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01 Dec

With the cold weather months approaching it’s the perfect time to start paying extra attention to our bodies. What’s better than to do that using the natural products we made ourselves.


Girls in 7th and 8th grade participated in the Rosh Chodesh Group, which is funded by the Women of Vision Grant sponsored by the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven. The group is an educational program built to challenge the traditional gender roles that girls face, and promote self-discovery. The girls made their own natural beauty products. The entire activity connected to the Torah and why it is important for women to take care of themselves. The message was that we are made in God’s image. We are God’s partners in helping the world.


Morah Jacqui Schulefand started off by asking the girls: ‘why is it important for women to take care of themselves?’ She explained that girls must respect the fact that they are made in God’s image and it is our responsibility to take good care of ourselves. If we don’t take care of ourselves then we are no help to anyone else.

During lunch and recess the girls gathered around to make the beauty products. They made three all natural products. A lip balm, lip scrub, and body wash.


The lip balm consisted of three simple ingredients, cocoa butter, beeswax, and coconut oil. This nontoxic lip balm is perfect for the girls to use to take care of their lips during the cold winter months. The purpose of making a lip balm was for the girls to see how simple it is to make an everyday product on their own. Using all natural ingredients is important in taking the best care of our bodies.


The girls then mixed up a batch of vanilla lip scrubs using vanilla extract, coconut oil and sugar. Many of them were excited to learn how to make their own since they often use lip scrubs at home. Lip scrubs are a small luxury that the girls can integrate into their everyday morning or night routines. Taking the time each morning and night for yourself is important for your mental health and wellbeing.


For the shower, the girls made a refreshing peppermint body wash. They worked together to carefully measure out all the ingredients. Peppermint is a useful essential oil that has a calming effect on the body and can relieve sore muscles. The girls can take care of their bodies by taking time to relax and feel beautiful in their own skin.


All of the girls went home with their own bag of products that they made themselves and note cards with instructions on how to make them again.

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