Not all slime is safe for kids, health experts warn

Headquartered inside her bedroom, 15-year-old Alyssa Jagan runs a trendy slime-selling operation. Her book shelf is filled with stacks of neatly ordered jars and containers stashed with multiple colours of artisan goo. The young entrepreneur, who lives in Toronto’s east end with her family, delivers three fresh videos a day to her 650,000-plus followers, sells her colourful homemade slimes for $11.50 to $18 a batch on Etsy and recently nabbed a book deal.Foamy, colourful and textured slimes, like the ones Jagan sells, are a trending social media craze amongst teens and tweens, while simpler versions are making their way into the hands of younger kids at workshops and summer camps in Toronto and the GTA. Jagan started capturing shots of her creations by attaching a piece of a broken selfie stick to a tripod and shooting with her phone. She has recently acquired a couple of softboxes to make the lighting in her videos look better.Article Continued Below“The videos — they are very satisfying to watch them,” she said, adding it’s not just the way slime feels, but also how it sounds that can be appealing to people. Jagan enjoys the creativity that comes with slime-making and says she was inspired to make her own after watching tutorials she found on Pinterest and YouTube.“There’s nothing more satisfying for me than mixing pigment into slime or different colours into plain slime . . . I love seeing that final product and I think other people do as well,” she said.