Scented Salt Dough | Experimenting with Aromatherapy

Can you believe it?  It is the 12th edition of 12 Months of Sensory Dough where 12 KBN Bloggers share special spins on a popular sensory dough. This month’s feature… Scented Salt DoughOur hope has been to provide a resource where you can find all things Sensory Dough in one place. This month we had a lot of fun testing our new essential oils and experimenting with aromatherapy to find the perfect Scented Salt Dough Recipe!

Simple Energy Dough Recipe

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WHAT IS SCENTED SALT DOUGH?

 Simply put, SCENTED SALT DOUGH is…  any salt-dough that is primarily is smells delicious.

According to popular recipes and pictures found on Pinterest, you might describe Scented Salt Dough as:

Moldable

Hardening

Versatile

Aromatic

Almost all of the recipes are the same, with a few changes for color, texture or scents. As you will read from my co-hosts, there are a few variations and differing opinions as to the proportions, temperatures and how to make it. Let’s find out more about it!

WHAT SHOULD SALT DOUGH LOOK {AND SMELL} LIKE?

What is Scented Salt Dough

According to my good friends at Imagination Tree, Fun at Home with Kids, and Sugar Aunts,  Scented Salt Dough should be moldable and pliable, while having the addition of a desirable aroma. It should harden if left out  in the air or baked in the oven, creating a long lasting keepsake.

If you click through you will read the ingredients vary, as do the methods to accomplish the preservation. But one thing is consistent across all the recipes…

The Smell Amazing

 So we set out to find our favorite SCENTED SALT DOUGH RECIPE and learn the science behind it!

WHAT EXPERIMENT DID WE DO WITH SALT DOUGH?

If you are a regular here, you know that we have explored scented doughs before in this series. We did an experiment with a variety of scents to match and guess the scent. We made scented cloud dough, and we even experimented withe the best salt dough recipe. So as our final experiment in this year’s series, we have decided to explore our new essential oils and the aromatherapy behind the scents. Since we have been using our oils to help our family live a calmer and more peaceful life, we wanted to test the theory that some oils or scents can actually be energizing.

How to make Scented Salt Dough

Simple Salt Dough Recipe

4-5 drops of Essential Oils(for this experiment we used Peppermint)

Washable Tempera Paint (optional)

 

However, as a teaser I will tell you we also made something pretty awesome with several of the scents. Each scent has  different purpose and a different benefit. Or at least that is what we wanted to test.

Just like traditional salt dough, you want to mix the ingredients together until they are mixed well. Once everything is mixed, make a well in the dough and drop the oils into the hole.
mixing salt dough recipes

Knead the dough until the oils are worked in completely. Kneading, rolling, and mixing the thick salt dough is incredibly good proprioceptive work which is organizing and energizing on its own. Yet another reason this dough is a win win.

If you would like your dough colored, now is the time to add in some paint, liquid watercolors, or food coloring. We decided to add a tad bit of rf, since we were testing the energizing nature of peppermint.

Scented Salt Dough

Immediately our house smelled of peppermint and we were able to notice our moods picking up.

Energizing Scented Salt Dough Recipe

Whether you are wanting a scented dough for the holidays or you are wanting a scented dough that could give you a boost, this dough could be fun and helpful to you! In the meantime, enjoy the aroma and make something fun with your kids.

Energizing Salt Dough Recipe

Who could resist making what you and I have probably been thinking about this whole time. Yep, you guessed it… Peppermint Salt dough. And if you have a batch of peppermint salt dough, you will surely want to make some candy cane ornaments? Right?

Peppermint Salt Dough

That is exactly what my boys did. Now here things got a bit tricky. You can’t tell from the image here, but the dough was bumpy and bubbly. Once it cooked it made the most gorgeous pattern on the dough. I have not included a close up, because I can’t tell you how we did the texture. I wish we could. In fact, we tested the doughs with oils without oils, different trying times, different ratios of salt vs. water. Nothing came up with the answer. It was frustrating to say the least.

WERE WE SUCCESSFUL AT MAKING SCENTED SALT DOUGH?

Normally, we have these elaborate science experiments and we explore specific questions. However this month, we simply experimented with a variety of scents that can be added to the doughs. While there is no substantial evidence, I can say that my children loved making the scented dough and made about 5 batches.

Simple Energy Dough Recipe

NOW FOR THE FUN PART…

Would you call this recipe a success or a fail? Do you have a favorite SCENTED SALT DOUGH recipe or activity that you consider a success or do you have a fail you want to share? We want to see! Link up your posts or post pictures to FacebookInstagramTwitter orGoogle+. Tag your pictures with#ilovesensorydough.

Be sure to check out each blogger, as we will each provide a different take on the dough, some of us with have the BEST recipe ever, while others (probably me) will show you our attempts (both failed and successful)

You can read more about each Co-hosts and more about the Series  or follow along below:

LEMON LIME ADVENTURE~LOOK! WE’RE LEARNING!~GLITTERING MUFFINS~STILL PLAYING SCHOOL~
LITTLE BINS FOR LITTLE HANDS!~NATURAL BEACH LIVING~THE EYES OF A BOY~POWERFUL MOTHERING~
WILDFLOWER RAMBLINGS!~I HEART CRAFTY THINGS~DELIGHTFUL LEARNING ~THE LIFE OF JENNIFER DAWN

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES BEFORE LINKING UP.

  • Share family-friendly posts related to the month’s theme. Feel free to link old or new posts that highlight your favorite recipes for sensory dough. Failures and unsuccessful attempts are welcome.
  • We ask that no posts are linked with copy/paste recipes from other sources. If you use a recipe from another source, please link back to the original recipe.
  • By linking up, you give permission to share your post and one photograph in future posts and through social media channels.
  • Visit 2-3 other posts that others have shared. Discover new ideas and meet new friends!

The linky will remain open all year. On the 12th of each month, all co-hosts will post a new dough with their spin, highlighting at least one post from the month before and pin each post to the 12 Months of Sensory Dough Board.

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