If you’ve ever dreamed as a kid about being “slimed” by some underpaid theme park employee decked in a full-body Spongebob costume at Universal Studios, boy, do I have some news for you. That’s right, slime is back, baby! The popular goo has revived itself from 90s culture in recent years, and this time it might be here to stay.
Trending originally in culture as an ooey-gooey green substance meant to make kids laugh and parents outright disgusted, slime has now evolved into much more than that. Taking over full accounts on Instagram and ASMR-specific Tik Tok videos and hundreds of YouTube channels, kids and adults alike are now enjoying slime for both visual and sound purposes in order to have fun, get crafty and/or relax. An interesting 360, isn’t it?
Taking on colors, shapes and forms like never before such as jet black “butter” and replications of galaxies far, far away, the evolution of slime from its original gooey green look has been a joy to watch for us 90s kids. Whether you’re trying to reduce stress and anxiety or you’re trying to channel your youth again, read on and check out the best slime products you can buy online right now.
1. Kicko Marbled Unicorn Color Slime
Drenched in a mixed slew of alienesque colorations, Kicko’s Marbled Unicorn Color Slime looks like it was made on another planet. Marbled from the cosmos, this non-sticky 6-pack is awesome for kids and kids at heart who just want to kick back and have a little fun from time to time. Keep it on your desk as a therapeutic stress reliever during a difficult day or at home when it’s time to kick those shoes off. With an excellently crafted soft texture and consistency as well as colors that Earth rarely offers, you’ll never want to put this stuff down.
2. Dope Slimes Black Slime
Not only is this rich black slime eyecatching as can be, but it’s textured to feel buttery and smooth to the touch, meaning you can stretch and spread as much as you like. Facilitated to be dense as hell and scented identically like a cinnamon sugar doughnut, you’ll have to continuously remind yourself this slime isn’t edible. Though this stuff is gorgeous, it ain’t Dope Slimes’ only amazing product. For any slime need one could possibly ever have, this place has you covered no matter the case; their slime selection is endless and uniquely crafted.
3. Elmer’s GUE Pre Made Slime
From the makers of your favorite kindergarten craft-buddy comes this cotton candy pink slime with a bite. Non-toxic slime is great for kids who get a little ahead of themselves with their toys (especially considering this one smells like a fruit slushy), but this product is fun for parents too with the satisfying pop from infused foam beads. It’s not sticky either, so there’s no mess to be made no matter how things look from afar.
4. Schylling Sunny Slime Crackers Egg Slime
BEST LOOK ALIKE
This one might get you a couple odd looks from friends and family, we’ll give you that, but it’s totally relaxing to mess around with. Schylling’s egg-resembling slime is scarily uncanny right down to the texture and drip amount. Packaged with an “eggshell” exterior, this slime cracks like a real egg. While this might be one of the stickier options of the bunch, the gagworthy laughter to come from having this in the house makes it well worth it.
5. SlimeFantasies Bye Bye Anxiety Therapy Dough
BEST ANXIETY RELIEVER
A light-colored, aromatic doughy slime made to flush away anxiety with ease? Yes, please. This blue cotton candy looking slime is non-sticky and light-smelling, so it’s perfect for people who love the idea of slime but hate the outrageous smells and textures. Using a mix of essential oils like rosemary, bergamot, chamomile, pine needle and lavender, this gooey fluff is scented for more of an adult nose than a kid’s. Ultimately this is excellent to have around when you just need to knead and rid of the day’s anxieties.
6. DIY Slime Kit
While aesthetically this kit is totally designed to grab the attention of children, it’s grabbed ours for its affordable price and endless amount of possibility. From foam beads for cracking to crystal powder for shining to almost 20 different color choices to mix around, this could be a fun-filled activity for the whole family—especially when in quarantine. And get this, some of the concoctions will even glow in the dark.
7. TiniSlime Green Slime Party Favors
BEST PARTY FAVOR
We can’t forget the original green stuff that began this whole trend back in the early Nickelodeon days. Since these are designed to be party favors for kids’ birthday parties, they’re fully customizable with three different themes and any writing you like. They’re perfect for any little mad scientist or Ghostbusters fanatic’s special day. Alternatively, instead of giving these out at the end of a social-distanced celebration, keep them all for yourself for an easy relaxation method wherever you go.
8. Beautiful Color Mixing Cloud Slime Putty
This cloudy rainbow mixture has zero ratings at Walmart, but look at that coloration. I personally have this slime and I’m obsessed with the odd choice the makers made when deciding to add a milky white into the rainbow mixture. The number of unique patterns this slime can make that totally resemble seascapes and spaces between the stars is truly crazy to see with your own eyes. If you’re looking for a slime that will blow you away, here’s the one.
None of These Your Jam? Make Your Own Slime at Home
We get it, not all of these might be the perfect slimes for you. Maybe you’re looking for an affordable and fun way to bring the family together during these trying times. If you’re interested in making your own slime at home, look no further than this easy recipe from Home Depot using ordinary ingredients you can find just about anywhere.
- Pour one cup of white liquid Elmer’s glue into the bowl you’re using to mix.
- Add a single tablespoon of baking soda.
- Mix everything in the bowl evenly.
- Add more or less glue depending on what consistency you prefer.
- Squeeze as much food coloring as you want inside the mixture, then mix it all until the color takes over.
- Add a tablespoon of lens cleaner or contact lens cleaner and mix until the slime begins to thicken.
- Add whatever addons you want like glitter and essential oils.
- Get both those hands dirty and knead the slime, adding tiny bits of lens cleaner if the slime’s too sticky.
- Then, you’re all done! Store your slime in an airtight plastic container, plastic bag or mason jar.
This recipe is courtesy of Home Depot.