Thursday, October 27, 2016

David's Tea Pumpkin Chai

Good morning, dear readers!

Today I have a review of David's Tea Pumpkin Chai, a returning tea from their fall lineup.  Since I try to avoid caffeine most of the time this is the first year I've tried this.



This retails for $7.98 for 50 grams, or you can purchase it in different stylized tins (the first being a Skinny Tin, which has 50 grams of tea for $9.50 Can., or a collectable tin which has 100 grams for $17.00 Can.).  You can also buy this in satchet form, which has 12 satchets for $10.00 Can.. but I don't know how much tea is in each satchet.

I got the Skinny Tin, and when I open it up and take a sniff, I smell hints of a spice cupboard, but more savoury than sweet (probably the pumpkin and carrot mixing with the spices).  I'd expect the cinnamon and cloves to give it a more sweet spice scent.

This is a really cute tea with the pumpkin candies, and again it looks very fall inspired (aside from the pumpkin shapes, the dark tea and spices give a striking background for the vivid orange pumpkin and carrot).

Once brewing, it has more of a sweeter cinnamon scent reminiscent to me of cinnamon instant oatmeal.

I added milk to mine and it got a bit of a Twinning's Earl Grey colour to it.



(I didn't take photos of it with the milk in it)

I used about 2.5 tsp for 470ish ml of just boiled water, and I steeped the tea for about 6ish minutes.  I am getting very little flavour.  The flavour I am getting is nice, but I think I'd need to add another tsp or two of tea and maybe steep it for another couple of minutes to get the amount of flavour I'd normally get in bagged tea.  I got some hints of cinnamon in the aftertaste.  The tea is sweet enough that I don't need to add any sugar or sweetener (either that or it's mild enough that it isn't bitter enough to need it).  I don't notice much sweetness to it but I also don't drink it feeling it's necessary.

I didn't want to add too much tea or steep it for two long as this is caffeinated (and I don't tolerate caffeine as well as I used to) but I may try making it stronger next time I have it but drink less of it.  I might also try it without milk (duh duh DUH) and see if that helps.  I think it's mild enough that not adding milk might be okay for me (I like how milk softens the bitterness of black teas).

After taking more sips I'm noticing more flavour, but it's still very mild.  Pleasant but mild.

I might repurchase this one day but as of right now I think this tin will last me a while.  Tasty but the tea itself is nothing super special for the price (aside from how fall themed it is, I do love cold season themed food and drink).  The tin is super cute though.

Have a great day!

-Ash

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Bath and Body Works Crisp Morning Air Candle

Good morning, dear readers!

Today I have a review of Bath and Body Works 3-wicked Crisp Morning Air candle.
Crisp Morning Air 3-Wick Candle - Home Fragrance 1037181 - Bath & Body Works
(Not my image, image from here.)

The packaging is really lovely, and I really enjoy the look of the label (especially how they added the foiled leaves), the name (yay!), and the lid (a maple leaf).  I really like how they change the lids up for different collections (I've only gotten 4 Bath and Body Works large candles in my life so far, and have two lids with the maple leaves, one with a snowflake, and one with grapes and leaves from last years Cork and Vine collection.


This is a autumn limited edition release but they've released it before, so if you want to check it out but don't end up picking one up this fall, I'm pretty sure you'll be able to find them again in the years to come.

This retails for about $22-25 I think, depending on if you are in the U.S.A or Canada.  Sometimes Bath and Body Works has a sale going on, where you can pick up two three wick candles for the price of one, or something like that.

The wax is a lovely dark grayish blue, and this 14.5 oz  candle is supposed to have a burn time of between 25-45 hours (although the 20 hour difference between both ends of the spectrum surprises me, as 20 hours is a pretty big difference!).  You can also find this candle in a 6 oz. medium jar size, or a 1.3 oz. mini size (these are adorable!).

It's scent seems both fresh and *almost* spicy to me (not like a clove or cinnamon spice, but like... Old Spice?).  I definitely get a cologne vibe to this but it's got that fresh element as well.  Here is the scent description:

"Crisp Fall Breeze, White Oak, Golden Amber Wood, Saffron, Soft Sandalwood"


Maybe it's the wood notes that I am noticing that gives me that cologne vibe.  It's really pleasant!

This has a very decent throw and can be noticed in a different room than the one it is burning in.

(I found this photo after I already made this post so I snuck it in.)

I actually ended up giving this candle to my sister; some candles I find can get a bit strong for me when I use them in the same room I am in (and I am not a fan of leaving candles unattended).  This turned out to be one of those candles.  Lovely scent, but it got a bit cloying to me being in the same room with it after a while.

I find that's one of the problems I can have depending on a candle, some get very strong to me but if I only burn the candle for about 30 minutes or so before it gets too strong, then I'll get tunneling in the wax. :/  It would be nice if you could burn a candle for however short you wanted and that wouldn't be a problem.  Ah well!  My sister likes candles too and I think she will like it! :D

Have a wonderful day!

-Ash



Friday, October 14, 2016

Yankee Candle Clean Cotton Review

Good early morning, dear readers!

Today I have a review of Yankee Candle's Clean Cotton candle.  This was given to me by my awesome sister!! :D

(Not my image, image from here.)

This smells extremely nice, and exactly like a fabric softener to me.

The scent description on the Yankee Candle website says that it is: "Sun-dried cotton combined with green notes, white flowers and a hint of lemon."



The throw is very decent, where it will go outside of the room I am in, and the scent is definitely noticeable and there, but not overpowering.  It is such a cozy and relaxing scent to me, and I think it would be a pretty versatile one that a lot of people would enjoy (or at least not mind too much).

This is one of the best fragranced candles that I've ever used (or smelled!).  I really like fresh fragrances with candles (two other favourites of mine from YC are Winter Glow and Rainbow's End) and I am so glad that this one is in the permanent lineup and isn't around for just one season.

This candle is just so cozy!!

This retails for around $10.99 USD for a small jar, $24.99 USD for a medium jar, $27.99 for a large jar, and this fragrance is also available in things like wax melts and fragrance oils, tumblers, votives, tea lights and whatnot (I'd suggest checking the website as it has a list of ways it is available).

I think this type of fragrance can really cheer me up and I definitely recommend it, and I'm going to want to get this again after I use this candle up.

-Ash

Thursday, October 13, 2016

David's Tea Alpine Punch Review

Good really early morning, dear readers!

Today I have a review of another delicious beverage: David's Tea Alpine Punch.

Alpine Punch
(Not my image, this is from here.)

I really wanted to get this because of the name and the marketing, but also because of the ingredients.

I love the idea of a cozy mug of tea (or tisane/coffee/hot chocolate) inside on a cold autumn or winter day, wearing fluffy socks and just relaxing and enjoying life.  That's what comes to mind when I think of this tisane, and Alpine Punch makes me think things like snow capped peaks at dusk while sitting inside and spending time with those I love most.

This tea actually reminds me a bit of the vanilla chamomile tea I used to drink (although I don't think there is any chamomile in this at all). This is perfect for relaxing inside with a book on a stormy evening or grey rainy day.



Here is the description from the website:

big product image
(Not my image, it's used on the Alpine Punch page on the DT website.  I had to share it, it's lovely!)



"mountain hospitality

This is the kind of tea we imagine they serve in fabulous ski chalets in the Swiss Alps. With apple, cinnamon, ginger and the heady scent of almonds, it’s warm, comforting and totally decadent. What better to sip after a long day of skiing, sledding and snowball fights? Just cozy up in front of the fire and warm up with this sweet, fortifying brew. And if a little splash of brandy makes it in there too, all the better." - davidstea.com

The description and name are definitely influencing why I associate this tisane with winter! :D  The flavour also lives up to the expectation of a cozy winter drink, and I'm really glad about that.

The ingredients are:
Rooibos, coconut chips (coconut, coconut fat, sugar), coconut rasps, apple, cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, black pepper, rose blossoms, almonds, natural and artificial almond cream flavouring.

This has a very heavy almond-y scent when you open up the tin, but I find it actually doesn't have an overwhelming almond note to it when it's prepared (at least now how I prepared it).  I actually have some trouble discerning the notes in this as I don't find one more prominent than another, and if I had to guess what was in this without knowing first I would probably have a hard time of it.  I've never had red rooibos by itself before, so I can't tell which flavour I am getting that comes from the rooibos.



It does have a spicyness to it but it's a more mild spice than a strong one.  It's a really well balanced and pleasant tisane.  I can't pick out the notes very well in this but I do know that it's probably one of my favourite tisanes now :D.

Right now it's out of stock on the website, and that makes me a bit nervous as I hope that doesn't mean this is being discontinued now.
It retailed online for $7.98 CAD per 50 grams.  Hmm, it seems the tea bags are still available, with one box being $10 CAD (12 satchets in the box).



I also love that this has no caffeine in it, so I can drink it with no problems. WOO!


If you are a fan of tisanes and the ingredients in this one then I definitely would recommend giving it a try.  I haven't tried it re-steeped yet so I  cannot say how many steeps a serving is good for, but if you do try it and re-steep it please feel free to write about your experience below! :D


I used about 2.5-3 tsp of the dry mix here and steeped it for about 7 minutes.


Have a wonderful morning!

-Ash

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