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Month: June, 2013

harney and sons: luxurious tea without the steep price

one of my favorite indulgences is fragrant, well-brewed tea.  i’m a bit sensitive to caffeine which has curbed my coffee intake for most of my life.  because tea has significantly less caffeine than coffee, i’ve always enjoyed having a few cups of tea early in the day without the unfortunate sleepless side effects that comes with coffee.  the best one that i’ve found thus far is harney and sons tea, which brews really well in the sachet packaging the tea comes with.  obviously loose leaf gives the best results but for a girl on-the-go (and who doesn’t have the time to deal with the messiness that comes with loose leaf), the harney and sons sachet comes pretty close to loose leaf quality.  one of my favorite options by harney and sons is vanilla comoro which is a delicate decaf black tea scented with vanilla–great for relaxing from a hectic, exhausting day in lab.  the tins that these teas come in is so pretty:

picture from google

picture from google

harney and son’s earl grey supreme is also tasty as is their darjeeling.  you can buy them online or find them at whole foods (although not all the selection is present at whole foods).  i used to buy my harney and sons tea at cardullo’s since it was so conveniently close although the price markup was quite high.  happy exploring and hope you all enjoy teas from harney and sons as much as i do!

signature scents: the best accessories a girl can have

i’m baaaaaack!  man, i totally underestimated the time it would take for me to get in the swing of chemistry and settled in, but i’m loving every minute of it!  i’m super excited about my new project and hope that i’m able to figure out early on if it will be fruitful…chemistry gave me a big “welcome back” with a 16 hour first day back in lab hahahaha

i’ve been thinking about fragrances a lot lately partly because working in a chemistry lab, you can’t really 1) wear nice clothes/shoes lest the HCl/NaOH/organic solvents eat holes in your favorite shirt/cardigan/pair of flats, 2) wear anything that doesn’t cover all of your legs/arms lest you want carcinogenic chemicals accidentally dripping on your skin (buh-bye for now dresses, sigh, esp. with strict berkeley lab safety rules) 2) wear nail polish (sniff) cause the minute you use acetone to wash your glassware, it all comes off in a sticky mess.  so, all i can really wear that’s *nice* is perfume.  and also, i’ve always admired those girls who use a great fragrance to “accessorize” instead of wearing tons of jewelry, makeup, etc. etc….it’s both chic and chouette!

philosophy-pure-grace-eau-de-parfum-spray

mmmm smells wonderful!

i’ve always been a big fan of jo malone fragrances especially the grapefruit assam limited edition perfume, which is no longer in production.  i really liked the scent because it really captured the scents i adore and smelled heavenly, clean, fresh, and modern.  since then i’ve jumped from fragrance to fragrance and haven’t found *the one* to replace my old signature.  as of late, i’ve been using philosopy’s pure grace (eau de parfum) and origins’ ginger essence.  i found out about ginger essence through one of my friends who is the very well put-together, glamorous, made-up type and on her it smelled sexy, sensual, and expensive.  i mean when you look expensive, i guess you could be wearing deodorant and it would smell expensive.  i’ve been less enamored with it on me–it smells really normal and actually my brother hates the smell…one time he was like “whaaaaat is that smell?  licorice?”  hahaha  pure grace on me smells really nice though and doesn’t elicit the same type of reaction as ginger essence…the only thing is it’s a cult classic and tons of people wear pure grace and the lasting power is a bit weak.  so i’ve been in the market for another signature scent…any thoughts?  i tend to love clean, crisp, unique scents with a bit of citrus notes, cool greens, tea notes, etc.

for now, i’ll be on my fragrance search and let y’all know if i have any success!

“i will be back”

recently, i moved into my new place up at uc berkeley and have now started my third day in lab.  man, i’ve missed chemistry (something i didn’t think i would say haha)!  i’ll be back in the next week or week and a half after i’ve settled into my new apartment and figured out things in lab.  until then~

from google (picture of campanile and SF in the back)

from google (picture of campanile and SF in the back)