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Perfume Science

Perfume Science

Fall 2005 Toys
Ages: 10 & Up
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $59.95
Learn the science and art of fragrance and become a master perfumer in the process. This high-quality set includes 8 scented oils, glass storage bottles ("flacons"), caps, labels and all the materials needed for conducting numerous experiments. The comprehensive, 48-page instruction manual provides information on the sense of smell, intriguing facts on the history of perfumes and where fragrances originate, detailed experiments and important safety rules-all written in an age-appropriate tone.

Young scientists mix the different oils to develop their own fragrance formulas, while learning the importance of using proper "laboratory" techniques such as experiment preparation, filtration, measuring, labeling and even cleaning of containers and equipment.

Our testers' lab notes concluded that none of the fragrances created was offensive. And, just in case promising perfumers are tempted to taste their creations, a bitter substance is placed in each of the oil mixtures to serve as a deterrent. Adult supervision is essential during the mixing and preparation of the products.

Denise Copperthite   ©2005 Parents' Choice
Denise Copperthite, an industrial hygienist, is the mother of two girls, ages 10 and 6.

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