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How to scent homemade playdough???.....

post #1 of 14
Thread Starter 
I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but here goes.

I'm going to make some playdough for February, and I wanted to make some that smells like roses, and some that smells like chocolate. My child is 4, so he knows not to eat it. : )

What would you suggest for the rose scent? Do you think it's okay to use rose oil? I wasn't sure how long it lasts, or if it would stain clothing or whatever. He'll be using it, and when friends come over, they'll be playing with it, too. If you think I should use rose oil, where can I get that without spending much money?

For the chocolate scent, should I use cocoa powder? I'm not sure if cocoa powder has a strong chocolate scent or not, if it's not heated up in a recipe. Anybody know if there's an extract? Or do you think I should just use the powder?

Thank you, mommies! I value your opinions.
post #2 of 14
Lavender essential oil works well and is safe and therapeutic. I think just one to three drops in a batch would be enough. I'm not sure which other EOs are safe and appropriate for children. Check in an EO guide like Worwood's, as many oils are toxic to children or unsafe for skin contact. Pumkin pie spice and cinnamon are also good pantry staple additions. Chocolate sounds yummy Please let us know if the cocoa works out.
post #3 of 14
Have you thought about adding kool-aid for color and scent? It wouldn't be rosy, but should be non-toxic and non-oily.
post #4 of 14
Thread Starter 
No, actually, I hadn't thought of Kool-Aid! That's a great idea. Thanks!
post #5 of 14
jello powder works too. Pepermint extract.....or any of the edible extracts
post #6 of 14
I always use cocoa powder with a few drops of vanilla essec. too
It seems to bring out the chocolate fragrance
post #7 of 14
Great ideas... :

I used gerenium just like two drops....and it smelled like roses.
post #8 of 14
Kool Aid might transfer on to their hands :

Could you post a reciepe for Playdo?
post #9 of 14
extracts!

vanilla, mmmmmm
you can find lots of flavors at the grocery or even at craft food stores, like orange, peppermint, etc

If you're not worried about the kids eating it I would use essential oils too. I sometimes add lavender e.o. to my dd's paints when I do watercoloring with her
post #10 of 14

Essential oils and herbal extracts

For the rose scent, I like the idea of using essential oil of Geranium. It is much cheaper than Rose EO and smells floral. It is safe for children.

For the chocolate scent, you could use chocolate extract. This is just like vanilla extract, but a different bean!!

Watkins sells chocolate extract. Here is a link to Dean & Deluca's chocolate extract. It is $12 for 8 oz. Maybe you could split it with somebody! http://www.deandeluca.com/cgi-bin/nc...colate+extract

Maybe, you would like to re-think your choice of scents. Instead of rose and chocolate... go to the health food store: you and DS can sample some of the EOs that are for sale, and see which ones you like. If you already have orange extract (or vanilla, almond, or peppermint) at home for baking, you might use what you already have and save the money. Essential oils are great to add because many have natual antibacterial properties... and help to keep the dough.

Cheers,
Caitlin
post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by mamacitarisa
Kool Aid might transfer on to their hands :
It doesn't. I've made play dough with koolaid and it turns out great. Nice bright colors and fruity smell.

Quote:
Originally Posted by mamacitarisa
Could you post a reciepe for Playdo?
I've got a sleeping toddler on my lap right now. I'll find my recipe and post it later.
post #12 of 14
Not exactly the most natural ingredient, but a friend of mine used to add baby oil to hers for that baby powder smell. Maybe the Burt's Bees apricot oil would work? I'm assuming if its safe to use on baby skin it would be fine in playdough as long as no one eats it.
post #13 of 14
I would like to thumbs-up the kool-aid suggestion. It is excellent, scents, colours, no transfer.
post #14 of 14
Neat idea!!!

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Originally Posted by AutumnWind
I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this question, but here goes.

I'm going to make some playdough for February, and I wanted to make some that smells like roses, and some that smells like chocolate. My child is 4, so he knows not to eat it. : )

What would you suggest for the rose scent? Do you think it's okay to use rose oil? I wasn't sure how long it lasts, or if it would stain clothing or whatever. He'll be using it, and when friends come over, they'll be playing with it, too. If you think I should use rose oil, where can I get that without spending much money?

For the chocolate scent, should I use cocoa powder? I'm not sure if cocoa powder has a strong chocolate scent or not, if it's not heated up in a recipe. Anybody know if there's an extract? Or do you think I should just use the powder?

Thank you, mommies! I value your opinions.
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