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
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Say goodbye to those iced coffees and other beverages alike- it’s time to convert your favorite drinks into their hot counterparts. There’s something just so calming about partaking in a warm drink during this time of year. Something about these sorts of beverages that cause us to savor every sip and enjoy each moment they’re in hand. I can think of sweet memories as a child of warming up to a hot fireplace with a hot cocoa.
It’s that time of year again. The weather becomes cooler and suddenly, all things turn to pumpkin spice- it must be Fall!
We love ringing in the Fall season with our limited edition scents that evoke feelings of warmth and coziness. This week, we’re launching our three staples: Spiked Cider, Chai Tea, and Hot Bourbon & Lemon.