Project Mc2 Perfume Maker is a fancy lookalike laboratory science kit to help your child create their very own perfumes using cosmetic chemistry at home! This is a brand new kit launched this autumn by Netflix original entertainment series show Project Mc2.
Project Mc2 is about a team of super-smart and seriously cool girls who use their science skills to undertake missions for a top-secret organisation. They are real girls with real skills, going full S.T.E.A.M. (that’s science, technology, engineering, art and maths) ahead to save the world. With a range of fashion dolls and S.T.E.A.M focused accessories, Project Mc2 continues to offer smart and savvy science-inspired play like Ultimate Makeover Bag, Ultimate Slumber Party, Ultimate Spy Bag and many more.
We have received the Perfume Maker which contains a perfume making kit, support, mixing assembly, two containers, three perfume atomizers, two pipettes, stand, beaker, violet scent and poppy scent.
Before you start using your set, you are required to buy distilled water. They might be available in the supermarket or chemist. Luckily, we happened to have a bottle of distilled water at home, which came with our new tumble dryer. As this kit only comes with two scents, you might want to get more fragrant household ingredients to give it a kick start, like food colouring, baking extracts or rose water. I do feel disappointed that this kit doesn’t come with more ingredients to save us sourcing it.
The set is easy to assemble and it looks brilliant! My daughter is very impressed with it! To make the perfumes, Ms C filled the two containers with distilled water, added some food colouring and then dropped in a few drops of the Poppy and Violet scents in it.
Next, pump the ingredients through the tubes, and watch the scent drip down and collect in the beaker for a distilled dilution of pure fragrance. Ms C loves the mixing and had fun with it. She did make a big mess but it is quite inevitable!
It is not very convenient to wash and dry the containers so we decided to replace more distilled water into the containers and rinse out any residue. It is easier to experiment with all the fragrances in one go than having to wait for it to dry to come back the next day to do it. After we finished creating all her fragrances, I was able to disassemble most of the items and wash it. It is not easy to dry them properly especially the inner tubes and containers as they have hard to reach areas with a non-flow valve. It is such a shame that this toy will inevitably become a one-use kit.
The concept of this perfume maker is engaging and fun, however having to source for different ingredients and distilled water to create unique fragrances is not easy and also cleaning can be a nightmare, especially the tubes. The instructions don’t go into enough detail with the explanation or learning objectives, which is not helpful at all. It would be great if it came with some learning objectives to educate the children and parents too! Overall it is a lovely toy for older children. Project Mc2 is available from Smyths, Argos, all good independent toy retailers and Amazon.
Disclosure: We received the sample for the purposes of writing this review, however, all thoughts and opinions remain our own. Contains Amazon affiliate link.