Essential Oil Playdough Recipe

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This year-round recipe is great for kids to play with or as a stress relief option for adults.

Playdough ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup salt
  • 4 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil (coconut oil works too)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Essential oils of choice (careful with oils for children and any "spices" as these can be hot oils on the skin)
  • Bags for storing


Place flour, salt and cream of tartar in a pot and mix together. Mix water and oil to the dry ingredients and place on medium heat. If you are using multiple colors you will want to do this in separate bags later, but if you are doing the full batch in one color, you can add this now. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and starts to form a ball. When done, consistency will allow a quick finger touch without sticking to the finger - do not overcook or burn, so check often once mixture thickens.

Take mixture from pot and either add to bags or put on wax paper to cool slightly. To make multiple colors, separate balls of dough into separate bags and add colors to the bags. Knead dough in bags to avoid staining hands. Add essential oils in bags or while kneading on the wax paper. Essential oils do not work with hot dough, so use on cooler dough.

Dough needs to be stored in bags to keep it from drying out. Essential oils can help prevent spoiling but storage is also important. Does not need to be refrigerated (this would cause it to harden). Can last up to 3 months.

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