Tea isn’t just for slurping. It has a whole host of health properties currently being harnessed by the beauty industry too.

Matcha, kombucha, white tea are no longer just options on a drinks menu, but key ingredients in a host of beauty products. Tea has long been heralded for its delicate, fragrance in perfume, but now topical skincare formulas are harnessing the vitamin-rich, antioxidant powers of the humble cuppa. Fermented tea, aka kombucha, is full of B vitamins and ‘good’ bacteria to strengthen the skin’s natural flora, while green tea boasts antioxidants and caffeine to fight free-radicals which can cause skin to age. Whether you’re sipping or slathering here’s a round-up of nine tea-infused beauty products to try this month.

White Tea, £40/ 100ml


Elizabeth Arden


That deep ‘aaaah’ moment when you take your first sip of tea has been bottled in Elizabeth Arden’s White Tea fragrance. It combines white tea extract, sparkling Italian mandarin and white iris with the warm wood scent of Madras wood and tonka bean for a delicately blended trio of musks. Like a warm evening wander through a botanical garden, cuppa in hand. It’s calming, warm and fragrant – the perfect summer scent. Buy it here.


Black Tea Range


Fresh


Fresh’s Black Tea collection looks to the ancient wisdom of tea, both as remedy and ritual. Containing black tea extract and packed with antioxidants and kombucha fermented tea for its skin-softening and glow-imbuing properties, choose from rich moisturisers, overnight treatments, targeted eye treatments and a lightweight anti-oxidant essence. Perfect for refreshing summer skin. Shop the collection here.


Healing Sap


Orveda


Orveda’s cult product, The Healing Sap, has gained a reputation amongst celebrities, make-up artists and skincare buffs as the ‘glow shot’ – delivering serious hydration, illumination and complexion balancing results, all in a lightweight serum-tonic hybrid vegan formula. Packed with bio-fermented Kombucha black tea, prebiotics, hyaluronic acid and papaya enzyme, it’s a luxe purchase that seriously delivers; using the latest bio-technology know-how, coupled with powerful, natural actives. Buy it here.


Tea for Two, £130


L’Artisan Parfumeur


Tea for Two from L’Artisan Parfumeur captures that nostalgic winter combination of a cup of tea and a biscuit by an open fire. The smoky lapsang souchong tea notes give way to spiced gingerbread accords, leaving a lingered scent of honey and vanilla base. Cosy and comforting; hygge in a scent. Buy it here.


The Vert, £41


L’Occitane


If you’re looking for a refreshing, rather than cossetting, tea-inspired fragrance, L’Occitane’s unisex The Vert is verdant and fresh, with sparkling citrus top notes and a green tea heart, rounding off to a woody trail of cedar and thyme. It feels like an immersion in lush, green nature, and makes the perfect revitalising summer spritz. Buy it here.

Tea to Tan, £18


By Terry


If your skin is lacking some sun-kissed glow after the year that was, By Terry’s life-giving liquid bronzer is infused with anti-oxidant black and red tea to brighten skin; while the cold-pressed fruit active essence, cherry and tea tree extracts ensure the long-lasting colour is ultra-nourishing and moisturising too. Leaving a streak-free glow, the clever formula gives two finishes: the non-shaken formula gives a sheer, matte look; or, you can shake it to ‘activate’ for deeper colour and subtle shimmer. Summer in a bottle. Buy it here.

High Spirits Bath & Shower Oil, £40


Tea & Tonic


British super-herb apothecary, Tea & Tonic uses ‘adaptogen herbs’ as ‘powerful supportive agents that help protect, strengthen and regenerate skin, body and soul’. However you like to imbibe your tea, it has wellness blends to sip, such as a ginger and turmeric tonic to balance stress and support a healthy immune system – as well as a beautifully blended range of skin and body care. All ingredients are sustainably and ethically sourced, many from inside the British Isles, including sea salt from Anglesey for the scrubs and lavender grown in the Cotswolds. The High Spirits Bath & Shower Oil uses plant oils to nourish in its 100 per cent vegan formula, with citrus and ginseng to uplift and energise. The perfect morning pick-me-up. Buy it here.


Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, £8


Mario Badesco


A great spritz to carry around with you on hot days, Mario Badesco’s facial spray is enriched with hydrating aloe, cooling cucumber and anti-oxidant green tea for an instant on-the-go make-up refresh. Buy it here.

Green Ceremony Cleanser, £52


Odacité


Inspired by the Japanese tea ceremony, Odacité powder-to-foam cleanser is activated on contact to water, transforming into a detoxifying, refreshing cleanse that doesn’t leave skin tight. With ceremonial grade matcha and spirulina, packed with antioxidants and aloe vera to calm and soothe, it’s a great purifying summer cleanser to effectively remove make-up and SPF, without disrupting the skin’s natural barrier. Buy it here.

By Lydia Mansi
June 2021

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