My three year old is obsessed with all things grown up. She follows me to the bathroom each morning when I do my hair and put on a bit of make up, always asking to use the blush brush once I finish. She likes when I let her rub a bit of chapstick or deodorant on herself and always exclaims how nice it smells. So, I knew she would love the simple Valentine's Day activity I put together this morning, a scent and color mixing perfumery!
I used our Primary Science Lab Set, but you could use any glasses, pitchers, or recycled containers you have on hand. I filled the beakers and test tubes with colored water and added a few scents to each of them. I like these essential oils and I also used some edible fruit flavorings for a strawberry and cherry scent!
We opened the vials and smelled each of the liquids before deciding what to put in our spray bottle. Aurora really seemed to like the lavender and strawberry, so we used those as a base. I think serious perfumers use a mix of 20% base notes, 60% middle notes, and 20% top notes. I wasn't going to get in to classifying scents with my two and three year old, but we did try to eyeball our measurements and use about 2/3 of one scent and 1/6 of two more scents. It wasn't an exact science, but we had fun talking about beginning fractions!
I love that this science kit comes with a funnel, it made for a really easy clean up as there weren't any giant puddles of water on the table, even with my crazy two year old boy getting in on the action!
Gray really liked the pipette, we have some smaller glass ones that we've used before, but he doesn't quite have the finger strength for those, this larger plastic one was perfect for him!
Aurora helped grind up some of the last flowers we found in the yard so we'd have some to add to our potion! I'd love to do this again in the spring, we could go on a flower hunt and distill our scents from real flowers! Also, I wish I had had some glitter, all little girls perfume should have glitter. ;)
Gray used the tweezers to carefully transfer the ground up flowers to the bottle of perfume, it was a great fine motor skills activity for him!
And, after a bit of shaking and lots of smell testing, we had created our first perfume! Strawberry-lavender-eucalyptus! It's probably not everyone's cup of tea, but Aurora seemed to love it, and went about the house spraying it on everyone and everything!
Now we just need to come up with some manlier scents to make Gray a cologne, perhaps distilled oak and vanilla? Thankfully he didn't mind Aurora spraying her straberry spritz all over him, it actually became a bit of a water game as he ran away from her and she chased with the bottle yelling "come back, you need to smell pretty!"
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