Kenyan Black Tea - The Heart of African Chai

Kenyan Black Tea serves as the foundational element of African Chai, a blend that embodies the essence of African tea culture. Let's delve deeper into this remarkable tea and the unique characteristics that make African Chai a truly exceptional brew:

1. Kenyan Black Tea - The Base:

Kenyan Black Tea, renowned for its robust flavor and deep, reddish hue, provides the canvas upon which African Chai is artfully crafted. Grown in the lush tea gardens of Kenya, this tea is celebrated for its bold and brisk character. It's not just a beverage; it's a reflection of Kenya's fertile soil and ideal climate for tea cultivation.

2. The Spice Blend:

African Chai is where Kenyan black tea meets a symphony of savory and sweet spices. African Chai boasts a distinctive blend that includes:

  • Licorice Root: This magical ingredient imparts a subtle, natural sweetness to the blend. It's the secret behind the mellow and slightly sweet profile of African Chai.
  • Savory Spices: African Chai may incorporate a variety of spices like cinnamon, cloves, and black pepper. These spices intermingle with the tea leaves to create a rich and complex flavor profile.
  • Rose Petals: A touch of rose petal adds a delicate floral note, elevating the tea's aroma and giving it a romantic, aromatic dimension.

3. Direct Sourcing from Farmers:

A standout feature of African Chai is its commitment to ethical sourcing. The Kenyan black tea at the heart of this blend is sourced directly from local farmers who not only grow the tea but also take part in its processing. This direct relationship empowers farmers and ensures that the tea is of the highest quality.

4. Versatile Enjoyment:

African Chai offers a versatile drinking experience. You can savor it hot or iced, allowing you to appreciate its flavors year-round. It can be enjoyed as a robust, invigorating black tea, or you can choose to enhance it with milk, which brings out its creaminess and complements the spices. The sweetness of licorice root makes it particularly appealing to those who prefer a more balanced, less astringent tea.

5. A Unique Twist on Chai:

For those accustomed to Indian masala chai, African Chai offers a delightful departure. While Indian masala chai is bold and pungent with its melodic mix of spices, African Chai takes a more harmonious approach, balancing the robustness of Kenyan black tea with a gentler, more nuanced spice profile. It's an opportunity to explore a different facet of chai, one that captures the spirit of Africa.

In summary, African Chai is a captivating blend that starts with Kenyan black tea as its core. It marries the boldness of this tea with an intriguing mix of spices, a hint of licorice root sweetness, and the delicate touch of rose petals. Its ethical sourcing from local farmers and its versatility in preparation make it a tea that not only delights the taste buds but also tells a story of craftsmanship and collaboration in the world of tea.

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General Questions (Shipping & Returns, Promotions, Cancellations)

Do you ship internationally??

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- International shipping available and calculated at checkout.

- FREE standard delivery on orders over $125 within Canada & over $145 USA.

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Do you accept returns?

For Soap Bars: No. We do not offer returns or exchanges. All sales are final. If you have an issue with your order please email us at shopendlesshour@outlook.com and we will try to resolve the issue.

For Candles + Home Decor:

Yes. We offer a 14 days return policy after you receive your order (exceptions may apply). To be eligible, the products must be in the same condition as received, unused, in its original packaging and the free gifts included in your order must also be returned in the same condition as received. The materials required and the shipping cost are at the customer charge. To make your return request, please send an email to shopendlesshour@outlook.com

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Soap Bars

Our soaps are 100% vegan, cruelty FREE, and palm oil FREE – always! Our soaps are made in small batches to ensure each bar is always top quality!

Are your soaps safe for sensitive skin?

Typically, commercial soaps are actually detergents, and they have a tendency to dehydrate and irritate your skin. In contrast, our soaps are meticulously crafted from scratch, following a unique recipe I've developed, and we employ the cold process technique. The carefully chosen oils we use are specifically intended to keep your skin well-moisturized and enriched, and all you need to do is select your preferred scent.

I always advise inspecting the ingredients before making a purchase. If you're new to our products and unsure if they live up to the hype, consider starting with our Lightly Scented Bars. These bars are free of artificial colors and feature a subtle fragrance. Give them a try, and if you're enamored, you're welcome to return and explore our array of colors and fragrances at your leisure.

How long will my soap last? The longevity of your soap mostly depends on how you store the soap and how often it’s used. Our suggestion is to employ a soap dish equipped with proper drainage and ensure the soap remains shielded from direct contact with running water. The ESSENTIAL method for extending your bar's lifespan is to allow it to thoroughly air-dry after each use. If you discover that your bars aren't drying completely even with these precautions, consider switching them out approximately every week. Simply set aside the current bar, introduce a fresh one, and continue this rotation. Alternatively, you can opt to cut your soap bar in half.

Do the soaps have a use by date? We recommend using the soaps within 6 months of first using it. The scents and colours will fade slowly over time though and some scents will start to fade after 4 months. Check individual product listings for specific details.

Candles - answering all your burning questions

How do I properly care for my candle?

ON FIRST BURN - When lighting your candle for the first time, burn for at least 2 hours to allow the top of the wax to melt completely. This will prevent tunneling in the future!

TRIM YOUR WICK - Always trim your wick to 3mm-5mm before each use (use your nails, wick trimmer or nail clipper).

TIME FOR A NEW ONE - Do not burn your candle for more than 4 hours at a time and never burn a candle all the way through - discontinue use when there is 1.5cm of wax remaining. Wash tin and re-use or recycle :)

Are your candles eco-friendly?

We are super transparent about how our candles are made and packaged. In our candles, we use coconut soy wax, FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified wood wicks, recyclable tin cans and reusable glass jars. Our packaging also contains biodegradable peanuts and the boxes we use are recyclable. Plus our samples are sent out using compostable mailers. The only plastic materials we use are adhesive on wick stickers and label stickers, although we are actively trying to find greener alternatives to this!

Do you offer samples?

Yes, we do! It’s hard to smell candles over the internet, which is why we’ve created a dedicated kit so you can try it before you buy. Our signature sample kit gives you 3x 20g tins and we’ll even throw in a special discount if you decide to commit to a candle later on. Shop our signature sample kit here.

Signature Sample Kit

I’d love to reuse my tins! How do I clean the tin jars?

Good question, we’re all about upcycling at ENDLESS HOUR! To properly clean your tins and glass jars, first you’ll want to remove any additional wax on the inside. You can do this by heating up your jar/tin in low simmering water to melt the wax. Once melted, discard the wick and add a little bit of water so it sets to a firm block. Remove the block of wax with a fork, then wash the inside with some soap and water. Another easy way is to simply place your jar/tin in the freezer for a few hours.