This is truly the BEST fluffy slime recipe! Only 4 simple ingredients – it’s silky smooth and super stretchy. This fluffy shaving cream slime is perfect for older kids and as a base for lots of other specialized slime recipes, like our Witches Brew Halloween Slime.
The Best Fluffy Slime Recipe (Seriously!)
When I first started experimenting with slime recipes for my kids, I started with taste-safe edible slime recipes. That way if my then-two-year-old daughter tried to put any of it in her mouth, it wouldn’t be a big deal.
However, as my girls are both older now, I don’t have to worry about them trying to eat the slime. So we’ve begun to work some traditional slime recipes into our repertoire.
Every time we go to Target, the girls make a beeline for the “slime table.” (If you haven’t seen the slime table yet, it’s conveniently located near the door so kids are sure to spot it as soon as they walk in the store!) Because I love slime so much too, I’ll usually let each of them pick one new type of glue or slime-add in on our visits.
This shaving cream slime is a traditional fluffy slime recipe — our edible slimes are a blast, but sometimes you just want to sink your hands into a big heaping bowl of stretchy, fluffy shaving cream slime!
This fluffy shaving cream slime recipe is made with liquid starch and white glue, so you don’t need any fancy or hard-to-find ingredients. And it is so much fun to play with!
Plus, we added a special ingredient that makes our fluffy slime extra silky smooth. You’ve GOT to try it!!
TIP: If you’re new to slime, try making our liquid starch slime first to get the hang of it. This easy 2-ingredient recipe forms the basis for many of our slimes, like this fluffy slime recipe.
Fluffy Slime Ingredients
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- 2 cups Elmer’s white school glue
- Satin acrylic paint, as needed (we used green and purple here, but you can use whatever color you like)
- 1 cup fluffy shaving cream
- 1/3 cup liquid starch*
*If you don’t happen to have liquid starch on hand, you can also make fluffy slime with contact lens solution (though the ingredient amounts will be different). Click here to see my friend Jennifer’s famous contact solution fluffy slime recipe (she co-authored The Slime Book with me, so she knows her stuff!)
How to Make Fluffy Slime
First, watch our quick demo video to see how we made our fluffy shaving cream slime. Then keep reading for photo step-by-step directions and printable copy of our fluffy slime recipe.
Click video to play:
Pour glue into a large mixing bowl. Be sure to use a large bowl because this fluffy slime really does expand in size when you start to mix it!
TIP: We recommend sticking with Elmer’s white school glue for making your fluffy slime with shaving cream. All white glues are not created equal, and some of the generic brands don’t work as well. I also recommend buying in bulk, as slime “fails” are inevitable from time to time, so it’s always a good idea to have plenty of slime supplies on hand.
Add acrylic paint to glue and stir until the color is a smooth consistency. Add as much paint as needed until your reach your desired depth of color, keeping in mind that when you add the shaving cream the fluffy slime will lighten up a bit in color.
Once the paint is completely mixed into the glue, add shaving cream and stir to mix. The shaving cream will cause the glue to “fluff” up a lot, which is why you want to use a large mixing bowl. This makes a lot of fluffy slime!
TIP: For best results, use traditional white shaving cream for this fluffy slime recipe. Gel shaving creams may not work as well.
Finally, pour liquid starch into your bowl and mix. Liquid starch will serve as the slime activator for this fluffy slime recipe, and as soon as you add it, the slime will start to clump together.
Start with 1/3 cup liquid starch, then gradually add more if needed.
Finish by kneading your fluffy slime by hand. It might be easier to remove the slime from bowl and knead on a flat surface. (Be sure that it is a non-stick surface!)
TIP: These non-stick silicone baking mats are great for slime play and easy to clean up afterwards!
When your slime is fluffy and doesn’t stick very much to hands, it’s ready to play! You can even make a second batch of fluffy shaving cream slime with a different color paint and mix them together for a cool tie-dye effect.
How to store fluffy slime:
Keep your finished fluffy slime at room temperature in a sealed airtight container. Washing hands before playing will help extend the life of your fluffy slime.
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The BEST Fluffy Slime Recipe
- 2 cups Elmer's white school glue
- Satin acrylic paint as needed
- 1 cup fluffy white shaving cream
- 1/3 cup liquid starch
- Pour glue into a large mixing bowl.
- Add acrylic paint to glue and stir until the color is well blended.
- Once the paint is completely mixed into the glue, add shaving cream and stir to mix. The shaving cream will cause the glue to "fluff" up a lot, which is why you want to use a large mixing bowl.
- Add liquid starch to bowl and mix - slime will start to clump together immediately. Start with 1/3 cup liquid starch, then gradually add more if needed.
- Finish by kneading slime by hand. If slime is still sticky after a couple minutes of kneading, add a touch more liquid starch.
- When your slime is fluffy and doesn't stick very much to hands, it's ready to play!
Learn to Master Making Slime
There are three starter slime recipes that form the base for hundreds of awesome slime variations, like this one! Once you master these basic recipes, you can make almost anything!
Click here to learn how to make slime using our three starter recipes!
How to Make Fluffy Slime (Slime Troubleshooting Tips)
- Is your slime too sticky? Add more liquid starch, one Tablespoon at a time. After each spoonful, take a couple minutes to work the starch completely into your slime before adding more.
- Is your slime too tough/hard? If your slime becomes too hard and isn’t stretchy, try soaking it in a warm water bath for about 30 seconds. Making slime involves a chemical reaction that heats the slime (even if doesn’t feel hot to the touch). As slime cools down, it can become less stretchy, so warming it back up can be a quick fix. However, the best way to avoid slime that is too hard is to take care not to add more liquid starch than needed during the mixing process.
- Click here to see a video tutorial that shows how to fix hard slime!
Halloween Fun: Use this fluffy slime recipe to make our Witches Brew Slime!
Slime Safety Tips
Slime is lots of fun and a wonderful sensory experience for kids! However, it’s important to make sure to follow all slime safety recommendations:
- This slime recipe is not edible. Please do not taste or eat.
- Always supervise children when making and playing with any slime recipe.
- As with many slime recipes, this slime involves a chemical reaction. Some ingredients may cause irritation to sensitive skin. Wash hands thoroughly after play.
- Read this first: click here to read all of our tips to make slime safely.
For glue-free slime alternatives, check out our complete guide: How to Make Slime (without Glue or Borax)
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What type of liquid starch do you use?
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
We use Sta-Flo – but I think you could use pretty much any brand.
Sharon Cathey says
What contact solution do you use?
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
The brand isn’t so important, but the ingredients must contain some form of borate or boric acid. This is what activates the slime. Hope this helps!
Hi! Can we use food coloring instead of acrylic paint?
Stacey aka the Soccer Mom says
Sure! Just keep in mind the color/sheen of the slime may look a bit different with food coloring, as acrylic paint is very opaque.