Homemade Bath Jelly Recipe

Homemade Bath Jelly Recipe

Bath jelly is a fun alternative to bath gel and can be found in all the popular bath shops such as Lush. This soap recipe is perfect for kids and although it is not an actual Lush recipe it is a great bath jelly recipe.

What you need

1 packet of unflavored gelatin 15g (1tbs)
1 tsp of Salt
1/2 cup of liquid soap
3/4 cup of water
Food coloring
Fragrant oils or essential oils
Plastic storage jar with lid


Empty the packet of gelatin into a bowl and set aside. Boil 3/4 cup of water using a saucepan or kettle.

Carefully pour the hot water into a mixing bowl and mix it with the gelatin powder. Let the gelatin dissolve completely.

Next pour the liquid soap into the gelatin mix.

Add 2 drops of food coloring into the mix and also add your fragrance oil. Add about 5 drops and stir it very gently so the bubbles do not become too agitated.

Add any remaining ingredients.

Pour the mix into a clean storage container and allow to set for several hours in the refrigerator.

Add a small toy into the jelly before it sets to give the kids an incentive to get to the bottom of the jelly soap.

Dispose of the jelly after several weeks or if mold is present. Avoid mold by keeping it in an airtight container in a cool place at all times.

Add a plastic spoon to the jar to make use easier.


Place a small amount of jelly under warm running water to use.

For firmer jelly that you can slice add 3 tsp of gelatin to the above ingredients.


  1. I am a grandmother of 6 and I know that they would love this.
    I have 4 jars setting in fridge now setting up.
    I found this just in time for Christmas to.
    Thank you for being so creative.

  2. it melts easily

  3. cool!!

  4. CraftBits (Shellie Wilson) says

    Try using more gelatin for a more stable jelly it
    Might be your bathroom is too warm for this product.

  5. one question: if i wanna store it in room temperature, what kind of [reservative or any other material should i use to keep it from melting away????? urgent1 answer quickly!

  6. you cna used normal jelly like strawberry alot of shops sell it for 24p i used it with my little brother and he loved it because of the smell 🙂

  7. does anyone have any cheap (as in the materials) and easy to make ideas for my best friend and i to make and sell at a little streetside shop? thanks 🙂

  8. Just finished making this…hope it worked after all! I used 50 g of unflavored gelatin, half a cup of cocoa butter and aloe vera liquid soap, about 4 tablespoons of strawberry scented flavorings and 2 drops of vanilla. And a cup of hot water. I used a round container to put it in and how long does it turn to jello? Thanks! This is so fun and easy to make!

  9. This will turn out the consistency of runny jelly, not Jell-O. I’m going to try again with more gelatin since I had Jell-0 consistency in mind. Very easy to make!

  10. Are you supposed to use it like soap?? I’m so confused as to what this does.. Help?

  11. I LOVE THIS RECIPE! I made it for my cousin for Christmas and she loves it too! If you’re too busy to make it, you can also buy bath jelly at LUSH.

  12. alexkate1983 says

    Does anyone know how to add a preservative and where to buy it?

  13. rgymnastwebgirl says

    If you are against the use of gelatin, there are a few other options. You could use Agar-Agar or Kuzu. I only read that somewhere, so I don’t know the availability or price of these products. You could look more into that, though. I use regular gelatin, and it works fine, but if you are vegan, these recommendations might help. 🙂

  14. rgymnastwebgirl says

    This worked amazingly for me. I doubled the recipe. I added some sugar for a tad of grittiness and honey for its healing powers. Then I added some barley tea and vanilla extract. My soap was sweet pea scented from Bath and Body Works which is extremely strong, so I mixed it with Johnson’s baby wash. Then I added red sanding sugar after it was taken off the stove and still hot, so it would melt and color the jelly pink. After about three and a half hours, the jelly was perfect. It was completely hardened, and it is sliceable. I’m so excited to use it tomorrow for my spa day!!! 🙂

  15. Interesting – mOnly I’m a greenthumb and totally detest using gelatin, got any ideas for substitutes?

  16. I used flavoured geletin and it worked perfect. It goes sooooooo bubbley. I love lush jelly and i don’t think the prices are too bad when you think that they can’t use geletin and they use special oils and AMAZING scents. My favorite lush gel is Olive Branch the smell is so good, when i get some unflavoured geletin i will make it into jelly using this recipe to make it more fun and last longer!

  17. make sure that little kids don’t eat this so they don’t get sick.other than that it is great,cool and fun!!!!!!!!thxs sooooooo much!!!!!!!

  18. I”m sorry but if you have a problem with the gelatin the answer is simple DO’NT make/use it, also if people choose to use gelatin products that is there choice, this is not a platform to spout your personal beliefs from. I LOVE THIS!!!!!

  19. What a fun, creative idea for the littlies to enjoy using!

  20. Can you use Flavored gelitan

  21. I made it with out the oils and coloring, and love it!!!! its sooooo cool! It set in about 3 hours, and is very jello-y.

  22. This is excellent!

  23. Does it have to be unflavoured gelatin?

  24. great very creative kool idea i will try it xx thanx xxx

  25. OahuBlue84 says

    Can’t wait to make this! I love the Lush stuff – just can’t afford to buy it all the time!

  26. i love the jelly soap from lush now i can make it myself

  27. It was very fun and easy to make. I am 12 years old and my 9 year old brother could make it too. If you like easy, fun, and useful crafts, this is for you!

  28. CraftBits (Shellie Wilson) says

    Actually ANY liquid soap will work, a base or a scented store bought brand.

  29. ummm by liquid soap .. what do u mean … liquid soap that you use in the shower or is this special liquide soap . like a liquid soap base…Thanks Sandra


  31. could you use pectin for gelatin so it will not have to stay in the fridge?

  32. how long will this last before it starts to go funky?

  33. What sort of preservative could you use to make it keep longer.

  34. omg i just used lime jell-o instead of gelatin, and it ROCKS!


  36. This sounds like lots of fun! Can’t wait to try it.

  37. LUV IT!!!!!

  38. very creative and love the idea. and as a side note to the 1,2,4, and 7 comments, atleast we are using the whole animal 😛

  39. there is such thing as vegatin, a vegan alternative to gelatin

  40. Gelatin is from animals tissue (also from fish).
    Use other sources gummi (guam), corn starch or other gelatin substances.

  41. Thanks I will try this!

  42. gelatine is in EVERYTHING.your soda,lotion,ice cream, yogurt,marshmellows,photo paper, film,playing cards,crepe’ paper,cream cheese,butter,hair gel,gummy bears,and more.so that means you must not use those either? not all Gelatine come from animals.

  43. this is awful do you even know what gelatin is? at least the stuff at lush does not use animal poducts (gelatin is animal bone, would you really want that in your bath?)if you want bath jelly go to lush or use somthing other than gelatin

  44. goatprincess says

    I love this stuff!!!

  45. man this is good i am making 14 for mi m8s 4 crimbo in plastic wine glasses with mini rubber ducks and gold fish

  46. do you think this would work with sugar free regular jell-o? we have LOTS of that on-hand. i may try it and find out!

  47. i think its good

  48. it looks fun and the jelly looks mad crazy but its all good

  49. I added a preservative and we used it for about 1 month until it was all gone. No Mold

  50. raspberryjell-o says

    i almost thought i could eat it! i love JELL-O!!!

  51. beautiful-beads says

    this is so awsome

  52. 15G = 1 TABLESPOON

  53. rafthegr8 says

    it’s an awesome idea..i love it

  54. its cute,it works and its a really good idea

  55. CraftBits (Shellie Wilson) says

    15grams of unflavored gelatin

  56. i know it says 1 pack of gelatine but exactly how much is one pack. sounds fantastic my girls will love it

  57. great project for the kids & bigkids on a rainy day.

  58. i just made this. i haven’t used it yet, but it worked well.
    the only thing i would like is for it to set up a little bit stiffer. i used 2 packs of gelatin, might try 3 next time
    the store LUSH makes this and charges way too much for it. this is great

  59. It says unflavoured jelly, but do you think that flavoured would be better? It would make it lots more fun. xx Zoe (age 11)

  60. Debs1980 says

    Good idea, can’t wait to try! Wondering tho, can you use glass mason jar? I know you’d have to cool it before putting it in a plastic container, but just wondering, and also about when to add the alcohol also.

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