DIY Go Fresh Shower Gels (Lush Dupe)

Have you ever used shower jellies from Lush? In case you haven’t, here is a video that Lush posted that will give you an idea of what they are:

A friend recently gave me a Whoosh shower jelly. To be honest, I was initially bewildered and slightly repulsed by the concept of shower jellies. Why would I want to rub a gelatinous blob all over myself in the shower? Perhaps seeing the look on my face, my friend said, “Don’t knock it until you try it.” 

After using the Whoosh jelly for the first time, I was immediately converted. It produced an abundance of hydrating foam and had a delightfully zesty citrus fragrance. What is so innovative about these products is that they were designed to be travel-friendly and can also be used chilled. That’s right, unlike every other body wash product, shower jellies are designed to be frozen or refrigerated before use to create the feeling of fire and ice. While Lush recommends chilling these little wonders, they are also lovely to use at room temperature. 

Not too long ago, I finished my tub of Whoosh, and, despite my initial trepidations, I have sorely missed its jiggly, joyful influence on my morning routine. 

I found a couple of versions of this recipe online, one by Jamela Payne of By Pink, and one by Chrystal Johnson of Happy Mothering. I tried both Jamela and Chrystal’s recipes, but for some reason my jellies did not solidify. Using Jamela and Chrystal’s recipes as inspiration, I have created this recipe for DIY Go Fresh Shower Gels. 

To make this recipe vegan friendly, I switched out the unflavoured gelatin for agar agar powder, a cruelty-free gelling agent. My version also includes vegetable glycerine for its skin-softening effects. Additionally, I added in some sparkles for a little extra pizazz. Please note that you must use a cosmetic-grade variety if you plan to add glitter to your bath jellies, not the type intended for arts and crafts. 


  • 1 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup agar agar powder
  • 1/2 cup of your favourite body wash
  • 15 drops essential oil (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable glycerine
  • Soap dye or food colouring (optional) 
  • 1/2 teaspoon cosmetic grade glitter (optional)


  • Large bowl 
  • Measuring cups 
  • Whisk
  • Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
  • Small ice cube tray or candy mould 


  1. Add agar agar powder to a large bowl. 
  2. While constantly whisking, add boiling water and continue to stir until the powder has dissolved completely. 
  3. Next, add your chosen body wash and vegetable glycerine in and mix in thoroughly. 
  4. If you have chosen to use essential oils, soap dye or food colouring, and cosmetic-grade glitter, add them in at this point and whisk thoroughly. 
  5.  Carefully pour the mixture into your moulds and fill to the top. If there are any bubbles on the surface, you may eliminate them using your spray bottle filled with rubbing alcohol.
  6. Enjoy! 

When used in the shower, your should be able to lather your gels up like a bar of soap. I am still working out the kinks with this recipe. While these shower gels aren’t quite as addicting to use as the Lush original, they’re very close. 


For best results, take care to choose a body wash with a scent that complements your essential oil. 

Store your DIY Go Fresh Shower Gels in a cool, dry place and use them within three months. If you are going to be storing them in the fridge, take care to label them accordingly, so no one mistakes them for jello. These are not edible. 

I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this Lush dupe! As always, happy bathing, folks!

Completed DIY Go Fresh Shower Gels (Lush Dupe
Here’s the finished product! Image by Hannah Neufeld (2021)

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