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Are you in the Manchester area & free during the day on May 6? Flash with Febreze want you to come along and create-your-own fragrance - plus get a £50 goodie bag

(109 Posts)
AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Apr-10 14:37:22

The guys at Flash have just launched a new Flash with Febreze range of cleaners and, when they were developing the product, the boffins there learnt from the teams behind some of the world's best-selling designer fragrances, to tap in to their perfume-making expertise.

This resulted in a cleaner which (for once) has a nice smell, leaving your room smelling fresher and cleaner for longer.

Again, they would like to offer Mumsnetters an insight into fragrance - this time in Manchester: how they can be made to last longer, the components of a fragrance and how different smells work. Don't worry they are talking about real perfume not eau du kitchen cleaner! We have already run events like this in London and in Birmingham - an interesting day was had by all.

At the event, a smell expert will give a talk about perfume and you will be able to create and take home your very own fragrance.

Everyone who is selected and attends an event will receive not only their own fragrance but also a goodie bag of domestic cleaning products & other goodies worth £50.

All we ask is that after the event you try the products in the goodie bag and then add feedback to a thread on Mumsnet.
The event is in Manchester: Thursday 6 May

At a luxury hotel in the city centre near Piccadilly station

Between 11.15am to 2.00pm

Sandwich lunch will be provided and you'd need to be able to stay for the whole session.

Travel expenses (up to £25) would be paid.

Creche facilities will be provided by Flash using a specialist company but we MUST know exact numbers and ages of children and any dietary requirements they may have before the day - please indicate below if you are likely to bring a child - and if you are selected we will confirm exact details nearer the time.

Please complete this form if you'd like to attend the event.

Please note: 6 May, as you probably know, is polling day which may mean your childs school is closed - please just bear this in mind if it's an issue for you


MadameOvary Fri 23-Apr-10 14:40:15

When are you going to offer Scottish MNers a chance to participate in this sort of thing?

Acanthus Fri 23-Apr-10 14:47:26

May 6th?! When all the state schools are closed for polling, you mean? grin

Iklboo Fri 23-Apr-10 14:55:38

Aaargh! One in Manchester and I can't attend. Sorry Anne - even when MN do arrange one in my neck of the woods I can't get there (would have loved this one too). AH well, next time.......envy

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Apr-10 16:01:18

Aaaagh indeed Ikloo - was hoping you'd be able to come after the last one....what a shame.

Hope all schools aren't closed (though you can bring children to the event)

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 23-Apr-10 16:01:49

MadameOvary - we're working our way up! Sorry we're not quite there yet....

Nymphadora Fri 23-Apr-10 16:11:13

Aw I'm triple booked that day & it would have been a good excuse for a day out

MadameOvary Fri 23-Apr-10 16:16:40

Thanks Anne.
Can you have the first one in Edinburgh please?
(Firm believer in "If You Don't Ask You Don't Get" grin)

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 25-Apr-10 10:04:55


TotalChaos Sun 25-Apr-10 10:09:24

have submitted the form.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sun 25-Apr-10 20:49:42

thanks - any more?!

grr - a rare Manchester event, and I'm on call angry

might send DH

suwoo Mon 26-Apr-10 13:43:55

Me, Me. Will fill in form forthwith.

Doodleydoo Mon 26-Apr-10 14:18:45

After Friday I would have been well up for it but obviously no where near Manchester! Bum, go girls in the area will be ace I assure you!

KitchenKate Mon 26-Apr-10 17:14:24

Yay something interesting to do while I'm on maternity leave waiting for baby! Have filled in form.

chez1979 Mon 26-Apr-10 18:03:52

have submitted the form

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 26-Apr-10 18:29:30

Thanks for all those so far...!

AmpleBosom Mon 26-Apr-10 20:22:29

Bloody hell in meeting all day sad

MrsChemist Tue 27-Apr-10 19:21:55

I want to go! *fills in form quickly*

suwoo Tue 27-Apr-10 20:31:47

MrsC, come with us on the tram?

suwoo Tue 27-Apr-10 20:32:36

<<assumes I am actually coming>>


MrsChemist Tue 27-Apr-10 21:17:49

Sure grin, if we are the special chosen ones, of course.

maxybrown Tue 27-Apr-10 23:02:14

ooh I've filled form in!

littlesleepyhead Wed 28-Apr-10 13:15:54

If I'd have known there would be a Manchester one I wouldnt have travelled all the way to Birmingham althought it was fab. Have a great time ladies

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 28-Apr-10 13:29:40

littlesleepyhead...sorry - I didn't know about the Manchester one then either!

suwoo Wed 28-Apr-10 14:00:13

<<ponders whether Ann will let me win any more prizes>>


me, me, me !!

soph24 Wed 28-Apr-10 15:17:19

When do we hear if we're doing it?

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 28-Apr-10 17:07:29

I'll be emailing folks tomorrow...let me know if you need to know before then

maxybrown Wed 28-Apr-10 17:12:46

oooh!! Exciting grin

I have done this hope not too late

MrsChemist Thu 29-Apr-10 09:58:34

<<checks e-mails every few minutes>>

suwoo Thu 29-Apr-10 13:10:11

Nothing yet.........

maxybrown Thu 29-Apr-10 13:18:28

nor me hmm

suwoo Thu 29-Apr-10 15:55:31

Still nowt.

<<proving northern credentials>>

maxybrown Thu 29-Apr-10 17:23:04

nowt ere either (proves it also)

Has anyone heard?

suwoo Thu 29-Apr-10 17:41:22

Also checking my junk box, but still nada.

Off to work now, will resume checking later.

maxybrown Thu 29-Apr-10 17:43:51

me too blush must get out more

MrsChemist Thu 29-Apr-10 18:04:06

Ecky thump! Still nowt! [very northern emoticon]

MrsChemist Thu 29-Apr-10 18:05:29

Does this mean we haven't won and they e-mailed the winners saying "ssshhhh, don't tell the losers."

maxybrown Thu 29-Apr-10 18:13:52

eee by gum mrs chemist, they should know that no northerners would do that wink

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 29-Apr-10 18:23:49

So sorry guys....we're awaiting some info from the childcare folks which I want to send out....I really wanted to email you today.
However, rest assured if you completed the form you're almost certainly in! Will be tomorrow for official invite. wink

soph24 Thu 29-Apr-10 21:44:05

Seems mad - but I am so looking forward to this - save me the tedium of mums and tots for a day!

maxybrown Thu 29-Apr-10 22:21:55

Me too, be nice to be in company of adults!

bilblio Thu 29-Apr-10 22:51:09

Oh I've got the day off. Form filled in.

DD can stay home with her Dad and I might get chance to do some much needed clothes shopping afterwards.

MrsChemist Fri 30-Apr-10 08:39:41

I'm ridiculously excited as well grin
I was so tempted to go to the Birmingham one, but it was too impractical in the end.

suwoo Fri 30-Apr-10 09:03:59

It will be nice to meet with some like minded adults. We are blatantly all lacking excitement in our lives grin

MrsChemist Fri 30-Apr-10 11:22:19

But perfume is very exciting indeed. I've wanted to do something like this ever since I read Hannibal. blush

suwoo Fri 30-Apr-10 11:45:21

<<has read Hannibal but struggling to remember perfume bit>>

<<panics about forthcoming English degree>>

MrsChemist Fri 30-Apr-10 12:41:19

He sends Clarice a perfumed letter, and he designed the perfume for her personally.
<needs to get out more>

suwoo Fri 30-Apr-10 13:41:23

You sure thats Hannibal? I thought that was the first one with the cannibal bit? Or is that Red Dragon?

<<brain explodes with effort of remembering>>

MrsChemist Fri 30-Apr-10 13:58:36

I think so, because in the others he spends most of his time in prison, and he writes the letter from Italy.

I believe we have hijacked this thread grin

suwoo Fri 30-Apr-10 14:04:45

I will ask DH, he has read them all and has a photographic memory envy

As you were, Febreze fans.

suwoo Fri 30-Apr-10 14:06:26

Oooh, I'm in!!!

See you all there grin

MrsChemist Fri 30-Apr-10 14:12:54

Woo! Me too! grin

Me too!

suwoo Fri 30-Apr-10 14:14:42

Yay, we'll make some arrangements to get the tram together. We can talk about Hannibal Lector and David Cameron. Not that there's any similarities there of course.

suwoo Fri 30-Apr-10 14:15:54

Yay Dis! We get to meet each other at last!

Which kids are you bringing? Anyone for DS1 to play with?

MrsChemist Fri 30-Apr-10 14:18:11

I don't know... I can see some similarities grin
Although if I had to be locked in a room with one of them, I'd probably choose the rich cannibal rather than the rich slimy git.
Now, do I vote before or after? Decisions, decisions...

I was gonna leave them with DH, no point in dragging them down if hes here!

MyDingaling Fri 30-Apr-10 14:25:25

Me too can't wait!!!

suwoo Fri 30-Apr-10 14:32:05

Fair enough Dis, I'm having to bring mine, but hopefully they'll be fine in childcare.

MrsC I'm voting after as DD really wants to come. She is quite upset that she can't vote smile

MrsChemist Fri 30-Apr-10 14:34:58

Will she have to wait outside the booth, or will they let her in to watch you tick the box?

I'll probably have to vote after because my friend is looking after DS and she'd have to get here even earlier if I went before.

suwoo Fri 30-Apr-10 14:44:00

Aww, are you not bringing him? I'm bringing both the boys. You know what DS1 is like though, can see him staying with me.

I have no idea if she'll be allowed to watch, probably not, knowing these bureaucrats.

MerlinsBeard Fri 30-Apr-10 14:58:03

I'm in and Oooh i get to go to the Mal <excited>

<panicks as I don't own any Boden clothes> grin

MerlinsBeard Fri 30-Apr-10 15:23:56

I have never even browsed the website Dis shock


MrsChemist Fri 30-Apr-10 15:57:51

Yay mom! How many people are going in the end?

MrsChemist Fri 30-Apr-10 18:03:23

I'm not worrying about what to wear clothes-wise. I'm worrying about what perfume to wear. I don't want to speak to a smell expert smelling bad.
<goes on ebay to find perfume>

maxybrown Fri 30-Apr-10 18:27:11

oh my god, my clothes are naff and I own one small amount of perfume blush maybe I should stay at home hmm

MerlinsBeard Fri 30-Apr-10 18:33:42

I am not wearing perfume - only deodorant.....and a bag on my head grin

maxybrown Fri 30-Apr-10 18:35:39

hooray - can it be any old bag? grin

MerlinsBeard Fri 30-Apr-10 18:39:24


Obviously you know me grin

Will prob be a huge Ben 10 bag from ToyRUs if i can get babymonster out of it long enoughhmm

maxybrown Fri 30-Apr-10 18:41:22

grin I meant I can do that too grin

bilblio Fri 30-Apr-10 19:28:31

I'm going too. Will be nice to see people again. DP has even given me permission to go shopping afterwards if I want... thinking about it this is turning into a habit. I went shopping for undies after the last meet up too.

We should have reasons to meet up more often

suwoo Fri 30-Apr-10 20:13:00

<<resumes counting points in hopes of miracle weight loss by Thursday>>

Will dress kids in Boden for the occasion (the same tops they wore to the last meet up wink) but I will no doubt be wearing Primarni or New Look or something.

Shall we revisit the fb group? grin

MrsC, I have spoken to DH re Hannibal but my findings are far too boring to recount here.

bilblio Fri 30-Apr-10 21:01:48

I shall again be in charity shop chic. They're Warehouse jeans though, very nice find. I haven't found any Boden yet. I need to investigate the charity shops in Didsbury, Cheadle and Alderley Edge.

There's some very nice Boden stuff on ebay at the moment. Still beyond my price range while I'm still losing weight.

MerlinsBeard Sat 01-May-10 11:01:24

I am DC free for the day grin

MerlinsBeard Sat 01-May-10 11:05:39

btw - will become a frequent namechanger so if a random name pops up on here - it's me.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Sat 01-May-10 11:08:19

Hi - don't forget to reply to my email will you!?

MerlinsBeard Sat 01-May-10 11:17:57


suwoo Sat 01-May-10 15:06:41

I replied within about 30 seconds!

MrsChemist Sat 01-May-10 20:08:03

Me too

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 05-May-10 20:05:02

Have a great day tomorrow all of you...hope the perfume you make is good and the Flash stuff gets your vote (groan)!

mumofmonsters Wed 05-May-10 20:14:46

Ooh i had forgotten we were making perfume too!

suwoo Thu 06-May-10 09:21:39

See you all shortly grin

bilblio Thu 06-May-10 09:55:10

Oh flipping heck! just seen that the direct train has been cancelled, so I've got 20 minutes to get ready, not 45!

See you soon... I hope!

mumofmonsters Thu 06-May-10 15:59:40

Does any one elses perfume smell awful now they have got home!

(or more awful!)

Was nice to meet some of you today

maxybrown Thu 06-May-10 17:59:37

I hate not knowing who people are!! I haven't opened mine yet......will try now, been a little scared can't possibly smell worse! grin

mumofmonsters Thu 06-May-10 18:46:03

Well i made "Just..." with 3 other people - had a green shirt on and blonde short.

Who were you? grin

mumofmonsters Thu 06-May-10 18:49:55

short hair obv

mumofmonsters Thu 06-May-10 18:59:25


sorry just gutted I couldn't come.

Was first grown up day out in years!

maxybrown Thu 06-May-10 19:21:23

I was the mad one who didn't like any smells and made Kiss - not the pregnant one grin

mumofmonsters Thu 06-May-10 19:24:07

Ah that was you

bilblio Thu 06-May-10 20:40:47

I think it still smells okay MOM. Still really strongly of alcohol though. That was the first thing DP said about it.

I was sat next to MOM. With the brown curly hair and purple top (although I started off with a flowery one but was roasting when I first arrived!)

maxybrown Thu 06-May-10 20:46:35

Oh yes smile

DH has put some of mine on gringrin loon

suwoo Fri 07-May-10 08:35:21

Was a bit shit that they didn't get us to go round the table and introduce ourselves. You normally do that on market research events.

**Ann, maybe you could feed that back to them**

I was the one sitting nearest the front looking attentive.

Who was the lady with the son? I just wanted to compliment you/him on his lovely behaviour and manners.

mumofmonsters Fri 07-May-10 11:27:19

I knew that was you suwoo You should change your name to Suwoo biscuit lady wink

suwoo Fri 07-May-10 12:03:52

When I first read that I thought you were implying I had eaten all the biscuits shock

Then I remembered that I did my best waitressing like I was 14 again.

Shame we didn't all speak sad, but maybe you'll come on the next meetup now?

mumofmonsters Fri 07-May-10 15:20:41

Oh sorry!

Yes will try and get to next meet up. Have got rid of previous posting history so feel a lot safer now

suwoo Fri 07-May-10 15:51:38

Ha, its fine, was only kidding. I know nothing of your posting history so you'll be safe with me and my little tiny friend MrsC.

mumofmonsters Fri 07-May-10 15:53:49

I did speak to MrsC - felt a bit odd leaving her with the overly excited "smell experts" but realised that i was as likely to be an axe murderer as they were anyway grin

Previous posting history = easily identifyable from and i have stuff archived on here i don't and can't talk about 'in a real voice'!

Who was the other lady who did Kiss? Her DS was really well behavedshock

suwoo Fri 07-May-10 16:24:57

I know! He was lovely. I posted about him further up the thread. No idea who she was.

maxybrown Fri 07-May-10 19:01:45

That was morethemerrier guys - with the son that is smile

mumofmonsters Fri 07-May-10 19:03:36

Ah right

MrsChemist Sat 08-May-10 11:59:12

Tree is currently sitting on my mantlepiece in pride of place. I haven't smelled it since I got home. I think I'm scared.

It was nice speaking to you mom, it would have felt weird being alone with the smell people. Not sure why, they were perfectly nice, but I would have felt arkward.

jaamy Mon 10-May-10 12:06:14

Hello! Sorry I've not popped in before now to say what a lovely time I had last Thurs...dodgey internet. Thank you to Annmumsnet for inviting me along.

I too have been a little scared of sniffing our creation (Just...) I was the one who arrive last and darted off first...flaming M62!!!

Still, was lovely to meet you all...sort of hmm! Recognised a couple of you from Manchester Christmas do that some of us scousers invaded a couple of years ago. I must say that I am surprised that there wasn't a round of introductions - I thought I had missed it and everyone knew everyone else. Definitely something they need to address.

DH (LOLOLOLOL) has already tried the flash on the kitchen floor - I was too busy sniffing my Yankee candle!! I'm he afraid was not impressed with the cleaning ability,though it did smell lovely for a short time.

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