Homemade Essential Oil Play Dough - Easy No Cook Playdough Recipe

Have you ever played with play dough? It's a lot of fun! You can make it any color you want, and you can create all sorts of shapes with it. Did you know that you can also make play dough using essential oils? It's a lot of fun to use different scents to create different colors and textures. Plus, playing with this type of dough is a great way to get kids interested in essential oils. Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own essential oil play dough.
Homemade Essential Oil Play Dough - No Cook Recipe by Loving Essential Oils

Here is a wonderful DIY recipe to include your kids or grandkids in making, then they can have lots of fun playing and creating with it. This homemade essential oil play dough no cook recipe is not only easy, but also has aromatherapy benefits too!

Kids love the fact that they can customize with color and the scent, parents love how simple this play dough recipe is to make with ingredients found in most homes.

Homemade Essential Oil Play Dough - No Cook Recipe

Here is the video where I found this recipe, they go kinda fast but I love that I don't have to sit through a long tutorial on how to make essential oil playdough. It gets right to the scented play dough recipe without any fluff. I have added the recipe and step by step tutorial from my homemade batches I made with my youngest son.

Ingredients for Aromatherapy Playdough

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup hot water
  • Food coloring of choice
  • 10-15 drops of essential oils of choice

Instructions for Homemade Play Dough

Step 1: In a mixing bowl place flour, salt and cream of tartar and mix together with a spatula.

Homemade Playdough Tutorial - Step 1 includes ingredients of flour, salt, and cream of tartar.

Step 2: Add vegetable oil to dry ingredients and blend in with spatula.

No Cook Playdough Recipe - Step 2 add in vegetable oil

Step 3: Measure out 3/4 cup of hot water (I used hottest faucet water but you could boil the water if you desire). Add several drops of food coloring into the water and stir with a spoon to blend. I used 6-8 drops of food coloring and my colors came out mostly pastel. I recommend not adding essential oils here and instead add them at the end for best scent (see step 6).

No Cook Playdough Recipe with Essential Oils

Step 4: Pour in 1/4 cup of colored water into mixture and stir, slowly add the additional water until the desired consistency is obtained. My batches only needed about 1/2 cup to reach the consistency in the video.

Aromatherapy Playdough for Kids - No Cook Recipe

Step 5: Add some flour to kneading surface, then knead the dough until it is becomes smooth, squishy, and no longer sticky.

Essential Oil Scented Play Dough Recipe - Step 5 knead the playdough until smooth

Step 6: Flatten out the dough a little and place drops of essential oil onto the playdough then knead with hands until it is mixed in.

Lemon Essential Oil Playdough

Step 7: Store at room temperature in an airtight container for best results. Can last up to six months depending on how frequently it is played with. If aroma fades, repeat step 6.

DIY Essential Oil Playdough with Aromatherapy Benefits

For more vibrant play dough colors, try Wilton Icing Colors.

Aromatherapy Benefits of Essential Oil Playdough

Aromatherapy benefits of play dough will depend on which essential oil you or your child picks to go into the dough. As your child plays with the scented dough, they will be inhaling the essential oil aroma and gain powerful aromatic benefits.

  • For our yellow batch of homemade playdough, my son chose lemon essential oil. Lemon oil has a very bright and energizing effect.
  • For our pastel green we added spearmint essential oil, perfect for focusing and creating.

Here is a quick chart with some options you may want to pick, you can also pick a favorite essential oil blend too!

Essential Oil

Aromatherapy Benefit

Lavender Essential Oil Calming, comforting, offers a sense of well-being
Sweet Orange Essential Oil Uplifting, refreshing, joyfulness, combats fatigue
Cedarwood Essential Oil Inspiration, focus, offers a sense of well-being, relieves stress
Lime Essential Oil Cheerfulness, energizing, stimulating, mental clarity
Spearmint Essential Oil Refreshing, energizing, stimulating, inspires clarity
Chamomile Essential Oil Calmness, harmony, relaxation, feelings of peace
Lemon Essential Oil Uplifting, sharpens awareness and focus, eases worry and fear
Bergamot Essential Oil Uplifting, offers a sense of balance, motivation
Cardamom Essential Oil Stimulating, feelings of generosity and inner warmth
Cypress Essential Oil Rebalances emotions, offers feelings of protection and stability

 

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