Wednesday, May 09, 2007

What's That Smell?


I would just like to say, for the record, that scented Play-Doh was a bad idea; on the part of the manufacturer, and the part of the consumer. First there are the scents. These include: Shampoo, Pinemania, Shaving Cream, Rose Garden, Pinktastic, Splurple, Explorange and Funshine Sunshine. You see part of the problem immediately. Most of those are not actually scents - you tell me what a splurple smells like.

When they realized that they couldn't add real scents to the play-doh, they should've stopped right there with the idea. It should never have made it out of the brainstorming room. I don't care how nostalgic you might be about your own childhood, or that of your grown kids, Play-Doh just stinks in it's natural state. You can't add wonderful scents to something that already stinks. It's like a tween using perfume to cover where they should have used deoderant. It doesn't work. Do you hear me Hasbro? It doesn't work! I know this because I and my children smell like it for at least a couple hours every day. My hands, right now, smell like "Shampoo" scented blue Play-Doh, and let me tell you, it does not remind me of a nice warm shower and clean hair. It reminds me of trampling on rotten flowers. The "shaving cream" is even worse. We haven't opened more than three "flavors" (as my kids call it, and they would know.) so I'm still not sure what Funshine Sunshine smells like.

Let's just say this whole scented Play-Doh thing was not my most brilliant parenting move. Zaya begs for Play-Doh every time we go to the store, every...single...time. In fact, several times a day he begs to go to town just to buy Play-Doh. Never mind that he's got an entire container full of every color in, under and over the rainbow. (Thank you, well meaning relatives) We must have new Play-Doh. I bought this box as an attempt to forestall these requests. Whenever he does something especially nice, like take a nap when Mommy has a headache, he gets a new tub. I don't know how much more of these "special new scents" that I can take, though. Maybe we'll just take them to Grandma's House for summertime fun. What do you think about that, Mom? Do you want your house to smell Pinktastic this year? I'll let you get back to me on it.

11 comments:

Bramblerose said...

Homemade play-Doh doesn't smell as bad. And it last a long time. If your interested I'll see if I can find the recipe and send it to you.

Myrna said...

Yes, homeade playdoh is wonderful, and you can create your own colors - add your own scented oils... of course it is a little messy to make but will last for a long time.

Myrna said...

Hey, you could even NAME it yourself :-)

crissybug said...

how funny is that...yeah sometimes I wonder what they are thinking when they market certain things towards kids.

SUNNYBROOK said...

One thing that is fun to do when you make your own playdough is to color it with unsweetened koolaid packets. That is a cheap and easy way to color...especially if you add the koolaid powder to the water stage in the recipe...but that does make a lot of the same color, so sometimes it is better to separate the dough into small batches and color individually. It also makes the dough smell fruity.

JennaG said...

Funny, I love the smell of regular play-doh--always have for some reason. I've never heard that I look like Sheila Walsh before-- I used to hear from several that I looked like Crystal Bernard--when my hair was longer anyway.

Kili @ Live Each Moment said...

Um I love the smell of regular play dough. I'm weird.

Daddy D said...

hmmm

wouldn't kids try to eat it more if it had real smells, like food or something like that?

bad idea all around.

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SUNNYBROOK said...

In my experience with the homemade playdough I have yet to see a kid who got beyond the first bite, because although it may smell like strawberries, it tastes like doughy salt. I believe I have seen some recipes that include alum in order to make the playdough bitter. That might work if your kid is strangely inclined to eat salt.

Rosemarie said...

Great post! I was smilin' all the way until the end.

Good tip on homemade Play-Doh.

I have a recipe for homemade goo. I should post that soon on my mommy blog.

Growing with Julia

Lilibeth said...

No thanks. Keep the playdough at your house this summer. My house has enough odd smells of its own. Ha ha.