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Have A Luxurious Shower With Homemade Bath Jelly

Whether you’re jumping in the shower after a long day or getting ready for a busy day, shower jellies make a great addition to bathing time. If you’ve never used them, they’re actually what they sound like: jellies that you rub on your skin for their soothing, nourishing effects.

Shower jelly devotees are probably familiar with the ever-popular LUSH shower jellies, but they’re easy to make at home. By making them yourself, you can customize the recipes to have any scent and a variety of cleansing attributes.

Basic Shower Jelly How-To

Shower jelly is a fairly basic, universal recipe. You’ll need unflavored gelatin, water, some type of gel or liquid soap, essential oil, salt, food coloring, optional body glitter, and a mold. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get you started:

  1. Combine two packets of the gelatin (Knox Unflavored Gelatin works, or use an unsweetened vegan mix if you can find one) and 3/4 cup of boiling water. Add the water to the powder in a glass bowl and stir until the powder is dissolved.
  2. Add your soap to the liquid mixture. You can use your favorite shower gel or liquid Castile soap. Add about a 1/2 cup.
  3. Add 3-5 drops of essential oil and 2-3 drops of food coloring of your choice. For an aromatherapy boost, add more like 30 drops of essential oil. You can also add body-safe glitter at this step, if you’d like. Mix well.
  4. Add one teaspoon of salt and stir again.
  5. Pour the liquid into your mold and let it sit in the fridge until it’s firm. This will usually take about one afternoon. If you don’t have a mold, you can always place the liquid into a pan and just cut the jellies into squares once they are hardened.
  6. For care of your shower jellies, keep them cooled in the fridge so they stay firm. To use, just rub a chunk over your skin like a soap bar. Use within a couple weeks so they don’t spoil.

Fun With Aromatherapy

If you’d like your shower jellies to be as therapeutic as they are cleansing, you can combine essential oils in fun ways to produce certain mood effects.

For mental stimulation: peppermint, rosemary and sage.

For a positive mood: lavender, rose and sweet pea.

For relaxation: tea tree and lavender.

For general rejuvenation: orange, eucalyptus and lemon.

Experiment and combine the scents, or have one scent bomb with 30 drops of one type of essential oil. You can also increase the positive associations by combining certain scents with corresponding colors, like make a themed lavender scrub with 30 drops of lavender oil and red and blue food coloring to form a purple scrub.

The fun with these jellies is that you’ll never want to stop experimenting, and each shower becomes a therapeutic trip to the spa. The cool jellies will massage the skin, cleanse and provide delicious scents.