Make shower time fun with these wiggly shower jellies your whole family will love.
Oh friends. You are gonna love this shower jellies recipe. Like, LOVE it.
Because I mean… who wouldn’t love a wiggly, jiggly and oh so tingly bar of soap to play with? I may be an adult but there is still a big kid in me that loves to have fun and experience silly things that make me laugh. And these shower jellies are so much fun. I mean, seriously, before I got anywhere near the shower I totally spent a good 10 minutes just shaking these little shower jellies and squishing them around. They are so strange and weird and wiggly!
And these diy shower jellies make a great gift. It is so fun to see the reaction on peoples faces when they realize they get to soap up with such a silly and wonderfully wiggly cleansing product. Say goodbye to the days of gifting with boring, plain, old bar soap. And say hello to gifting with creative and inexpensive shower jellies!
How to Use Shower Jellies
All you need to do to use your shower jellies is to get them wet, lather them right on your skin or using a loofah or shower pouf. Then rinse off. You can choose to refrigerate them or freeze them too, which makes for a really cool fire-and-ice kind of shower experience. And gives them a little more of a solid texture. They can be a bit slippery at room temperature so if you find yourself droppin’ that slippery soap too much, toss them into the fridge or freezer next time.
It’s also best to place in a container and drain out any excess water after using. Or get your pouf or loofah wet, then rub it into the container with your shower jellies and lather it up that way without getting the whole bar wet. But then that takes away all the wiggly squishy fun in my opinion, and these are just too fun to play with.
How long do Shower Jellies last?
I have kept mine in the shower for 1-2 months… they did just fine! But they might turn gloppy if left wet too long or your area is hot & humid. If you find this happening, store in fridge when not being used and they will retain their shape better and last longer.
If you are trying to make them last even longer just break off or using a knife cut off little pieces of them to use each week and keep the rest in the fridge.
The Science & Ingredients in my Shower Jellies DIY Recipe
The first time I heard about shower jellies was when the company Lush came out with them. So this year, I thought, why don’t we make a shower jellies bar of soap too that costs a whole lot less?! So we did. Here are the ingredients used for this recipe with the why behind each one.
Unflavored gelatin: The gelatin is what gives the ‘jelly’ to these shower jellies. It helps to bind all of the ingredients so it is no longer in liquid form.
Liquid castile soap: This is a wonderful ingredient to always have at home. It is a soap made out of olive oil and is gentle to the skin. It doesn’t have a huge lather, but it does provide enough to have fun with bubbles.
Peppermint essential oil: Peppermint oil is cooling to the skin and helps invigorate your senses. I love using Peppermint on my body because it tingles and loosens up any sore muscles.
Wild Orange essential oil: Wild Orange is refreshing and awakening. It pairs beautifully with Peppermint and gives you a boost of energy first thing in the day.
Boiling water: Boiling water is used to help bloom/activate the gelatin and helps to melt and mix all of the ingredients together.
Salt: Salt helps to add a gentle exfoliation to the skin.
How to Make Shower Jellies
Homemade Shower Jellies Recipe
- 2 1 oz envelopes unflavored gelatin
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup unscented liquid castile soap
- 15 drops Peppermint essential oil
- 15 drops Wild Orange essential oil
- 1 tsp salt
- Silicone mold
- Rubbing alcohol optional
- Place a clean silicone mold on a cookie sheet. This will make it easy to transport to the fridge.
- In a heat-proof glass container, sprinkle gelatin powder over boiling water. Stir gently until gelatin is dissolved.
- In the same container, add liquid castile soap, salt, and essential oils. Stir gently.
- Pour into silicone mold. Spray with rubbing alcohol to get rid of any bubbles (optional).
- Place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours or until set. Remove shower jellies from mold and use in shower.
- Get the shower jelly wet, lather right on your skin or using a loofah or shower pouf. Then rinse off. You can choose to refrigerate them or freeze them too, which makes for a really cool fire-and-ice kind of shower experience. And gives them a little more of a solid texture. They can be a bit slippery at room temperature so if you find yourself droppin' that slippery soap too much, toss them into the fridge or freezer next time.It's also best to place in a container and drain out any excess water after using so they don't get gloopy. Or get your pouf or loofah wet, then rub it into the container with your shower jellies and lather it up that way without getting the whole bar wet.
How Much Does it Cost to Make Shower Jellies?
Here are some helpful links of some of the items I used, but you might find these items cheaper in your own stores or craft stores. The essential oils though you need to get nice pure ones, so I prefer DoTerra essential oils.
This silicone mold $9.74
This liquid Castile soap $ 7.79
Peppermint essential oil whole bottle $27
Wild Orange essential oil whole bottle $14
Note: to save money you could swap out the Wild Orange for a Lavender or Lemon essential oil and get this little 3-pack kit for $26.67. Also, consider finding a silicone mold at your local craft store and use a coupon on it. You can also use silicone cupcake liners as molds if you have some of those around too.
Price per Bar Cost Breakdown:
2 envelopes unflavored gelatin: $.87
3/4 cup boiling water: $.00
1/2 cup unscented liquid castile soap: $1.62
15 drops Peppermint essential oil: $1.23
15 drops Wild Orange essential oil: $.63
1 teaspoon salt: $.02
Total: $4.37 for 3 bars ($1.46 per bar)
Happy having all that fun playing with shower jellies!!
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