RealiTEA - BeaTEAful products

Tea is becoming more popular than ever, as people turn to tea for more than just drinking. Tea is being used as an essential ingredient in everything from cookies to marinades, and everything in between.

Even beauty products are getting in on the buzz, adding tea in a variety of ways. Tea is added to facial products like Ole Henriksen's African Red Tea Facial Mist; Way of the Bath - Matcha Tea body soak and body lotion from Origins;  

Green Tea by Elizabeth Arden has been around since 1999 and is fairly popular, as it is intended to smell like green tea - a blend of peppermint, musk, amber and other notes - but the product doesn't actually list green tea, or any tea for that matter, as an ingredient. Bvlgari's Eau Parfumee Green Tea does list green tea leaves as one of the ingredients, but as with other prestigious beauty products, there's a higher price tag to match. Hey, if you want to treat yourself, be my guest. But for others - like me! - on a beauty budget, there must be some less expensive products using our favorite ingredient: tea.

One of my favorite brands, Demeter, does offer a variety of tea-infused flavors, er, fragrances including Chai Tea, Earl Grey Tea, Green Tea and Chamomile Tea at more wallet-friendly prices. Try a frag out for $10 or splurge on a 4 oz version for $39.50. Plus Demeter sells matching body lotion and shower gels so you can layer accordingly.

Check out the  ingredient list and you'll see black tea listed. Perfect!

Perfume is one thing but what about every day beauty products - for women and men? Like soap? And lotion?

I did a little research online and found some surprising results.

Kiehl's, a prestigious beauty company, sells a Yerba Mate Tea Toner, which is comprised of several natural ingredients including yerba mate extract. I couldn't find it on the regular Kiehl's site but you can get it on Amazon...for about $70. Yikes, I know! 

Fresh sells a Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Cream for about $65. I've tried some Fresh products and I've been impressed, especially with how long their products last. (A sample of this I had lasted about a month, applying daily.) Sephora sells a great set of all the Fresh Black Tea Eye creams too. 

A more budget-friendly solution is Korres, which happens to be one of my favorite beauty lines as well. Korres uses all natural ingredients and offers some vegan-friendly beauty options too. Korres sells a White Tea Facial Fluid Gel Cleanser for just over $20. 

Check out this tea haven called Tracy Stern SalonTea. She sells tea, tea accessories, and an entire line of tea-infused beauty and bath products, all at salon - but reasonable - prices. Check out her travel kit to get a sampling of what wonders she works with tea. Tracy also offers a brick-and-mortar locale in NYC, and hosts afternoon teas and tea parties. Add that to your NYC To Visit List pronto!

There's another "scentsational" shop online for tea-infused beauty products including Strawberry Honey Tea Lip Balm and even Chai Tea soap: SCENTSational Soaps. This eco-friendly company offers vegan alternatives too. 

You can also make your own tea-inspired beauty products. There's a wealth of ideas, recipes, tips and suggestions on making your own beauty products at home. Click here for more info, including a chance to submit your own recipes.

Got any other tea-infused and/or tea-inspired beauty products? Drop me a line or leave a comment below and I'll add 'em.

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