Savon Du Bois is a place to get inspired. It’s teeming with essential oils, hand-crafted curios and self-care spa accoutrement. It’s chock full of sensory opportunities. Owner Anne Du Bois built the space to craft green beauty and household care items for safe, everyday use. Located in downtown Picton, Anne’s shop is a favourite among locals and tourists alike.

Recently, Savon Du Bois relocated down the street. The new larger shop allows Anne to create more products and work with clients on a grander scale. More scents, more soaps, more fun. Step inside Anne’s scent studio.


Taking a guided tour of aromatherapy can have enormous health benefits. It can promote relaxation, reduce stress, and enhance your overall well-being. Different oils have distinct scents that can evoke specific emotions or create a calming atmosphere in your home. Anne’s method of creating a custom scent just for you is a personal invitation to get introspective.

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I love creating custom scents, it’s a sensory trip and creative outlet. And it can be a calming experience. When guiding clients, Anne is careful, deliberate and meticulous. Starting with a top, middle and then base note, each fragrance is deeply personal.

She also keeps a record of what you created, allowing out-of-town shoppers the ability to restock on the fly. Anne’s approach means you can craft soaps, body lotions, shampoos and more from one signature scent.

Essential oils have calming properties that can help alleviate stress, and anxiety, and promote relaxation. Oils such as lavender, chamomile, and bergamot are commonly used for their soothing effects.

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Anne’s impressive catalogue of scents explores pure, responsibly sourced plants. As a certified aromatherapist and perfumer, Anne is an expert in the creation of fragrances. And the process is accessible and affordable, and refillable. The environmental aspect is crucial to Anne’s ethos.


Anne also crafts signature scents for local boutique hotels and restaurants. If you’re looking to make your own mark, book ahead to secure Anne’s time and expertise.

New to essential oils? Here’s a handy cheat sheet to get you started.

🍋 Citrus oils like lemon, orange, and grapefruit are often used to uplift mood and increase energy levels, while oils like ylang-ylang and rose may help promote feelings of relaxation and enhance overall happiness.

🐑 Lavender and vetiver, are known for their sedative properties, which can aid in promoting better sleep. Using these oils in a diffuser or applying them topically before bedtime may help relax the mind and body, facilitating a more restful sleep.

🌱 Eucalyptus, peppermint, and tea tree have expectorant and decongestant properties that can support respiratory health. These oils are often used in inhalation therapies or chest rubs to relieve congestion, soothe coughs, and promote clearer breathing.

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Be sure to drop into Savon du Bois’ new location, still on Main Street in Picton, and give them a follow @savondubois

All images by Libby Roach.