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Scented Playdough Recipe | How to make homemade scented Playdough

Simple and easy playdough recipe, stock up on colors, scents, and textures with your own homemade playdough. Using flour as a base, you won’t believe how perfectly easy this scented play dough will be.

Playdough Recipe

Playdough Recipe

As you know I am a parenting and kid related blog, so anytime I can make a household item be used in more than one way, it saves us money and also means we have a lot of fun around here.  So we took our body sprays and make a really fun sensory experience that even the men (think little man) could enjoy without spritzing.

While you probably do not want to use your high end $200 perfume on this idea, you may have a pantry full of spritzers, sprays, essential oils, or scented cooking scents.

scented playdough

First you will need to create homemade playdough.

This recipe below varies a bit from our how to make playdough original recipe, but its just as fabulous!

If you are going through playdough/fun dough a lot, making it is SO easy and the texture was perfect, so create and store and voila.

Homemade Playdough

  • 1 cup white flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tablespoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring
  • scents (I used spritzers, you can use essential oils, etc.)

Easy Playdough Recipe

Mix your flour, salt, cream of tartar and oil into a pan over the stove.

Add your water and mix.

Heat on medium for approximately 2-3 minutes and the dough will start to separate from the sides of the pan, stir constantly.

Once the dough forms into a ball, remove from heat and knead for about 5 minutes.

You can now add coloring and scents.

Once the dough was ready I broke it into three parts and used food coloring to alter my plain white dough into something more fun.

I chose colors to match the scents I was using

If you have a rose scent you can match to pink, if you have lavender, match to purple and on….

How to make homemade Playdough

Then I poured about a tsp of spritzer in each bowl and kneaded the smell into each play dough ball, washing my hands in between so as not to mix up the smells.

As you can see I used cute little jars with latches to store the dough.

play dough


This works with any body spray but make sure you monitor your young ones.

This is NOT edible play dough so you do not wanting them putting it in their mouths….yuck!

This might be a project for 3 and up although my 2.5 year old is far away from that stage so he played fine with it.

TIP: For your older kids, see if they can pick out a smell from each jar!

I hope this inspirational idea gives you something new to do with dough in your home!


9 thoughts on “Scented Playdough Recipe | How to make homemade scented Playdough”

  1. Love the perfume idea- probably could use food extracts as well.
    I always forget to pick up cream of tartar- I want to make homemade play dough.

  2. I love this idea. I have a 4 year old and an *almost* 3 year old who I think would love this. They love Playdough!

  3. Perfume scented playdough is such a fun idea! We would probably use a body spray or something like that as well. the fruity smelling ones from the dollar store would be fun, too!

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