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Beauty Salon
Make your own sublime slime, crystal pourri and soap volcanoes. The Beauty Salon teaches Physics and Chemistry whilst having fun!

Age Grading: 10+ Years
Product Code: WS/30

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Detailed introduction
  • Beauty with a creative and adventurous edge!
  • Combines all the creative fun and science of the Bath Bomb Factory and Perfect Perfume kits plus new and exciting activities ONLY in this kit!
  • NERD ALERT!
    The Nerd Alert for the Beauty Salon is COMING SOON.
    Nerd Alert provides loads of background information we couldn't fit in the booklet.
    PLUS best of all, we will post a selection of YOUR AMAZING inventions. Be the First!
    Email us your idea (make it short). Describe each step so someone else can do it too. And send two or three pictures.
    WOW - you could be FAMOUS!
    FAQ
    Q1. Running low/out of colouring?

    A1. Our colours are special, however you can use food colouring that you can buy in the supermarket. NOTE:Please test a little in soap on your skin, then wash it off before you go having a bath with it to make sure the colour washes off your skin.



    Q2. ¡§crackling balloon experiment¡¨ OR ¡§fizzing balloon experiment¡¨, EVEN ¡§explosion¡¨?

    A2. Sadly ¡¥gentlemen in grey suits' have made it illegal for us to make anything for kids that goes off with a bang.

    These are new compliance laws that govern all toys in almost all countries. Our kits are classed as science toys, and we insist on the highest levels of compliance and safety for our customers.

    Therefore, fizzes and crackling noises are things we can make - but bangs and 'crackers' ... no.

    Privately, in the secrecy of their own backyards, Dr WILD and team can be heard cackling with laughter as booms bangs and squelches resound across the suburbs.



    Q3. If the bath bomb kit contain any ingredients sourced from an animal or are they suitable for vegans?

    A3. The Bath Bomb Kit include Citric Acid and Sodium Bicarbonate, all from vegetable origins or chemical reaction. Our glycerine is a product of vegetable oil processing and the food dyes are vegetable or inorganic in origin. Thus we believe it is OK for vegans.



    Q4. Ran out of Sodium Bicarbonate, need more!

    A4. Any food grade Sodium Bicarbonate will do from the baking section of supermarket. But not from a pool shop. The same chemical can be found but not so pure.



    Q5. How to make 'secret blends'?

    A5. All you need to do is mix up differing quantities of the perfumes you have already made. Keep track of the formula by writing down how much of each base you used. Of course you can also mix in perfumes from home too.



    Q6. We can't get the bombs to stay together!

    A6. Here are some hints

    1. Too much glycerine? The water in the small volume of glycerine recommended creates a limited reaction producing sodium citrate. It is this compound that with the cornstarch - helps glue the ball together. The reaction creates a small amount of carbon dioxide only - which dissipates by the time the bomb is made. But too much glycerine will start a reaction generating CO2 for a much longer time. This gas pressure will crumble the bomb. In fact a very humid day can also worsen the effect. Very dry days require more glycerine. Also holding the mixture in the mould for a minute or two after tamping and before opening may help it solidify more firmly.

    2. Not tamping down the mixture firmly enough. Younger kids will often rush the first few bombs. They will be hard in the middle and soft on the outside and thus crumble. But I suspect you'd have discovered and corrected this problem.

    3. A smear of olive oil or baby oil on the inside of the mould works wonders.



    Q7. What¡¦s wrong with my Sublime Slime?

    A7. 1. You've got to stir - and stir and stir.

    2. It is technically possible that very hard water ( a lot of dissolved salts) can interfere with long chain gel formation. But we think that water with this much magnesium sulfate would have most people running to the loo for hours a day! We suspect that this is not the case.

    If you still have the failed slime available - try warming it gently in your hands and squeezing and squeezing.



    Q8. Can I use perfect purfume on me?

    A8. Yes, you can use the perfume on yourself. The reason for the scary Safety Sheet is that international laws require us to use those exact words in our kits.

    In fact, some people ARE allergic to perfumes. And, yes, all perfumes are chemicals. Allergic people usually know about their allergies already.
    But just to be sure, dab a patch of your perfume on the inside of your wrist. Wait 5 minutes and wash it off and dry your wrist.
    After 5 minutes, if there is no itching, staining or irritation, go ahead and dab it on. But don't let it splash on your eyes or lips ... just like bought perfume, it can sting.



    Q9. The scented cards not breaking down into mass of fibres plus not much scent at all, cant get perfume out of the card!

    A9. The card is designed to form a mass of long pulp fibres in room temperature water when shaken with air in a closed tube.

    Here are four possibilities:
    1. Maybe the water is very cold and/or very 'hard'? Try using hand warm water from the hot tap, or after it has been boiled in the kettle. But not hot please to avoid distorting the syringe and to avoid scalds. Boiled water tends to be 'softer' and the warmer water will improve pulp dispersal and liberate more volatile oils.

    2. Cut the card into very small pieces so they can 'slosh' around while being shaken. This also helps pulping.

    3. Suck in plenty of air into the syringe along with the water and card pieces. This will give more room for vigorous shaking. And please do shake VERY vigorously to break up the card pieces.

    4. In our lab, at step 6 on page 6, we prefer to suck the perfumed water from the little cup back into the syringe and give it all another good shake. It seems to get even more perfume out of the card.

    On page 6 step 5, you can shake the small pieces of perfumed card until they totally break up into a mushy mess!

    In fact when we are playing in the lab, we go a few steps further than in the booklet.

    At step 6, we actually suck the perfumed water back from the little cup into the syringe , shake it and squirt it out again about 3 more times!

    Sounds and looks disgusting, but smells divine!

    This way we make sure we've got every drop of perfume mixed in with the water.



    Q10. The scented cards not breaking down into mass of fibres plus not much scent at all.

    A10.

    Here are four possibilities:
    1. Maybe the water is very cold and/or very 'hard'? Try using hand warm water from the hot tap, or after it has been boiled in the kettle. But not hot please to avoid distorting the syringe and to avoid scalds. Boiled water tends to be 'softer' and the warmer water will improve pulp dispersal and liberate more volatile oils.
    2.Cut the card into very small pieces so they can 'slosh' around while being shaken. This also helps pulping.
    3. Suck in plenty of air into the syringe along with the water and card pieces. This will give more room for vigorous shaking. And please do shake VERY vigorously to break up the card pieces.
    4. In our lab, at step 6 on page 6, we prefer to suck the perfumed water from the little cup back into the syringe and give it all another good shake. It seems to get even more perfume out of the card.





    Q11. When making the slime it states that we should be able to make two lots but using the amount of water & temperature instructed we had to use the whole packet?

    A11.

    It should work just fine with your method. We cannot work out what could go wrong except:
    1. You've got to stir - and stir and stir.
    2. It is technically possible that very hard water ( a lot of dissolved salts) can interfere with long chain gel formation. But we think that water with this much magnesium sulfate would have most people running to the loo for hours a day! We suspect that this is not the case.
    If you still have the failed slime available - try warming it gently in your hands and squeezing and squeezing.





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