Wholesome Mommy :: by the Centsible Sawyer

wholesomemommy.com · Sep 1, 2013

Fun Chemical Free “Jelly Soap” for Kids

Looking for something fun to do with you kids? Judah and I had so much fun making this “jelly” soap made from all natural, chemical free ingredients! It is wiggly and jiggly just like Jell-O. So much fun to play with and it makes a great sudsy soap for washing up too!

My kids LOVE bubbles, bath crayons, and fizzy bath bombs, but I HATE that most commercial products contain icky chemicals and unnatural fragrances.

If your children have sensitive skin you probably have already been told {by a pediatrician} to avoid soaps with fragrances. But sensitive skin or not, you should avoid soaps with fragrances for your kids AND yourself!

Why You Should Avoid Bath Products with “Fragrance”

Fragrance“: is a catch-all term can include hundreds of chemicals and trigger allergic reactions. Skip products that use the term “fragrance” in the list of ingredients and instead opt for those that list each fragrance ingredient. Ingredients can have harmful contaminants: Many common ingredients can contain impurities linked to cancer and other health concerns. {Environmental Working Group, Skin Deep Database}.

To see a list of all the ingredients you should watch out for download this handy pocket guide from the Skin Deep Database.

But, I LIKE the Pretty Scents…

If you’ve been use to using products with pretty scents you may be a little let down by the fragrance free soaps available. Just because you are avoiding chemical fragrances doesn’t mean you have to avoid sweet smelling soaps all together. One option is to buy soaps that are scented with essential oils. Another option is to scent your own fragrance free soap with essential oils yourself. Essential oils don’t just smell great… they have added health benefits – some have antiviral, anti fungal, and antibacterial properties. Some scents we like are grapefruit, orange, lavender, patchouli, and jasmine.

Judah and I used almond scented Castile soap {the same soap I use in my 5 minute chemical free laundry detergent! How’s that for getting a bang for your buck!}. To bump up the flavor profile I added a bit of almond extract…right from my spice cabinet. It smelled lovely like cupcakes!

:: “Jelly” Soap

2 Tbsp of unflavored gelatin
1 cup water
1/2 cup of almond {or your favorite} Castile soap
1 tsp almond extract
shallow lidded containers
*soap dyes optional {can be found at the craft store}

Bring the water to a boil. Mix in gelatin, Stir until completely dissolved. Add castile soap and almond extract and stir well. If you are using soap dyes add them now. Stir. Pour the soap into the containers and place into freezer for about 30 minutes to solidify.

To use, scoop out the desired amount with a spoon or your fingers and lather as you would any soap! After the soap sits out over night it will get runnier {like snot!} The kids love it just as much when it is runny, but if you want to solidify it again, just pop it back into the freezer for a few minutes while you prepare their bath. It will gel up just as it was before! For best results use the soap up in a week or two. {Which won’t be hard to do!}

*Although the ingredients are harmless, I don’t recommend you eat the soap. If you use it with children under 3, you should be sure they know this is SOAP and not a snack! It took a little convincing to keep my 2 year old from tasting…but she never did.

**If you want to use unscented bath wash or Castile soap in place of the almond Castile soap, you totally can. If you would like to scent it with your own essential oils, start with 8 to 10 drops. Add more until desired scent is reached, but in my experience, the smell will get stronger when it cools.

To achieve the colors you see in my photos I used 7 drops of yellow soap dye in the soap, poured up one dish and then added 8 drops of red soap dye to the remaining yellow soap to get the pink color.

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