Essential oil scented play doh (no cream of tartar)

essential oil homemade play dough

I don’t know about you but I straight up loathe store-bought Play Doh. It’s a combination of the smell, the crumbly-ness, and the glorious mess it leaves behind. And I know it says that it’s non-toxic, and safe, and all that jazz, but I don’t buy it. There is no way that plasticy smell is “safe” for anyone, especially for kids, who will probably eat it, or at the very least, stick it up their noses. I honestly stopped buying play doh a long time ago because of this, but lately the kids have been asking to play with it. We tried out moon dough a couple years ago too and they loved that, but the moon dough mess is INSANE. Just when you think you have it all cleaned up you will find little pieces of it EVERYWHERE. The nice thing about moon dough is that it’s so light that it vacuums right up, but it travels so far throughout the house. I remember my grandma Kay making us homemade play doh as kids when we would go visit her like it was yesterday. My brothers and I had so much fun picking out the colors we wanted her to make, and helping her knead the dough. I really can’t believe that I haven’t done this activity with my kids yet. Plus if my kids do decide to eat this stuff, (they will), I wont have to wonder or worry about any unknown ingredients. essential oil homemade play dough (1)

Now there are so many homemade play dough recipes out there, this I know, but it seems like they all require cream of tartar in the recipe?? I am almost positive my grandmas recipe had cream of tartar in it. That is so not something I just happen to have on hand…ever. Question. Does anyone ever just happen to have cream of tartar on hand? Question 2. What does one use cream of tartar for? Tartar sauce? Tuna Tar Tar? I imagine that cream of tartar is pronouced real fancy like, taar tarrr. But seriously, these are things I would like to know.

After looking up some ideas of what I could substitute for tar tar, this is the recipe I came up with for homemade play dough. Of course we just happen to be out of red food coloring, so the colors that we could make were limited. I tried to make 3 different shades of green sound really enticing to Remy, who just wanted red so badly, to make a nose for Rudolph of course. “What do you mean you don’t want a special, Grinch green…it’s a limited edition color, Remy!” “You could make Rudy’s nose yellow because it sometimes looks yellow when it’s all shiny and glowing! Like a lightbulb!” He didn’t buy it. Tears were shed. But I digress.

essential oil homemade play dough (2)If you haven’t read my post from a couple weeks back about essential oils, or you don’t follow me on instagram , you may not know that we are big essential oil freaks over here. I have been using them for everything, so I figured why not use them to make our play-dough smell ridiculously yummy? We used Thieves, Wintergreen, Citrus Fresh, and Peppermint oils. They still smell just as delicious everytime we pull them out of the fridge. Also. I decided to make a new account on instagram just to post about all things essential oils if you are into that. I realize not everyone who follows my personal insta account is interested in learning about essential oils so I thought this was best. If you are interested, go ahead and follow @essentiallysimple over on instagram for lots ideas and tips on how to use your Young Living oils.

Homemade Play Dough Recipe Using Essential Oils (no cream of tartar)
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups of flour
  • ½ water
  • ½ cup salt
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5-10 drops essential oils
  • food coloring as desired
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a medium saucepan on medium heat.
  2. When it starts to get crumbly (3ish minutes), transfer to flour coated counter.
  3. Knead it all together and divide if you want more than one color, or scent.
  4. Add drops of food coloring and essential oils as desired and knead in your hands until incorporated.
  5. If the dough is too sticky add a bit more flour.
  6. Store in the fridge for best lasting results...ours is going on 2 months.

 

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