November 17, 2023

Natural Play Dough Recipe for Sensitive Skin

Natural Play dough for sensitive skin - perfect for kids who suffer from EczemaI developed this easy and 100% Natural Play Dough Recipe for people with Sensitive Skin. Both my children suffer from Eczema in the cooler months, regular play dough tends to aggravate and irritate their skin (due to the large quantity of salt).

This recipe is completely  Salt FREE, it’s also made using Natural Ingredients that actually HELP to soothe and treat the effects of Eczema! We use part of this recipe is a home remedy that has helped reduce the severity of  Eczema outbreaks for my children.

Ingredients –

  • 3/4 cup of boiling water from the kettle
  • 2/3 cup Quick Oats
  • 3 tablespoons of Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1 tablespoon of Honey
  • 2 cups of Cornflour or Cornstarch

Method –

Simply mix the boiling water, Honey, Coconut Oil & Oats together and stir for 2 mins or until the oats have softened (you can use this mixture as a pre-bath scrub to help treat Eczema). Finally mix in the cornflour to form a dough.

This dough leaves your hands feeling smooth and silky. The dough itself is a soft texture almost identical to regular play dough…best of all it’s completely SAFE for little kids who occasionally like to taste their play dough.

You might choose to also try some natural food dyes like the ones found here ~  Homemade Food Colourings.

Natural Play Dough Recipe - safe for toddlers.

Natural Play Dough Recipe made to help soothe sensitive and damaged skin

A little about the ingredients and why I choose to use them –

The honey is great for soothing itchy skin but it also acts as an antibacterial agent – helping the dough to remain fresh for up to 2 weeks when refrigerated in an airtight container.

The Coconut Oil is wonderful to keep the skin hydrated and moisturised, it also smells amazing and stops the dough from drying out.

The Oats – Oats help to protect the iterated skin as well as soothing any itching symptoms. Oats are used in many skincare products for helping to protect & heal sensitive skin.

The Water and Cornflour were used to emulsify the above ingredients to form the dough consistency.

I hope you find this recipe helpful – particularly for children who require natural and sensitive products.

Louise x


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37 thoughts on “Natural Play Dough Recipe for Sensitive Skin

  1. Thank you for this amazing recipe. And for your fantastic page.
    I live in Nelspruit, South Africa.
    I would like to know wether I may put this into our local town’s mommy newsletter?
    Your page will be given fulle credit.

    1. He could eat it but it doesn’t taste great…very bland. How do I know this? Because I tried some lol! Louise x

  2. Love this! My son’s hands are always cracking and itchy because of his eczema, I’m anxious to try it. He is allergic to coconut – do you have a recommendation on what I could swap the coconut oil out with?

    1. Hi Tina, I’m so sorry to hear that your son also struggles with Eczema. Is there a bath oil that you’ve used before with success? We use one made by the QV brand and it’s been great with my kids…it would be a great substitute for the coconut oil.
      Louise x

    1. Hi Michelle, I don’t think it would last without growing mould. We use this natural recipe for making clay. It doesn’t effect my kids eczema so it should be safe to use :). Louise

  3. I manage a weekly craft session at my daughter & son-in-laws Play Barn – Woodys Playbarn in Ware, Herts., & im constatly looking out for new craft ideas. We run on donations (my wallet) but now these donations go towards Cancer research since kne of our young mums has recently been diagnosed……

    1. Hi Frances, what a wonderful thing you do for your community :). I’m so happy to see you on our blog :). Thank you. Louise x

    1. Hi Nici, we keep ours refrigerated in an airtight ziplock bag for two weeks. You may need to add some extra flour if it gets condensation in the bag. Louise x

  4. As a childminder &mum if two children with excema I really love these recipes 🙂 thankyou and please can I have recipes for more x

  5. I have a daughter that has horrible eczema since birth (she’s now 5). I started making our laundry detergent and lotion bars for her to try and help as every commercial product I tried irritated and burned her skin. I am curious how you use this as a pre-bath scrub. Do you literally scrub the child with this, do you let is set on their skin for a while? Any additional information about how to use this effectively would be greatly appreciated. I am always on the lookout for things that will help sooth her extremely sensitive skin.

    1. Hi Karri, So sorry to hear that your Daughter suffers badly with Eczema :(. My daughter is also 5 and she loves using this scrub.

      We use the same method and ingredients as in this blog minus the Cornflour, I then blend it in our mini bullet mixer so there are no large clumps or lumps..the kids then hop in the bath without the water and lather/rub themselves with the mixture, they really love that part because they pretend they are slime monsters lol! I let them play with it on for a few minutes before I fill the bath. They then soak in the bath with the ‘lumps’ of oats. You don’t need to wash them off afterwards – I just pat them down with a towel and dress them for bed. I always give the bath a quick rinse to remove any oat residue afterwards.

      It really does work – my daughter’s was so bad once that it looked like she had been badly burnt :(. It improved immediately after doing the above :).

      I really hope this helps you and your daughter :).

      Louise xx

  6. I though this was an excellent idea. I made it for the kids in my room at child care, but it didn’t seem to last very long as it went dry and crumbly 🙁 any solution for this?

    1. Hi Jackie, We found one batch went a little dry, I just added a small amount of extra Coconut oil :). Louise x

  7. I just made this with my daughters and they loved it. Thank you so much for the recipe!

    Since I only had regular quaker oats, I had to let them soak in the wáter/oil/honey mixture longer and popped it back into the microwave for a minute, but it still worked great.

  8. Glad I found this article! I have a 3 yr old aswell which we are struggling to control her eczema since birth. She’s obsessed with play dough was wondering if I add the normal food dyes from the supermarket will it effect the purpose of the natural skin sensitive aim?

    1. I’m so glad you found this recipe :). My children don’t have an issue with the food dye effecting their skin but it might be best to play it safe and keep it plain…or try some natural food dyes? Louise x

  9. Thank you for posting this! My little girl is dealing with excema, but she also has a corn allergy. Would another starch like tapioca or rice or possibly arrowroot have the same results?

    1. Hi Tracy, I haven’t tested the recipe using anything other than cornstarch BUT I think the arrowroot would be the best bet :). Please let me know how it goes :). Louise x

    1. Hi Becca,

      We are sure you mean well by making these new images however we would kindly ask that you remove them. We understand that you are only trying to help make it easier for people to find all the information, but in doing so you are restricting the flow of traffic to our website (this effects our ability to continue doing what we do). These images are also copyrighted in their original form and shouldn’t be modified.

      Thank you for your understanding on this matter.

      Jenni & Louise xx

    1. Hi Sammy, The dough would be fine with the honey not included. I use it for it’s healing properties not for how it effects the consistency of texture of the dough. Thank you.
      Louise x

  10. I’m excited about this dough recipe, but I think I may be doing something wrong. I used certified gluten-free oats, but I don’t think that should affect the recipe too much. I didn’t add the full 2 cups of cornstarch as the dough seemed too dry. I worked it for a bit until I got a dough with nice consistency. I put it in the fridge last night and was excited to see what it felt like today. I just pulled it out and it’s as hard as a rock. Oops! It crumbled once it cooled so I’ll try more oil or water and see what happens. What do you think I did wrong? Thanks for your help!

  11. What a great recipe! It’s great that kids with sensitive skin and dermatological issues can enjoy such great tactile fun! I’d love to share with our readers, and, of course, give you credit and link back to your site! Would that be acceptable?

    Have a wonderful day!


  12. I love this idea! We will certainly try this. We’re always looking for natural healing. My son had severe eczema, but he’s much better now due to a mix of eliminating trigger foods, changing the laundry routine, and some natural supplements. I’ve shared what worked for us here in case it helps any other parents going through the constant scratching and sleepless nights like we experienced.

  13. Thank you so much for the blog because babies got Eczema at early so commonly and your blog will going to help all of them who are parents for new born and infants.

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