Using Vintage Butter Molds to Make Decongestant Shower Melts

Using Vintage Butter Molds to Make Decongestant Shower Melts

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but I suffer from chronic sinus congestion and headaches. And for my fellow sufferers, I feel your pain- literally! I’m always on the hunt for new and better ways to relieve the pressure and pain. I love to use the steam of a hot shower to open everything up, sometimes with the help of decongestant shower melts. Historically, I’ve always used the store-bought kind…but I recently had an epiphany while on a thrifting adventure.

From the moment I spotted these bedraggled vintage butter molds, I knew they’d be perfect for making my own shower melts! I couldn’t imagine anyone reusing these for something edible- butter or otherwise…even I have my thrift store limits! But DIY all-natural body care products? They’d be perfect for that! This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Vintage butter molds at Goodwill thrift store to be repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I have an idea for these…

After I spent a whopping $1.00 on them, I brought the box home and opened it up. Inside were six different silicone/flexible molds, all in different shapes.

Vintage butter molds from Goodwill thrift store to be repurposed by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Inspecting my purchase…

I could have just as easily created bath fizzies, too- those require some sort of shaping mold, as well. But I was bound and determined to sooth my sinuses, so after puttering around online looking at different methods of making them, I gathered the following ingredients:

Making all-natural decongestant shower melts using vintage butter molds from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Some gathered ingredients…

For the mixture, I blended 1 cup of baking soda with 4 tablespoons of witch hazel. And yes, since I’m a scientist by trade, I use graduated cylinder/beaker shaped measuring cups!

Making all-natural decongestant shower melts with baking soda and witch hazel in vintage butter molds from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Adding witch hazel to the baking soda…

Then, I added 5-7 drops each of my essential oils.

Adding essential oils to my all-natural baking soda decongestant shower melts in vintage butter molds from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now for the glorious fragrances…

Alternatively, I could have also replaced some of my witch hazel with this petroleum-free vapor rub…the measurements don’t have to be exact. You just need a really thick paste that is crumbly, not runny.

Adding vapor rub to my all-natural baking soda decongestant shower melts in vintage butter molds from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Another alternative!

With everything mixed together in my glass measuring cup, I pressed the paste into my butter molds- compressing as much as possible to not only ensure compact shower melts, but to also get in the nooks and crannies of each cavity.

Using vintage butter molds from the thrift store to create all natural decongestant shower melts by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Now to test my butter mold theory…

I left my butter molds alone for a minimum of 24 hours before gently popping them out from the molds. And they came out (relatively) perfect!

Repurposing vintage butter molds from the thrift store to create all natural decongestant shower melts with essential oils by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It worked, y’all!

To use my shower melts, I’ll set a couple on a metal soap dish in my shower. As the steam and water dissolves them, they’ll release that wonderful aroma from the essential oils! I recommend using a soap dish to keep them from becoming a hazardous slip factor. Plus, I’m blind as a bat without my glasses, and white shower melts will blend into my shower floor- the dark metal soap dish will be something I can see! And feel free to add a few additional drops of oil on each shower melt before using, too. I think I may try to find some Camphor oil for my next batch.

Repurposing vintage butter molds from the thrift store to create all natural decongestant shower melts with essential oils by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

What a fun way to upcycle and repurpose these old molds.

Repurposing vintage butter molds from the thrift store to create all natural decongestant shower melts with essential oils by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I love all the different shapes!

These shower melts can be stored for several months in an airtight container, like a mason jar! You could certainly use these as a gift, or just tuck them in your bathroom cabinet to easy retrieval.

Repurposing vintage butter molds from the thrift store to create all natural decongestant shower melts with essential oils by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

I’ll be making these again and again…

Isn’t that a great way to reuse food molds from the thrift store? Now to think up other possibilities…and if you’re a sinus sufferer, I’d love to hear how you manage the pressure and pain! And if you’re interested in more upcycling/repurposing projects that use essential oils, please check out my full collection here!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!Repurposing vintage butter molds from the thrift store to create all natural decongestant shower melts with essential oils by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. What an awesome idea! I’ve never even heard of shower melts. I’m definitely trying this as I periodically suffer from sinus problems as well. How do they melt? Do you put them on the floor of your shower and just let them melt away?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Yes, they just dissolve in the steam and water. 🙂 I actually make suggestions in my blog post about how to set them in the shower, what to set them on, etc.

  2. I love this idea, Sarah. Thanks for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  3. acraftymix says:

    Oh shame Sarah, sinuses are no fun at all. I love your idea of using thrifty butter molds to make some shower melts though. They look so pretty. Have you tried adding some tea tree oil?

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      I should try some tea tree- and camphor! I have some tea tree oil leftover from another project- good idea!

  4. Thanks Sarah, I’m definitely trying this! What a great idea,
    Oooohhh… maybe I’ll get crafty this weekend!
    Thanks for the awesome inspiration!

  5. I’ve never heard of shower melts for decongestion. However, I LOVE the idea. I have sinus issues myself. I may even have the ingredients (but not the molds) already. Now to go out and find some molds that will work. I think I have some soap molds, but I think something more flexible would work better, maybe. Thanks so much for the idea. I can’t wait to try them out!!

  6. This is awesome! I love DIY beauty products especially bath bombs, sugar scrubs, and now this! It’s definitely something that I’d make at home! Thanks for the idea and the recipe!

  7. diyadulation says:

    What a great way to get unique designs and add a little pretty to your medicine! Thanks so much for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week!

  8. I could definitely use something like these. I suffer from major allergies in the spring and working outdoors is no fun at all!

  9. This is very, very clever. Enjoyed the post!

  10. What a great idea. I don’t think my sinus problems are chronic, but they can be frequent at times. I have never thought to use these…and I even used to have a steam shower in our last house! I don’t blame you for not wanting to use those molds for anything edible…they were pretty scary! Thanks for being such a regular contributor to Celebrate Your Story!

  11. Great idea, Thank you for sharing at Snickerdoodle!

  12. These are too pretty to be used at all Sarah! You should keep them in a pretty jar for decoration. But on second thought we don’t want you suffering so good idea to make these. I wish I could help but I have no remedies.

  13. I will never be able to pass up the antique molds again Great craft Sadie.

  14. I have those two exact butter molds! I found mine years ago at a thrift store on the central coast of CA. I used them to make butter molds for a ladies luncheon. I think they thought I have 3 heads…maybe shower melts is a better use now days. 😀

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Hahaha!! I think they’d make for lovely hand-soaps, too…in case your ladies’ luncheons ever need favors. 🙂

  15. SO perfect. I need to make these as my allergies are terrible right now.

    And thanks again for linking to Waste not Wednesday!

  16. I will be looking for molds while thrifting! Love this idea. My sister believes in vapor rub so she might love that formula! Thanks so much!

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