Creating A Desirable Shower Space

Have you ever taken a shower in a beautiful hotel or resort and felt more refreshed and relaxed than you ever thought possible? I remember feeling that way after staying in Costa Rica last year. Although the shower was indoors, I felt like I had just showered in nature, and it was a beautiful thing. Nature has the ability to bring us back to our roots, making us feel calmer, more relaxed, and grounded. Ever since that trip to Costa Rica, I’ve been on a mission to create a shower space that feels like nature, and today I want to share three of my favorite little secrets for doing this.

One of the most important components to making your shower space feel like nature is to remove anything that looks manmade and commercial. Usually this refers to plastic containers with text written on them. Most beauty products (shampoos, conditioners, body washes) have bright labels that catch your eye. In order to let your mind relax, take these out of your shower. Instead, find simple glass containers and empty your products into them. Bonus if you’ve made your own products (like this homemade body scrub)! Containers with pumps work best for more liquidly products like shampoo and body wash, while jars with screw tops work best for thicker substances like body scrub and conditioner.

Glass bottles and towel on wood bench

Glass bottles and jars on blue tile shower floor

This next idea is a recent favorite of mine. All it involves is a bunch of eucalyptus and some twine.

Eucalyptus and Twine

Hang the eucalyptus upside down by tying it to your shower head with twine. When you run your shower, the steam will rise up towards the eucalyptus, filling your bathroom with the most refreshing, relaxing scent. Plus, the added greens are lovely on the eyes. You’ll definitely feel a little closer to nature.

Eucalyptus on shower head with blue tile

The last thing I like to do is scent my towels for a spa-like ending to my shower. I like to place a drop or two of essential oil into a spray bottle and fill the rest of the bottle with water. I then spray a quick mist over my towel before I get into the shower. It’s so nice to be wrapped in a cloud of lavender or lemongrass after taking a relaxing and refreshing shower.

Lace Towel, Eucalyptus, and Perfume Spray Bottle

Those are my little secrets! How do you turn your shower space into a natural haven? Share your tips below!

Glass bottles, towel, and eucalyptus

Photos by Brigette

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  1. Thanks for writing a post on such a simple, everyday thing that can be turned into a calming, creative, ethereal experience. This post really embodies the spirit of Free People that I love so much!

  2. I did this in my shower a while ago…. I cannot wait to shower now! It’s so soothing and elegant all at the same time and just envelops you. Sometimes I just stand there and meditate for a few seconds and I just feel so revive.

  3. Expensive towels. When I moved in with my fellow, one of the first things he did was go out & buy us both a set of super-fancy plush towels. He spent around eighty dollars a piece on them (and I must admit, I thought he was crazy!) but then, I wrapped myself up in them and discovered a decadent, ultra soft, and uber absorbent luxury I had been missing all my life! A single towel dries me, my long long hair, and is only lightly damp feeling after soaking up all that moisture! It’s impressive, and something I never would have splurged on for myself, but now they are so nice that I’m considering buying them for my best friend! Shel’ll thing it an odd gift…until she uses them….

  4. Thank you for these great ideas. I love the idea of the aroma therapy spray. I can’t wait to try these out.

  5. I’m Australian so my family has been doing the eucalyptus trick for years. It’s also really nice if you add blossoming jasmine vine. However that only works for night showers as jasmine releases it’s fragrance after dusk. Making my own soaps, scrubs & face cosmetics is a beautiful way to naturalize your bathroom. Opening the window during a rain storm. Playing a soundscape of birds is amazing also. Turning off electric lights & using lots of safely placed candles for natural light. Clanking with toxic free bathroom cleaners makes a HUGE difference too. And, taking my time. Wether I shower or bath, I call it spa time my cat comes in & relishes in the steam & I give my body temple time out.

  6. Oh, I love this! So simple and doable, and I think it would totally transform my daily routine. Also loved the comment about getting nice, plush towels.

  7. Emily – The containers with the pumps are from Target, the medium one with the white top is from Marshall’s, and the largest is from A.C. Moore! :)

  8. I love the idea of hanging the Eucalyptus. I searched for some a while back for this same purpose but didn’t have any luck. So instead I’ve been adding a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to the shower head when I turn it on. It doesn’t have the asthetic appeal that the branches do, but it smells just as good and refreshing!

  9. I love FP. There are always amazing and ideas popping up. I feel more relaxed just looking at this shower. Thank you!

  10. this is so brilliant. there is nothing like getting clean in an outdoor shower, and I think it is so smart that these tips help anyone bring the feel of nature to your own shower! At home (and if the weather is nice) I open my windows and let the breezes roll in!

    Camille Bremer
    Marketing & Asian Studies, 2015
    A. B. Freeman School of Business
    Tulane University

  11. I’ m sorry, but what is shown in the pictures is definately NOT Eucalyptus!…..

  12. Hi – the color of the tiles in pic 3 and 5 are EXACTLY what I’m looking for. Can someone please help me find out where those are from? Thanks!

  13. I’m getting ready to move into a new house, and the bathroom is so simple and I want it to stay that way. Definitely using these tips!

  14. this looks amazing and i can’t wait to transform my bathroom!! but i live in boston and was wondering if i could get my hands on that eucalyptus…where would you suggest i try looking in this city?

  15. Hi
    I’m from Fort Worth TX. Where can I find dried eucalyptus? It used be everywhere, can’t find it anymore. Any ideas?

  16. Sometimes the simplest ideas have the maximum affect, and this is no different, As a builder I have been tasked with doing 2 bathrooms his/hers and I really wanted to make hers special. This is one of the best little a simplest guides ive came across that is not going to eat into the budget.

    thanks a lot.

  17. Hi,
    I just wanted to say that I can usually find Eucalyptus at Trader Joe’s. I sincerely hope you have one near you it is an awesome store!

  18. Just wanted to say please don’t bring glass into your shower!! I recently set a glass jar with coconut oil in my shower to use for a conditioning treatment when the glass slipped and shattered across the floor of my shower. Thankfully nothing hit my head, but I got a huge piece of glass stuck into my foot and was bleeding everywhere. I will never bring glass into the shower again and I highly recommend that you do the same!

  19. this one appears to be my shower enclosure my family and i decided to
    buy just recently, so happy with it for anyone upon the fence on the
    subject of purchasing one, do it, you will not regret it

  20. My eucalyptus is drying up really fast, is there any way to keep this from happening so fast?

  21. I replaced all my product bottles with dispensers in my bathroom.It really makes a huge difference. You can select dispensers according to the colour and theme of your bathroom since there is a wide range of designs available. It’s way better than multi colored product bottles and it really helps you to save storage space.

  22. Rebuilding our bathroom right now [I can hear the plasterer at work as I type!] and I’m really looking forward to the finished product. Love the unlabelled dispensers and especially the eucy hanging from the shower.

    Living here in rural Australia, I’m blessed to be able to take my pick from what is growing around here. Oh yeah – @Tota [even though your post is a couple of years old] the plant in the picture is definitely eucalyptus. Most likely Eucalyptus Cinerea

  23. I love the idea of hanging the Eucalyptus. I searched for some a while back for this same purpose but didn’t have any luck. So instead I’ve been adding a few drops of Eucalyptus oil to the shower head when I turn it on.

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