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
- 2 packets unflavored gelatin
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/2 cup castile soap
- 30 drops essential oil(s)
- 1 tsp salt
- Silicone mold
- Small spray bottle of rubbing alcohol
- Cosmetic-grade coloring or cosmetic-grade glitter (optional)
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.
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!)
Place your silicone mold on a small sheet tray, and gently pour the gelatin mixture into the mold.
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.
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.
Store them in a cool, dry area with enough room so that the cubes don’t touch (otherwise they’ll end up sticking together.)
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? :-)