Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Valentines Day Perfume Concoctions

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In the run up to Valentines Day we are spending some time each day looking at the different senses. I thought all the sparkly, sweet scented, chocolate, flowers, satiny velvetiness of the season lent itself to some sensory play - plus this is how I can sneak some girly flowery playtime into our mostly boy-ish household!

Today we're looking at smell - so we decided to make some perfume concoctions! I laid out some different ingredients - rose water, baby oil, food colouring, glitter, rosepetals and flowery handwash and let Vin do some pouring, mixing, sprinkling and shaking to see what he could come up with.

We tried to make these lava lamps - but we used aspirin instead of Alka Seltzer and I don't think we added enough oil - Vin liked watching the tablets fizz in the coloured water though.

We also made a delicious rosewater and petal sparkly mixture...

Sparkly bubbly handwash was my favourite - I was so tempted to add some glitter to the soap dispenser, but I think David would kill me with his bare sparkly hands!

Vinnie loved smelling all the different mixtures (though they all ended up smelling and looking pretty much the same!) and we used lots of new words to describe what was happening.

I bought a bunch of roses for this project but only ended up using one - have you guys got any fun suggestions for a (less romantic sounding) 11 long-stemmed roses?


  1. What a lovely idea... perhaps you could play on the fact that there are only 11 because.... (nope, drawing a blank!)
    Loving the sensory play - great job!

  2. Ohhhhh I remember making rose petal perfume as a kid and loved it. How about making some rose petal and rose flower printing that would be fun or even a discovery box of flowers

  3. Oooh fab. But I really must NOT show this to my son.. I already have all sorts of "experiments" of his standing around our house, freezer and fridge.. I worry he would get REALLY messy if saw this lovely lovely idea! (I bet he would add mud and stones to his..)

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!


  4. This is great! You could make a rose petal sensory tub. Real rose petals are so silky, and smell fab! It would surely make a great sensory bin!

  5. This is so fun!
    One thing my kids love is making you have kicked it up a notch...pretty homemade perfume! :)

  6. ooooh great ideas! I remember making perfume when I was little, but it was never as pretty as yours.

    Thanks for linking to Fun Sparks.


  7. This is fantastic- I just shared it on Facebook! Thank you for sharing your ideas with us on The Sunday Showcase


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