Try This Delicious Anti-Aging Tea from Supple Skin

Supple Skin's loose tea comes in a wide variety of flavors for various purposes. Photo: Courtesy Supple Skin

For most of the past decade, I’ve been a coffee lover. As a former road warrior, I frequented a lot of city coffee shops and drank my share of airport coffee. But I’ve found something new to quench my thirst and soothe my spirit: La La’s Tea from Supple Skin. It’s filled with “Anti-Aging Antioxidants” that are not only healthy, but also delicious. Fancy that: a beverage that tastes good and does good for your body at the same time.

I have to admit that it took a while for me to get around to trying this product. I had it in my cupboard for a long time, preferring to take my coffee fix rather than brew up a cup of tea. My other excuse was that I didn’t have a tea pot; I had to buy a special tea cup so I could brew one cup at a time in my microwave. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been  trying Supple Skin’s La La’s brand tea. And I love it!

The ingredients are are all “green teas and super food extracts.” Sounds like a bit of advertising hype, until you read the contents:

“Ingredients: Organic Green Tea, Green Tea Variety, White Tea, Lemon Myrtle, Citrus, Osmanthus, Pomegranate, Mango, Guarana energy [What’s that?], Oolong Tea, Stevia, Ancient Sea Minerals, Goji, Cornflowers, Mango, Papaya, Honey and Lemon, Organic Stevia, Organic Spirulina, Brazilian Acerola berry, Aloe Vera power [should that be “powder”?], Organic Fo-ti (powder), Green Tea Powder.”

It’s after eight p.m. as I write this, and with all that green tea in my teacup, I’m wondering if it will keep me awake. I’m pretty sensitive to caffeine, so it might be a long night. Since most of my tea-drinking happens in the morning, that’s not usually something I think about. Still, for those who don’t have a caffeine problem, this could be the perfect cap to an evening meal. The flavor is slightly citrus-y, with a delicate aroma that tantalizes without being overpowering. I find it a refreshing change from a lot of the orange, lemon, or pomegranate teas I’ve tried from other companies.

Supple Skin’s La La’s tea comes loose in a brown-paper bag that holds two ounces of dried product. Two ounces doesn’t sound like much, but that’s a measure of weight, not volume. The directions say, “Steep 1 tsp of tea in a cup of hot water.” I don’t use a full teaspoon, yet my drink is satisfying and delicious. If you like a stronger cup, then steeping a full teaspoon might be a good idea. Because I’m content with weaker tea (and, let’s face it, I’m cheap), I tend to reuse the leaves from a previous cup and just add a small amount of fresh leaves to it. For me, this is yummy; for you, maybe not.

Supple Skin provides products for the health of your skin. Photo: Courtesy Supple Skin Boutique

It would be especially good if all of the ingredients were organic, but having some is better than having none. I just pulled out a couple of pieces of what looks and tastes like orange or lemon rind.  I don’t see “orange” in the list of ingredients, but maybe that’s what the company means by “Citrus.”

Most of the popular commercial teas that come in bags are finely chopped, but this product is different. The tea and other herbs in La La’s Tea are tightly wrapped in on themselves when dry, then expand into full leaves when wet. When I finish with the used leaves, I add them to our compost pile; it actually seems like I’m putting a food into the compost, not like I’m dropping some shredded bits of an unidentifiable substance.

Supple Skin offers a huge variety of teas, herbs, oils, and accessories. When I was offered the opportunity to review some of the Supple Skin products, the choices were almost overwhelming. If you visit their web store (and I suggest you do), you may find yourself wanting “some of this, and some of this, and some of this” like I did. The prices are low enough that you can probably try several varieties over a few months or weeks. There’s even a tea for psoriasis, a tea for acne, a tea for eczema, a tea for weight loss, and a whole lot more. Supple Skin also carries oils for reducing scars, soap nuts for washing your laundry, an organic eye mask, and citrus for vodka and soda! If you can’t find a product that appeals to you, I’ll be very surprised.

The fundamental idea behind Supple Skin is that what you put into your body affects your health — and that’s reflected in the health of your skin. I was just reading an article today in Real Simple that talked about how the foods we eat can age our skin or make it stay young looking. They might as well have interviewed the folks at Supple Skin; they seem to have figured that out long ago. Supple Skin’s La La’s Anti-Aging Antioxidants tea is actually good for your skin. Isn’t that a refreshing change!  And it’s reasonably priced for the amount you get: $12.95 when you purchase it on line from Supple Skin.

As you might expect, the Supple Skin website comes with the obligatory warning:

If you are taking any other herbs or supplements please consult with a qualified healthcare provider before starting any new regimen. If you are pregnant of breast feeding, consult with your physician before taking. Keep out of reach of children under 12 years and pets.

This information is for educational purposes only and has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

I love my new mug by The Tea Spot. Photo: Courtesy The Tea Spot

Okay. Consider yourself warned and informed.

While we’re on the subject of tea, let me put in a word for my new teacup from The Tea Spot. It’s a versatile three-piece system that allows you to brew the tea inside the ceramic strainer, which sits inside the cup. Put the lid on for brewing in the microwave, steeping tea leaves in boiling water, or keeping your drink warm on your desk. When your tea is as strong as you like, remove the lid and turn it over. Remove the strainer, and set it into the lid to drain. Then sip your tea from the cup and enjoy.  You can purchase a Steeping Mug from The Tea Spot on line for $21.95, or find one at a kitchen store near you.

Update 10/14/10: I had no trouble falling asleep last night after drinking La La’s Anti-Aging Antioxidant tea. Apparently, if there is caffeine, it isn’t enough to keep me awake. And that’s good news for those of us who like to drink a warm, comforting beverage before bed. JW

The Small Print

Blue Planet Green Living received free samples of various Supple Skin products, including La La’s Anti-Aging Antioxidant Tea. No other compensation or incentive was provided. We purchased the Tea Spot Steeping Mug from a local kitchen store.

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Julia Wasson

Blue Planet Green Living