Eucalyptus Showers

By Alison February 8, 2012 9 Comments 2 Min Read

Though it is part of my evening routine to take a bath before I snuggle up in my rather becoming thermal nightie and socks with pom-pom combo, there are some nights when I can barely spare the energy, or indeed the will, to wander up the stairs, let alone run myself a sweetly scented bath and lounge around in fragrant waters when I could be curled up with a book, or dare I say it…  watching Coronation Street.
And yet if I don’t mark the end of the day by soothing my worn out achy lady bones, my mind descends into a sleepy slump and the night is lost to drooping eyelids and the relentless mean and nasty wriggle of the Restless Leg Syndrome I have been afflicted with since my pregnancy with Finn.
So on days like this I take a hot, steamy candlelit shower with a few drops of essential oil splattered on to the shower floor, then wrap up snuggly and go downstairs. All well and scrumptiously soothing. But it turns out that there is a better way: a little something that means we don’t have to risk life and limb scattering an oily substance on to a slippery shower base, a little something I suspect you all knew about and nobody thought to tell me, so all hail the ever so slightly blissful Shower Tablet!
(Dear me I’m sooooo paranoid! An aromatherapy conspiracy? I think not).
Anyway, who knew?? I just chuck one into the shower and before I know it I am standing in a cloud full of deeply fragrant steam. While I have only managed to get the Aura Cacia Eucalyptus ones here in foggy old Blighty (which unblocked a stuffy nose in a jiffy!), I see you lucky people state-side  are positively inundated with choice when it comes to aromatherapy in the shower.
Another gorgeous little something for our comfort drawers, Housekeepers?


  1. @midorigreen says:

    Lush used to do shower bombs that were just. Alas it would seem that most people just don't get the concept and they are no more.

    1. BrocanteHome says:

      Oh don't you just hate it when things you have come to love disappear from the shelves??
      My recent post Eucalyptus Showers

      1. I was just thinking, I wonder if Lush did something, I can feel an email coming on….

        1. @midorigreen says:

          I've found a solution! I smash up bath bombs and add chunks of Hesse to the shower floor. I only have a shower and so it's great do find a good use for bath bombs other than for air freshening

  2. Ali says:

    Great idea! I tend to put some oils on the burner in whatever room I want to relax, including the bathroom. But I can totally see how all that fragrant steam would be lush.

    1. BrocanteHome says:

      I use a burner in the living room, bedroom and kitchen but the shower thing really is bliss and the slippery floor thing can be got round by sprinkling the oils on to a flannel and putting that directly under the water… if you can't get these gorgeous shower tablets that is…
      My recent post Eucalyptus Showers

  3. Micheal says:

    I didn't realize how meaningful your site had become to me until I went to check in one day and discovered that you had taken it down for a bit. I was so disappointed–I actually uttered the words "oh, no!" Silly, I thought, since I hadn't been following the site for all that long–in fact, I stumbled upon it accidently while searching for information on Sarah Ban Breathnach. I'm not sure what about it caught my attention, but I was intrigued. I spent a lot of time that day reading backward through your posts–I felt like I somehow knew you. Maybe it's because your writing comes across as pretty authentic. At any rate, you articulate so well what it is that I cherish in my own life, as well as convey the fairly raw sense of emotion that often accompanies challenges and change. Our desires and experiences touch on many shared characteristics. I'm sure that's why I find your posts inspirational. I've strived for years to create and nurture the lifestyle you seem to embrace. For a while I felt like I was really getting there. Then my life was turned upside down. While I won't say I'm starting over, I am starting again, and while I know my path has changed course, I can't see with clarity where it's going at the moment. The one thing I know for sure is that in my heart of hearts, I am an aspiring Vintage Housekeeper–it's in large part thanks to you that I can finally define my values in this regard, for which I am most grateful. On the surface this may seem like a small thing, but it's actually the foundation I've needed on which to rebuild my life. So for that, I thank you. Your work has touched my soul and fed my spirit in a way I truly needed at this time in my life, and I'm grateful for your willingness to share. Wherever my path may lead in the future, I hope it affords me the opportunity to pay your favors forward. In the meantime, I appreciate the opportunity to stay in touch as I give my attention to the present. Glad to see you back. Thanks again for all you do 🙂

  4. Hi Alison,
    I have just found your site and I love it! I am going to have a really good read once my two children are in bed. Your images are simply lovely and a real treasure to look at!
    Have a happy evening,
    Andrea x
    My recent post Snow, Valentines and New Makes

  5. Persephone says:

    I never knew these existed. They have medicated ones for colds and such but I thought they'd be too strong for everyday use. Thanks for sharing!

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