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STOP, AND SMELL THE ROSES!

Use chemistry to make your own homemade perfume

Suitable For

Grade 5

Difficulty

2

Time Required

 <1 Week

Supervision

Advised

What’s it about?

There are few senses that stir up an emotional response quite as easily as the sense of smell. The fragrance of a rose, the scent of old cedar, the heady aroma of lavender; these scents are almost certain to bring back memories for nearly anyone. Perfume making is one of the oldest forms of chemistry, and in this science experiment we will use chemistry to make our own homemade perfume:

Topics covered

Perfume, Ambergris

What will I need?

  • 3x SMALL GLASS JARS
  • RUBBING ALCOHOL
  • COTTON SWAB
  • STRAINER
  • ROSE PETALS
  • LEMON TREE LEAVES
  • LAVENDER LEAVES

Procedure (Method)

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How does it work?

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In this science experiment the alcohol is used to dissolve the fragrant oils in the plant material and allows the plant’s oils to be removed from the plant tissue. The fragrant oils of the various plants is suspended in the alcohol and preserved in this way. The swab dipped in the ‘perfume’ will have a strong alcohol smell at first, but alcohol has a high rate of evaporation in air and you are quickly left with only the aromatic oil of the plant.

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