It’s winter, which means families are moving group activities indoors. It’s the perfect time to bring out the blankets, pop some popcorn, and watch a movie together. When you watch your next movie as a family, don’t forget the tea! Make a cup for yourself so you can get warm and cozy while you watch a movie, or brew up a tisane for the whole family to enjoy. And before you start debating which movie to watch, use your favorite tea to help you pick out a movie!
Tea’s a common go-to for relaxation. The process of brewing tea is relaxing, some teas and tisanes give you a calming feeling, and taking time for yourself is a great stress-buster. You can use tea to DIY your way to relaxation, too, with decadent beauty products. Better yet, make these easy recipes and gift relaxation to friends, family, and loved ones this holiday season.
Tea Bath Bombs
Fancy bath bombs are all the rage, but can run you up to $8 per deliciously-scented orb! Skip store-bought bath bombs this year and make your own. We love this green tea bath bomb recipe from Smells That Smile that would be even better with Art of Tea’s Sencha. Don’t limit yourself to green tea, though. White tea and black tea make for great bath bomb ingredients, too. Experiment with different teas and blends to get a bath bomb that smells just like your favorite cup of tea. You can also use spherical ice cube molds – or any large, shaped candy mold – to jazz up these perfect stocking stuffers.
Sugar Scrubs with Tea
At Art of Tea, we suggest that you don’t add sugar to your tea. But we never said anything about adding tea to your sugar! Sugar scrubs are a fragrant and luxurious gift you can easily make, too. Packaged in adorable (and easy-to-decorate) jars, DIY sugar scrubs are the perfect project for a gift-giver with a giant list of friends and family. We suggest batch-making this simple green tea sugar scrub recipe from blogger Live Simply. Like the bath bombs, you can stick with green tea or explore other fragrances using different teas and tisanes. We think Hibiscus Cooler would make for a great sugar scrub base, too!
Tea-Flavored Lip Balm
Finally, help your loved ones protect their lips in dry, wintry weather with lip balm made from your favorite teas. This recipe for Green Pomegranate lip balm from Great Contradictions can be batch-made, just like the sugar scrubs. One thing to note is that this recipe uses pre-bagged tea from the grocery store, which largely consists of fannings and brews differently. We suggest disregarding the suggested steep times in this recipe and relying on Art of Tea’s steeping directions instead. That way, you’ll avoid over-astringent or bitter flavors. If you’re looking to mix up this recipe, try using White Coconut Creme instead of green tea. The coconut flavors will go perfectly with the coconut oil and our White Coconut Creme blend’s fragrance is intoxicating!
Even if you decide to shop for gifts this year instead of taking the DIY-route, we highly suggest trying these recipes out yourself. You might find that the key ingredient to your favorite beauty project has been in your pantry all along!
You know you love tea. You’ve found your favorites and you can’t imagine your day without a cup or two. But do you know how to find new teas? After all, you could find your new favorite blend or single-origin tea in the next cup you try!
To help you discover awesome teas you might not have tried otherwise, we have our Tea of the Month program. Choose between our three-month, six-month, and yearlong plan to give yourself the gift of tea every month. Of course, choosing the length of your plan is the easiest part. With six different programs to choose from, deciding which teas you want most can prove to be pretty difficult! Luckily, we’ve made a helpful guide to choosing the right one for you.
If You’re Looking to Keep It Simple
If you’re looking to branch out, but you don’t want to get too risky, we suggest signing up for our Pyramid Teabags or Classics Tea of the Month Programs. The Pyramid Teabags selection is particularly convenient for a tea drinker who is looking to grab a tea bag and go. Pre-packaged in a pyramid-shaped, eco-friendly bag, the Pyramid Teabags program will send you 3, 6, or 12 delicious teas and tisanes. Selections from our Pyramid Teabag program include Apricot Escape, Velvet, and White Coconut Creme.
Our Classics option, on the other hand, is loose leaf. We’ll send you four ounce bags of tried and true favorites that we think every tea-lover should try every month for 3, 6, or 12 months. Subscribe to this people-pleasing plan and you’ll receive goodies like Earl Grey Creme, Hibiscus Cooler, and French Lemon Ginger.
If You’re Health-Conscious
The obvious choice for a tea drinker who makes health a top priority is the Wellness selection of our Tea of the Month program. These teas and tisanes are blended with Ayurvedic principles in mind to help contribute to your general well-being. A subscription to the Wellness Tea of the Month program will get you a variety of teas to help you feel your best, including Happy, Endurance, and Sleep.
Another concern for health-conscious tea fans is caffeine. Art of Tea has a wide variety of caffeine free tisanes and botanicals, including the blends available when you subscribe to the Caffeine Free Tea of the Month program. You’ll get caffeine free classics like Pacific Coast Mint, Lemon Meringue, and Caramelized Pear.
If You Want Something Different
Trying new teas can be exciting and rewarding. We make it easy to try teas you might not have picked out yourself with our Single Origin and Explore options. Art of Tea’s Single Origin selections are of the highest quality, so when you brew each month’s selection, you’re getting the best cup of green tea, white tea, black tea, or oolong. You’ll receive two ounces of Uji Gyukoro, Crimson Oolong, Immortal Nectar, Golden Monkey, and Silver Needle – depending how long you choose to receive Tea of Month selections.
Finally, for those who love to take their taste buds on an adventure, we have the Explore selection. With teas from our Location and Time collections, Explore is a great option for people who just love to try new teas. You’ll experience the flavors of destinations around the world – like Nepal or Kyoto, as well as teas that perfectly accompany your day.
Of course, you don’t have to keep all of these great teas to yourself. The Tea of the Month program makes the perfect gift for clients, neighbors, family, and friends. What could be better than a gift that keeps giving for months to come?