Friday, December 16, 2011

Tea for You

Nothing keeps us more on message in our realm of sophisticated femmes d'un certain age (et les hommes aussi) than today's giveaway. Think of it as the holiday gift we would dream of receiving had we known it existed. And, once discovered, we can request timely refills as future cadeaux.

If you are not aware of Kusmi Tea, let me tell you: It is beyond -- yes waaay beyond chic. It has pedigree. In 1867, Pavel Michailovitch Kousmichoff founded the Kousmichoff tea house in St. Petersburg. (He also supplied the Tsar's court.)

In 1907 he sent his eldest son, Viatcheslav, to open a branch in London. Ten years later, the tea house moved to Paris near the Arc de Triomphe and Kusmi Tea was born.

Business slowly declined over the years though remaining one of the best kept secrets for connoisseurs in Paris who loyally sought the divine teas from the original Avenue Niel workshops.  In 2003 Kusmi Tea was sold to the Orebi family and since that moment has enjoyed a worldwide renaissance with not only the classics for which the name is renowned, but also new, exciting blends.

Today's giveaway falls into the unequivocal category of "new and exciting."  Welcome to the Kusmi Tea Wellness Collection of five delicious blends that promise spiritual, mental, emotional and physical well-being, all presented in the most divine -- read collectible/reusable -- multi-colored tin baroque-style boxes.

The promise is simple, a wellness tea "for every moment in life," to whit:

1.) Detox: Helps us face the morning after the night before, recover after an overly indulgent meal or to jump-start a diet. "The cleansing benefits of Detox purify the body and mind."
2.) Sweet Love: Adds a touch of spice to a romantic evening or will help win the heart of a new love interest. "The special blend awakens the senses."

3.) Be Cool: Helps us unwind after a hectic, stressful, non-stop day. "The gentle blend relaxes the body and immerses the mind in an exquisite world of opulent relaxation."
4.) Boost: If you feel your energy has hit an all-time low and you need a pick-me-up, Boost will bring you back to life with its stimulating qualities.
5.) Algothe: Blended to strengthen the body against daily attacks of stress, pollution, changes in temperatures, etc. We are told "there is nothing like an Algothe mineral trace element cure to restore one to full health."

Et voila, that's the story.

Next week I'll tell you more specifically about the recipes of the blends. Until then, here are the simple rules: Just tell me you would like to win the giveaway.

One of my close advisers suggested a clever spin on the game: If you "like" me on my new Facebook page as well, you double your chances. I promise you, this self-promotion bit is not a blatant attempt to make me the most popular girl on the block. In time you'll understand. Until then. . .thank you, thank you, thank you.

I'll have my daughter draw your names from a hat and will announce the winner a week from today.

59 comments:

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

I so enjoy sipiing this tea in silence.

déjà pseu said...

Oh yes, what a fabulous giveaway!

see you there! said...

Great give away. I'll try to figure out the "like" thing on Facebook. I'm not to savy about that site.

Darla

coffeeaddict said...

Though my passion lies in coffee I love a good cup of tea. I also use it in baking and green tea ice cream is a must for a true connoisseur. chic packaging!

Genuine Lustre said...

I need to slow down and make time for tea more often.

Kathy said...

A very charming gift! Now I'm on my over to Facebook. Happy holidays!

Bunny said...

I'm dying to be chic. Please pick me!

kathy peck said...

Such beautiful tins! Yes, I would love them too.

Debra said...

J'aime beaucoup le thé, surtout le thé parisien!

helen tilston said...

Hello Tish

I am feeling very lucky this week and would love to have an excuse to use my fine china cups and tea pot, with Irish linen napkins and I shall bake scones and now I have decided I shall have a high tea with all the trimmings.
I better stop writing now and cross my fingers

Helen xx

Anonymous said...

I would love to win this tea prize. If you say it's chic, it MUST BE CHIC!!

Rayna St. Pierre said...

I too would love to win this tea (the tins!!!). Good luck, everyone!

Lost in Provence said...

Brrr...it is so cold chez moi that I just finished a ginger and lime tea with honey, lemon juice and extra fresh ginger in it--ok, call it a dessert!

So, I tried to think which of these teas I would love the best and I realize that I am in need of all of them together!! :) And yes, I did just find a shop that sells their teas here in Arles, so if I don't win, I will just go buy some but the woman that runs it is soooo snotty! Please don't subject me to her...

PS. I hadn't noticed that I was on your blogroll--I am very flattered to be in such fine company.

*Chic Provence* said...

I would so love to win this giveaway! I love love a cup of tea!

OK, I'm off to friend you my friend!

joyeaux noel!

Kit

Joni said...

Oooh, I love Kusmi Tea! Bouquet de Fleurs and Prince Vladimir are a couple of my favorites. I would love to try the detox ones.

Gretchen said...

I've been a fan of Kusmi teas for years...Prince Vladimir is one of my favorites. They also make (made?) a delightful tea for Kiehls. I'd love to try the wellness ones!

Kathleen said...

These teas look wonderful! I would love to give them a try.

Kaitlyn said...

I would love to sample those teas! Please include me in the drawing.

Anonymous said...

Just came back from Facebook. Love the tea tins and the descriptions of what they hold. Ummm...

Lily Lemontree said...

These sound delightful!! What a fabulous giveaway, I will keep my fingers crossed!
Now off to find you on FB!
Take a peek at my post today if you have a minute, having a giveaway for a pair of cashmere hand warmers from Restoration Hardware!
Hope all is well with you my darling friend!!
xo

Ann Marie said...

Thank you, Tish for the opportunity to win this gift. The tea blends sound wonderful!

pavlova said...

What a lovely giveaway ....the tea and the tins would make me very happy were I the lucky winner.
Merci!

Bobbi Boe said...

What a great giveaway! Specially for ME!!!!
Please?
Merci?
Por favor?

Kate I said...

I'm a tea lover...a this looks like a a beautiful tea to love! Mai oui, I would love to sip these tres chic blends.

SheilaLouise said...

I want to win!!! Love the tea giveaway! Looks divine...

Mary said...

Never heard of this tea before and would love to try it!

Divya M said...

I would LOVE to win and I "LIKED" your FB page a while ago.

Of Sage and Sepia said...

OOOOH, these tins are so lovely and the teas sound so very chi-chi! Wonderful tea in a lovely cup is so civilized. "liked" you on FB, too!

BigLittleWolf said...

All I can say is, you could make an hour on the stretching rack sound divine.

And now I'm staring at my steaming cup of coffee, and pondering tea...

These do all sound divine. (No stretch whatsoever required!)

Sumire said...

Oh dear, I always forget to sign in under my old gmail account that I created my blog under!

24 Corners said...

I think these tea's could possibly be the answer to all of my new year resolutions!
Thank you for offering such a wonderful giveaway!
xo J~

24 Corners said...

Oh yes, and you are liked!!
xo J~

Gauss said...

I would love to win this! I like tea a lot, and I've just finished my favorite bag of French tea...

ming said...

these teas sound wonderful - perhaps they might replace coffee - not! But a good change.

Thanks for this givaway.

maryb said...

I would love to win this tea too....! I always buy Kusmi when in Paris, but am not going there for a few years now. ( sob) - you don't want to hear all this.!

Trisha said...

I woild loveto win this.

Jacqueline said...

Nothing better in the world that a cup of tea...and the right cup of tea is perfect!

Jacqueline said...

Happily following along on facebook too!

SewingLibrarian said...

I drink tea every day and would love to try these. I "liked" your Facebook page this morning.

Market Decor said...

Oh my, what a superb giveaway - love tea! I enjoy your blog, too - Thank You!

Dorky Medievalist said...

There's always time for tea.

Trish said...

I would love the tea-and the tins are special also. I liked you on FB yesterday.

Jennifer-Adventuresome Kitchen said...

What a fun giveaway! And perfect for the holidays!

daisydonut said...

What a divine giveaway. I'll try to like your facebook page too - if I can work out how!

PSING said...

yes, thank you....

Aurora said...

So beautiful, so thoughtful! Hoping for bon chance!

E said...

I would love to win this tea.
Thanks for the giveaway.

CJ said...

Used up all my stash of Bigelow's Constant Comment tea. Down here in Africa, more specifically away from Cape Town, special teas can be tricky to find. I would love to try these and those tins...too adorable!
CJ

Martha said...

Oh, what pretty boxes! Pick me! Off to like on Facebook.

YvonneSedition said...

As a tea addict, I'd love to win this giveaway. Popping over to Facebook now too.

KBG in DC said...

These teas would be fun for my afternoon tea ritual. I hope I win!

Kaye in PA said...

It sounds like these teas will fit perfectly into every aspect of life - I would love to try them!

catherine said...

Just have recently switched from coffee to tea. Just seems more special, almost gentle.

Lorrie said...

Tea is my drink of choice. I "liked" you on Facebook a couple of days ago.

Rubi said...

I would be delighted to win some tea! Of any sort at all...

ikkinlala said...

I'd love an opportunity to win some tea!

Lindsay said...
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Lindsay said...

I've recently rediscovered my love of tea after visiting my family at Thanksgiving. New tea to increase my stash would be wonderful! I've also liked you on Facebook!

tiffany rose said...

I love tea and did I miss the deadline already? We're always late in California ... but I will "like" you on Facebook anyway.

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