Last Weekend of 2012: Saturday – DIY Vicks Vapor Shower Disks

I’m one of those lucky people who has some pretty suck allergies. My biggest issue is I’m allergic to dogs and I refuse to give up my Freya. So, instead I get to wake up every single morning with a stuffy nose. Some days are worse than others, depending if she sleeps on the bed with me or if she’s in the middle of a shed.

Quite frequently I use a Eucalyptus Aromatherapy Stress Relief Roll-on from Bath and Body Works that my sister Bonnie gave me a couple of years ago when I was suffering with a pretty bad cold. It magically helps clear my sinuses and will calm a harsh cough in the matter of minutes. It’s amazing stuff. However, like all of my favorite B&BW products, it is now discontinued. I’ve had this for a while now so I figured it was about time I started trying to figure out another suitable option.

About a month and a half ago I found a DIY for Vicks Vapor Shower Disks by Sarah of Frugal By Choice. Not thinking at all, I asked for the Essential Oils for Christmas and was forced to wait & see if I got them as a gift before I purchased them. I ordered them immediately as soon as I found out they weren’t one of my fabulous gifts.

Saturday afternoon I received my lovely little vials of essential oils in the mail so I had to make the shower disks right away.

So, I gathered all my supplies. A box of baking soda, essential oils (lavender, eucalyptus, and rosemary), a measuring cup for water, and a bottle of Merlot.

Shower Disk Supplies

Okay, I really didn’t need the bottle of Merlot but I figured it would help if I was sad because I wrecked the disks.

I dumped the box of baking soda in a bowl like so:

Shower Disks - Baking Soda

Then I added water. I started with 1/2 cup then slowly added a little more (about another 1/4 cup) until it was thick & paste-like. However, I may have added a tiny bit too much water because it took closer to 24 hours for the disks to harden. I’ll probably go about a tablespoon or so less next time.

Shower Disks - Baking Soda + Water.

Then I added 15 drops of each essential oil, mixed it well and divided it up into lined cupcake tins.

Shower Disks - Cupcake Tins

It didn’t take long at all to whip these up and they were super inexpensive. I used one in the shower this morning. I normally take long showers (15-20 minutes) and it was only about 1/2 gone when I was done and it smelled ah-mazing!

* Note: I did enjoy a glass of wine when I was finished anyway to congratulate myself on a project well done!

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