FabLab – Invent-a-scent perfume {Review}

Roo at almost nine years old is wanting more from her toys, whilst she still loves the role-play aspect of some of her toys she wants to be challenged and to be able to let her creative juices flow.  I’ve found that the different creative sets from Interplay are right up her street and offer her the chance to be challenged yet create something to show at the end of it.

Roo was recently sent over the FabLab – Invent-a-scent perfume set to see whether she could create her own set of perfumes whilst keeping her occupied without the aid of technology.

FabLab Invent-a-scent perfume set - Roo

FabLab – Invent-a-scent perfume

The art of creating and blending perfumes goes back thousands of years.  Archaeologists have discovered Perfume bottles in Cyprus that are over 4000 years old! Perfumes are therefore some of the earliest cosmetic products ever used.

Invent-a-scent uncovers some of the secrets of this ancient craft, supplying everything you need to create gorgeous designer perfumes that are fun to wear or give as gifts to friends and family.

This kit contains a variety of different fragrances allowing you to blend unique perfumes to match an individual’s personality, likes and interests.

FabLab Invent-a-scent perfume set - ContentsContents

  • 5x Fragrances (Musk, Pink Flowers, Citrus, Green & Fruity)
  • 5x Plastic pipettes
  • 4x Gift bottes
  • 1x Sheet of self adhesive labels
  • 1x Pair of laboratory gloves

The principle of the FabLab Invent-a-scent is quite simple, there are three notes to most perfumes…

  • Base note – Musk
  • Heart note – Pink flowers
  • Top note – Citrus, Green & Fruity

In order to start creating the perfect perfume you need to add at least one drop of the base and heart notes along with a top note.  Experimenting on adding more drops of each note will give you a different fragrance and adding more than one top note will blend smells together to form new fragrances.

Boo Roo and Tigger Too’s thoughts…

Opening the FabLab Invent-a-scent perfume set Roo’s eyes lit up, taking in the different items included I could see her trying to work out how she would mix the fragrances together to create her very own perfume.  After advising her to read through the instructions instead of jumping straight in she had a better understanding of the different notes within a perfume and how the smell of a perfume can change after 15-30 minutes.

Once she understood the principle of how to blend the notes together she set about seeing what she could create.  Using the pipettes within the set she added one drop of the base, heart and one top note to begin with before getting more adventurous and adding additional top notes and/or more base and heart note drops.

FabLab Invent-a-scent perfume set - Mixing

Watching her sit and create the different perfumes, experimenting with the fragrances and making notes of which ones she liked best was wonderful to see.  The first time she opened the set she happily sat there for nearly 3 hours and has subsequently been back to play with the set a number of times – she can’t wait to show it off to her friends on her next sleepover.

Price and Availability

The FabLab – Invent-a-scent perfume is priced at £12.99 and available direct from Interplay, Amazon and all other good toy retailers.

Take a look at what other people thought of the FabLab – Invent-a-scent perfume set:
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Giveaway

Boo Roo and Tigger Too have been lucky enough to have an additional Invent-a-scent perfume set offered as a giveaway prize to one lucky reader.  To enter simply leave me a comment telling me what your favourite scent is, then complete the Gleam widget below:

FabLab Invest-a-scent perfume set

Disclosure: We received a FabLab – Invent-a-scent perfume FOC for the purpose of review

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210 Comments

  1. kim neville
    October 3, 2015 / 4:12 pm

    I like Vanilla scent

  2. October 3, 2015 / 4:37 pm

    I love the smell of Jasmine, it’s gorgeous

  3. Emma Fox
    October 3, 2015 / 6:32 pm

    I do enjoy the smell of Chocolate

  4. Lynn Heath
    October 3, 2015 / 6:44 pm

    I love a citrus scent!

  5. Tanya Camilleri
    October 3, 2015 / 6:55 pm

    Lavender – very relaxing

  6. Janice Mackin
    October 3, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    I like vanilla.

  7. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    October 3, 2015 / 8:33 pm

    freshly cut grass 🙂

  8. melanie stirling
    October 3, 2015 / 10:13 pm

    white musk is my favourite.

  9. October 4, 2015 / 8:03 am

    Vanilla and floral scents

  10. ashleigh allan
    October 4, 2015 / 8:38 am

    i like coconut!

  11. Jen Schofield
    October 4, 2015 / 2:26 pm

    Vanilla is mine

  12. Samantha R
    October 4, 2015 / 3:04 pm

    I love the smell of cinnamon and rose, though not together

  13. October 4, 2015 / 9:24 pm

    my fave is Coconut, it reminds me of holidays

  14. Samantha Loughlin
    October 4, 2015 / 9:49 pm

    Bergamot is my favourite scent

  15. Donna Loxton
    October 5, 2015 / 7:05 am

    I like citrus scents

  16. laura banks
    October 5, 2015 / 7:32 am

    i like floral smells

  17. Maggie Ali
    October 5, 2015 / 12:32 pm

    I love vanilla and orange…. for some odd reason they remind me about Christmas when I was a child.

  18. kim plant
    October 5, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    has to be vanilla x

  19. Rebecca W
    October 5, 2015 / 6:12 pm

    Lavender is my favorite

  20. October 7, 2015 / 3:31 am

    Love spiced apple in the autumn time, also love lavender

  21. Rowena Wood
    October 7, 2015 / 4:00 am

    Lavender, I had this to calm me through labour 🙂

  22. October 7, 2015 / 4:26 am

    jasmine or sweet orange

  23. hazel knight
    October 7, 2015 / 6:06 am

    I love the scent of cinnamon x

  24. Catherine McAlinden
    October 7, 2015 / 6:09 am

    The smell of Lillies

  25. caroline walliss
    October 7, 2015 / 6:26 am

    My favourite scent is vanilla.x

  26. Nicki simpson
    October 7, 2015 / 7:03 am

    I love clean scents like fresh linen and fabric softener ha ha x

  27. Michael Beaumont
    October 7, 2015 / 7:07 am

    I like the smell of lavender.

  28. Zoe G
    October 7, 2015 / 7:16 am

    Citrus scents are one of my fave

  29. October 7, 2015 / 7:42 am

    It has to be rose – I’m slightly obsessed!

  30. sandra rubery
    October 7, 2015 / 9:38 am

    I love vanilla

  31. Vikki Sanderson
    October 7, 2015 / 9:55 am

    Rose is my favourite scent

  32. Justin Swainson
    October 7, 2015 / 10:02 am

    I love the smell of lavender 🙂

  33. Chanette Kennedy
    October 7, 2015 / 11:04 am

    Vanilla is my favourite scent

  34. October 7, 2015 / 11:06 am

    I love the smell of fresh roses. Reminds me of my Great gran.

  35. Sarah Rees
    October 7, 2015 / 11:25 am

    Vanilla or coconut

  36. Natasha M
    October 7, 2015 / 11:31 am

    I love the smell of rosemary

  37. Rich Tyler
    October 7, 2015 / 12:54 pm

    Has to be Fresh Linen

  38. gemma brown
    October 7, 2015 / 12:13 pm

    rosemary, be interesting to see if that could go in a perfume

  39. julie kenny
    October 7, 2015 / 12:29 pm

    lavender is so lovely x

  40. Becky Yeomans
    October 7, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    I love anything smelling of cherry!!

  41. abigail edkins
    October 7, 2015 / 12:53 pm

    my fave scent is peach

  42. Anne-Marie Wigley
    October 7, 2015 / 1:30 pm

    i love the smell of honeysuckle and jasmine 😀

  43. Alica
    October 7, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    I like musk 🙂

  44. John Tingay
    October 7, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    anything with a hint of citrus, especially lemon.

  45. Nicola Biven
    October 7, 2015 / 2:04 pm

    I love a freshly baked bread scent mmm

  46. Lindsey Stuart
    October 7, 2015 / 5:53 pm

    I like the scent of sweet candy

  47. Caroline H
    October 7, 2015 / 6:14 pm

    I love the scent of basil.

  48. Emma Gibson
    October 7, 2015 / 6:31 pm

    Either cinnamon or vanilla.

  49. Trudi Walsh
    October 7, 2015 / 8:39 pm

    I love the smell of cinnamon

  50. Val Swift
    October 7, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    I love the smell of Violets

  51. Lynsey Buchanan
    October 7, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    I love the scent of Jasmine

  52. victoria thurgood
    October 7, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    i like coconut

  53. jennifer thorpe
    October 8, 2015 / 8:03 am

    Vanilla is my favourite scent

  54. helen tovell
    October 8, 2015 / 9:20 am

    My favourite is freesia

  55. Jo Carroll
    October 8, 2015 / 10:07 am

    I’ve always had a real soft spot for Lavendar. x

  56. Jo m Welsh
    October 8, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    I love laver

  57. Jo m Welsh
    October 8, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    That is meant to say lavender

  58. Karen Nagle
    October 8, 2015 / 3:51 pm

    I love Bergamot.

  59. October 8, 2015 / 5:34 pm

    Jasmine is lovely.

  60. kimberley ryan
    October 8, 2015 / 10:56 pm

    I like fruity smells like strawberry

  61. dari
    October 8, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    anything floral, like rose

  62. BECCA STAPLES
    October 9, 2015 / 9:14 am

    Has to be fresh linen for me x

  63. Laura Jeffs
    October 9, 2015 / 4:36 pm

    I love the scent of VANILLA

  64. Leanne Newsome
    October 9, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    I love Fruity scents

  65. Ella L
    October 9, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    White Musk I love it

  66. leanne weir
    October 9, 2015 / 9:41 pm

    I love the scent of Jasmine

  67. katrina walsh
    October 10, 2015 / 1:29 pm

    cherry blossom is my fave scent

  68. Kat Lucas
    October 11, 2015 / 7:25 am

    Lilacs are my fav scent

  69. KT Alderson
    October 13, 2015 / 3:58 pm

    Vanilla is my fav – I also love ‘candy’ type smells too 🙂

  70. October 13, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    I just love earthy smells. Nothing too overwhelming you see.

  71. Paula Barker
    October 13, 2015 / 4:09 pm

    Freesia a beautiful scent, that has lots of memories for me

  72. clair downham
    October 13, 2015 / 4:16 pm

    chanel no 5 thankyou

  73. Claire D
    October 13, 2015 / 4:50 pm

    Oranges is my favourite scent

  74. Lauren Tourle
    October 13, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    I love any citrus smell 🙂

  75. Lyla
    October 13, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    I love Miss Dior

  76. MARK THOMAS
    October 13, 2015 / 5:52 pm

    I love Lavendar

  77. samantha walker
    October 13, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    i actually love the smell of roses and fresh flowers 🙂

  78. Sarah Davison
    October 13, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    White musk is my favourite

  79. October 13, 2015 / 8:17 pm

    My fav scent is blueberry

  80. October 13, 2015 / 8:25 pm

    Fresh lillies is my favourite scent

  81. October 13, 2015 / 8:26 pm

    Great review! Tilly had a similar set and really loved it, I was very interested to hear a bit about the art of perfumery – it’s something I’d love to have a spare minute to read up on myself #TriedTested

  82. October 13, 2015 / 8:45 pm

    I love the smell of roses xx

  83. Caroline Blaza
    October 13, 2015 / 9:11 pm

    I like scents with musk in x

  84. October 13, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    baby powder, fresh washing, baking bread, coco butter, bluebells and melted chocolate . . . these are a few of my favourite scents!

  85. Max Power
    October 14, 2015 / 1:53 am

    The smell of cookies baking

  86. Vicky Osborne
    October 14, 2015 / 1:56 am

    Lavender is my favourite smell

  87. sarah rees
    October 14, 2015 / 7:28 am

    euphoria by calvin klein

  88. laura stewart
    October 14, 2015 / 11:55 am

    roses i like xx

  89. Jessica Powell
    October 14, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    Creosote! It’s a bit of an untapped market when it comes to perfumes though… 🙂

  90. Esme MCCRUBB
    October 14, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    HONEYUUCKLE IS MY FAVOURITE

  91. October 15, 2015 / 7:44 am

    Baking bread, Paloma, Lemon Verbena, Lavender… The list goes on when I begin to think about it.

  92. October 15, 2015 / 8:51 am

    Lavender so relaxing

  93. Jon Sellers
    October 15, 2015 / 9:00 am

    Aqua da Parma perfume and after shave is my favourite

  94. hayley darby
    October 15, 2015 / 3:06 pm

    white musk x

  95. rebecca nisbet
    October 15, 2015 / 10:37 pm

    i like fresh and fruity smells

  96. October 16, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    I love fruity smells and also vanilla, me and my daughter would love playing this together

  97. betony Bennett
    October 16, 2015 / 6:26 pm

    Lavender is my favourite scent

  98. Corinne Peat
    October 16, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    I love the smell of lavender

  99. michelle speight
    October 17, 2015 / 1:11 pm

    i love fruity smells something to remind me of summer

  100. October 17, 2015 / 5:20 pm

    I love the fruity smells like Dewberry x

  101. Ashley Phillips
    October 18, 2015 / 11:44 am

    I love the smell of tulips

  102. Julie Ward
    October 18, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    Jasmin and Bergamote

  103. Jennifer Toal
    October 18, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Delicious DKNY I like fruity smells

  104. Pam Francis Gregory
    October 18, 2015 / 4:58 pm

    Vanilla is my fave

  105. Kathrine B
    October 18, 2015 / 6:11 pm

    I love love love vanilla!

  106. gillian burden
    October 18, 2015 / 7:09 pm

    it has to be lavender i love it very calming x

  107. October 18, 2015 / 8:30 pm

    I love the smell of cinnamon

  108. CHRISTINE SUTHERLAND
    October 18, 2015 / 8:47 pm

    love the smell of honeysuckle

  109. Kay Broomfield
    October 19, 2015 / 10:37 am

    I love floral based scents like Gucci Flora.

  110. October 19, 2015 / 4:01 pm

    I love the smell of freesias xx

  111. Solange
    October 19, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    I love vanilla.

  112. Patricia Avery
    October 19, 2015 / 9:05 pm

    My favourite smell is the one that lingers on a new baby for the first few weeks 🙂

  113. October 20, 2015 / 6:47 am

    I love citrus type smells and florals 🙂

  114. October 20, 2015 / 7:27 am

    I love the smell of fuscias

  115. Phyllis May Ellett
    October 20, 2015 / 7:47 am

    Vanilla or Jasmin are both joint favourites.

  116. michelle pierce
    October 20, 2015 / 10:11 am

    i love the smell of lavender,nice and calming

  117. Kerry Bennett
    October 20, 2015 / 12:05 pm

    I love the smell of flowers

  118. Angie Hoggett
    October 20, 2015 / 12:09 pm

    freshly cut roses

  119. Sarah Swainsbury
    October 20, 2015 / 12:56 pm

    Love the smell of carnations x

  120. Rachael Pilkington
    October 20, 2015 / 1:51 pm

    I love lavender

  121. Tammy Tudor
    October 20, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    i love the scent of Chocolate

  122. jodie harvey
    October 20, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    i love the smell of vanilla or blackberry

  123. Tim Woolfenden
    October 21, 2015 / 6:07 am

    Love the smell of jasmine

  124. Lynsey Spraggs
    October 21, 2015 / 9:31 am

    I love vanilla, I find it warm and clean

  125. Greig spencer
    October 21, 2015 / 10:58 am

    the smell of carnationS ARE NICE

  126. donna l jones
    October 21, 2015 / 12:14 pm

    love the smell of lemons

  127. Katherine Coldicott
    October 21, 2015 / 1:23 pm

    I love the smell of Cinnamon.

  128. elaine stokes
    October 21, 2015 / 1:31 pm

    I love smell of roses

  129. Kelly Hanson
    October 21, 2015 / 3:21 pm

    Rosemary. It reminds me of my Nan cooking chicken when I was little. Though I wouldn’t want to wear it as a perfume!

  130. Emma Ellison
    October 21, 2015 / 4:48 pm

    l love vanilla x

  131. Karen R
    October 21, 2015 / 6:20 pm

    I love the smell of roses 😀

  132. October 21, 2015 / 6:36 pm

    I love the smell of summer rain

  133. EJ Dunn
    October 21, 2015 / 7:33 pm

    I love Arabic ouds – Princess Hamidah is my favourite

  134. Lisa Wilkinson
    October 21, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    I love the smell of Bergamot

  135. October 21, 2015 / 8:36 pm

    my favourite has to be the smell of tarmac after its rained……strange i know.

  136. Lani Nash
    October 21, 2015 / 10:23 pm

    I love the smell of cinnamon

  137. October 22, 2015 / 12:30 am

    coconut is my fav x

  138. Jade Hewlett
    October 22, 2015 / 6:39 am

    I like the smell of Mint

  139. jo liddement
    October 22, 2015 / 8:15 am

    I love the scent of roses especially the old fashioned ,highly scented variety

  140. MichelleD
    October 22, 2015 / 8:44 am

    I love Vanilla and cinnamon!

  141. Simon G
    October 22, 2015 / 9:01 am

    Orange blosssom and vanilla

  142. Ray Becker
    October 22, 2015 / 9:21 am

    Paris is my favourite

  143. amanda davis
    October 22, 2015 / 11:12 am

    My fav is coconut

  144. Kerry Kilmister
    October 22, 2015 / 11:30 am

    I love the smell of Lavender

  145. Andrew Hindley
    October 22, 2015 / 11:47 am

    My favourite scent is Clinic Arromatic

  146. Emilia nastaly-howard
    October 22, 2015 / 12:15 pm

    I love Sandalwood 🙂

  147. Sarah Mills
    October 22, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    my favourite has to be lavender

  148. Diana
    October 22, 2015 / 2:52 pm

    My favourite is lavander 🙂

  149. stephen holman
    October 22, 2015 / 3:10 pm

    my favourite is Vanilla

  150. caroline james
    October 22, 2015 / 4:35 pm

    I love fruity scents like berries and apples.

  151. October 22, 2015 / 4:52 pm

    I love the smell of the sea

  152. Caroline Bourne
    October 22, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    My favourite is Lavender

  153. October 22, 2015 / 6:07 pm

    It has to be roses 🙂

  154. Rachel Wise
    October 22, 2015 / 7:32 pm

    I love the scent of Rose

  155. Karen Dixon
    October 22, 2015 / 7:56 pm

    I love the smell of coconut and cocoa butter

  156. Sarah Parker
    October 22, 2015 / 8:03 pm

    I love rose 🙂

  157. October 22, 2015 / 8:09 pm

    Rose is one of my favourites

  158. Amy Lambert
    October 22, 2015 / 8:31 pm

    my favourite scent is cocoa butter

  159. Pauline Wilson
    October 22, 2015 / 8:37 pm

    I love the smell of coconut

  160. JAMIE MILLARD
    October 22, 2015 / 8:55 pm

    the smell of lime.

  161. Kerry Smith
    October 22, 2015 / 9:09 pm

    I love Vivienne Westwood boudoir

  162. October 22, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    I like all of the Ghost fragrances

  163. October 22, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    vanilla or white musk 🙂

  164. Debbie Preston
    October 22, 2015 / 10:03 pm

    Vanilla or summer fruit scents

  165. claire little
    October 22, 2015 / 10:28 pm

    fruity and flowery

  166. October 22, 2015 / 10:46 pm

    I love citrus smells 🙂

  167. Jen Conn
    October 23, 2015 / 1:19 am

    I love Vanilla !

  168. alice lightning
    October 23, 2015 / 3:09 am

    love sweet pea and rose

  169. barbara clarke
    October 23, 2015 / 5:34 am

    i love lavender

  170. Hekna
    October 23, 2015 / 6:32 am

    I love anything with lemon

  171. roley martin
    October 23, 2015 / 7:14 am

    Im lemon mad! So love it ! x

  172. October 23, 2015 / 7:14 am

    Lily of the Valley,whenever I walk past someone’s garden and they grow this the perfume is just incredible and they have the most beautiful dainty little flowers, x

  173. Sarah Lewis
    October 23, 2015 / 7:33 am

    I love Calvin Klein, Eternity

  174. Emily Hutchinson
    October 23, 2015 / 9:36 am

    I love anything with Patchouli in it

  175. Stevie
    October 23, 2015 / 9:51 am

    I like the Baylis and Harding mint range for blokes.

  176. Little ms sarah
    October 23, 2015 / 10:29 am

    Love the smell of musk. Brings back some lovely childhood memories.
    This is a great competition, my daughter would love this kit. Hopefully it would put a stop to her stealing my expensive perfume! X

  177. Nick B
    October 23, 2015 / 10:47 am

    I like Bergamot

  178. Lesley Bradley
    October 23, 2015 / 11:15 am

    I love the smell of privet flowers! Never found a perfume containing them though haha

  179. Colette Sheeran
    October 23, 2015 / 11:30 am

    I love the smell of Jasmine. Reminds me of balmy summer evenings.

  180. October 23, 2015 / 11:43 am

    I love vanilla and musk smells

  181. October 23, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Lime or cherry

  182. Lisa Pond
    October 23, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    Would love it if they would come up with a new born baby scent! Best smell in the world I like woody scents too

  183. Minnie15
    October 23, 2015 / 1:28 pm

    Patchouli – so heavenly! 🙂 x

  184. Barbara Handley
    October 23, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    I like lavender as it is so relaxing.

  185. sharon martin
    October 23, 2015 / 1:37 pm

    i love the smell of Freesia’s

  186. Barbara Jane Shaw
    October 23, 2015 / 2:30 pm

    anything citrus, love a bergamot blend

  187. samantha Saunders
    October 23, 2015 / 2:40 pm

    Love citrus smells

  188. tishist
    October 23, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    Musk is my favourite

  189. alison clark
    October 23, 2015 / 5:47 pm

    I love the smell of fresh flowers however in perfume i prefer a more musky smell.

  190. Emma
    October 23, 2015 / 6:13 pm

    Either Lavender or jasmine

  191. Natalie Gillham
    October 23, 2015 / 7:08 pm

    I love the scent of vanilla

  192. sarah-dawn pope
    October 23, 2015 / 8:21 pm

    Patchouli is my favourite

  193. October 23, 2015 / 9:19 pm

    I LOVE patchouli 🙂 thanks for the chance x

  194. Kirsty Greer
    October 23, 2015 / 9:27 pm

    I love vanilla x

  195. Michelle Cheeseman
    October 23, 2015 / 9:34 pm

    My favourite scent is Chanel Allure : )

  196. Brenda Wilkes
    October 23, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    This has been my favourite for many years – Poison

  197. Victoria B
    October 23, 2015 / 9:50 pm

    Anything citrus is my favourite

  198. jo maxted
    October 23, 2015 / 9:55 pm

    i love vanilla or cherry xx

  199. Monica Gilbert
    October 23, 2015 / 10:06 pm

    I like vanilla.

  200. Gemma Chantler
    October 23, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    I love the smell of Coconut

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