I used to love popping into Lush for their Fresh Face Masks back when they first opened a store at Tyson's Corner about 6-7 years ago. The masks were displayed over ice and had the appeal of fresh smoothies.
Since then they kind of fell off my radar but after seeing Lush products over and over again on various beauty blogs I was tempted to revisit the store.
I stopped by the Lush at the Pier Shops in Atlantic City but was disappointed to see that they no longer carried the Fresh Face Masks. Nor do they have them on the US version of the website. Does anyone know if these masks are discontinued in the States or was it just the store I visited?
What I did find was a dizzying array of amazing smelling soaps! From bath bombs to bubble bars to shower jellies it was a soap lover's paradise.
I did a bit of browsing and while the products smelled heavenly, I was a little taken aback by the prices. $4-7 for a one time use bubble bomb, $25-30 for a bottle of shower gel, and up to $40 for a bar of soap!
So I got to thinking. My mom makes soap as a hobby and has an extensive kit with dyes and oils and molds. A quick look at Lush.com showed each product and every ingredient involved. So why not make my own? I even found websites that sell knock off oils of popular scents from Lush, The Body Shop, and more. I found recipes for many of the Lush products but this recipe for their shower jellies really stood out because it was so easy and cheap -- and the ingredients consisted of things everyone has lying around the house.
What are Lush shower jellies? They're seaweed based "solid" shower gels. Basically a shower gel in Jello-like consistency. You can wash your body with the bar as a whole or cut off a little piece and use it with a loofah sponge. It lathers up like a regular shower gel and you can even drop a piece into your bath for a luxurious bubble bath.
What you'll need:
2 packets of gelatin (Lush uses a seaweed base so you can also use 2 tablespoons of agar agar, a seaweed gelatin substitute)
3/4 cups boiling water
1/2 cup shower gel
1 teaspoon salt
A mixing bowl
A square pan for the mold
*Optional* Scented or essential oils, glitter, small plastic toys
1) Pour the packets of gelatin into the bowl. (Most recipes call for one packet but I found that using two gives a more firm consistency)
2) Slowly pour in the hot water
3) Stir until gelatin dissolves
4) Add 1/2 cup of your favorite shower gel and stir
5) *Optional* Put a few drops of your favorite scented or essential oils.
Or try this bartending trick I learned. Hold a lighter to an orange peel and burn until drops of orange oil start to fall for a nice citrus scented jelly.
6) Put one or two drops of food coloring and stir
7) Add the salt and stir
8) Pour into a square mold
Optional: Add glitter
Or plastic toys
9) Place in refrigerator to set
Wait a few hours and VOILA!
To use cut off a small chunk
I just took a shower with my new shower jelly and it smells amazing and works great!
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