Shower Power Flowers for Kids!

by Andrea Butje on March 12, 2013

I frequently put a few drops of essential oil on the shower floor in the morning. I love the combination of the hot steam and the aroma of an oil like Black Spruce or Rosemary!

Along with the pure pleasure of the essential oil shower, there are many benefits to the steam and oil combination, especially for clearing congestion from a cold, flu or allergies.

But for kids, it is way more fun to make a Shower Power Flower or Heart than to just drop the essential oil on the shower floor. Plus, kids love helping to make them!

The Shower Power Hearts and Flowers are quick and easy to make, and you can use any shape or mold you like! Here is the recipe:

  • 2 cups of baking soda
  • about a 1/2 cup water, maybe a touch more
  • 5-6 drops of essential oil per Shower Power Heart or Flower (I like 2 drops each of Orange, Cedarwood and Black Spruce.)
  • A few cool molds (I like the silicone kind, because it’s easy to pop the finished flower or heart right out.)

How many you make depends on the size of your molds.

Simply make a paste with the baking soda and water, spoon it into your molds, mix in 5-6 drops of essential oil per mold and let it dry. So easy!

I’ve found these Shower Power Flowers need two full days to harden in the molds. I make them, set them aside for two days, pop them out of the molds, and store them in a small leftover container under the bathroom sink.

To use one, simply place it on the shower floor in front of your feet. It slowly dissolves while you shower, releasing the incredible aroma of the essential oil into the air.

I can hear some of you thinking, “Why not just drop the essential oil on the floor of the shower and call it a day?” Seriously, ask your kid if they would rather drop the oil on the floor or have their very own Shower Power Flower or Heart!

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Cathy Fisher July 17, 2017 at 11:43 pm

Andrea – I’m going to make these for my grandsons – one has anxiety issues and the other has high functioning autism. The 11 year old is the one with anxiety. I know that Rosalina is a good oil for kids, so any ideas for the other two oils? Would I use the same recipe for both shower bombs. They both take showers after dinner.


Andrea Butje July 18, 2017 at 4:33 pm

Hi Cathy!
I like to working with Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), Orange (Citrus sinensis) and
Cedarwood (Juniperus virginiana) with children (over 5 years). I think any combination of these with Rosalina would be lovely and you could mix it up for different aromas!


Sarah December 15, 2015 at 4:34 pm

Could you plop these in a bath for a 4 year old, if you use lavender or orange or cedarwood or frankincense?



Andrea Butje December 16, 2015 at 11:39 am

Hi Sarah – these shower power flowers are actually for showers only to breathe in the aroma, rather than to use as a bath fizzy. (The baking soda in them can be very harsh on skin.) If you’re looking to create a bath blend for your 4 year old, I would use a capful of lavender hydrosol or German chamomile hydrosol, as they are so skin-nourishing and safe for little ones. A tea bag would actually work also; a nice chamomile tea creates a great aroma and is skin nourishing too 🙂


Sarah December 16, 2015 at 2:46 pm

What great alternatives! Thank you!!


Andrea Butje December 16, 2015 at 4:43 pm

You’re welcome Sarah!


DavetteB November 12, 2015 at 8:45 pm

You can put them in the oven on Warm or the lowest setting to save some time. You can also make them without scent and add the oils before you use them.


Andrea Butje November 13, 2015 at 10:58 am

Great idea Davette!


Alexis January 20, 2015 at 2:02 pm

Great idea! Nice shapes too. I love it! thanks for sharing! i will try it


Stacey Ford January 8, 2015 at 8:22 pm

I’m definitely going to try this.


Andrea Butje January 13, 2015 at 9:49 am

Let me know how it goes Stacey 🙂


Patricia January 7, 2015 at 11:40 pm

I just simply, LOVE IT!!!!


Andrea Butje January 13, 2015 at 9:50 am

So glad to hear that Patricia!


Vicki January 6, 2015 at 8:13 am

How long would these store once made? Do you think they can also be used in the bath?


Andrea Butje January 7, 2015 at 10:21 am

I would not use them in the bath. You don’t want to soak in them- it’s better to use a nice therapeutic salt with essential oils, and I usually limit the oils to 3 drops for kids between 5-12. Under 5, I use hydrosols rather than essential oils. They would store well for a few weeks.


Nancy June 23, 2013 at 12:11 pm

really practical…thank you for sharing; I think these will make great gifts


Pak June 20, 2013 at 12:38 pm

What a pleasant way to wake up in the morning! I am going to make some today.


Stacie Davis June 19, 2013 at 7:01 pm

I can’t wait to try these! The combinations are endless. Thank you so much!!!


Hillary B. April 8, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I made about two dozen of these thanks to a super silicone flower candy mold from Wilton (found it in A.C. Moore). When they were done and hard enough to be handled, my dad, of all people, came up to me and asked if he could have a couple to try in his shower. He loves them! (So does everyone else!) I’ll have to make them once a week to keep up with everyone! 🙂


Andrea Butje April 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Hillary- How great!! I love that!


Anna April 8, 2013 at 11:24 am

Lovely. And the baking soda makes a really nice skin softener! Going to try this recipe, thank you.


Andrea Butje April 8, 2013 at 11:45 am

Great Anna, let me know how you like it. 🙂


Rena'te Walls-Boyle April 7, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Awesome…I'd like this for myself!


Nicole Thompson April 7, 2013 at 2:50 pm

Love the shower-power-flowers idea! Question: If I just put drops of EOs on the floor of the shower, wouldn’t there be danger of skin being sensitized by coming into contact with undiluted EOs?


Andrea Butje April 7, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Good question. I always put the drop in front of where I stand, so I actually don’t step right on it but enjoy the aroma instead.


Angie Andriot March 18, 2013 at 9:57 am

I did this with a eucalyptus blend when my kid was sick – she loved it! It was like stepping inside a giant Vicks Vaporizer 🙂


Andrea Butje March 18, 2013 at 10:27 am

Thanks Angie,
That is so great!


Fanni Mathe March 18, 2013 at 6:38 am

We also like power flowers as well, but I didn’t find the best recipe, so I’ll try it again like this!


Andrea Butje March 18, 2013 at 8:13 am

Hi Fanni,
Great, let me know how it goes.


Dawn March 17, 2013 at 10:27 am

This is a really great idea for using EO’s with kids. I think this would be an excellent idea to have on hand for when kids are sick with congestion. When mine are sick they always hang out in the shower.


Andrea Butje March 17, 2013 at 1:11 pm

Thanks Dawn,
I agree, great for kids and they love making them!


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toni March 14, 2013 at 9:29 pm

i love this idea! thank you


LD March 14, 2013 at 7:59 pm

This is a great idea.


Esther March 14, 2013 at 1:11 pm

What a great idea, I will have to try the essential oils on the floor. 🙂 Thanks!


Pam March 13, 2013 at 5:30 pm

I have been wanting to make these, for now ijust put the essential oils on a sponge and set it on the tub faucet as I shower. It works great.


Andrea Butje March 13, 2013 at 5:32 pm

Great idea! Thanks!!


Dottie Craig March 13, 2013 at 3:01 pm

I wouldn’t have thought of putting the oils directly in the shower-what a great idea! I like the molds you made also.


Andrea Butje March 13, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Thanks Dottie,
I hope you enjoy making them!


Varya @ littleartists March 13, 2013 at 8:54 am

Love this idea! I will try it together with my daughter!!! Thank you for sharing! We love all sorts of projects and this one looks like a perfect project for a 4 year old!


Andrea Butje March 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

How perfect for a 4 year old!! Fun!


Kristen Terga Horn March 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

Im going to try these! Thanks!


Andrea Butje March 12, 2013 at 9:11 am

They are fun and easy! Enjoy!


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