Celestial Seasonings Taste Test


I received the Celestial Seasonings’ Candy Cane Lane Tea  complimentary in my Frosty VoxBox for testing purposes from Influenster . This websites disclosure policy is here:



Here is a bit of a disclaimer before we begin. I generally don’t drink green tea since large amounts will interact with medication that I’m taking, and I’m not a fan of peppermints or candy canes, so this should be a really interesting taste test, but I’m going to be as honest as possible. The sample had two bags in there, but for this test I only used one. I decided to put the tea in a holiday themed mug to heighten the experience.


When I opened the package I was instantly  “assaulted” with a strong peppermint scent; but after the tea is steeped the scent becomes a lot more mellow and as time went by I began to smell more vanilla than anything else.


Not sure if it was me, but this green tea is a little bit darker than what I’m used to seeing, but I’m sure it has to do with the other flavorings that are added in the tea, more specifically  the roasted carob and chicory, cinnamon and black berry leaves.


TASTE : (Tried it  with and without sweetener )

I took a gulp and swirled it in my mouth  letting in a tiny bit of air like you see those professional wine tasters do… not sure if it worked or not, but the tea didn’t taste too bad actually it didn’t really have a very distinct flavor, but give it a few seconds and that peppermint mint hits you with it’s minty after thought

Adding sweetener to the tea didn’t really affect the flavor of it at all… (I used a packet of Splenda)


Overall, considering everything that I said at the beginning of this review I think that I would actually purchase this tea. This would be a nice addition to my collection; I think I would pull it out when I have colds or have an upset stomach (apparently peppermint/candy cane is good when your tummy is upset). I actually think that I might get a box of this along with the Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride on my next shopping trip.


Other holiday teas include: Caramel Apple Dream, Cranberry Vanilla Wonderland, Gingerbread Spice, Nutcracker SweetSugar Plum Spice, Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride and Sweet Pumpkin Harvest. These teas retail for about $3.39 .

Influenster’s Frosty VoxBox Review


Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes From Influenster. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received. This website Disclosure Policy is here


Although I get a lot of boxes , samples, and freebies, I am always excited to hear that I have been picked to receive one of the Influenster VoxBox boxes!

If you aren’t familiar with Influenster, it is a free-to-join community of trendsetters, social media masterminds, and educated consumers who live to give opinions of products and experiences. They invite members to sample their “VoxBox” programs, totally free of charge in exchange for sharing honest opinions in via reviews and on special media. You don’t need to have a blog to be eligible or anything like that.  Anyone can sign-up!

Based on the quiz that you fill out when they”pre-select” you for this box, you can generally get a pretty good idea of what’s in the box.  Of course, you don’t know for sure until it comes, but I had an idea of what to expect.

Just like with most subscription boxes, VoxBox sends an information card with product details, etc.  You are required to take a survey on your box and can, if you wish, blog about it, Instagram it, tweet about it, etc. to help you earn more points, but again, only the quiz is necessary!  Here is what the Influenster’ Frosty  VoxBox contained:

McCormick Gourmet Thyme                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $4.79

20141223_170816   This is perfect for me at the moment since I’m currently try to expand my culinary skills and seasoning are just what I need, now to be honest I’m not sure if I’ve even used thyme in a recipe , but after looking around I got big plans… roasted chicken with lemon and thyme….sounds like perfection!





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Rimmel Scandeleyes Waterproof Khol Kajai Eyeliner                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $4.49


I tend to always wear eyeliner, but  the one thing that is always bugs me is that it smudges and runs, and let’s face it I’m a crier so I tend purchase the waterproof variety, but I’ve never tried this brand (although I’ve heard of the brand). I applied the liner lightly on my eyes and I was shocked at how pigmented the color was… which means I can have fun, be creative without going over my eyes twently times to get the look that I want. I wore the liner all day and it stayed no problem… this one is a winner!

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Gentle Eye Makeup Remover20141223_170633                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  $7.49

One of the things that I noticed when I reading about the Rimmel Eyeliner was that a lot of people were complaining that it was really difficult to remove, so I’m assuming that they didn’t use this make up remover. Now as a rule of thumb I don’t use an eye make up remove, and I guess that’s always why I wake up looking like a panda… but after using this product it’s pretty safe to say that I have been converted.

I love that this product had no smell and it was very gentle on my skin (hence the name) and a few swipes and all my eye make up including my water proof eyeliner! Which is always notoriously difficult to remove. I would purchase this again.



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EcoTools Hair Brush                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      $10.99


How much do I love this brush? a whole lot, when I first saw this brush I though that it looked pretty heavy, but when I picked it up I was so surprised by how light and easy to handle it was very light and easy to handle I redid my hair this weekend and before I even used the brush I was concerned about how the brush would react with Ethnic hair, I didn’t want it to snag and damage my hair… but I had to reason to worry at all… it worked like a dream. The brush made such a good impression on my I have to check out the other products from this company. I think this is my favorite item out of the VoxBox




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Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea



When I first say this tea /I actually said that I was gonna skip it but after doing the Taste Test, I realized that it’s not so bad and this is something that I can have occasionally. What got me the most was the smell… it was really strong. I was also given a coupon, so I’ll be rushing to the store to get this and the Sugar Cookie one… yumm!

And I gotta say that I really love this companies slogan… “You are what you steep” such a cute play on words.


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No7 Protect & Perfect ADVANCED Sachet                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Full Size $22.99


When I turned 30 the freakout about wrinkles began, luckily it’s not something that I deal with, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not activly trying to prevent them for as long as I can, unfortunatly I’m in the middle of an allergic reaction (I think it might have been the perfume that I  received as a gift… and even though I didn’t put it on my face) have broken out, so at the time of the unboxing I was unable to try this product *sad face*





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NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             $1.99


When ever I get new cosmetics I get really excited… and new lipsticks make me squee with delight, when I although I have used NYC products before I was a bit iffy about the color of this lipstick it seems a bit light for my complexion, but after wearing it sort of looks like a nude on me; and I generally wear darker shades, I think that I’ll have to wear it a couple of more times before I get used to it. But the one thing that really caught my attention was the smell, I don’t know what it is, but I really liked the light scent and the price point is phenomenal.

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Fruit Vine Bites                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       $1.28-$1.79


So you’re probably wondering why there isn’t a picture of MY Fruit Vine Bites, well that’s pretty easy to answer, I ate them, they were the first thing I grabbed out of my VoxBox and the first thing that I ate, I knew I was gonna have to blog about it (and take a picture) but my greediness knows no bounds and for that you get a stock picture. Strangely enough I had never seen this product before … apparently they’ve been doing quite a bit of traveling promotion (and I missed it). I love Fruit Vines but these seems to have an extra kick. I had the cherry flavored ones, they weren’t to sweet with just the right amount of tartness… I went to go look for another bag at the grocery store (so I could photograph it) but the Walmart was bare… don’t worry I’m still on the lookout for more bags….

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This box was a real winner, I loved everything in the box!  It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to used and give a favorable review of everything that was in my VoBox! Good job Influenster!!

Until Next Time,