Friday, August 15, 2014

Empties #2: Tea and Conditioner

Because tea and hair stuff go together.. ? No, this is just the non-makeup part 2 to last week's Empties post, which was originally intended to be all one big post. I test out a lot of teas from David's Tea by buying only 20-30g first, and decided early on to keep the empty bags for mini-reviews in empties posts. If you are a David's Tea or general tea fan, you'll like this one :>

David's Tea Kiwi's Big Adventure - This was one of my David's Tea firsts--how do you resist a green tea with bits of kiwi in it? This is probably my most frequent recommendation to friends, who end up loving it too.

David's Tea Organic La La Lemon - I bought this while experimenting to make my own version of Starbucks' black tea lemonade, but it's tasty on its own too. The lemon flavour in this tea gives my homemade black tea lemonade an extra citrusy nomfulness.

David's Tea Cheeky Lychee - So good hot or cold-brewed! The black tea leaves are suspended over lychee fruits as they simmer in a big pot, absorbing that unique, juicy lychee flavour. Last year, I caught wind it was getting discontinued and promptly went out and bought three full tins (300g). It's not available anymore (sorry) but I'm still sipping away happily.

David's Tea Goji Pop - There's definitely a goji berry (wolfberry) taste to this tea, but after sampling so many hibiscus-based David's Tea herbal teas, they all kind of start tasting the same.

David's Tea Alpine Punch - One of my favourites! Rooibos, coconut, apple, cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom, with a bit of almond makes a very cozy, winter-appropriate tea. Hopefully they'll bring this seasonal tea back.

David's Tea Sleigh Ride - Eh. This is another hibiscus-based tea with apple, candied pineapple, candied papaya, beetroot, cinnamon, raisins, coconut, and almonds. I wasn't in love and prefer Alpine Punch much more.

Live Clean Clean Air Volumizing Conditioner - I'm going to be honest, I bought this mainly because it smelled really pretty. It's hard to describe but it's very light and inoffensive, kind of fresh and herbal (I remember seeing rosemary in the ingredients list.) It's fine for detangling and smoothing out my hair after shampooing, but I noticed zero difference in volume or anything else. While I was using LUSH Soak & Float shampoo bar, I realized this conditioner wasn't hydrating enough to combat the drying effects of the shampoo, so I had to switch to something else. It works okay if shampooing with gentler surfactants but it's nothing amazing.

Dove Nutritive Solutions Volume Boost Conditioner - This is the conditioner I switched to after realizing that LUSH Soak & Float made my hair very dry. The packaging indicated it was for fine, lifeless hair, so I picked it in hopes it wouldn't weigh down my hair too much. I have to say that the difference was immediate! From the first use, there was a huge difference in how smooth and soft my hair felt compared to when I was using Soak & Float with the Live Clean conditioner. I don't feel like it boosts volume, but it doesn't weigh hair down either. I've recommended it to fine-haired friends and am currently testing another Dove conditioner.

What have you emptied lately? Are you a tea lover? I'd love to hear any tea recommendations (David's Tea or otherwise!)

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