While I must admit I’ve only been to Lush once, I’ve heard all about their impressive array of handmade products. One of the oddest and most intriguing ones I’ve heard about is shower jelly. A wibbly wobbly, bubbly wubbly form of soap perfect for exterminating dirt and grim. Being a Whovian, when I heard “jelly”, my mind naturally meandered to that age-old question: Would you like a Jelly Baby? So I set out to create a saponaceous version of the Doctor’s favorite sweet. Because spa and beauty products are good; nerdy spa and beauty products are even better!
The first and most important step was finding the right mold. I found these adorable silicone Jelly Baby molds on Amazon. While slightly larger than the actually candy, they’re the perfect shape and a good size for this project. Lush shower jellies come in a 3.5 oz tub, and you tear off small chunks to use. With these molds, they’re already the perfect size to use in the bath. Alternatively, they sell giant silicone Jelly Baby molds as well. Because who wouldn’t want a giant Jelly Baby?
The next step was to find the perfect scent. Bassetts’s Jelly Babies come in strawberry, raspberry, blackcurrant, lemon, lime, and orange. So any of those fragrance or essential oils would work perfectly. I went with lemon with a little bit of orange (just a hint). I also added a drop or two of vanilla fragrance oil for an extra bit of sugary sweetness. Pick your favorite fruity scent and concoct your very own secret formula.
The results? A sweet, jiggly soap that adds excitement and whimsy to any bath or shower. Fantastic! These beauties are perfect for washing up, distracting enemies, winning friends, and all other renegade Timer Lord essentials. Normal soap? Boring. Not Whovian. **Throws dingy, old bar of soap out the window** At long last you can finally take the Doctor with you to the shower!
Err…Well, you know what I mean! Let’s move on to the recipe, shall we? Allons-y!
Doctor Who Shower Jelly Babies
- 2 silicone jelly baby molds
- 3/4 cup boiling water
- 1/2 cup clear, unscented body wash
- 2 packages unflavored gelatin (non-vegan) or 5 tsp agar agar powder (vegan)
- 1 tsp salt
- 30 drops fragrance or essential oil
- Red, yellow, and blue soap colorant
- In a large mixing bowl, pour the boiling water over the gelatin or agar agar powder and stir with a wire whisk until the powder completely dissolves.
- Add the body wash and fragrance or essential oil to the mixture and stir to combine.
- Equally divide the mixture between 5 smaller bowls.
- Add soap colorant to the bowls.
- Pink = 3-5 drops red
- Yellow = 3-5 drops yellow
- Orange = 1-2 drops red + 2-3 drops yellow
- Green = 1-2 drops blue + 2-3 drops yellow
- Violet = 1-2 drops blue + 2-3 drops red
- Equally distributed the salt between all 5 bowls and stir to combine.
- Spoon the gelatinous mixture into the molds.
- Refrigerate the shower jelly babies for at least 4 hours.
- Remove the shower jelly babies from the fridge. Run a knife around each jelly baby before carefully pulling them out of the mold.
- Store the shower jelly babies in a container in the fridge. Die-hard Whovians might want to find a suitably crumpled white paper bag to store the container in (for obvious reasons 😉 ).
This bright, colorful bag of Shower Jelly Babies looks like it was just pulled out of the Doctor’s pocket along with a handful of other odds and ends. A yo-yo, a wind-up mouse, a cricket ball…You know, useful stuff.
The best thing about these Shower Jelly Babies is just how much fun they are to use. They’re squishy, slippery, bubbly, and fruity. Whovians of every age will have a ball washing with these. Kids will love the idea of getting to play with candy in the bath. **Insert boring adult lecture on making sure kids know these actually aren’t candy and aren’t edible** Even someone as old and wise as the Face of Boe will enjoy lathering up with these whimsical, sweet-shaped bars of soap. Because there’s no point being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes, right? So grab your sonic screwdriver and a handful of Shower Jelly Babies and jump in the bath for a soapy adventure in time and space.