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Yum, Yum, Yum! Reviewing Tazo Chai Tea

Last week I posted a review of a Chapstick product I received to test out from a company called Smiley360.  Well around the same time I was also offered the chance to test another product, Tazo Chai Tea and I couldn’t have been more excited.

First of all I must start out my saying I’m weird.  I know we’ve already established this on many occasions but I needed to reaffirm the fact just in case.  I am one of the few Seattelites that don’t like coffee, and I also don’t like tea, with one exception, Chai.  Maybe it’s my years spent traveling or those weeks spent in India and Nepal that changed my taste buds, but Chai is delicious, although unfortunately, like most things not all Chai is created equal.

Before October I’d never had Tazo Chai Tea or Chai Tea Latte so I was a totally new palette in terms of the brand.  In the package from Smiley 360 I received one loose packet each of Tazo Chai Tea in Classic, Chocolate and Vanilla Caramel, as well as 3 coupons for free boxes of Tazo Chai Tea or Tazo Chai Tea Latte to test and share with friends.

Tazo Chai Tea

The first thing I did of course was hop on their website to scope out flavors and was excited to find there was a Pumpkin Spice Chai version (seasonal).  Yay for fall flavors!  So I headed to my local store to pick some up only to find that no stores in my area carry that flavor.  Bummer!  So I picked up a Chai Vanilla Caramel Latte instead and called it good.

It was only a couple days later that I got my first chance to try it out.  I’d spent the afternoon on a roadtrip to Girdwood with friends to play in the snow (because even though I live in Alaska we don’t have snow sticking around in my town yet, bummer).  When we got back we were cold and ready to snuggle up, thaw out and watch a movie.  My friend and fellow tea lover Kirsten and I heated up my Chai Vanilla Caramel Latte and joined the rest of my friends for the show, and oh my gosh it was so good!  Creamy, flavorful and sweet but not to sweet.  Kirsten loved it and I loved it.  I would definitely recommend!

Tazo Chai Tea

As for the other flavors?  Well they’re good too!  Tazo is definitely a brand I will be buying in the future and I would recommend to all chai tea lovers out there.

Go Tazo!

*I recieved the mentioned products for free for testing purposes from Smiley360.  The opinions are 100% my own.

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Review of Chapstick Dual-Ended Hydration Lock 24 hr

In the past I’ve written about great products I’ve gotten to test out from Influenster, well, a couple of months ago I signed up to test products through another company called Smiley360.  It’s actually a pretty cool company.  They periodically offer new “Missions,” if you’re thought of as being someone who could be potentially good for a specific mission it will show up on your profile, you take a survey and then if it’s a match you accept.  Easy as pie.

The very first product mission I was accepted to through Smiley360 was for the new Chapstick Dual Ended Hydration Lock.  I was so excited, I waited and waited and waited and it never came.  Curse you postal service!  Finally 5 weeks from the ship date had passed and I still hadn’t gotten it so I contacted Smiley and they offered to send me a new one to try.  Yay! Thanks Smiley!

There are two different dual ended varieties to choose from,  Hydration Lock Moisture and Renew or Hydration Lock Day and Night.  I received the latter to try out.

Now I must admit, I usually choose my lip balms based on their flavor.  Raspberry, Pomegranate, Mint… yummy!  The Chapstick Day and Night doesn’t have any fancy fruity flavor, but what it lacks in flavor it makes up for in effectiveness, and that’s what really matters right?

The stick itself is actually a pretty cool concept.  It’s about one and a half times the length of a normal stick of Chapstick.  One side has a yellow cap and on the other side is a blue cap.  I bet you can’t guess which side is day and which side is night?  I actually really like the color coding because, even though it does list which time of day it is for right underneath, I’m typically to lazy to look.

Chapstick Dual Ended

So now that we’ve covered the difference in appearance between the day and night sides I know you’re probably thinking Chapstick is Chapstick, why does it matter which one I use during the day and which one I use at night?  Hey I thought the same thing, but each side actually does have a different formula.  The day side mainly serves as a “skin protectant/sunscreen.”  It’s conditioning and has SPF 12 to help protect from the sun, since, it is daytime after all.  The night side on the other hand doesn’t need SPF.  Instead it “replenishes overnight with tamanu oil, natural butters and antioxidants.”

I’ve been using my Chapstick Dual Ended Day and Night faithfully for the last week in order to give an accurate review.  My end opinion?  I actually really like it!  While SPF isn’t really an issue for me right now since we only have about 7 hours of sunlight in Alaska and it’s not strong enough to burn, the elements still get to me and my lips dry out and peel really easily.  That’s why it’s nice to protect them during the day, but even better, and this is odd for me to admit, but I’m a mouth breather when I sleep.  That means I typically wake up with dry cracked lips as well.  It stinks, but the night side really has made a difference, my lips are actually soft!

Chapstick Dual Ended

I’m going to keep using my Chapstick for awhile and I’ll let you know if my opinion changes but for now I definitely recommend it and you can find it at most drug/box stores.

 

*I received this product for free for testing purposes from Smiley360 and Chapstick.  The opinions are 100% my own.