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Skincare Tips that Fit You to a Tea

Facial steaming is a DIY skin treatment that cleanses, nourishes and feels luxurious. You can recreate the spa experience at home (while also getting multiple uses out of your steeped tea!) The ritual of facial steaming is ancient and the addition of organic teas and herbs as aromatherapy only adds to the loveliness of this easy self-care ritual.

Steaming with tea feels wonderful in all seasons. In the summer months, our delicate facial skin is exposed to strong sun, hot wind, scorching temperatures and harsh air conditioning. Summer is also such a busy time of year that we often neglect our skincare routines. Steaming your face takes no more than 10-15 minutes and you likely have the ingredients you need!

In the Prairie winters, we have to face Arctic temperatures, windchill, low humidity and recirculated indoor air. This is a harsh climate for skin so taking the time to steam your face during these cold months can help maintain a healthy glow.

Steaming your face with a tea or herb infusion can provide your skin with vital nutrients and antioxidants which can have a multitude of benefits such as: 

  • Opening up pores to soften and remove blackheads and other impurities
  • Promoting circulation through the combination of increasing perspiration and warm steam which nourishes skin by delivering oxygen. 
  • Hydrating the skin by increasing oil production which naturally moisturizes the face 
  • Allowing the skin to better absorb skincare products though the increase of skin’s permeability. 
  • Promoting collagen and elastin resulting in firmer, younger-looking skin
  • Soothing irritated or dry skin
  • Easing congestion and opening up sinus pathways

And it couldn’t be easier! Here are our two favourite methods:

  1. Over a bowl of hot water. 

Bring 4-6 cups of water to a boil over the stovetop. Once the water begins to boil, add a handful of tea and/or herbs and stir (We love a Rose Petal and Chamomile Blend). You can even reuse already-steeped tea leaves! Cover and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Find a comfortable seated area, drape a clean towel over your head and the bowl and then hold your face six inches above the water. Remain in this position, breathe deeply and relax for 5-10 minutes.

2. With a warm towel 

Bring 4-6 cups of water to a boil over the stovetop. Once the water begins to boil, add a handful of tea and/or herbs and stir. You can even reuse already-steeped tea leaves! Cover and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Strain the infusion and soak a face towel in it. Once it is a comfortable enough to touch, wring out the towel and place over face. Inhale deeply and let sit for 10-15 minutes.

Don’t forget, this is steaming hot water so always be very careful when performing this procedure and keep away from children.

We’re also experimenting with creating our own tea toners. You can cool the tea-infusion that you used for steaming, pour in a spray bottle and have a budget-friendly and all natural toner/facial spritz. This can be very refreshing on summer days or be an added moisture glow boost in the winter at work! Rooibos is a great option for your toner base. It's loaded with powerful antioxidants and enzymes that help to keep skin looking and feeling youthful, and can also reduce inflammation.

Almost any tea and/or herbal combination is magical, but we have highlighted our favourites for maximum benefits.

 

Manitoba Rooibos: 

A blend of lavender for dry skin and rose petals for skin softening, local Labrador leaves for some extra vitamin C, not to mention the rooibos base which is packed with antioxidants! 

Detox Herbal: 

This blend of peppermint, burdock root, red clover and basil will clarify your pores and make you feel refreshed with the added aromatherapy of peppermint. Excellent for winter or when you’re feeling under the weather!

Ganesha Green: 

An organic and pure green with no added flavours or compounds. This organic high mountain Nepalese green tea will cleanse pores and give your skin a soft glow! The caffeine and antioxidants in this tea will also offer skin tightening and anti-aging benefits. 

There are many other teas that can be used for this purpose! Try this technique with any of your Cornelia Bean teas at home!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steps to Improve Our Impact on the Environment. Join us!

Cornelia Bean is committed to protecting the beautiful world in which we live and reducing our footprint on the environment. The news on climate change can be overwhelming and terrifying, and it can also be intimidating to know what you can do as an individual. For us, drinking tea and coffee is a daily ritual, and so it is also an easy starting point for making simple changes. Don’t forget that everyone trying their best every day to cut down on waste can add up to major changes. Here are some easy ideas to get you started right away!

  • All of our teas are sold loosely so you can bring your own (clean and dry) container and we’d be happy to fill that up. We’re also going to look into carrying a regularly rotating bulk coffee option so you can bring in reusable containers for that too.
  • Request one of our porcelain cups if you’re sitting in for a drink or bring your own cup for take-out.
  • Bring your own bag for your purchases or purchase one of the stylish mesh carrying bags we now carry.
  • Many of our teas are delicious when re-steeped. For example, oolong teas can be brewed multiple times and still keep its rich flavour. We’d love to tell you about more teas that can be re-steeped and the best techniques for that.

Cornelia Bean also carries many products that can help you on your way to being zero-waste. The Wall cup is naturally waste free and you can then toss your used tea leaves in the compost bin. We’ve also just started carrying the Aeropress Puck Puck attachment. This attachment turns any AeroPress into a cold brew drip system without the need for additional plastic or paper. We also have the Fellow Prismo Aeropress attachment. This nifty tool creates espresso-style coffee and uses a no drip seal for a full immersion brew, all with reusable stainless steel filter. The store also always has a range of reusable cups, some of which even brew your tea and coffee with no extra steps.

These are just some examples of how you can make little changes that add up to a big difference! We’re always open to new ideas and suggestions, so if you think of anything else that we could start doing to reduce our waste, we’d love to hear from you!

Great recipes to introduce loose leaf tea into your favourite treats

Have you seen the Cornelia Bean Instagram lately?! Big things are happening over at @corneliabean, including amazing giveaways, tea features and event announcements. Give us a follow and don’t miss out on all of the exciting things happening at 417 Academy Road.

The Cornelia Bean family obviously adores tea but did you know that we also all have serious sweet tooths?! What better way to combine these two loves than to start baking with tea! And we’ve decided to use the extra chilly winter from Mother Nature as an opportunity to turn the oven on and get baking. We’ve recently tried the Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chai Cream Cheese Frosting from Big Girls Small Kitchen and the Earl Grey Sugar Cookies from the Sweet & Simple Kitchen using Cornelia Bean tea and they were major successes! 

Both recipes were made first with our loose leaf teas and then a second time with tea bags (ahhh shocking I know…). And there was NO comparison - the loose leaf tea versions were by far the winners! Loose leaf tea is fresher and gives you the whole leaf to extract flavour from, a critical step when you’re infusing foods with flavour. Baking with tea means you can also sip a cup of tea while baking, frosting, eating and serving!

For the Earl Grey sugar cookies, we used our traditional Earl Grey, but you could also use Earl Grey Blue Flower, Earl Grey Lavender, Lady Grey or Earl Grey Russian.

Same with the chai cream cheese frosting - we used our traditional Masala Chai, but we have chais in every tea variety so you could also experiment with any of our other chai varieties. 

We couldn’t ignore our coffee lovers though! And for most people who are big fans of drinking a whole cup of coffee, coffee-infused baking is always a big hit. We found these Chocolate Espresso sugar cookies from the Sweet & Simple Kitchen that are rich and light and so delicious.

The recipe calls for grocery store espresso powder. But stop right there! This dust-like powder can be easily upgraded by using a generous tablespoon of any of our espresso or dark roast coffees. I didn’t even grind it down to an espresso grind but used a coarser grind that I drink and it gave the cookies a satisfying texture and even deeper coffee flavour. 

In upcoming blog posts, when Winnipeg is out of this polar vortex with no need for turning on ovens, we will feature more recipes calling for tea and coffee that are perfect for summer BBQs and the lake. In the meantime, keep checking out our Instagram and the blog for more information on brewing tea and coffee, recipes, tea and coffee features and other exciting news!

The Holidays are Hitting Cornelia Bean

The year is flying by! It is already November and while it is still the autumn season, our days are slowly fading into winter and the holiday season will be here before you know it. The holidays are a wonderful time of year but they are also one of the busiest. Cornelia Bean makes it easy though to stay on top of your gift giving. We have brought back some of our old favourites this year and also have some new tricks up our sleeves!

 

Custom gift baskets

Gift baskets are a personalized and thoughtful option for corporate gifts, housewarming gifts or any other holiday gifts. We have teas, coffees, confectionaries and products to make the most beautiful and useful basket. We can also customize the basket depending on your budget and can also recommend our top sellers if you are unsure. We love creating the perfect gift baskets for our customers and the people in their lives. Please send us an email at info@corneliabean.comor call the shop at 204-489-5460 so we can create the most perfect gift basket for you.

 

Flights

This holiday season will include three different flight varieties: our Cornelia's Favourites, Cornelia's Holiday Collection, and Cornelia's Tisane Holiday Collection. These are packaged beautifully and barely need any more wrapping. Don’t wait though! We only have a limited quantity of each flight variety and they fly off the shelves!

 

Holiday tins

The Holiday Tin favourites are back! In true Cornelia Bean tradition, our Holiday Tins will be out on display for another year, with your favourite limited edition blends. You will find your old holiday faves as well as some new delicious blends for the season. We will be sending out another announcement when these are available--hurry down as some of these blends are gone before you know it!

 

Black Friday specials

Check your email and Instagram in the next little while because Cornelia Bean will be having select Black Friday specials. This is a great opportunity to also start scoping out your holiday gifts and stocking stuffer ideas!

 

Welcome to Our New Space!

Cornelia Bean has always been more than just a spot to buy the tea and coffee you enjoy at home. However, with the recent major renovations, it is now an even more beautiful and welcoming place where you can sit and enjoy a tea or coffee that we make just for you! With the addition of our state-of-the-art espresso machine and equipment, plus new coffee blends arriving daily, Cornelia Bean is now a place to invite a friend to share a hot drink with or sit and relax on your own. We now have extended table seating indoors and a window front bar where you can sit and people-watch on Academy Road. Stop by to warm up and enjoy a drink this fall and winter and watch the world go by.

We always feature a daily coffee and daily hot tea. And if there’s another tea you’d like to try that isn’t our daily feature, we can brew up any of the teas on our bar.

Our classic menu includes:

Coffee (Hot or Iced)

  • Espresso
  • Americano
  • Latte
  • Cappuccino
  • Macchiato
  • Mocha
  • Hot cocoa
  • Cortado
  • The Cornelia - Sweetened condensed milk melted into our delicious espresso topped with steamed milk.

Tea (Hot or Iced)

  • Loose leaf tea - Try one of our 200+ loose leaf teas!
  • Chai Latte
  • London Fog – black or rooibos tea base and sweetened with vanilla syrup
  • Ceremonial Grade Matcha Latte
  • Turmeric Soother Tea Latte - with a touch of vanilla

We always love to try out new beverages. Have a favourite tea that you'd like to try as a latte? Let us know! We'd be happy to make it for you.