By now I'm sure you've heard of, or maybe even used, some of those wonderful shower jellies sold by Lush. If you haven't, you're missing out! Shower jellies are a type of gelatinous soap that is sort of like solidified shower gel.
I made these several years ago, and sort of forgot about them until one of my followers asked if I could make them. I was so glad she brought it up, as they are a lot of fun to both make and use.
This recipe is NOT vegan, but I will tell you what ingredients to use in order to make it vegan. Let's get soapy!
What you need:
2 packets of Knox unflavored gelatin (if you want a vegan version, use 5 teaspoons of powdered agar agar) You can buy agar agar HERE.
3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup shower gel, liquid hand soap, or castile soap
3-5 drops of essential oil or 1/4 teaspoon soap fragrance (you can find this at a hobby or craft store)
2-3 drops of liquid soap coloring (you can find this at a hobby or craft store)
1 tsp salt (acts as a preservative)
silicone mold or empty glass jar
skin-safe glitter (optional. You can find this at a hobby or craft store)
How to make it:
1. Dissolve the gelatin or agar agar in the boiling water.
2. Add in the salt, and stir until dissolved.
3. Add the shower gel or liquid soap, and gently stir to combine. You want to try to avoid causing air bubbles.
4. Stir in the essential oils or soap fragrance.
5. Add the glitter (if you're using it), and gently stir.
6. Carefully pour the mixture into the mold or jar, and place in the refrigerator for roughly 5 hours, or until it has congealed. (If there are air bubbles on your jellies, spray them with a little rubbing alcohol. This will cause them disappear!)
7. If using a mold, pop your jellies out and use them! If you used a jar, scoop a bit out and lather up!
**The salt in this recipe acts as a preservative, but you should use your jellies within 2 weeks for best results.
If you want to learn a little more about making fun bath products, check out my tutorial on Getting Started with Melt and Pour Soap.