Science4You prides itself on designing toys that encourage education, fun and quality time as a family. We were very kindly sent the Perfume Factory set to review and my nine year old daughter couldn’t wait to get started!
The Perfume Factory set includes everything you need to make your own perfumes, scented bath salts and massage oils. It comes complete with a handy booklet that not only gives you full instructions for making the perfumes but it is also packed full of other science facts and hints and tips. The instructions for each of the experiments are given a difficulty rating, how long it will take and a list everything you need. The step by step instructions are really easy to follow and also include illustrations. At nine, my daughter could follow them easily by herself but actually, this was something that we enjoyed doing together one rainy afternoon. It was great to spend time together making the perfumes!
One of our favourite activities in the set was making perfume using a herbal tea bag. Traditionally, perfumes were made from raw materials straight from nature such as tea of course and as it often has a strong smell, it is a great way to make a perfume. You can add herbs and spices too if you want to experiment with different smells such as cinnamon and mint. It uses basic science skills too like measuring out liquids, using a funnel, test tubes and a pipette. Once we made the perfume we used a test strip to see if we liked the smell before decorating the finished bottle with stickers. We used a jasmine tea and it really did smell lovely!
Making the bath salts was really good fun as it was a chance to experiment with both colourings and mixing fragrances. My daughter planned to make the salts as a gift for her friend but in the end she wanted to try them for herself. I couldn’t blame her really! So we ended up making another batch for her friend too. It’s worth noting here that after testing out all of the 13 recommended experiments in the booklet, we still have lots of materials left to make more so at £19.99 the sets really are good value.
Science4You aim to develop scientific and educational toys that enable children to learn while playing. I have to say that I loved playing with this set with my daughter. It was great fun and obviously we got to enjoy the finished products afterwards but it was nice to be able to encourage her to learn science skills without her even realising it. Simple things like measuring out liquids or using a pipette properly can be taken for granted but actually they are really valuable skills. She had never used a pipette before and she was quite the pro after an afternoon with this set!
To find out more please pop along to science4youtoys.co.uk. Please note that the Perfume Factory set is recommended for ages 8+ and is available in toy stores now at RRP £19.99.
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