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“Do It Yourself” Face & Body Scrubs: Today at 6 PM at HPL

19 Nov

Upcycling is not only super trendy and rustic for any “Do it yourselfer” out there, it’s also very ecofriendly. With health and beauty circling back to the forefront of anyone’s lifestyle, homemade products are making a strong comeback!

I am having a Make and Take Program today (November 19) from 6 to 7:30 pm at the main branch of the Hoboken Public Library. Although it’s BYOJ (bring your own jar) encouraged, all supplies will be provided. In this program you’ll get the chance to have a hands on experience at creating your own body and face scrub to take home as well as possibly get creative and Make Your Own Recipe! You may even get the idea of creating and gifting a homemade scrub to a loved one. The possibilities of this program is that it’s a start for anyone to begin the process of caring for their own body, especially as the months get colder.

As DIYers go, the key decision in any maker project is recycling and upcycling (no waste). In that spirit, most, if not all basic ingredients you will be able to find in every kitchen. Some of the ingredients that will be used (but not limited to) are coffee, salt, oatmeal, sugar, tea, cooking oils, some spices, essential oils, fresh produce, and any recycled jar from an old candle or sauce!

We will be creating scrubs that range from using just on your face to your whole body. Thick scrubs, creamy scrubs, one time use scrubs and scrubs that can last a whole 2 months!

The benefits of Homemade Scrubs is you get to personalize it to your own body and its needs. If you need something for moisturizing, anti – inflammatory, more antioxidants and/or vitamins for skin health, then you can put together specifically mixed ingredients for exactly that. Need more relaxation and soothing properties, add some extra oils or fresh florals or produce. It’s always great knowing what you are putting on your body. Not only do scrubs promote calmer sleep, healthier looking and feeling skin, it’s also great for your mental healing when your body is cared for.

For more recipes or inspiration on how to get started on the art of making body scrubs check some of these books out:

Plant-Powered Beauty: The Essential Guide to Using Natural Ingredients for Health, Wellness, and Personal Skincare (With 50-plus Recipes) by Amy Galper

100 Organic Skin Care Recipes: Make Your Own Fresh and Fabulous Organic Beauty Products by Jessica Ress

DIY Beauty: Easy, All-Natural Recipes Based on Your Favorites from Lush, Kiehl’s, Burt’s Bees, Bumble and Bumble, Laura Mercier, and more! by Ina De Clercq

Just the Essentials: How Essential Oils can Heal Your Skin, Improve Your Health, and Detox Your Life by Adina Grigore

Written by:
Sherissa Salas
Programming Assistant

Always check with your doctor or dermatologist before using a new product and try on a small patch of skin before using it more widely.

Adult Programs at the Hoboken Public Library are first come gets a spot if space is limited; please arrive early.

What is Your Favorite Film?: Picks from the Hoboken Library Staff

13 Nov

I polled some of our library staff for their favorite films.  They range from family favorites, funny comedies, to serious dramas.  They are the perfect choices for curling up and spending a chilly Autumn night in:

Heidi Schwab, Adult Programming and Outreach Librarian: No movie ever has made me laugh as much as George of the Jungle.  It is a terrific movie for all ages.  Great for a family movie night.

Jessica Sosa, Circulation Assistant: Inception because it is thought provoking with all the many realities that could exist.

Faith Fitzsimmons, Office Administrator: Wizard of Oz I could watch it a million and ten times.  I watched it with my mom and grandmother and now I watch it with my own kids.  It is a great family movie.

Mihaela Colibasu, Circulation Assistant: Requiem for Dream is disturbing but moving film that evokes strong emotions.

Victoria Schwab, Reference Assistant: The Godfather, I’m a big family person.

Susan Flynn, Circulation Assistant: Clueless and Legally Blonde are both terrific funny films that I could sit and watch all day.  I have some of the lines memorized by heart.  You can stream the sequel Legally Blondes on Hoopla!

Lindsay Sakmann, Reference Librarian: What We do in the Shadows is really funny and light-hearted.  Puts you in a good mood.  Borrow this funny vampire mockumentary right now from Kanopy!

Rosary Van Ingen, Head of Circulation: Charade, Audrey Hepburn and Carrey Grant in Paris, what more could you want?

Melissa Medina, Children’s Library Assistant: Rebecca filmed in 1940 and directed by Alfried Hitchcock. It’s a haunting and beautifully filmed psychological thriller.. It’s been one of my favorites since I was a kid and may have been my first introduction to Alfred Hitchcock movies.

Sherissa Salas, Adult Programming Assistant: Pride and Prejudice (the version with Keira Knightly), it was the first time I was introduced to classic English novels in a way I connected to.  It is why I majored in English in College.

Pat Fischetto, Children’s Library Assistant: Under the Tuscan Sun is a touching romance.  I love Italy!

What is your favorite movie?  Share them in our comment section!

Compiled by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference
(To learn more about my favorite film check out a previous post about Labyrinth)

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