We love squishy soap! From our Copycat Lush Soap to our gelatin-based Jiggly Jelly Soap, we’ve had a lot of fun experimenting with jelly soap, but I wanted to create a Vegan Jelly Soap (with no melt-and-pour soap) for our vegan readers (or any mama’s out there who may be hosting parties with vegans in attendance).
Vegan Jelly Soap
While our first DIY Jelly Soap was vegan, it used melt-and-pour soap which not all of our readers are a fan of, so I wanted to create a new, vegan jelly soap that was more in line with our second version which used gelatin.
Lush’s original jelly soap is vegetarian and uses mineral-rich carrageenan extract, derived from seaweed, so I first explored using that for a DIY jelly soap, but upon learning how hard it is to source I wanted to provide a more widely available option. (However, you can purchase carrageenan extract on Etsy, depending on where you live.)
Instead, our natural jelly soap uses a vegan alternative that is widely available on Amazon and at Aldi. We have not experimented with this recipe using other vegan jelly powders, so if you do end up using a different variety of vegan jelly powder, please let us know in the comments below so that other readers can benefit from that knowledge as well!
I gifted this vegan jelly soap to a vegan friend and she was so excited! Her daughter always protests at the mention of bath time so fingers crossed this is going to help make bath time go a bit smoother in her house!
Now, if you’re not vegan, something that might trip you up if making these for a vegan friend (or with a group of children where some might be vegan) is that some food colorings are not vegan, so ensure you grab one that is vegan-friendly.
This jelly soap can last for three months (or more) in the fridge. While our other jelly soaps can be stored at room temperature, we had our vegan ones lose their detail when left out (still jelly-like but they looked like blobs instead of that pretty flower design) so I recommend keeping them stored in an airtight mason jar in the fridge when not in use – I just dole out one or two as needed and keep them stored away.
Vegan Jelly Soap Materials
- 1 cup vegan body wash or Dr. Bronner’s Castile Soap
- 2 packets of vege gel (sold at Aldi or at Amazon) – 13g total
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1/2 teaspoon liquid glycerin
- 1 tablespoon clear alcohol like vodka or gin to prevent mold (optional)
- 5-10 drops lavender essential oil
- 5-10 drops chamomile essential oil
- Vegan food coloring
- Large mixing bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
Tip: swap out the colors and essential oils to your own personal preferences.
Tip: if you can’t find vege gel, most unflavored vegan “jelly” powders will work in it’s place.
How to Make Vegan Jelly Soap
In a medium bowl, add vege gel
Add hot water. Stir to dissolve gel.
Add body wash
Add vodka or gin (optional)
Add all essential oils and vegan food coloring.
Give everything a good stir until well combined.
Spray your mold with alcohol to prevent bubbles in the soap.
Pour mixture into mold and refrigerate for at least two hours
Store in an air tight container in the fridge until ready to use. If you don’t keep in the fridge, it will turn mushy!
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