Hands up who has fond childhood memories of making "perfume" by crushing up rose petals in water ! It was always great fun but it never used to smell of anything much and afte a couple of days, it just smelt of mouldy roses ! Well, according to the Galt Toys blog, you're supposed to add a splash of vodka - maybe that's where I was going wrong all those years ago !
When Galt Toys said they were looking for bloggers to review their Make Your Own Perfume Kit, I jumped at the chance because I knew Sophie would love it. She loves girlie-girlie make up/nail varnish/perfume/hair accessories and she also loves being creative so this kit combines the best of both worlds. Having used various Galt creative kits in the past, I always love the fact that the instructions are child-friendly and really clear so that kids can have fun and create beautiful things without constantly asking for help which invariably leads to frustration and spoils the fun.
The Make Your Own Perfume Kit contains five fragrances -Jasmine, Lily of the Valley, Apple, Strawberry and Vanilla - which you can combine to make your very own unique perfume. I love the fruity ones but even the floral scents, which aren't usually my cup of tea, are lovely when combined with the fruity notes. 9-year-old Sophie absolutely loves the heart-shaped perfume bottles and the stickers to customise them, as well as using the pipettes to carefully measure out the different perfume mixes. Galt give you some "recipes" to try out but you can also get creative and mix them up however you want to create your own unique scent.
This is a great Mum-daughter gift and teaches your kids about sharing and giving things back, as I gave the kit to Sophie but now she's creating me a special perfume for Mothers' Day. And very proud of it she is too ! It's absolutely top secret so she won't tell me what she's put in it until she's given it to me. It's now carefully hidden away in her secret drawer (that I'm not supposed to know about !) in her room.
If you're wistfully shaking your head and muttering "it's not as good as in the olden days, making it up from scratch with rose petals", you'll be pleased to know that the guide also tells you how to make perfume using flowers from the garden.
I can't wait until mothers' day to discover my totally unique gift and I'm sure I'll love it more than any expensive perfume I can buy in the shops ! If it's too sweet or heady to actually be worn as perfume, I'll use it to reactivate the pot pourri around the house !
star rating : 5/5
RRP : £10.99
for more information : http://www.jamesgalt.com/index.cfm?page=1002&productid=1003442
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