Spotlight: July 19, 2010 – Aromatica

Monday, July 19th, 2010

It never ceases to amaze us that each week we can set out on a journey to find something fun, unique or new in the Fraser Valley, and every week we are introduced to the most amazing people and entrepreneurs.  A recent day of exploration took us to Minter’s Country Garden in Chilliwack.  Inside this magical garden and gift centre in Chilliwack is a feast for the senses: Aromatica.  Now in their fifth year of business, owners Kim and Karen have a delightfully exotic offering inside this little shop!

Aromatica Fine Teas & Soaps carries exactly that – fine teas and soaps, amongst lots other fun finds.  Over 100 black, green, white, rooibos and herbal tea blends sit in neatly organized containers along the walls. Take a trip around the world as you smell and taste everything from Cream Caramel Rooibos to Fennel Fusion.  For the brave, give the Lapsang Souchong a try.  Can’t say we’ll be back for more, but it was definitely an interesting experience!  Owner Kim was not the ‘typical’ person one might expect to see running a store like this. He knows it, too. Joking that husbands usually don’t pass the invisible line into the Aromatica store, he gets to hang out with the ladies all day long :)  Kim is so cool! He is super educated about all things tea and such a great host. We enjoyed over and hour of sampling teas and learning about all the fun products Aromatica carries.

Kim and his wife Karen love to create and cook.  You should hear some of the suggestions Kim was sharing to cook with tea!  We would never, ever think of some of the delicious recipes he was sharing.  Pork tenderloin cooked in honey infused with raspberry rooibos tea… mmm.  Even the Lapsang Souchong sounded amazing to BBQ with!

Making soap was next on Kim and Karen’s creative journey.  Their handcrafted Castile soaps contain no synthetic colourants or deoderants, but they do contain… tea!  Every bar contains green tea extract.  These locally handcrafted soaps come in a huge variety with scents such as Ginger Meadow, Lavender Oats & Honey, Orange Basil Mint and Citrus Spice. They almost sound good enough to eat!  Aromatica didn’t just stop at soaps when it came to body care.  They also produce a line of Spa Salt Scrubs, Whipped Shea Body Butter and lots of other deliciously fabulous lotions and potions.  We have had the opportunity to check out a few of the products and we are very happy with them all.

Aromatica also carries a fantastic line of tea pots and a whole host of accessories: stainless steel, handmade clay, glass and beautiful ceramic teapots; local honeys; Libre brew-in tea glasses and lots more.

During our visit, Kim put together a Mango Madness gift pack for one of our readers.  If you’d like to try some tea, soap and body care products with a summery mango scent, please leave a comment below.  Winner will be announced July 30, 2010. Thanks Kim!

If you have some time to explore this summer, head over to Aromatica and check out the teas, soaps and fun finds.  Minter’s Country Garden is a fantastic place to wander for a couple of hours.  Aromatica, the amazing garden centre and some seriously adorable gift shops.  Enjoy!

Aromatica Fine Teas & Soaps
www.myaromatica.com
10015 Young Road, Chilliwack
Ring: 604.703.1178



Contributor: Kristi Ferguson

Kristi Ferguson is the Founder & Editor of The Pulse. Her company, Double You, offers online communications consulting, project management and event planning. Kristi is a proud mama who loves to explore, shop, laugh & create. She is passionate about promoting all things local. Twitter: @pulseblogonline @MrsKFergie



26 Responses to “Spotlight: July 19, 2010 – Aromatica”

  1. Erin says:

    Mmm! sounds like a great place to go for gifts to help pamper both inside and out.
    Thank you for finding this great little store.

  2. N. Launer says:

    I was never much interested in tea until Karen & Kim introduced me to Earl Grey Cream. Each time I go there they introduce me to another new, great tea taste. Now I am a confirmed Tea Grannie or should I say Tea Nana. Thanks a lot for the intro Karen and Kim, I am forever grateful.

  3. Jade says:

    I am a HUGE tea lover! I will definitely check this place out next time I’m out that way! :)
    I always love the little gems you introduce us to!

  4. Helen says:

    I love it when people make natural products. There should be more great people like Karen and Kim. I cant wait to go out to Chilliwack and try out some of their products and try some tea!

  5. I have a friends birthday coming up and I think I know where I’ll go to get her something! Thanks for this!!!! We both love tea, so hopefully she’ll share, but I’ll get some for myself while I’m there anyway!!

  6. Rhonda says:

    Love love love Aromatica and their Buckingham Palace tea-so yummy!

  7. C Renouf says:

    My whole family has favourite items from their store, and everytime we make it off Vancouver Island, we stock up and always find ourselves a new tea or soap to try. My daughter even got a tea named after her, and she is so proud of that. Thanks Kim and Karen

  8. Janelle Kristine says:

    Wow, how cool! I’m drinking tea right now — but it’s not as great as Aromatica, I bet!

  9. Amy Connolly says:

    Oooh Nice will have to check out this place sometime in the near future! Sounds yummy!

  10. Donna Jacobs says:

    Love the soap. Now that I know about the Cream Caramel Rooibos tea I hope to give my taste buds a new experience of this wonderful sounding tea! Thanks Karen and Kim!

    DJ

  11. Wendy Hewitt says:

    We will definitely stop at that wonderful shop next time we are out in Chilliwack to visit our friends. I am excited to see it and shop there. Thanks for the great info!

  12. anna says:

    I love the variety of innovative and natural products, especailly that soap! will be sure to check them out. Thanks for sharing this little gem of a store

  13. Ron G says:

    This is a great shop. Walked in the store three years ago and Kim gave me a great introduction to the wide world of teas, rooibos, and soaps. Spent an hour and a half of enjoyable time in tasting and stories. Visiting the shop is one of the highlights to my yearly trip to Harrison Hot Springs.

  14. Chris says:

    I was so happy to get your Spotlight on Aromatica this week!
    It’s a great reminder of yet another Chilliwack treasure.
    It’s been awhile since I’ve visited this SENSUAL shop.
    I’ll be stopping by soon to pamper my body and soul!

  15. I think that would be a fabulous place to take my mom, sister and aunt on one of our outings since we all love tea.

  16. Sounds like you say – A GEM…have been to Minter several times, but not had the chance to check them out. They will be on my hit list next!!! We look forward to serving up some of their exotic selections at http://www.theoasisfactor.com

  17. Rebecca says:

    Definitely going to have to try them out!! Thanks for the tip : )

  18. Pam says:

    I was currently reading an article regarding “fennel tea” this is great!! Now I know where to go to make my purchase.
    Thanks

  19. Tami Turner says:

    Great people, great tea, great soap. I always enjoy my visit to their store.

  20. Leanna says:

    being a huge tea drinker and blender myself, I love that they are making bath products with tea too !! How fresh and yummy !!

  21. Leanna MacDonald says:

    Wow! This looks like a store I would absolutely love! Will definitely be checking it out soon!

  22. Stacy Paterson says:

    First thank you FVP for finding all these treasures!!!
    I am tea drinker & would love the chance to explore this cute store!

  23. Erin says:

    Love, love, love your teas!!

  24. Robyn says:

    I just returned home from Kim and Karen’s open house today and tried all the iced tea samples they had out. It was really hard to rate them from 1-5 as they were all so tasty. Kim and Karen are the ultimate host and hostess from the moment you enter thier shop, so many wonderful quality items to choose from, it’s really hard to leave, you feel like you want to stay and visit all day and keep gleaning information from them. Thanks guys!

  25. Kathy Lee says:

    I really enjoy a good cup of tea. My friend has just moved to Chilliwack .I will stop by for a visit when I am there.

  26. Julie says:

    Sounds fab! Will have to check them out next time I’m in their area.

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