How to make 'Soap Dough' - Body Wash Putty

This is a great one to make if you have kids or want something fun for your market or craft stall. This turns shower gel into a putty like dough which can be played with and moulded into shapes before using as a soap or crumbling into the bath for lots of bubbles.

This is an aqueous formula, meaning that you need a preservative. You can use the one we have suggested here or your own preference. A shelf life of 6-12 months is advised when stored correctly.

Remember that you need to stability test  and challenge testing and to obtain a CPSR before gifting or selling your finished products.

Formula for 100g batch: Make 4 batches, each a different colour.

Phase A

· 38% (38g) Body Wash Base

· 2% (2g) Cocamidopropyl Betaine

· 2% (2g) Fragrance Oil

· 1% (1g) Preservative

· 0.5% (0.5g) Mica or Pigment

Phase B

· 38% (38g) Cornstarch

· 18.5% (18.5g) Arrowroot Powder


· First adhere to GMP and clean down your workspace and equipment.

· Weigh out all your ingredients ready in small dishes or beakers.

· Mix all ingredients in phase a in a bowl until combined.

· Add the cornstarch and arrowroot powder and knead into a dough until all ingredients are combined and any clumps are worked out.

· Portion into jars ready for use.

Use in the bath as a body wash, mould into the shapes and crumble under a running tap for a fabulous bubble bath.

Note that you can replace the arrowroot powder with all cornstarch if you prefer. You can also make your own body wash to use instead of a base if you prefer.

If you just want to make a quick version with your kids, then mixing any shower gel with cornstarch will get something similar, though the bubbles may not be as good. You would also need to use that right away, as the preservative system would have been adjusted due to the addition of cornstarch. If you intend to make this to keep any length of time or to sell, then follow the formula and do stability tests to ensure that your preservative works well.

Disclaimer: These formulas and recipes are experiments created for the purpose of sharing on Patreon and YouTube. Revega does not make any claims as to their qualifications or the efficacy of the the formulations which are listed here for entertainment purposes and accepts no responsibility for how you use these. We are self taught and offer these videos from our years of knowledge and experience in making our own cosmetic products.

Remember that if you intend to use one of these formulations for your own product range, do your own research, experiments, adjustments and tests before using, gifting or selling.

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