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Homemade Essential Oils Scented Playdough Homemade Essential Oils Scented Playdough
I am not very ‘crafty’.  I envy the moms that, at the drop of a hat, can come up with some cool art/craft idea... Homemade Essential Oils Scented Playdough

I am not very ‘crafty’.  I envy the moms that, at the drop of a hat, can come up with some cool art/craft idea for their kids to work on or play with, but it’s just not me.  I do, however, make homemade playdough.  Every so often. For some reason, I have actually never purchased playdough from a store and I guess I just decided that this is something super easy that I CAN make for the girls to enjoy playing with.

If you’ve made playdough yourselves, you probably have a tried-and-true recipe you use.  I actually switch it up quite often and rely heavily on my friend Jen over at Mama Papa Bubba as she is the QUEEN of homemade playdough (if you ask me!).  For this particular recipe, I kind of combined a few recipes I’ve come across over the past couple of years and then added my own special touch.  Thanks to Sheri of Walnuts and Pears Nutrition, I have this great set of doTERRA essential oils and I have been trying to use them in all sorts of interesting ways.

I used the oils most recently in my last batch of homemade playdough. Here is the recipe in case you want to try it for your own wee ones!

scented playdough

Orange, Lavender, Lemon and Peppermint Scented Playdough


  • 2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of table salt
  • 2 tbsp. cream of tartar
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil (or vegetable oil)
  • 1/2 cup of boiling water
  • 1 tbsp. glycerine
  • Essential oils (I used wild orange, lavender, lemon and peppermint)
  • Food colouring (gel form is best but I used liquid this time and it worked alright)


1) Boil some hot water in a kettle.
2)  Combine all the dry ingredients and mix well with a wire whisk.
3) Add the olive oil, glycerine and water. Stir with the whisk and let cool for 5 minutes. (It looks clumpy and weird at this stage… but do not fear!)
4) Take half the dough and knead, knead, knead until it starts getting smooth and soft.  Make a little nest and pour 5 drops of food colouring in.  CAREFULLY (see note 4 below) knead the colour into the dough.  You may want to repeat this step if the dough is not bright enough.
5) Make another well and add 3 drops of your chosen essential oil.  I made yellow dough and added lemon essential oil, orange and added wild orange essential oil, green and added peppermint essential oil and finally purple and added lavender essential oil.  They smell HEAVENLY.



  1. I made the above recipe TWICE in 2 separate bowls to make 4 good sized balls of playdough.
  2. Cream of tartar can be found with spices in most grocery stores.
  3. Glycerine is not a requirement for this recipe, but it makes the playdough a bit shiny and adds a nice texture.  I would even maybe add another tablespoon next time.
  4. If you spray food colouring all over your shirt, like I did… quickly spray the affected areas with stain remover and then soak in cold water with detergent.  For a while!  Overnight if you have to!  I really thought I had lost my favourite shirt but, miraculously, the stains came out! 😛

Jessica Blumel

Nice to meet you! I'm Jessica a.k.a North Shore Mama. This site was born out of my love for my daughters and the desire to share my motherhood journey with fellow moms. I believe we're all in this craziness called 'parenthood' together and North Shore Mama is my way of reaching out to anyone who needs a laugh, a cry or dinner inspiration. Thank you so much for reading!

  • Judy Cowan

    August 14, 2015 #1 Author

    I like the idea of adding the essential oils to the homemade playdough. Going to have to try this out!


  • Cheryl

    August 14, 2015 #2 Author

    This looks nice and easy. Great for the summer with the kiddies thanks :)


  • Courtney

    August 22, 2015 #3 Author

    Ok, this is awesome. I will be making some soon!


  • gene d

    August 25, 2015 #4 Author

    looks like a great craft for the kids.


  • Tiffany Rotulo

    September 17, 2015 #5 Author

    Love it. Thanks for the recipe.


  • Cheryl

    September 17, 2015 #6 Author

    Never thought of adding essential oils!! Great idea :)


  • Anne Taylor

    September 22, 2015 #7 Author

    This is very cool! What a brilliant idea to add the essential oils to the mix! Thanks!


  • Laurie P

    September 28, 2015 #8 Author

    I’ve never attempted making any yet…..but this might be the version for us!


  • Krista M

    September 29, 2015 #9 Author

    This would be a great sensory experience for children with special needs. Not only is it tactile & great for fine motor skills, but gives the feedback of scent to exude calm.


  • Jaralyn

    October 28, 2015 #10 Author

    Thanks for this – I’m going to give it try!


  • Lesley Hobbs

    November 25, 2015 #11 Author

    Love this! I just made playdough for the first time in my life last weekend and the kids LOVED it. I think adding the essential oils will be awesome next time! XO


  • Leah

    November 25, 2015 #12 Author

    I remember making our own play dough when we were younger. How long before it dried out?


    • Jessica Blumel

      November 26, 2015 #13 Author

      Hi Leah! Ours usually lasts about a week and then it’s time for a nice fresh batch :)


  • Amanda taylor

    December 5, 2015 #14 Author

    Love this recipe. My kids love the scents as well.


  • shannon grochowski

    December 16, 2015 #15 Author

    oh the lavender!! have to try these!


  • Nicole L

    December 26, 2015 #16 Author

    I love this idea! Will definitely try this!


  • Holly OGorman

    December 31, 2015 #17 Author

    I would love to try making these for my daughter.


  • Melinda Jana

    January 14, 2016 #18 Author

    that makes a lot of scents/sense 😛 sorry had to do that. cool idea!


  • Kim Tanti

    January 19, 2016 #20 Author

    This is a great idea. You can make it with calming oils and you can take a quite break. lol


  • Bailey Dexter

    January 29, 2016 #22 Author

    What a great way to get the grand-kids involved, not only paying but making it them self!! Thanks!


  • nicolthepickle

    January 29, 2016 #23 Author

    This sounds so lovely. I love the idea of an orange scented playdough. I would play with it.


  • Rachel B

    February 10, 2016 #24 Author

    Looks and smells beautiful – great idea!


  • Jeannie

    February 10, 2016 #25 Author

    I have never thought of adding essential oils to playdoh before. It would smell so good while the kids play and create!


  • Janice Cournoyer

    February 29, 2016 #26 Author

    This looks pretty easy, so I am going to give it a try. Thank you!!


  • Alexis M

    February 29, 2016 #27 Author

    What a brilliant idea! I must pick up the ingredients to make this the next time I am out! Thank you



    February 29, 2016 #28 Author

    Thanks! I’ve never attempted making any yet but you make it sound easy


  • Julie-Lynne McCann

    March 5, 2016 #29 Author

    What a fantastic idea, my sister has two little ones & will love this idea



  • Treen Goodwin

    March 7, 2016 #30 Author

    so cool , this is awesome , my grandson would so love this , def gonna try it out , we will make it together :)


  • Heidi c.

    March 12, 2016 #31 Author

    This sounds like a fun project for Spring Break.


  • josephine evans

    March 13, 2016 #32 Author

    This is awesome! A must try for sure. My children would have a blast.


  • Lina Policelli

    March 13, 2016 #33 Author

    this is so cool! my kids would have so much fun helping to make it


  • Jamie hall

    March 15, 2016 #34 Author

    Thank you what a great idea


  • Lynda Cook

    March 17, 2016 #35 Author

    This is a neat idea, going to have to give it a try!!


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