Learn to make bath, beauty products at Harper Woods library 

By: Brendan Losinski | Advertiser Times | Published July 6, 2018

 The Harper Woods Public Library is inviting the public to “Make Your Own Bath and Beauty Products” at 6:30 p.m. July 18.

The Harper Woods Public Library is inviting the public to “Make Your Own Bath and Beauty Products” at 6:30 p.m. July 18.

Photo provided by Suzanne Kent

 People will learn how to create their own personalized bath and beauty products, such as lip gloss, foot scrubs, bath salts, mouthwash, aloe aftershave gel and aftershave in an upcoming class at the Harper Woods Public Library.

People will learn how to create their own personalized bath and beauty products, such as lip gloss, foot scrubs, bath salts, mouthwash, aloe aftershave gel and aftershave in an upcoming class at the Harper Woods Public Library.

Photo provided by Suzanne Kent

HARPER WOODS — The Harper Woods Public Library is inviting the public to join it for a “Make Your Own Bath and Beauty Products” program.

The class will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, at the library. During the class, Adult Services Librarian Suzanne Kent will teach those in attendance how to make their own bath and beauty products, and she’ll provide them with free materials to create their own at home.

“We’ll be showing people how to make lip gloss, body splash, foot scrub, bath salts and mouthwash, and aloe aftershave gel and aftershave for the men,” she explained. “It’s a fun event. You get to bring out your creative side, and people like doing things together. We have great success with our cooking class and recipe club. It gives them a chance to experiment and they also make great gifts.”

This is the second time that the Harper Woods Library has hosted an event of this nature, although it’s been a few years since the last time.

“We did it a couple years ago and it was quite successful,” Kent said. “We had several residents attend, and people have been asking if we were going to bring it back, and we’ve seen a lot of books on do-it-yourselfing going out, so we thought it would be a good time to do it again.”

Kent said more people are coming to like do-it-yourselfing for a couple of reasons.

“It lets people see what they’re putting in, so they can know everything about what is in the product they are using,” she said. “If you are allergic to a specific substance, you can replace it with something else, or if you prefer one scent over another, you can change it out.”

Several residents have expressed their enthusiasm for the class.

“I take part in a lot of library programs. I like the book clubs, I like seeing the guests they have, and I love going to the book sales,” said Harper Woods resident Clemmie Jackson. “What got my attention was that I love beauty products; I thought it would be good to try it.” 

Jackson said she thinks people should consider the program because it’s something new that they may have never considered trying before.

“I love to try to new things, and I think it would be exciting to make my own beauty products. It’s something new, and this sounds cute,” she remarked. “I would like to make my own soap. It would be nice to play with some different scents.”

All materials for the program will be provided by the library. Seating is limited but open to everyone. People can call (313) 343-2575 to reserve a seat.

“I’m going to have probably about seven products I’ll show them how to make,” Kent said. “We’ll have members of the audience come up and help me with the demonstrations to show people the process. People will be able to take home samples and pick out their own materials so they can make them at home. It’s baking soda, epsom salt and four drops of essential oils to make some bath salts, for instance.”

Kent said the program is fairly simple, but it can provide a lot of benefits for people who use beauty products or like giving them as gifts.

“It an inexpensive program. We are on a strict programming budget, but we’re buying the ingredients from local drug stores,” she said. “Most of the materials are things like brown sugar or salts that are inexpensive and many people already have in their homes.”