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Soapsuds & Tea Leaves

            Splish splash I was takin' a bath ... If you're like me, you become a professional singer the moment you step into the shower. If you're really like me, you would rather lather your body with all-natural, handmade soaps than that icky, chemical-ridden store bought stuff. If you and I are practically twins, you prefer to shop local and support small businesses over giving your money to big name companies that make their products with only a small percentage of natural ingredients. Tealee's latest collaboration with Zoe's Corner, a skin care line made exclusively from 100% natural ingredients right here in Ottawa, has exactly what people like us need! After initially meeting at the Ottawa Farmer's Market, Zoe and Lisa fell in love with each other's products and decided to create something wonderful together – tea soap. Using Zoe's all natural materials and process, and inspired by three Tealee teas – Tink's Fairy Dust, Mother Nature's Medley, and Good Night Lullaby – these soaps are the perfect gift for the conscientious consumer. Each soap contains tea leaves at their base, which act as natural exfoliants, add colour, and texture. To enhance the tea's aroma, Zoe and Lisa infused each bar with the essential oils of lavender and lime, mint and lemon, and chamomile and liquorice. I have a bar of Tink's Fairy Dust and am in love with the refreshing and invigorating smells of lavender and lime that fill my shower!

            Zoe started her own skin care line out of frustration with the fragrance oils and paraben preservatives hidden in the 'natural' products she was using. She first experimented with beeswax candles and soaps, and eventually moved into making lip balms and deodorants, too. Along with tea leaves, Zoe likes to add poppy seeds, ground flax seeds and amaranth seeds as exfoliants in her skin care products. Currently, her favourite essential oils are bergamot and lavender, but, she says: “It's hard to choose just one, they are all so unique!” You can find more of Zoe's products online at Zoe's Corner , or if you are in the Ottawa region, stop by her shop at the Brookfield Restaurant. If you want to give soap making a try, check out The Zoe's Corner Facebook page and sign up for the next soap making workshop. The workshops are held at her family's local restaurant and it's a fun and unique way to spend your Saturday afternoon. 

            Here at Tealee, we are really excited about these soaps and hope you get a chance to test them out yourself!

Contest! For a chance to win your very own bar of Tealee soap, simply comment on this blog post and tell us which Tealee tea you would like to see us turn into a soap. The lucky winner will be announced in next week's blog post.

Winner: Ashley! Congratulation on winning our contest and we hope you enjoy your new bar of Tealee Soap!

Carolyn Hebert


17 Responses

Nathalie Bouchard

March 27, 2015

Great blog. Love the ideas. So creative and yummy!

Véronique Sylvain

March 25, 2015

Mmmm… The Apple Cinnamon Oolong would be nice in a soap ! :D


March 24, 2015

Sounds awesome! Orange ginger boost would be amazing!


March 24, 2015

The organic apple cinnamon rooibos would be amazing in a soap

Veronique Daoust

March 24, 2015

Good Night Lullaby Organic would be great for a pre-bed bath soak to wind down :).

Anjali pall

March 24, 2015

Princess Presley would be nice


March 24, 2015

The raspberry mint would be so nice as a soap! Love this idea.


March 24, 2015

Tink’s Fairy Dust


March 24, 2015

Jasmine leaf green tea, for my ego of course!


March 24, 2015

rooibos spice or cool raspberry mint! :)


March 24, 2015

Monkey’s Buffet!


March 24, 2015

Oh my goodness, this is brilliant! I think a Princess Presley soap would be divine!


March 24, 2015

I would love Princess Presley soap! Although I just love Princess Presley in general :)

Tracey Evans

March 21, 2015

Well, my favorite is already a soap, so I’m going to vote for Princess Presley:)


March 19, 2015

Jasmine leaf green tea ?!


March 19, 2015

Anything with fennel would be amazing!!!


March 19, 2015

Princess Presley!

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