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How To Make Your Own Shower Jelly For Strong, Soft Skin

Homemade Shower Jelly

I’ve learned over the past few years that there isn’t just one kind of person who prefers natural or homemade health and beauty products. All kinds of people seek out natural products for all sorts of reasons. But there is one thing that unifies us – we all love soft skin and lovely scents.

Bella & Bear’s vegan and cruelty-free shower jelly is one example. They make scrumptious-smelling shower jellies — they are essentially shower gels that are more solid.

Since the closest large store is a 45-minute drive away, I thought I’d see if I could create my own “shower jelly” at home. It turned out to be quite easy, and I’m really enjoying using it! When you make your own, the added gelatin can help strengthen the elasticity of your skin, while the soap and scents leave you feeling soft and clean. A pretty genius idea, if you ask me! Here’s how you can make your own shower jelly at home, too.

Homemade Shower Jelly

You’ll need:

Homemade Shower Jelly

Directions:

Start by bringing the water to a boil. Remove the water from heat and add the packets of gelatin. Mix well until the gelatin dissolves completely.

Homemade Shower Jelly

Next, add the castile soap, salt, essential oils, and coloring or glitter if you’re using them. Stir to combine.

We used lavender essential oil in our jellies for its skin soothing benefits (and because we love the scent of lavender!)

Homemade Shower Jelly

Place your silicone mold on a small sheet tray, and gently pour the gelatin mixture into the mold.

Homemade Shower Jelly

There will be a lot of air bubbles, but that’s okay. You can either leave them as is, or spray the surface of the mixture with a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol. The alcohol will eliminate the bubbles and leave you with a smoother finished product.

Homemade Shower Jelly

Place the tray into your fridge to let the cubes set up. Once the mixture is firm, remove the tray from the fridge. Gently pull the silicone mold away from each shower cube.

Homemade Shower Jelly

Store them in a cool, dry area with enough room so that the cubes don’t touch (otherwise they’ll end up sticking together.)

Homemade Shower Jelly

Take one of your shower jellies into the shower with you and soap up as usual. The jelly will lather up nicely, leaving your skin clean, soft, and hydrated.

To get your skin really going, leave your jelly in the fridge and take it out before you shower. The blast of cold will send your blood pumping to the surface, giving you a deliciously refreshing feeling. What are you waiting for? :-)


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  • I’m wondering why you have to put salt in these if they are not a salt or sugar scrub? I am going to make these because they are such a clever idea! Thanks for the share :)

  • hi
    love all your ideas!
    I was wondering… could I use something else instead of the castile soap? I cant get it here in my country…(amazon doesn’t ship to us either :(…)
    and I would love to try it.

    • I too do not have castile soap so am going to use a liquid soap I have on hand. I am sure it will work as some people are allergic to so many products that they need to substitute what works for them.
      I was wondering and will try it, to dust the cubes with cornstarch after remove from mold to keep them from sticking. I will get back on that when I see if it works.

  • What can I add to this to make it super moisturizing? I have terrible itchy dry skin in the winter months. I can’t even use Dove. I have yet to find a cleanser that doesn’t make me scratch my legs until they bruise, I’d appreciate any suggestions.

    • Try adding grapeseed oil, it’s readily absorbed by the skin (I use it to moisturise my psoriasis, so it shouldn’t irritate your skin)…or if you require a heavy moisturising oil, avocado oil is full of vitamin e.

    • Dona, I was intrigued by your question and sympathise with your sensitivity to soap products. It might be worth trying an ancient approach … and I mean ancient! The Greeks, Romans and Etruscans used to rub olive oil onto their skin and scrape it off with a tool called a strigil. Check out Wikipedia for “strigil” and “oil cleaning method,” although these days we can clean off the oil with a microfibre washcloth! And you can combine extra-virgin olive oil with other oils like castor, coconut, grapeseed, etc. I would hold off on adding any essential oils for scent unless you’re sure your skin won’t be irritated by them. This method was good enough for the likes of Homer and Julius Caesar, so it must be worth a try ;o). Good luck!

      • Wow Janet, thanks so much! I will look that up for sure. Winter is approaching and that means it will be getting worse. Do you use this method? i do use essential oils, and was thinking when I tried this of adding just a bit of lavender. I know it doesn’t bother me.

        I appreciate your help!

  • Thanks Jill! I love these and can’t wait to make them !!! I was wondering if you had or if you could make some kind of a chart that would be beneficial for making homemade skin care products ? Choices in each column for butters, oils, ess oils, bonding agents, etc. that way we could make our own mixtures but we don’t have to figure out the ratio/formulas!

  • Can you use just 1 package of gelatin and put it in a jar like the Lush products? Package it in jars for gifts! Will that work at all? I, too, love Lush, but the stores are 60 miles from mr!

  • Thank you so much for this tutorial. My granddaughter loves Lush. I think this would be fun to make with her. Do you think if they were coated with cornstarch they might not stick together?

    For you that are worried about it there is this product Lieber’s Unflavored Jel

  • Thank you for sharing this. I would definitely give it a try!
    Does vegetarian gelatin sold in confectionary shops work the same? And what is the shelf life?

    • You could put them in a jar – just line it with some parchment paper first! Wood oils are great for a manly scent: sandalwood, cedar wood, birch, frankincense, white fir. :-)

  • I’m glad you edited your comment. I do love a few Lush products, but I definitely do NOT love lush. Thank you for helping in the quest for all natural, non-Lush products.

  • I love your website.
    This morning you replied to Susan that the shelf life was “about 2 weeks”. Is that for the vegetarian gelatin only? or for the jellies made with unflavored gelatin also? I was hoping to get an early start on Christmas gifts for my nieces and coworkers.

  • Thank you for sharing this.
    I have a question, if I intend to add shea butter to the soap, do I add them in on the same step as the essential oil? My mum has very bad eczema, which cause very dry and flaking skin. So shea butter will help on this :)

  • Jillee, what size gelatin packets did you use? I got the Knox, which is I believe 1/4 oz. Four packets and total weight 1 oz. My jellies was rather soft. I left one wrapped in plastic wrap on my kitchen counter and and totally melted into a gooey mess when we ran the dishwasher. ANd have you found they mold or something after two weeks? Why two week shelf life? Thanks.

    • I just thought I would take a conservative guess for my friends in warmer climates – I think they’ll last longer than that, though!

      And yes, my gelatin envelopes were 1/4 of an oz. Are you sure that your jellies set up fully before you removed them?

      • Yes, I left them over night. I will try it again. And gotcha about the shelf life! I’ll keep you posted. I love the idea of shower jellies! Thanks!

    • I had the same issue. I made two batches, let them firm-up for a day. Placed them carefully in baggies- came back to a complete ‘melt-down’ of jelly. I really like the concept, but not sure where I went wrong? And I live in a northern climate where its quite cold.

  • Hi! I want to make these as Christmas gifts. Do they need to be exposed to air or is airtight packaging the best bet. Also how long do they last in the fridge? What is their shelf life out of the fridge? Is it really two weeks? Thanks!

    • Airtight packaging is best, they’ll keep in the fridge for at least a month, and two weeks is a very conservative estimate for people in warm, moist climates. :-)

      • I’m looking forward to making these jellies. I have a huge assortment of the oils and never thought of this. Thank you so much.
        Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.

  • What is the reason for the salt in the recipe? I have tried adding salt to castile soap based body wash in the past and have been wildly unsuccessful… can any type of salt be used?

  • I am going to try these. Perhaps adding a bit less water, slightly less Castile soap, or maybe a few less drops of EO’s would help them set up better. Also, you are referring to liquid castile soap, right? I have seen it in bars, and that would certainly make a difference!

  • This is a great “recipe” for shower jellies! However, glitter should NOT be used since it’s very bad for the environment. Glitter gets into the natural water system where it has very harmful effects on wildlife!
    Maybe dried ground flower petals could be used, or ground spices.

    • If someone is set on using glitter, suppliers of soap and candle making ingredients sell an eco-friendly glitter that doesn’t clog waterways and is approved for us in soap products as per the Clean Water Act.

    • I was just wondering about the whole glitter thing too….Would food coloring dyed, and baked table sugar have the same effect as being sparkly in these gellys instead of using real glitter that is bad for our water system?

      • That sounds awesome, Natalie! I would think that would then work similar to a “sugar scrub” and become double-duty shower gels.

  • I think the best bet would be to just store them in the fridge. Also, I would think that some citrus gels from the fridge would be a great “wake-up” call!! :-) I hope between all of us, we can play around with these until somebody comes up with the magic recipe! I wish they could touch each other because I certainly do not have the space to store them in my fridge trying to keep them apart. I plan to watch for someone to come on here and share their different ingredients that provide the winner!!

  • From reading some of the comments I assume that you have encountered the same problem as me. I made these and they came out great. I put one in shower and one in my husband’s for us to use the next morning. The next morning it was gone! Poof. No residue left behind, not a sign that there had ever been a shower jelly in there. Has anyone found the solution for this?

  • Why alcohol? Doesn’t that dry your skin?
    As for storage, can you store them in the mold in a plastic bag and remove as needed? And ditto on the glitter. Don’t use glitter unless it’s the eco friendly kind.

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