Picture of Skin-Friendly Jelly Soap
This is an instructable for making jelly-like soap, that does not contain any unnatural additives that are bad for sensible skin, and which is easy to make for anyone.

Why make this instead of normal soap? Because it is fun :D

The Instructable is based on a recipe found at this blog: http://homemadebathproducts.blogspot.com/

But since we would like to share this with the users of instructables.com, we decided to make an instructable with our version of the soap :)

Step 1: Ingredients And Tools

Picture of Ingredients And Tools
The ingredients have been somewhat adjusted for our recipe, as we didn't want to deal with melting soap.


- 1 cup clear liquid perfumefree soap
- 1 cup water (Boiling hot)
- 1-1½ tablespoon vodka (Prevents mold or fungus)
- Soap color (fruit color MIGHT also work)
- Essential oils
- 20-30g gelatine (1-2 envelopes, danish size ;) )


- Molds, you can use anything that is not too rigid, like muffin shapes, small yoghurt cups etc.
- Measuring cup (½ or 1-cup size)
- Tablespoon for measuring
- Spoons for stirring
- 2 bowls

Suggestion: While normal soap can be kind of large without a problem, these can seem a little disgusting if they are too big. thin molds are also not recommended.

Note: We a re using other tools in the images, as they were taken while making the first batch (But gelatine really sticks to forks and the like)
ChrysN5 years ago
They are so pretty!
ELF (author)  ChrysN5 years ago
Thank you! :)

i don't have gelatin is there any substitute for gelatin that i might already have in my pantry before i go to the store

ELF (author)  jocelyn.mactavish8 months ago
I am afraid not, but coming back to this instructable so many years later I realise this could use a major revision, so I'd say Google around for other guide to this, there might be better ones out there.

i don't have gelatin is there any substitute for gelatin i might already have in my pantry before i go to the store

i want to make these but dont have gelatin is there any substitute for gelatin that i might have in my pantry before i go to the store

kgirl55231 year ago
That's a cool idea:)

Hi. can i please use your image of the heart soap.


flammaefata2 years ago
Ooh I think I should try this using bubble bath instead of liquid soap! Then you can pop them into the bath at the start and watch as they dissolve into bubbles :D I wonder if it would be necessary to also use the essential oils then - the bubble bath that I prefer already has some but like you say the gelatine might dampen the fragrance. Thanks for the great instructable!
mandismuses3 years ago
Not sure if anyone else posted this, but in the US and Canada, Wal-Mart has gelatin in the canning/baking aisle. It's called "Knox Gelatin". I use it for making jelly soaps for the kids. I put them in the colored "food" containers from the Dollar Tree and match the soap color to the packaging color....as well as using fruity or bubblegum scents. Makes it so much easier when they don't run at the words "Bath time!":)
Screamo4 years ago
Creepy. No one wants to smush jell-o stuff in their hands. (is it sticky?)
Cymru5 years ago
Gelatin in the US is generally sold as a powder, not sheets.  http://www.baking911.com/howto/gelatin.htm  has some rules for substituting granular gelatin for leaf gelatin.  

http://www.gelatin.co.za/gltn1.html talks about gelatin bloom strength which can vary. http://www.sizes.com/units/bloom.htm is how the bloom strength is tested.
ELF (author)  Cymru5 years ago
Aaah, thanks for clearing that up :)
Cymru ELF5 years ago
You're welcome. I've got a 5lb sack of plain gelatin powder that I use for making marshmallows. Nice to know there's something else I can use it for. Now the issue is finding a good soap (or looking for an Instructable here on how to make such. ;-)
ELF (author)  Cymru5 years ago
I bet it's alot easier to handle in powder form, more surface area and less "lumping"... Still don't understand why we use the sheets here in DK.
Cymru ELF5 years ago
If I remember rightly, professional pastry chefs use leaf gelatin because it is more controllable.  I've never seen it except on Food Network much less used it.

Powder gelatin does clump unless you take care to scatter it carefully over the water in an even layer. Even then you can still find spots of unhydrated gelatin.
I'm at culinary school for baking right now and we use sheet gelatin. It always dissolves better than powder.
gia Cymru5 years ago
For the basic soap needs, Hobbylobby oer Michael's should have them :) 
wcgems5 years ago
Do these REQUIRE refrigeration after finished like regular jello?

If so I wonder if there would be something you could add to make them refrigeration free and a little LESS wobbley so that they could last for some time on their own in the bathroom.
i like it !!!
What kind of gelatine soul i buy?
were can i buy it?
or were do i look for it?

ELF (author)  mariana Kaos5 years ago
Oh, sorry for the late reply :(

Ehm, any kind, anywhere :P
For sheets, just follow the instructable, for powder, see Cymru's comment further down
takod5 years ago
Looks nice!
Lance Mt.5 years ago
 I hate to sound rather deprived.. But isn't that last read heart arrangement similar to 4chan?

Anyone else seeing this?
ELF (author)  Lance Mt.5 years ago
Nope, it's similar to a four-leaf clover...
Which is also what propably inspired the 4chan-logo ;) Being green and all.. :P
Lance Mt. ELF5 years ago
 Hahaha, I don't think I'd clean myself with anything 4chanish. Anyways cool 'ible.
Corvis5 years ago
this is so weird and cool! i love the shiny jelly look of them, especially the hearts. do they hold up and not break when you use them?
ELF (author)  Corvis5 years ago
If they are not too big, not too thin, and you use enough gelatine, yes :)
But they work the best in warm water.
No sticky effect or coloring of the skin though...
winterfresh5 years ago
 I used to make soaps with my mom, maybe I'll make one of these with her!

Arbitror5 years ago
In the first picture on step five you say you don't have a picture of the heart shaped mold. But you do have one, right on the first picture of step one, behind the oils and colors! Great job on this 'ible by the way!
ELF (author)  Arbitror5 years ago
Actually, we don't. The one in the picture is for larger, not so tall hearts.
The ones not shown, is a deeper mold, made of pink silicone.

It is great for baking actually, and I just realised I already posted a picture inhere with it! I used it in a comment to the "5 min chocolate cake" instructable. Here's the picture :)
Arbitror ELF5 years ago
Sorry! Can't really tell from here...