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What are shower steamers, and how to use shower steamers?

Do you know that Ancient Egyptians used essential oils in their steam rooms? These luxurious showers are considered not only refreshing but also so therapeutic. Ancient Egyptians believed that the goodness of aromatic oils heals the mind and body alike.

Guess what, now you can reap the same therapeutic and refreshing benefits with shower steamers. If you are a newcomer, here are a few things you need to know about them.

What are shower steamers?

Generally, it is thought that shower steamers are very much like bath bombs for your shower. (Keep reading. You are about to learn the difference.) They fizz and free luxurious aroma, turning into regular shower routine into the next level. It will help you unwind, boost your mood, and deliver you a pleasant spa-like experience within the confines of your very own bathroom.

Shower steamers are also called shower bombs or shower melts.

How to use shower steamers?

The shower steamers are super easy to use. Place a shower steamer tablet on the farthest corner of the shower floor away from a direct stream of water or shower ledge where little splashes can hit the steamer. Remember to avoid letting your shower steamer tablet get too wet. The less water they are exposed to, the longer the life of the product and releasing their refreshing aroma.

As the water warms up, you will notice the steamer tablet releasing vapors. As the steam and humidity are generated from a hot shower, the vapors diffuse the aroma of the essential oils into the moist air leaving your bathroom filled with delicate scents.

How do they work?

The science behind shower steamer is a simple acid-base reaction. Shower steamers are made with a fine powdery form of baking soda and citric acid in addition to the concentrated essential oil blend. (In short, shower steamer tablet is a water-free formula.) Therefore, splashes of water are necessary to activate the shower steamers. When water hits this citric acid and baking soda mixture, there is some fizziness we see. The fizziness is due to the reaction of the citric acid and the baking soda that releases gases. The gases then fill the shower, leveling up your shower routine to a spa-like experience. All you have to do is breathe and relax while the essential oils work their magic.

The FAQ is, "Can I put a shower steamer in the bathtub just like a bath bomb?" In short – NO. The reason is that shower steamer tablets contain a much higher concentration of essential oils than bath bombs. A bath bomb diffuses quickly and does not generate much of an aroma compared to a shower steamer. Because bath bombs are developed to be dissolved in a bathtub, the concentration of essential oils is pretty low not to cause skin irritation.

On the other hand, shower steamers are not meant to come in contact with your skin directly, so the essential oil concentration is much higher to experience their aromatherapy benefits. If your skin is exposed to such high concentrations of essential oils for a prolonged period (like when soaking in a bathtub), you are likely to get skin irritation. CLEVERFY advises sticking to bath bombs for bath and shower steamers for the shower.