How To Make DIY Body Glitter Gel: Quick And Easy

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Love body glitter gel? Looking for something cheap and easy to make that looks cool and will also moisturise your skin? Look no further! This DIY body glitter gel is perfect for anyone, young or old, that wants some glittery goodness on their skin!

While I personally haven’t worn glitter gel in a long time, I used to love wearing it in my clubbing days. And now that I am a mum, it’s made a comeback in my house. My kids love putting some on for any excuse really 🙂

The amount of chemicals in body glitter can be alarming though. I don’t know why so many things have to be added to something that can be so simple.

So I decided to learn how to make glitter gel to avoid this.

This turned out to be a good move as it’s easy to do this with just two ingredients. In fact, it’s probably the easiest recipe I have ever made! And the result is a great, moisturising DIY body shimmer.

Sound good?

Below, I share everything you need to know to learn exactly how to make body glitter gel including why it’s a good idea and full details about the two ingredients you need.

Then get started making it. It’s great!

What Is Body Glitter?

Body glitter is simply a gel with glitter in it that you can apply to your skin to make it look glittery 🙂

It’s perfect for special occasions, music festivals, clubbing or dress ups. My younger kids love it as well.

Note that you can’t just put regular glitter on you as it’ll just fall off. You need something to make it stick which is where this DIY glitter gel comes in.

Why Make Gel Body Glitter?

There are many reasons you may want to learn how to make body glitter. Here are some!

It’s Cheap Body Glitter

It’s cheap to make this body glitter. Cheaper than what you are likely to be able to buy it for (and it’s full of goodness!).

It’s So Quick And Easy (And Fun)

This must be one of the simplest recipes in the world 🙂 It’s super easy to make and fun too. I’m not sure we ever grow too old to have fun with glitter!

Filling up our glitter gel containers
Filling up our glitter gel containers. The aloe vera gel feels so good on my skin

It Looks Great (And You Can Also Put It In Your Hair)

This recipe also makes a glitter gel that works well and looks great. Glitter, anyone?!

A bonus is that you can also put this in your hair. Aloe vera gel (the main ingredient) can be very beneficial for your hair so not only will it look cool, this hair and body glitter will be treating it at the same time.

This Homemade Body Glitter Is Very Moisturising

The main ingredient is aloe vera gel which is great for skin (and hair).

While best known as being great for sunburn, it’s also great for non-sunburned skin and will moisturise your skin whether it’s dry or oily. More below about the benefits!

Ingredients You Need For Glitter Body Gel

This is just a two ingredient body glitter gel so you don’t need much! Just aloe vera gel, glitter and a container to put your gel in.

Aloe Vera Gel

Aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel is the gel in this glitter gel.

Aloe vera gel is derived from the leaves of aloe vera plants. You can make it yourself or (much more easily) buy it. Buy one that has not got other ingredients added to make this as natural and beneficial as possible.

Click here to buy it now.

Aloe vera gel has been used for thousands of years for healing and softening skin. It’s well known as a great treatment for sunburn and also works on other minor burns too as well as small cuts and abrasions. It can form an antibacterial barrier.

Less generally realised is what a good moisturising treatment it is for skin in general. It absorbs easily making it ideal for oily or dry skin. It’s soothing and nice to apply too.

It contains many nutrients, vitamins and minerals that your skin will love.


how to body glitter gel

Obviously, you can’t have glitter gel without glitter 🙂

You can choose what type of glitter to add depending on your needs. For example, if you want a chunky glitter gel, add a glitter which is chunkier. If you want blue body glitter, buy blue.

It’s also worth buying makeup grade glitter which is more likely to be nice to your skin.

I do recommend always using biodegradable glitter to be environmentally friendly.

Click here to buy glitter now.

Note if you are looking for edible body glitter, it is possible to buy edible body dusts that you could use. Aloe vera gel is generally safe for consumption too and can have some benefits. You may want to consider this if you want glitter gel for your lips.


10ml makeup containers with body glitter gel
We use these 10mL makeup containers when we are making body glitter as gifts

Finally, you need some type of container to keep your DIY body glitter in. You just need something airtight which you can seal easily. You’ll also want to make sure that it’s easy to insert a finger or makeup brush to get some glitter gel out so you can apply it.

For gifts, we buy a set of makeup jars to easily distribute the gel. They are surprisingly cheap.

Click here to look for makeup jars now.

Where To Buy These Ingredients In Australia

It’s easy to buy all ingredients listed here in Australia.

I buy then online at eBay. Click here to shop on eBay now.

Above, I have links to the products on eBay so you can easily purchase them.

How To Make DIY Body Glitter Gel

Mixing the glitter into the aloe vera gel
Mixing the glitter into the aloe vera gel

Now it’s time for the good bit – making the glitter gel! This part is very easy.

You really just need to mix the ingredients and you are done. Follow the recipe below.

DIY body glitter gel

DIY Body Glitter Recipe

Yield: 80mL
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

This quick and easy body glitter recipe looks great. You can double or half the amounts below depending on how much gel you want to make.


  1. Add the gel and glitter to a small bowl
  2. Mix well
  3. Put it in your container
  4. Enjoy!

How To Use Body Glitter

It’s easy to learn how to apply body glitter because all you need to do is stick a finger (or makeup brush) in your jar of glitter gel and then rub it on your skin where you want it. Done!

It can also be used in your hair.

lots of homemade glitter gels
Our body glitter ready to be used as presents (and on ourselves)


So there you have it. You now know exactly how to make your own body glitter. I hope it looks and feels awesome and you enjoy being glittery 🙂

Ready for more DIY? Read my all natural lip balm recipe here or my melt and pour soap recipes here. You can find other guides for things to do around the home here.

By Sharon Gourlay

Travel addict, Melbourne lover, business builder and mum of three who's constantly trying to live simpler and smarter.