Dawn Watson was head of public relations for real estate company Douglas Elliman in the Hamptons and across Long Island for several years, until she was furloughed during the pandemic. In making lemonade out of her lemons, Watson turned her time towards creating a small line of premium artisanal sea salts for the bath — Hamptons Spa Sand.
“This is something that I’ve wanted to do for a really long time. I’m obsessed with simple pleasures and enjoy luxuriating, especially in the bath, so I came up with my own natural fancy spa-type treats,” Watson said. “Now that I have some extra time on my hands, I’ve finally been able to pursue this hobby as a real business.”
The sea salts are exclusively made on the South Fork in a variety of colors and scents. Watson takes the natural sea salt, finely grinds it up, then adds custom fragrances and color for the final touch. Rosé, hydrangea (the Hamptons’ most ubiquitous flower), beach, sunset, sunrise, and more scented salts on the way, all represent a piece of the East End.
“No matter where you may be, now it’s possible to enjoy a day at the beach— anytime, anywhere,” Watson said.
The price is right at only $5 or $10 per pouch. Hamptons Spa Sand is committed to protecting the environment, and each product is sent using eco-compostable packaging.