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Wibble. Wobble. Wibble...yes, these are the Lush shower jellies we are talking about! Launched in 2005 to celebrate Lush's 10th birthday, these jellies have become an internet sensation.
But like most Lush products, it is quite pricey with a LUSH Shower Jelly costing just short of £11.00!
Once again, Lush-addicts are trying to find cheaper alternatives to getting one of these super satisfying squishy shower jellies. So here's a simple recipe for all you Lush fans out there.
Ingredients and Equipment:
- Glass bowl
- Shower gel
- One packet of unflavored gelatin
- Food coloring(optional)
- Plastic cup/silicone mould
- Bio-degradable glitter(optional)
Get your glass bowl and add one packet of gelatin to it- It should be around 2 1/2 teaspoons of gelatin.
Lush used seaweed extract instead of gelatin as they pride themselves on being eco-friendly and animal-friendly. PLEASE NOTE: Gelatin is made from animals, so do not use gelatin to make these shower jellies if you are vegan or don't like the prospect. Gelatin is the easiest method to make these shower jellies, but affordable options are available. You can purchase Dr.Oetker's Vege-Gel sachets which will also work for this recipe. It is made from a substance called agar which works in a similar way to gelatin. The gelling agent in agar is a polysaccharide collected from the cell walls of some types of red algae, mainly originating from the genera Gelidium and Gracilaria. This basically means agar is vegan.
Add 3/4 of a cup of boiling water to the gelatin and mix it until it dissolves.
WARNING: The gelatin smells awful, so I recommend doing it in a well-ventilated area.
Add one teaspoon of salt to the bowl and mix that. Make sure that has dissolved too.
Pour in 1/2 a cup of liquid soap or shower gel. Make sure you use a strong smelling soap to overpower the smell of gelatin
Pour in 1/2 a cup of liquid soap or shower gel. Make sure you use a strong smelling soap to overpower the smell of gelatin. You can add an essential oil if the scent of the shampoo/shower gel isn't strong enough. I found peppermint and coffee had a powerful scent.
Now add your food colouring and stir it in. This isn't necessary but it does make the shower jelly look better. Remember, don't add too much food colouring as it could stain your hands.
Pour the mixture into your moulds. If you don't have a silicone mould then you can use a plastic cup. Cupcake cases work too, but they can be a bit flimsy.
Put that in the fridge to set. I left mine overnight and that was enough time for them to solidify. Make sure you keep them in the fridge after using it as they do tend to melt at room temperature like normal jelly would.
I managed to make four with this recipe, and they work just like the Lush ones! The four I made were the same size as the Lush ones as I used the pot the ones I bought came in.
Price-wise, this recipe called for ingredients totalling to around £3.00 maximum! The gelatin packet was £0.50 for 2 1/2 teaspoons of gelatin. The shower gel was £1.00 but I only used half of it so it was £0.50. I didn't add glitter or scent as my shower gel was shimmery and peppermint scented. Food colouring was £0.50. The rest of the ingredients, I already had at home. Therefore, I spent only £1.50! If you don't have a mould, cupcake cases or plastic cups come in very cheaply.
Bingo! Your very own shower jellies. To use it, just rub your hands with it under warm running water to create lots of bubbles. I wouldn't actually rely on them to sanitize your hands as the gelatin is made from animals' skin. However, you can use a vegan gelatin—also known as Vege-Gel) or agar powder.
To store this, keep it in an airtight pot or cup with lid and keep in a fridge.
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