Kelley is the founder of DoYoutea? and our today’s guest author. She loves sharing her inspiration behind her tea creations and her creative process. So read what Kelley wrote about Smith & Chang Generall Goods, the ingredients of our new tea line and how it’s inspired by our Patria Collection.
SMITH & CHANG GENERAL GOODS
Have you ever stepped into a shop that you can’t seem to leave?
You end up circling it a few times in awe of all of the unique goodies for your
home before finally deciding you should buy at least something, if not everything.
That is how it was the first time I entered Smith & Chang General Goods in Jersey City.
You can tell that a lot of time and thought has gone into curating the items that are available in their shop. There is an excellent mix of new, antique , and vintage inspired items.
I even saw a few teapots, cups, and other loose leaf tea accessories,
but something seemed to be missing…the tea!
After I spoke with Alex and Sawyer, it was clear that having a line of loose leaf teas
was something that this shop wanted to be able to offer their customers.
We brainstormed about a couple of ideas and I followed up with a little bit of
experimentation based off of some of their custom bath and body products from the Patria Collection.
Patria Garden was the soap that caught my eye. It is a lovely floral mix of
rose, lavender, and bergamot oils that evoked a sense of calm and beauty.
I immediately envisioned white tea leaves, rose and lavender buds with
bergamot oil (because I also use this in my Earl Grey). The final product ended
up looking and smelling so beautiful and matches Smith & Chang’s line perfectly.
There is a minty soap, the Heirloom Herb Soap, as well that needed to be represented, so a delicious herbal blend of mint, chamomile, and marigold flowers was born, One Last Chapter, because it’s great before bedtime.
Jersey City Breakfast just had the perfect ring to it, so a beautiful spiced blend
of Assam black tea leaves with star anise, cardamom pods, and
cinnamon was created. So far, a popular choice!
We all agreed that something citrus was also essential, just as the Kumquat Blossom Soap. So an orange herbal tea, Pasadena, was created. This blend consists of orange pieces, hibiscus, blue cornflower, rose, and blood orange oil.
There is also a plain, unflavored Darjeeling black tea available
for all of those tea purists out there.
And finally a classic, yet always beautiful blend of Jasmine blossoms
and Himalayan green tea leaves, Sayuri. If you aren’t too sensitive to caffeine,
try this one before bed time too!
If you are ever near Hamilton Park in Jersey City, or want to make a trip or it
(because it’s totally worth it), be sure to stop by Smith & Chang to pick up at least one tea
exclusively blended by Do You Tea?.