Tea-scented fragrances and lotions are quite commonplace, with Elizabeth Arden’s Green Tea Collection being one of the best-known brands.  I still remember my first purchase of it in the early 2000s.  But when did beauty product manufacturers first consider including antioxidant-rich green tea in their topical treatments?  Drinking tea seems to have a much longer and more colorful history than applying tea-infused skin care products.
100% Pure, founded in 2004, created its Mint White Tea Collection for normal to oily skin and its Jasmine Green Tea Collection for normal to dry skin.  As a fan of the Jasmine Green Tea Moisturizer, I wondered how different skin types could benefit from different teas.  100% Pure’s customer service team responded to my queries via e-mail:  “The polyphenol-rich green tea is paired with Jasmine, which adds moisture to the skin.  Mint, on other hand, balances oiliness and is paired with white tea, known to offer similar antioxidant and anti-inflammatory boons to green tea.” 

Though we shop at the same stores from time to time, my friend, Jessica, seems to be much more observant and mentioned that tea tree oil products had started surfacing at several skin care counters in neighborhood stores.  Prior to this discussion, I had not heard of tea trees.  Native to Australia, tea trees are of the genus Melaleuca and unrelated to Camellia sinensis. No one should question why it is called “tea tree,” as everything can be called anything by anyone.  I was also reminded of my last visit to Tahquitz Canyon and my introduction to creosote tea.  There is even tea tree shampoo for daily use.  Interesting…