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I love taking baths, but when I am in a rush, a shower can still be relaxing with a DIY lush shower jelly waiting for me. And, knowing it was made at home makes me just a bit more happy, too.

Because then I don’t feel so bad about using them–if they cost an arm and a leg, I just feel like I need to like ration them or something. So, having a DIY option, well, I’m much more likely to enjoy them.

Plus, I can make them with whatever fragrance I want, which I like so much better, anyway.

round, green diy shower jelly recipe

What is a Lush Shower Jelly?

Shower jellies are a fun body wash that’s squishy and lasts forever. Well, not really forever, but you know, a while. And that’s kind of cool. You just use them like you would a body washes–lather them up on a puff or just in your hands and then wash like you normally would with a body wash or a shower gel.

Nifty, huh?

How to Use a Shower Jelly?

So, lots of people like to put their shower jelly in the freezer in an airtight container and then use them in a hot shower to get a “fire and ice” feel to boost blood circulation and give you that refreshed feeling and look all awake. Me, I just like to have a squishy soap that’s fun to play with.

The kids also like having a squishy soap–and as a result, they’re more willing to actually USE the soap. Which is kind of epic, if you ask me.

easy diy shower jelly recipe

How Long Does Shower Jelly Last?

Shower jellies you buy in the store have more preservatives in them, so they might last longer, by my recipe for shower jelly lasts about 2 months. I CAN use it up faster if I’m all sorts of lather-happy, but if I just use it like normal, I definitely get 2 months.

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If it’s hot and humid in your bathroom all the time, you might want to put them in your fridge or freezer, just to keep them as fresh as the day you made them. But if you keep your bathroom cool and dry, an airtight container will work just fine.

How Do You Store Shower Jelly?

I keep my shower jelly in a long and flat container so that the jellies don’t actually touch each other. The container is airtight so that the shower jelly doesn’t dry out and they stay fresher, longer.

close up of diy shower jelly with text which reads how to make these easy lush-inspired shower jelly

What do I need to make DIY Lush Shower Jelly?

For this project here is what you need:


easy diy shower jelly recipe
Yield: 12 DIY Lush Shower Jelly Bars

DIY Lush Shower Jelly

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $5

I'm always finding new and fun ways to up my bath game--without spending a ton overpriced soaps and bath bombs. This DIY Lush Shower Jelly recipe is one of those ways--and I love the way they came out!



  1. In a bowl add in gelatin.
  2. While stirring add boiling water and continue to stir until gelatin is completely dissolved.
  3. Add your body wash in and mix completely. 
  4. Add in 5 to 10 drops of food coloring to get the desired color.
  5. Pour into your molds filling to the top.
  6. If you have bubbles you can spray alcohol to get rid of them.


These should be stored in a cool dry place and used within 3 months of making them You may store in the fridge but make sure you don't have little that will mistake them for jello, these are not edible.

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