Bath jellies can make bath time exciting for the kids. Bath Jellies can also be a cool and invigorating treat in the shower for grown up kids too!
Bath time in our house has never been met with gripes and groans. Probably because bath time is like the pool, playtime, and art class all in one here. I’m not really sure how this started. I think when my oldest was young we did bath crayons once and it seemed to escalate from there. I love it though and so do they! It’s the perfect place to make a mess if you’re going to make one.
Let me just say how fun these bath jellies are! My kids won’t eat Jello. Every time I have made Jello it just becomes a demolition zone for imagination play. So “Jello” like bath jellies that are made to be destroyed and played with (*not eaten) IN THE BATH…. their minds were blown.
This was inspired from the bath & beauty product line Lush. They sell shower jelly for a pretty penny. However, you can make a version in your kitchen for FAR less.
2 packets of Gelatin (I had Knox Gelatine on hand. You can also use Agar Agar for a natural substitution)
1 1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup of gel body wash
water based food coloring (mica powders as a natural alternative)
Molds or Container (Mason jar, Silicone molds, ice cube trays, muffin tins, etc.)
You want to use a non-sweetened gelatin = no sticky mess. Knox Gelatine can be found in your local grocery store in the baking area. Just look up above the Jell-O boxes toward the top shelf. Agar Agar as a natural alternative that can be found in most whole foods or natural stores. As far as the body wash, as long as it is gel based it doesn’t matter if it is colored or not. Creamy body washes don’t work well and using a dish or castile soap is harsh on your skin and pH balance.
Boil your water. Add to your gelatin in a bowl. Mix until all is dissolved. Add your body wash. Mix this slowly! It can really suds up if you mix too quickly.
Separate your mixture into multiple bowls if making more than one color. Add your coloring and mix.
Now, pour into your molds or container. Put in the refrigerator and let firm for at least 2-3 hours.
- *Bath Jellies are NOT EDIBLE! Be sure any young children know this.
- If you are using small molds made for candy or chocolates, you can use a syringe/pipette to gently squirt the mixture in without worrying about overfilling or spilling.
- 2-3 hours in the fridge will be very wiggly jello consistency, let sit for a day and they will harden a bit more.
- These must be stored in the fridge to keep. I recommend using within a weeks time, if they last that long. 😉
You can also give these as gifts. I don’t recommend making them beforehand and distributing, because they need to be stored in a cold location or they will revert back to liquid. However, providing the supplies and recipe instructions would make a great basket treat.
If you like this tutorial, check out the Bath Bombs DIY also!