Best Ever Scented Playdough Recipe

Inside: Our tips for the best ever scented playdough recipe!

We love homemade playdough and I am always looking for fun ways to enhance the sensory play potential of our next batch of dough. We’ve added rice for texture, glitter for sparkle, homemade berry dye for colour, and so much more, in fact for your convenience I’ve gathered together my pick of the twelve best homemade playdough recipes for you to try.

And with this, our latest experiment,  I think I may just have found the easiest way to add lovely, rich scent to homemade playdough.

Scented playdough recipe

Best Scented Playdough Recipe

It certainly passes the toddler sniff test!

Best scented playdough recipe

So what’s the secret ingredient?

Best scented playdough recipe

It’s herbal tea!

Best scented playdough recipe

I brewed a strong batch of herbal tea (two cups of boiling water to three tea bags) and used it in exchange of the water in my regular homemade playdough recipe.

In this case I used a Cranberry, Raspberry and Strawberry blend and the scent was magnificent. We have also experimented with a Lemon and Ginger blend and Peppermint herbal teas – these scents have been just as lovely and fragrant but not quite as strong. The end result depends upon the natural qualities of the tea’s ingredients and the strength of the individual brand of tea – play around with the number of bags you use until you brew a scent you love.

Apart from the tea, you’ll just need regular ingredients for homemade playdough – flour, salt, oil and cream of tarter. The recipe below is the simplest, neverfail cooked playdough recipe that I have used for years as a parent and a kindergarten teacher.

Best scented playdough recipe

And whichever herbal tea blend you choose, our first grader tells me that scented playdough is perfect for making embellished star lollipops.

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And our toddler just loves poking things in it!

Best Ever Scented Playdough Recipe

Scented playdough recipe

An easy method for adding lovely, rich scent to homemade playdough.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Easy


  • 2 cups of plain flour
  • 1 cup of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of cream of tartar
  • 2 tablespoons of cooking oil
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 3-4 herbal teabags


  1. Brew herbal tea bags in boiling water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan
  3. Stir over a medium heat for 3-5 minutes. The dough should begin to form a ball.
  4. Continue to turn over on the heat for another 1-2 minutes. T
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured board and knead until smooth as it cools.


The success of your scent will depend upon the natural qualities of the tea’s ingredients and the strength of the individual brand of tea – play around with the number of bags you use until you find a level of scent you are happy with.

For more playdough fun, check out these creative ideas;

All natural Rosemary & Lemon Scented Playdough
Rose Playdough Recipe. Make your next homemade batch oc playdough extra special with a rose scent.
Homemade Maple Pumpkin Playdough Fall Sensory Play

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