In this week’s “The Story Behind the Scent”, we are uncovering the story behind the creation of one of our most coveted holiday scents- chai tea! Alana Rivera, owner and soap maven of Etta+Billie will share the memories and recipes that brought this scent to life.
The inspiration for our Chai Tea collection comes directly from the beverage itself! Before I became a full-blown coffee addict, I drank a lot of tea. Especially black teas like Earl Grey and English Breakfast thanks to my experience living in England for my Year Abroad in college. While in England, I also had the chance to try a lot of Chai Tea thanks to the heavy influence of Indian culture. I absolutely fell in love with the complex blend of tannic black tea, pungent cardamom, spicy ginger, and sweet cinnamon. When I came back to California, Chai became my go-to if I wasn’t having an English Breakfast tea. Fast forward to 2009 and this delightful beverage became the inspiration for E+B’s first Chai product, the Chai Tea Soap. It’s still one of my favorite products to create because of the creamy textured top and delicious scent.
There wasn’t a specific recipe but of course, I love a great chai tea & chai spiced goods. I’ve listed a few of my favorite ways to experience Chai below!
Big Spoon Roasters Chai Spice Peanut & Almond Butter
Chai Spice Shortbread Cookiesfrom Sunset Magazine
Authentic Homemade Chaifrom Foodess
As we continually adjust to a “new” normal found in quarantine, the conversation has ought to shift towards how we can cultivate healthy habits for our minds. Having personal time and space away from those in your home to center yourself may be difficult to find now. I want to share a way I have been practicing mindfulness and “checking in” with myself, even for just ten minutes a day.
There comes a time when things are up for debate, such as if pineapple belongs on pizza or if the center of a brownie is better than its edges. With this national holiday, it’s an absolute non-negotiable; ice cream is hand's-down one of the best sweet treats to ever grace the planet. Why you might ask?! Well, there’s something for everybody!
Experimenting with flavor combinations lies at the core of Etta+Billie’s DNA, and ice cream flavors are no exception. When it comes to unique pairings, we've got a handful of favorites: