Give your child something fun to do this March break week with Sweet Candy Perfume Lab from Thames & Kosmos. This kit includes everything they’ll need to manufacture more than 24 sweet-smelling perfume combinations, including six candy-themed perfumes, a customized workstation, and all the equipment and containers they’ll need.
The set comes with:
- 4 vials and stoppers
- Atomizer Bottle
- 2 vials with screw lids
- Cotton balls
- Measuring cup
- 6 fragrance packets
- 2 Popsicle sticks for stirring
- 1 Syringe
- 1 tweezers
- Perfume bottle holder
- Red Dye
- Assorted stickers
Let’s Get Started
To set up the laboratory station, choose a clean, uncluttered work area. The space should be well-lit and ventilated, as well as accessible to water and away from food. Cover your work surface in old newspaper or paper towels to protect it from spills. We used our mat. Place the laboratory station on the covered surface and load all of the tools and materials into their designated compartments, as shown in our photo.
Everything has a place at the Laboratory Station, making it very easy to work from and keep everything organized. Your youngster can also use the provided stickers to personalize the station and begin labelling the beakers and scent tubes.
Also, I recommend getting the water you’ll need ahead of time to prepare your scents.
Begin by learning how to extract individual smells and mixing two fragrances to create a perfume. A perfume is a concoction of different scents.
To make your first perfume, you’ll need the following ingredients.
The components of the Laboratory Station, a zipper plastic storage bag, and water. To begin, fill the measuring cup halfway with water. Then, using only the tweezers, grasp a fragrance strip, making sure not to use your hands because the strips are concentrated.
Place the scent strip in the syringe and press down on the plunger until it is squished.To extract the 10ml of water in the syringe, place it in the measuring cup.
Once the water is in the syringe with the fragrance strip, place your finger over the tip of the syringe and quickly shake it to ensure that the water extracts the scent.
Shake the syringe for at least 2 minutes while keeping your finger on the syringe’s tip. The water in the syringe should then be squeezed back into the measuring cup.
When the syringe is empty and the fragrance strip has dropped out, use the tweezers to remove the fragrance strip and place it in the empty zip lock bag to be discarded later.
After that, add one drop of red dye to your fragrance concoction and stir it in with a Popsicle stick.
Now you must filter the solution to ensure that the fragrance combination from the fragrance strip contains no particles.
To do so, just remove the stopper from the syringe and insert a cotton ball into the syringe. Then, from the Laboratory Station, take a vial or a perfume container and place it on the protected service open end up.
Hold the syringe with the cotton ball upside down over the perfume vial and pour the fragrance solution into the measuring cup while holding the syringe over the perfume vial.
As the fragrance streams into the syringe with the cotton ball, any minute particles from the fragrance strip will be filtered away, ensuring that the Atomizer bottle does not become clogged.
Simply close and label the vial once the solution has filled it.
Because the solution only has a one-week shelf life, make sure you write the date on the vial.
Repeat the procedures above to make more perfumes, or mix and match to create your own unique scent.
Miss P, who is nine years old, had hoped to complete this project on her own, but she required assistance deciphering the directions. Overall, it was interesting for her to try out different smells and see how they combined to generate a unique perfume.
The perfumes have been properly evaluated for safety. However, like with any cosmetic product, there is a chance of an allergic reaction.I suggest doing a patch test first.
About Thames & Kosmos:
Thames & Kosmos (T&K) was founded in 2001 with the mission of improving informal science education by publishing high-quality science and technology related educational products for children of all ages. T&K’s mission has since expanded from its STEM roots to encompass other educational branches, including arts and crafts and early childhood learning, as well as the multitude of thinking and social skills that can be taught through games and performative magic sets. T&K places an emphasis on teaching concepts and skills through hands-on modeling of real-world devices and processes, and by offering comprehensive, meaningful reading materials for a rich learning experience. T&K is headquartered in Providence, RI, and is the North American subsidiary of Franckh-Kosmos Verlags-GmbH & Co. KG.