It’s time for another of our fun olfactory projects for you to try at home! For this one we delve into the smells of the soaps that we have in the bathroom. Check out the video and find out more …
Now let’s get on with our creative project! A smelling contest with mouillettes
Do you know what a mouillette is? Originally a French word, it means, among other things, a narrow strip of cardboard used to sample a scent. It’s more than likely you’ve been offered one in a shop to let you smell a perfume.
1. We’re going to start by cutting out a few mouillettes from a cereal box or whatever else we have at hand that’s made of thin cardboard. Remember that your mouillettes should be very long and narrow.
2. Now we can write on the back of each mouillette strip the name of the soap we’re going to dip it in.
3. We wet each strip with the different soaps that we have at home (shampoo, shower gel, hand soap, detergent …). Be sure not to let them touch each other so the different smells don’t get mixed.
4. Now lay the mouillettes on the table in such a way that the name of the soap is hidden.
5. Then we all take it in turn to smell the first mouillette. Don’t put it too close to your nose or it might overwhelm your sense of smell! Each person should have pen and paper to write down what soap they think it is without the others seeing. When that’s done, turn the mouillette over to find out who was right!
6. Repeat step 5 for each of your soap samples.
We hope you will share your creations and experiences with us online at #myhousesmells. Have fun!