Simone LeBlanc started her eponymous brand after searching for a go-to source for gifts of quality, craftsmanship and emotional resonance. Raised in the Bay Area, she attended design school in Paris before moving to Los Angeles and embarking on a career as a personal stylist. She quickly realized there wasn't a singular destination for the gifts that she and her clients continually needed: low-key and luxurious, finely crafted offerings with a personalized touch. With her passion for product discovery, thoughtful details and desire to ease the challenge of gifting, Simone continues to expand her company vision to embody the spirit of modern gifting with ease.
This time of year, we’re always thinking about what people want to receive when they welcome you into their home. As we thought about the season and the care and, let’s face it, the exhaustion that go hand in hand with hosting, we were inspired to make our own chic blend of self-care in a bottle—dried floral bath salts. It’s a deceptively simple treat that makes bath time even more of a moment.
Think naturally detoxifying salts; refreshing, good-for-you essential oils; and crushed flower petals poured from a pretty glass vessel. Dreamy, right? After all, is there anything more purely indulgent—yet unquestionably good for you—than drawing a hot bath and dipping into its steamy waters for a long soak? It’s an activity that feels like an at once guilty pleasure and self-care essential, and that’s a pretty irresistible combination.
So read ahead for our recipe to create this delightful bath salt gift for a friend (or for yourself) this holiday season.
2 cups salt blend (Epsom salts, sea salts)
2 tsp. carrier oil. Choose a moisturizing carrier oil, such as coconut oil or jojoba for an extra-luxurious and skin-softening result.
Dried florals, herbs, and/or citrus rinds
5 to 10 drops essential oils (optional). Choose something that will elevate the mood—herbal for a therapeutic feel, floral for something indulgent and romantic.
1 bag Epsom salts. Your salts are your palette! We used Epsom salt as we wanted the pure white palate as a simple base for the floral petals.
Our favorite part is selecting your "bouquet." This is also completely your choice. Dried petals and bits of aromatic flowers and plants bring a beautiful textural element to your bath salt. Add rosemary, thyme, or peppermint for an effervescent and enlivening feel.
For florals, we love the romance of dried rose petals, bits of lavender buds, or dried white sage. When adding these larger floral bits to your blend, grind them with a mortar and pestle first. We also love adding bits of fruit rinds or peels. Lemon peels and orange rinds are naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory and have such energizing and refreshing scents.
Mix all of your ingredients vigorously in a bowl with a spoon and fork, working any clumps of oil evenly through the salts until they are gone. Then, transfer the dry mix to a glass vessel that seals tightly.
For good measure, sprinkle any larger bits of flowers you may have along the top layer. Finish with your favorite twine, fabric or ribbon. Voilà!
Click on our image gallery below for visuals on how it's done.
What is your favorite DIY gift?