These soap jellies are super simple to make and such a fun little treat for the shower. My girls love these and they are actually fairly pricey to buy at fancy bath stores. Lush sells a small version of these for $10 or a larger version for $20. You can make them in minutes for a fraction of the price and customize with any color or fragrance you like.
The jellie comes together and it is bouncy and squishy and fragrant and you can use it in the bath or shower as an alternative to bar soap or body wash. This is a perfect craft to do with older kids for quality time together or something for teens to make for friends. Pop your shower jellies in a mason jar and you are ready to go.
This recipe will make approximately 12 oz or so of jellies. I used (2) 8oz mason jars and they were not quite full.
You only need a few ingredients to make these:
- 1 package gelatin*
- ⅔ Cup Hot Water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- ½ cup body wash or bubble bath
- Bring ⅔ cup water to very hot- almost boiling.
- Add to a mixing bowl and pour in 1 packet of gelatin. Stir well to dissolve and add salt- mixing to dissolve.
- Let cool for a few minutes and mix in ½ cup shower gel or soap or bubble bath.
- Drop in 1-4 drops food coloring and fragrance if desired.
- Pour contents into mason jars or molds or small containers of your choice.
- Cover with saran wrap or a lid and place in fridge for at least 4 hours (or overnight).
*Gelatin is the simplest ingredient to find in the baking section at any grocery store. Lush uses vegetarian products that are organic. If you prefer to use a vegetarian product instead, Agar powder is a great substitute. (Find it here.)
A few notes:
I have tried both creamy body wash and clear body wash and the best results are always with a clear/gel wash not the creamy variety. I only add essential oils for extra fragrance if the soap is not already fragranced. Typically a shower gel will have a strong enough scent. I used a coconut + lemon soap and added just a few more drops of lemon essential oils.
Once you finish with the mixture you can fill a jar or make several small shower gels. A larger gel can be cut into pieces once it sets and gets firm. I made mine both ways and found that I prefer a larger jellie that is cut into pieces. Transfer a few of the jellies into a jar or container to use in the shower and the remainder can be stored in the fridge for a few weeks.
Note the bubbles at the top of the mixture will stay with your jellies. I don’t mind those at all but if you prefer to scrape off the bubbles at the top before the mixture sets you will have a nice clean bottom for your jellies.
For the pink jellies I added a little fine silver glitter to my mixture. I used a glitter that is safe for bath products not a standard craft store glitter. It adds a really pretty and subtle sparkle to the jellie.
And to present as a gift you can use a mason jar and just cube the jellies or use a small mold or ice cube tray to make them instead of the jar. Add a ribbon and done! Note the larger your jelly, the easier it is to handle. My smaller jellies did tend to break a bit as I was handling them.
My girls always complain about showers so I love these fun little surprises to delight them.
If you decide to give these a whirl please come back and let me know what you think!
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