Zen-Doh is Play-Doh for adults made with therapeutic-grade essential oils! Made by Lindsay Barrasse right here in Scranton, Zen-Doh can help you relax, chill out and get your zen on! It comes in a variety of colors and scents and is sold in a cute little tin so you can carry your own little piece of zen wherever you go! Pick some up at Lackawanna Arts Fest!
Tell us a little about how and why you started Zen-Doh.
So my husband and I have our video production business – Voyager Video. …but I am always craving to do a little something creative for myself. I make jewelry, different kinds of art, and the idea for Zen literally fell into my lap. I was going to physical therapy after a car accident at wanted to do little things at home and my sister got me scented play dough as a gift. I loved it- but thought – “hey I can make this!”. Then I tried. First batch was perfect and I used essential oils. Since I used what I had at home already the items were vegan and cruelty free. The next morning I woke up with a name in my head – Zen-Doh! I looked it up online and it turns out a zendo is Buddhist meditation area. It’s couldn’t have been more perfect. Zen-Doh was born.
What exactly is Zen-Doh?
Zen-Doh reinvents traditional play dough by offering not only a colorful visual and tactile experience but the addition of pure therapeutic-grade essential oils. Unlike other play dough, Zen-Doh is homemade with all-natural ingredients, using 100% therapeutic essential oils, and is vegan and cruelty free!
What is Zen-Doh used for?
Not only does Zen-Doh provide the benefits of essentials oils but the act of playing with this chill out dough can help relax, focus attention, and relieve stress.
This “fidget toy” can help add a center point of focus by squishing, rolling, shaping, and squeezing the dough. Adding such an activity improves fine motor skills and hand eye coordination, provides an outlet for creativity, and provided sensory stimulation just to name a few.
Kneading and playing with Zen-Doh is similar to doing progressive muscle relaxation on the arms. There is a tighten and release motion of the arm muscle which thereby can help relieve built up tension.
Are there many varieties of Zen-Doh?
I named each of the man five scents after the five spiritual faculties of Zen Buddhism. These are inherent faculties of the mind and heart.
1 Energy; Vīrya
2 Wisdom; Prajñā
3 Faith; Saddhā
4 Mindfulness; Sati
5 Concentration; Samādhi
Each scent is a mixture of essential oils that embodies the corresponding faculty.
I also have seasonal dough and even a specially unicorn dough that is rainbow colored swirled with eco-bio glitter made from eucalyptus trees imported from Australia. The unicorn dough smells like a cotton candy cupcake.
Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?
Allow this Chill Out Dough be your own piece of Zen.
The 1 oz tin is perfect for you to carry the dough with you wherever you go! Squish, roll, shape, and squeeze your dough whenever you need.
Take a breath, slow down, and recharge.
Let the essential oil infused dough reduce stress, calm the mind, and improve focus and Zen out!
Lackawanna Arts Fest is brought to you by a partnership between Lackawanna County and ScrantonMade with the generous support of sponsors King Outdoor, Montage Mountain Resorts, Voyager Video, Wayne Bank and WVIA Public Media.
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