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
10015 Young Road, Chilliwack