GiftsABliss began selling spa and bath products made from unique and traditional ingredients in 2018, but our story truly begins in 1997, when our second child was born. Ethan suffered from so many allergies right from the start, and I began channeling my scientific and creative passions into finding natural ways to soothe and heal his symptoms.
My passion for combining creative arts with scientific research has propelled me my whole life—as an architect, an entrepreneur, and as a mother. I have always been fascinated by the gifts of the natural world and I have spent many years researching into their benefits. When Ethan joined our family, I became even more vigilant about making sure we made healthy and safe choices in food, skincare, and household items.
My career in architecture has taken my family to Southeast Asia and Australia, and we have travelled extensively to Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Cambodia. On every journey, we have been inspired by local traditions passed down through generations—and I have learned of so many wonderful ways the earth can nourish and protect us.
I observed the way the Balinese use boreh—a paste of ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and other herbs and spices—as a reviving facial mask and scrub. I saw the many ways Cambodians weave the nourishing leaves and oils of the moringa tree into their daily diet and skincare. In Indonesia, patchouli and ylang ylang are more than intoxicating perfumes, they are ‘jam’ (herbal remedies). The Burmese apply a ground paste of Thanakha bark on their faces daily to promote flawless skin and in the Australian Aboriginal culture, emu oil has been a great healer from the distant past to modern daily living.
And across all these rich and complex cultures, we discovered that spending time in a traditional spa has a central place in their community life for a reason: spa time revitalizes the senses and recalibrates life balance. The wisdom that we must take care of ourselves before we can take care of others is truly as old as time.
In every country, I asked questions of knowledgeable elders. I touched and tasted and gathered these incredible ingredients. I practiced ancient and modern techniques—all to keep my family happy and healthy on our travels through life.
Back home in Toronto, we wanted a way to share these traditions—and the learning from our travels—with those we love. We also wanted to remind the caregivers of this world of the restorative powers of a personal spa day.
Modern life isn’t just stressful. It can be completely overwhelming. Whether you need to decompress, refocus or relax, GiftsABliss products bring the rejuvenating effects of a traditional spa in exotic southeast Asia and Australia right to you, whenever you need a respite.
Through GiftsABliss bath and spa products, we share the antioxidant benefits of Indonesian coffee; the antibacterial benefits of Australian tea-tree and cajeput; the antiinflammatory benefits of Thai lemongrass. through our handmade bath and spa products. Made by hand. Made for mindfulness. Made for you.
Personal peace and wellness are the greatest gifts we can give each other, and we founded GiftsABliss to help share them—one relaxation basket at a time. We founded GiftsABliss to promote personal connections, support health and wellness, and show love—all the elements that have sustained us through our lives. It means so much to us when you share our bath relaxation kits with the people you love!
We have also met many talented artisans steeped in their traditional crafts of handmade jewellery and hand-loomed silk scarves in Cambodia and Thailand, and feel strongly in providing support to these women artisans from small villages and tribes. We practice fair trade and support micro-loans by providing a marketing channel so that these amazing handmade items from these under-served communities can reach customers in other parts of the world.