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Teen Spa Night mixes science and beauty

A good supply of bath and body products is essential for almost every teenage girl, and grown women as well. Photo by Brandon Hicks
Running out of those supplies could spell disaster in some situations.
Attendees at Teen Spa Night at the Elizabethton Carter County Public Library now know how to make their own beauty supplies with readily available ingredients that can be found in most homes.
During the session, teens were taught how to make sugar body scrubs, dry shampoo, natural deodorant, body glitter and rosy face scrub. The ingredients were all relatively common items that can be found in the kitchen.
The Spa Night was a part of the Summer Reading Program and its focus on math- and science-related topics. Children’s Librarian Ashlee Williams said the goal of the night was to get teens, especially girls, to look at chemistry in a different way.
“We wanted to make science fun for tween and teen girls, and have them look at science in a different way,” she said. “I think it worked. They seem pretty happy with what they made.”
Attendees were excited about being able to go make their own bath supplies.
“It is awesome,” said Haley Turbyfill. “It will help me with my skin. I like to use scrubs and masks to make sure my skin is taken care of. Now, I can make my own.”
For Kat Lanz, the body glitter was the most exciting prospect.
“My grandmother and I are artists,” Lanz said. “I like to use makeup and body glitter as another form of art. I can put it all over and really be creative with it.”
All of the bath supply recipes came from books available at the library. The next teen night is a Dr. Who-themed session on July 7 at 6 p.m.