GirlMogul Poppy Profile


Code Name: Poppy

XX State Street


Collected Data:

Family: Family owns a chain of successful restaurants. First one started by her grandmother in downtown Weston. Has since grown to several locations throughout Weston, serving Latin America influenced food. Her grandmother is mostly retired and leaves the day to day management of the restaurants to Poppy’s Father and Mother. Poppy has two older brothers and one younger sister.

Favorite Books:
Non fiction books, especially ones about animals, scientists and the ocean.

Favorite Subject:

Mixing formulas with her chemistry kit, collecting specimens and cataloging them, trying to invent the perfect face cream. And hanging out with her grandmother.

In her words:

Describe yourself: I love learning about things. Reading books is ok, but I would rather learn about things by actually looking at, observing them. I take notes in my field journal all the time, about things I observe. I am always taking pictures too. I also like working with my chemistry set. It’s the deluxe one, I just got it for my birthday this year. I have been through like 5 other beginner ones, but this one is more like the real thing – my mom made me promise to be very careful using it. I am already working on my project for this year’s science fair, but its top secret.

My mom and dad set up a real lab for me in the basement. I have my computer, my microscope and all my chemicals down there. It’s totally cool. I can listen to my music and work on my formula for face cream.

Your Hero: My grandmother. She emigrated to America with just about nothing and started a small little cart selling tacos and now she has 4 restaurants and is on all of these committees and she still has time to spend with me and work in her garden.
Someone from History you admire: Dr. Myrna Lodge. She was the first female surgeon to perform open heart surgery. How cool is that?

If you could have lunch with anyone:
Stephanie Kwolek – the inventor of Kevlar – it’s used in everything from boats to space ships.

Your favorite place: My Lab.

A place you would like to visit:
New York City – I would like to see the Museum of Natural History for myself.
What do you want to be when you grow up: A doctor, or a scientist, or maybe a veterinarian. I can’t decide if I would rather help people or animals.

Why do you want to help out with Weston’s Jr. Civic Pride Committee? My grandmother said it would be good for me to meet other girls my own age and work together on something, instead of spending so much time in her lab. I think she was also responsible for volunteering someone. Also, I think it will be the basis for a great experiment, how the pre-adolescent child performs in small group settings. Perhaps I can write a research paper on it.

Dr. Smith’s Comments:
A bright inquisitive mind. She reminds me of me when I was younger. Her rational, observational approach will be an asset to the team.

Abby’ Comments: Poppy sounds totally smart – perhaps not much of a people person though. We’ll see if we can get her to see people as more than study subjects!

Amazing Scientific Skin Cream Experiment

GirlMogul Poppy
GirlMogul Poppy

Hello GirlMoguls! Since the last time we’ve talked, I’ve moved on in my skin care experiments…
Last week, my Grandma ordered this kit from It’s called the Spa Science Kit. It comes with all these great ingredients for me to make things with, and best of all I don’t have to go hunting around my house for something like lavender oil! Basically, the idea of the kit is to make spa products at home. It includes directions to make everything from bath fizz to face masks. The kit comes with ingredients like essential oils, sea salt dried roses, and baking soda. Also, there’s no need to set some crazy laboratory in your bedroom (like me!). The Spa Science package even comes with tools, such as pipettes, a muslin bag, and a test tube.

After reading the instructions over, I tried to decide what I should tackle first. Fragrances or bath fizz? Oatmeal banana foot scrub or strawberry salt scrub? I decided to start from the very beginning, like the booklet recommends: test out which fragrances suit you, and which do not. So, I jumped in the tub! You are supposed to sit in the tub, and put a few drops of an essential oil in the test tube, and then smell it. Afterwards, you rinse the test tube in the water, allowing the oil to sink into your bath, and then put different oil in the test tube. The booklet has a rating system for each of the oils, on order to determine which one you like best. My favorite was the lavender essential oil, because it was really relaxing. It wasn’t too strong; instead, it just made me feel calm. I also learned a few facts…did you know that humans can distinguish from over 10,000 odors? I thought that was something really interesting to include in an instruction manual.

My next project was moving on to the oatmeal banana foot scrub. I really thought it sounded funny, but the booklet said that the bananas help moisturize the skin and make your feet softer. Remember how I read that article about the properties of things like spinach and apples from my last post? It said apples had a similar property, so I thought to give this oatmeal banana concoction a try. I did, and it did work. The oatmeal in the scrub exfoliated my feet, while the banana made it soft. Plus, my feet smelled delicious afterwards! My next project is the strawberry salt scrub. Wish me luck!

I really enjoyed toying around with the science of spa products, and I hope you give it a try too! If you want to get this kit, here’s the link: Spa Science Kit from