This is the easiest homemade diffuser ever. And it’s a total lifesaver!
This lava stone aroma diffuser is a simple way to add essential oils to your shower and not have to clean up after it!
It’s perfect for those days when I wake up with a headache or am totally congested.
This diffuser is so easy to make and makes the shower smell amazing!
I love essential oils! And I’m always looking for ways to add enjoyment to the few minutes I get to myself, here and there, throughout the day.
I usually use a DIY oil diffuser while I’m working at my desk. But this DIY Shower Diffuser is so easy to make and use and the perfect way to jump start my morning.
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Do You Have a DIY Aroma Diffuser for Your Shower?
I’ve made shower discs in the past but they always end up crumbling apart or leave an odd residue on the floor.
But this homemade shower diffuser works perfectly every time I use it!
I follow a lot of essential oil-focused accounts on Instagram including some that sell jewelry. They are a great place to get ideas for oil blends to diffuse, but also to learn about the benefits of the oils.
A lot of the jewelry uses lava stone. And one day, a light bulb went off in my head that lava stone would be the perfect thing to use for a shower diffuser.
How Do You Use a Lava Rock Diffuser?
Lava is a great diffuser stone because it’s porous. Which means it has large crevices and holes where the oil can sit.
All you have to do is add a few drops of oil to the lava rock. As that can have a tendency to drip, especially if this is already hung in the shower, you can also add a few drops of your oil to a cotton swab and rub it on the stone instead.
It takes just a minute for the oils to absorb into the bead. I usually add my oils and then go gather my stuff for the shower. By the time I come back, the bathroom smells amazing and it’s absorbed a bit.
Can Lava Beads Get Wet?
Of course. Lava beads and stones are actually pretty durable. I wouldn’t throw them around the shower (they may chip or break) but water isn’t going to hurt them.
Although I wouldn’t soak them.
Can You Clean Lava Beads?
Yes, you can clean lava beads. If you want to change the scent you are using in your homemade shower diffuser, it does take a little planning ahead.
Like with many other essential oil cleaning tricks, vinegar is a great way to clean your lava stones.
Use about 4 tablespoons of warm water and add 1 tsp vinegar. Use it to wipe the beads clean.
I usually give them a quick dunk and swish it around for a minute. Then I let it dry completely before I add a new string and put it back in my shower for next time.
Since I usually use the same congestion focused oils, I don’t really worry about cleaning it too much.
You can use a little soap and water if that is all you have but you want to rinse them really well so the scent of the soap doesn’t linger.
How Long Does the Scent Last on the Lava Stone?
The scent on lava stones will last a few days but I like to refresh each time I need it. Since I really love my shower diffuser with lava stone on days when I have a bad headache or sinus pain, I want the oil scent to be strong.
I can still smell it for a few days after but you get used to it very quickly.
I keep my hanging lava stone diffuser in the shower at all times. That way it’s super easy for me to use when I need a pick me up in the morning.
A lot of lava stones are round, especially because often they are used in making essential oil jewelry. I really like this flat version because I think it holds the oils better.
These scissors are my favorite ever scissors for crafting. They are super sharp and feel so nice in your hand! Is that odd that I have a favorite pair of scissors??
The quality is next level.
Good oils for the shower are eucalyptus, Breathe (a respiratory blend), Whisper (an earthly blend with patchouli that will make you feel like a goddess) and anything citrus. And of course lavender. Duh.
You can add the oils right before you shower so it’s exactly the vibe you want. Some of the oils help with ailments (eucalyptus is great for a stuffy nose!) but maybe you just want your shower to be a little more special in the morning or after your work out.
Something citrusy will lift your mood and let you really enjoy that time with your thoughts.
- Cut a length of string that is, when looped and knotted, long enough to fit over your shower head but doesn’t hang too far below.
- Slide on a lava stone.
- Knot the ends and slide over your shower head.
- Before your shower, add a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
My photos show the string longer than I like it. If you keep it higher, less water hits the stone and keeps the scent from getting diluted by the water.
One thing to note! My youngest son used my shower diffuser one night and started screaming for me. He had been under it (no doubt investigating…) and a drop of water, with the essential oil blend, landed in his mouth.
He was immediately worried that he had poisoned himself. He hadn’t.
I explained to him that it could have been really painful if it had gotten in his eye, etc. Now, he doesn’t fiddle with it and takes a normal shower and we don’t have problems.
Be sure to manage the use with your kids and get them to understand that it can hurt them if not used properly! Peppermint in the eye is no joke!
- Lava stones
- Thin cotton thread
- Essential oils
- Cut a length of thread that is long enough to make a circle that will fit over the shower head.
- String on lava bead.
- Tie the ends together.
- Hang over the showerhead
- Add oils and enjoy your new aroma diffuser!
You’ll Love This Lava Shower Diffuser!
My husband got out of the shower one morning and said, “Why is our shower wearing a necklace?” And it made me laugh.
A girl likes to accessorize, right? My husband is not a fan of strong smells and this didn’t bother him at all. If the string starts to look a little funky you can always swap it out for a new one.
This DIY aroma diffuser is an easy way to make your shower just a little more special (without a ton of work!)
If you’re not a DIY type of gal, check out this Shower Diffuser for essential oils. It requires a minor installation (some adhesive pads) but it’s also great! I have this one too and use it in our other shower.
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You’re going to love this easy homemade aroma diffuser for your shower! It’s perfect for headaches, congestion and any day you want to start your day off with a little aromatherapy.