A homemade jelly soap without using pre-made melt and pour soap, this jiggly soap is a fun follow-up to our popular Play Dough Soap recipe!
Jell-O Soap Craft
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a mom in possession of a fun soap, will get her child to take a bath without force or bribery.
At least, that’s the tactic I take in this house!
Ever since I started adding things like homemade fizzy bath bombs and play dough soap into our bath routine, my daughter has become an enthusiastic bath taker. It can be hard to pry her away from whatever craft or imaginative play she has immersed herself in, so by offering something fun and playful for bath time, she is not only happy to get in the bath – but enjoys washing up and the opposite problem develops: it’s hard to get her out of the bath!
I also set out some of these jelly soaps or some play dough soap for our daycare kids – I never have to check if they remembered to wash their hands because they are so eager to use these fun soaps!
I’ve made these jelly soaps a couple different ways in the past, but always using melt and pour glycerin soap base in the past.
I personally don’t have an issue using that – you can easily order it via amazon or find it from a local soap maker, but I knew that I’d get some requests for an natural alternative using supplies you likely have on hand – so today I’m sharing with you this gelatin-based jelly soap recipe!
Now personally, we don’t have issues with these soaps melting at room temperature but if your home is hot (or it’s the summer when you make them) you may want to keep your excess soaps in the fridge.
Definitely keep them in an airtight mason jar when not in use – I just dole out one or two as needed and keep them stored away.
Ingredients for Jelly Soaps
- 1 Package Unflavored gelatin
- 3/4 cup very warm Water
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3/4 cup Gel Body Wash
- Essential oil, optional
- Cosmetic glitter or mica, optional
- Food Color, optional
- Spray bottle with rubbing alcohol
- Soap or candy mold (I prefer silicone as they are easy to pop the soaps out)
- Mason jar, for storing
Tip: you can make these soaps in bars by pouring into a casserole dish and cutting into squares, or shapes using the method described in this post.
How to Make Jelly Soaps
Place your unflavored gelatin to a medium size bowl and add water. Whisk until dissolved.
Add salt, body wash and essential oil and whisk well.
Add glitter and food coloring – as desired.. we added a whole vial of cosmetic glitter and just a few drops food coloring.
Spray mold with rubbing alcohol to prevent bubbles, place on a sturdy tray and carefully pour mixture into mold. You may need to make a small additional spray on the top surface after pouring.
Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Pop the soaps out of the mold and store in an airtight container until ready to use.
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This homemade jiggly jelly soap recipe is a fun way to get kids excited for bath time!