up to an hour.)
You should still be able to use the mixture you had that crumbled, but add more moisture to get it to stick together. Hopefully this will help!
Thank you so much for your fast reply. I will try these steps. 😁