How to Make Your Own Aroma Dough

If your kids are like mine, they love playing with Playdoh. 

If you are a parent like me, it gets annoying constantly picking up new containers of playdoh at the store.  

If you are also like me, you see the value of high-quality products without potential harmful ingredients like synthetic fragrance or colors.

As a a natural-leaning mama, you also know that aromatherapy is a great tool for your child’s health too.

Cue Homemade Aroma Dough

Tools You’ll Need

  • Pot
  • Strong Spoon
  • Spatula
  • Containers to hold the Aroma Dough

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • 2 Cups of Flour
  • 1 Cup of Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons of Salt
  • 2 Cups of Water
  • 2 Tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 4-8 Drops of Young Living Essential Oils
  • Mica Powder or your favorite food coloring

Suggested Color Pairings

  • Black or Grey - fennel, anise or Digize
  • Yellow - Lemon or Luscious Lemon
  • Orange - Orange, Tangerine, Citrus Fresh
  • Red (Wine if using Mica)  - Christmas Spirit or Thieves
  • Pink - Joy or Ylang Ylang
  • Purple - Lavender or Valor
  • Green - Peppermint or Peace and Calming
  • Blue - Wintergreen
  • Gold - Frankincense or Myrrh 
  • Brown - Copaiba & Vanilla


  1. Measure all ingredients into a pot: flour, oil, water, cream of tartar, salt 
  2. Mix ingredients together
  3. Turn heat to medium and continue to stir dough over heat for 2 minutes
  4. Turn dough out on to clean, flat surface (I sprinkled with extra flour and cream of tartar and knead until you have the right consistency. 
  5. Divide into the number of colors you wish to make.  Ours created 10 colors, but we didn’t divide perfectly evenly.
  6. Knead dough in to a flat disc and add 1/2 teaspoon  of mica powder and 4-8 drops of essential oil* 
  7. Repeat for each color
  8. Store in air tight container for 4-8 weeks, or until your child mixes all the colors and you want a fresh batch.
Here are some of our photos from our aroma dough adventure.  We made these on October 22 and they are still smelling great and feeling good to play with.  We actually stored them in snack bags, becasue we ran out of old playdoh containers! 

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