A few weekends ago we had a pyjama day. I quite often find myself at my wits end where children’s television is concerned but very occasionally I am impressed by citv’s re-runs of shows like ‘The Big Bang‘, ‘Prove it’, ‘Art Attack’ and the like. On this particular weekend we were treated to a ‘how to’ with bath jellies and bath fizzers on The Big Bang. It was so good and so easy that we thought we’d have to give it a whirl. We being me and my little lady.
After a disappointing cinema trip (cinema full, four excitable boys dropped at different cinema, one big and one sad, little, girl delivered back home without film) myself and my little girl wanted to do something to relieve our disappointment.
Rather usefully, we had munched our way through the top layer of a box of Dairy Milk and the tray looked ideal for moulding bath jellies … in fact, it was seeing the empty tray that inspired today’s make.
All we had to cobble together was some hot (just boiled) water, a sachet of gelatin, some liquid soap, some food colour, some essential oil and something in which to set the jellies. Being as we make our home cleaning products and bake all the time, the only element we had to buy in was the gelatin!
Hubby returned home, having collected four ten year old boys from the cinema and delivered three safely back to their front doors (not without incident), purchased powdered gelatin for us and brought our own son home, allowing us to get on with the bath jellies while dinner cooked.
It’s a really simple process!
We used measuring cups and this ‘recipe’:
1. Pour 3/4 cup of just boiled water into a jug (or bowl).
2. Sprinkle on the powdered gelatin and get your little helper to stir gently until completely dissolved.
3. Add 1/2 cup of unfragranced, liquid soap or shower gel and get your little helper to stir very gently so as not to froth the soap.
4. Add a few-several (3-10?) drops of essential oil, we’ve used geranium this time, to fragrance.
5. Add a little food colour, we plumped for rose.
6. (This is where using a jug was a good idea) Pour into your moulds/jars/pots/containers/ice-cube tray/whatever you are using.
7. Refrigerate until set.
To use: Add one or two jellies to a running bath.
We will be using these as soon as we can, but can’t help thinking that they’d make wonderful gifts, if I can figure out how best to package individual jellies. If not, a jar of jelly with a plastic spoon set into it would work a treat I think. In fact, with my new found infatuation with the original Polly Pocket, I feel inspired to make little ice cube or heart jellies with a teeny tiny doll or bug set inside, great party gifts for little friends huh?
Added as a postscrpit, after bathing in jellies x2: I’d recommend doubling the gelatin, using flexible moulds (as they were relatively tricky to turn out) and using double the essential oil. OR, if using the suggested gelatin, set in a jam jar or similar and spoon into the bath. All in, a delicious smelling bath, feeling relaxed, soft and cleansed.