My toddler loves to eat playdough. She loves salty food and she loves coconut so really it was inevitable that she would start trying to sneak bites when I wasn’t looking. While my playdough is homemade and non-toxic, I also am mindful that it’s probably not the cleanest thing to be eating especially since we tend to do playdough outside and it gets rolled on the ground. So I decided to add a few drops of essential oil to it. That way it will smell amazing and hopefully deter her from eating it! It took a while (turns out Lavender and Lemon were still yummy to her) but finally I learned that if I added 8-10 drops of grapefruit oil she wasn’t a huge fan anymore. Winning! 

Recipe adapted from “Thermomix cooking for your baby and toddler” by Louise Fulton Keats


250g water

100g salt

1tbsp cream of tartar

food coloring, to colour

8-10 drops of essential oil
(Some ideas would be use lavender to calm children, grapefruit to discourage them eating the playdough, etc. Make sure the oil is safe to be used topically on children-please check your reference guides)

300g plain flour

25g coconut oil



  1. Put water, salt, cream of tartar, food colouring into mixing bowl and heat 5 min/60*C/speed 3.
  2. Add essential oil, flour and coconut oil and mix 40 seconds/speed 4.
  3. Knead for 1minute/interval.
  4. Store in an airtight container to prevent drying out.