Cosmetic chemistry (KS2)

Students have the chance to get hands-on and make their own bath bombs and lip balms whilst learning some fundamental chemistry.

  • Credit: Royal Institution

Level

  • Key Stage 2

About

This workshop is designed for students between the ages of 7 and 10 years old, and lasts for around 4 hours with a 40 minute break for lunch (not provided).

Group sizes depend on age and circumstance, for more info contact the team at ysc@ri.ac.uk.

They will investigate the difference between acidic and alkaline solutions and, by mixing the two, how they can neutralise each other in a reaction by forming a salt. The workshop allows them to observe the properties of oils and waxes and how they are able to dissolve into one another, giving them a better understanding of the chemical processes behind the manufacture of toiletries such as bath bombs and lip balms.

This workshop is a great introduction to pH, neutralisation, solubility and changes of state.

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