Sometimes, a mother’s only refuge is the shower. That 2, or 5, or, (maybe on the weekends) 10 minutes of steamy escape may be the only alone time she has all day. So, in honor of Mother’s Day, let’s give Mom something that will turn her 5-minute morning routine into a 10-minute mini spa experience.

I give you the shower (or bath) bomb.

This little disc is made with ingredients likely found in your kitchen and scented with essential oils or fresh herbs. Luxury beauty stores sell a variety of these perfumed bath accessories in endless sizes, shapes and colors; but trust me, Mom will love this simple version just the same.

These discs, when left on the shower floor or dropped in a bathtub of water, release head-clearing (or relaxing) vapors and usually last at least two days (depending on Mom’s shower time).

The bombs are scented with essential oils and/or fresh ingredients, which can be customized to Mom’s spa needs. Lavender for a relaxing nighttime bath; grapefruit and peppermint for an energizing morning shower; or maybe eucalyptus and peppermint to clear her head if she’s feeling congested.


Muffin tin

Silicone cupcake molds (preferred) or cupcake liners

1⁄3 measuring cup


Mixing bowl



1 cup baking soda

1⁄3 cup water

1 tablespoon corn starch

10-15 drops of essential oil per disc

Fresh herbs (optional)

Food coloring (optional)

Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix 1 cup of baking soda and a generous 1⁄3 cup of water and 1 tablespoon corn starch until you get a frosting-like consistency.

(Don’t worry on being exact in your measurements, especially if you’re like me and have some little hands that are eager to help, just adjust the water and baking soda until it’s similar to thick frosting).

Two drops of food coloring can be added at this point if you want your shower bombs to have a little color.

Fill muffin tins until liners are about ¾ full — 1 cup of baking soda should yield about 4 discs.

Bake for about 30 minutes until discs have hardened.

Once the discs have cooled, pop them out of the molds. Do not wait long to remove discs from the muffin tin if using paper liners, as they will start to stick.

Choose an essential oil or oils and shake a total of between 15 and 20 drops onto the disc.

Fresh ingredients such as lemon zest or dried lavender can be sprinkled onto the discs before they are baked, however they do turn slightly brown during the cooking process.

Each disc should last 1 bath or about 2 showers.