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If you ask me, there’s nothing better after a long day than a relaxing bath. Add some candles, my favorite music, bubbles and shower jelly and I’m in Heaven for pampering myself. What I hate though is spending a ton of bath products. That’s why I make so many myself. Shower jelly and bath jelly is my new favorite thing to make!
This shower jelly makes a great DIY gift idea too if you’re looking for a way to have a cheap Christmas or for a budget friendly birthday gift.
Package them up in a pretty container, add some twine and a ribbon and Bob’s your uncle on a great gift.
Shower Jelly Flowers
This bath jelly recipe will help you make your jelly into flower shapes, however, you can use any mold you would like.
We also made them lavender scented and used a honey scented body wash to make honey lavender bath jelly, but again, the scents are up to you.
If you would rather use a different scent, switch it out but keep the amounts the same. I have made peppermint, citrus and more using this same shower jelly recipe.
Bath Jelly Flowers
You Will Need:
- 1 package Unflavored Gelatin
- ½ c. Honey scented body wash
- 1 c. Cold water
- Soap colorant in orange, red, and purple colors
- 10 drops Lavender essential oil
- Silicone mold
- 1 cup measuring cup
- 1/2 cup measuring cup
- 2 qt. Medium Saucepan
- Pouring container with a pour spout
- Cookie sheet or freezer safe shallow baking dish
To begin making your shower jelly, empty the packet of unflavored gelatin into a medium (2 qt.) stock pot.
Add 1 cup cold water water and stir until the gelatin is almost fully dissolved. Gelatin is edible so you can use a regular spoon for this step if you need.
Place the pot over medium heat and stir until the gelatin is fully dissolved.
Add the 1/2 cup body wash and stir until it is fully incorporated. Be sure to stir slowly. You may get bubbles you don’t want to deal with if you stir too quickly.
Remove the pot from the heat and allow it cool very slightly. It only needs 1-2 minutes before moving on. If you allow it to cool too long, it will harden into one big jelly pot.
The reason for allowing the mixture to cool slightly is because heat is the enemy to essential oils. It will destroy them and cause them to lose any properties they have other than scent.
Once you’ve allowed it to cool a bit, add approx. 10 drops of lavender essential oil or the oil of your choice.
If you are using more than once essential oil, split the drops between them.
Give it a good stir.
Side Note: You can use any brand of essential oils you prefer whether they claim to be “therapeutic grade” or not. Since there is no federal grading system for essential oils in the US, there is literally no such thing as a “therapeutic grade” and will not be until a system is established.
I personally prefer Plant Therapy essential oils. They are pure oils and uncut with anything. As long as the brand you are using is pure oil, you are fine.
Once you’ve mixed the essential oils into the gelatin mixture, pour it into a measuring cup or something with a pour spout.
Fill each of your silicone molds with the mixture.
If you are not using colorants, you will skip the next step. It is perfectly fine not to and your shower jelly and bath jelly won’t be affected. The colorant is for looks only.
If you are using colorants, add 2-3 drops in each silicone mold.
Use a toothpick to stir the colorant around making sure it covers all of your shower jelly.
Carefully place the molds onto a cookie sheet or a freezer safe shallow baking dish. Be careful not to spill any of the mixture.
Place the sheet in the freezer for 15-minutes then remove and refrigerate overnight.
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Store your bath and shower jellies in an air tight container in the fridge. Use them within one week.