Bunches of my mom friends have been talking this week on Facebook about Crayola’s new Colored Bubbles, and do they actually wash away as advertised or will they stain your stuff?
I have not bought the bubbles to test them for myself because I am afraid after I read The Wall Street Journal’s review of them. I’ll admit reviewing colored bubbles is an odd topic for such a serious publication, but I am glad they wrote about it!
The WSJ reports it took nearly two decades of research to develop the bubbles but there seem to be some glitches.
“But now some angry parents may burst Crayola’s bubble. The problem: when the bubbles pop (or the solutions splash), they leave a neon-bright—and, parents complain, often permanent—mess. Despite the large type on the front of the bottles that says ‘Washable.’ ”
“The Sunset Orange bubble soap that dripped on the floor of Emily Vanek’s garage dried in dark red splotches resembling blood, the Denver mother says. The blue bubbles turned her two boys ‘into Smurfs.’ ”
Under the headline “The Worst Product I Ever Bought,” Springfield, Ill., blogger Catherine Davis, wrote: “Washable?…It practically requires scrubbing the top layer of your skin off to get the color out.”
The article goes on to say that it’s not just skin it adheres to: it’s walls, carpet, driveway, decks, grout and just about anything else.
Crayola says the product should wash off when used properly. (How do you improperly use bubbles?)
But then adds: “But consumers ought not to expect the new product “to perform like regular soapy bubbles,” says Leena Vadaketh, Crayola’s head of research and development. “
There are extensive warnings on the label according to the article. The warnings sound a lot like the ones on my at-home hair dye!
“Before use, test on an inconspicuous area and let dry. Wash off to make sure bubble solution does not stain.” The warning continues: “Do not use at weddings or indoors.” There’s more: “Keep away from brick, vinyl, finished and unfinished wood, wallpaper, painted walls, carpeting, draperies, and other materials that cannot be laundered.”
So this new product won’t be coming to my house any time soon and I just wanted to make sure every mother had fair warning from The Wall Street Journal.
Have you tried the Colored Bubbles? What was your experience like? Are you disturbed by the differences in the labeling and the commercial? Would you buy this product now?
(I have two blogs up this morning: Will you miss ABC’s soap operas? Do you care that “All My Children” was canceled? )
– Theresa Walsh Giarrusso, ajc.com Momania. I have increased my Twitter activity. I am sending out great stories for moms each day focusing on health, fitness, sex, entertainment, food, travel and obviously parenting! So follow me on Twitter at @AJCMOMania!)