Saturday 23 December 2017

Project Mc2 Adrienne's Lemon Soap Experiment Doll review

Full STEAM ahead ! (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths that is.) Just in time for Christmas, those sassy, super-smart, science-loving and seriously cool girls from NOV8 (Innovate) are back in a new range of Project Mc2 experiment dolls to get young fans using household items to create funky creations that are useful and fun-to-make, as well as being a great learning experience to boot.

If you're still unfamiliar with the Project Mc2 series, you need to head over to Netflix or Youtube to catch up, because your daughters are missing out on a fabulous series that promotes great values, such as making science and technology cool for girls. The team of nerdy-but-nice friends use their love of science and spy skills to undertake missions for top-secret organisations, and have a lot of fun along the way.

For this experiment doll, we got to learn more about Adrienne Attoms, whose bio says : "People say girls are made of sugar and spice but I, Adrienne Attoms, have a more complex recipe. I am a culinary chemist, and ever since my family moved here from Spain for my diplomat father's job, my favourite thing to do is host dinner parties. So delicioso!" 

Here she is in doll form. We actually thought she looked more like Shakira than Adrienne Atoms, but she is a still a well-made and beautiful doll, without the heavy make-up and tarty clothes of many fashion dolls or the unrealistic, bimboesque figure of Barbie and her plastic pals. As with all Project Mc2 dolls, she is fully articulated (at the knees, hips, wrists, elbows, shoulders and neck) and features realistic eyes and eyelashes, as well as fabulously shiny, long, pink ombre-tipped hair, and a comb to style it. As well as a gorgeous blue and pink Venetian ball gown, she comes with a mask, tiara and glasses, for the ultimate masquerade prom makeover.

Project Mc2 experiment dolls aren't just fashion dolls though  - they also come with an exciting STEAM experiment, along with a little write-up explaining the science behind it in the instructions. This time, culinary chemist Adrienne will show you how to make a lemon soap.

The experiment itself is very simple - you just need to put all the ingredients together, melt it in the microwave then use the lemon slice-shaped mould to create a funky soap. The difficulty will be for parents trying to source the ingredients, because despite what it says on the box, I don't actually think these are are "common household items" unless you go out specifically to buy them - you'll need yellow food colouring, lemon extract/scent, glycerine and rubbing alcohol. Luckily, we had everything we needed in a totally separate soap-making kit that the girls already owned, but I don't know if you can pick up glycerine in supermarkets or if you'll need to go looking online. (Maybe you could chop up and melt down a bar of plain soap, but this does rather defeat the object of making soap from scratch.)

Once you've sourced the necessary ingredients, you can repeat the experiment many times, and Juliette was very proud to put her own handmade soap in the bathroom for everyone to use. If offering the doll as a gift, or buying it for your own children, I would definitely recommend trying to get hold of some glycerine and rubbing alcohol before you hand it over, to avoid disappointment.

RRP : £24.99

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Disclosure : We received the product in order to write an honest review.


  1. This looks cool. Grrat result

  2. That's a great idea for a toy, though I agree about those ingredients. Thanks for the review!


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