Every country has things that help form it’s identity to the rest of the world. When I think of Japan I think of great food, namely fish, cherry blossom and beautiful buildings. When I think of America (it depends on the State) I think of rodeos, donuts, Maine lobster and Vegas Baby! France brings thoughts of cakes and pastries, Germany brings thoughts of sausages and beer. You get my point. There is of course so much more to every country than the stereotypes we have come to know but sometimes it is those stereotypes that makes each country so special. So when you think of England what do you think of? Most people will say the Royal Family, London, scones, and, of course, tea. Us Brits are so famous for our love of tea and do you know why? Because we make it the best! Oh yes. I am putting that bold claim out there that Brits make the best cup of tea in the world. And it is because of this that I am so excited to be taking tea with Small & Wild, trying out their herbal tea for children.
Small & Wild
Small & Wild are a little independent company that creates herbal tea for children. It was founded by two mums, Becky and Kate, who are passionate about passing on our love of tea to our children and creating the best teas around. Their teas are all designed with kids in mind so they are naturally caffeine free, healthy and ethically sourced. These teas can be brewed at a low temperature making them perfect for little mouths. They come in a variety of flavours that will appeal to all children, there is something for everyone, and they make a great alternative to sugary juices or squashes.
Did you know most tea bags actually contain plastic? Oh yes. Most tea bags, including unbleached bags, contain polypropylene. This means that plastic ends up brewing in your tea, which means you consume it and it means tea bags aren’t actually fully biodegradable.
Small & Wild use tea bags are made out of a product called Soilon. Soilon is a product that was pioneered in Japan and is made from natural ingredients derived from starch (such as corn starch). This means it is completely biodegradable* and safe for the environment. This extends to the string and labels too. It may feel like plastic but it really isn’t.
*I have read in a few places that is best to throw out with the food waste to be collected by the council as it requires higher temperatures to biodegrade than can be achieved at home.
The teas are delicious. Let me just say that. Now I know they are designed for kids but would I be doing due diligance as a mother if I didn’t quality test them myself? I think not….. Of course I may not have needed to check them more than once but who’s counting? These teas are so so good.
Small & Wild produce four different teas and each have a really cute name:
- Jolly Croc Tea: Banana, Strawberry & Apple.
- Merry Tiger Tea: Pear, Mango & Raspberry.
- Happy Toucan Tea: Rooibos, Cinnamon & Vanilla.
- Snoozy Fox Tea: Camomile, Spearmint & Lavender.
Jolly Croc Tea
This one has been Trixie’s favourite. Although I think it may be because of the crocodile it’s hard to tell with a three year old. But either way she loves it and also really enjoys it cold. This and the Merry Tiger Tea are great for making iced tea and I think that is what Trix prefers. A nice cold drink. This is well balanced in flavour as banana can be over powering but I don’t find that to be the case here at all.
Merry Tiger Tea
This has been my personal favourite so far. It brews pink, which a hit with the girls, and has a wonderfully sweet flavour with a subtle sharpness. This is also really delicious cold and I am not usually a fan of iced teas, but this one is great.
Happy Toucan Tea
This has been Ellie’s favourite by far. She has always like rooibos tea but with the added cinnamon and vanilla she is even more in love with it. She keeps telling everyone about her new red tea with “cimmammom” in it.
Snoozy Fox Tea
This is designed to drink just before bed. The camomile has a naturally calming effect on our bodies which makes it great for getting those little ones off to sleep. A camomile tea is still my go to drink if I am struggling to drift off at night. This tea contains blue pea flowers which gives the tea a naturally blue colour. And if you add some lemon it turns pink!
Get Your Own
If you would like to get some for
yourself your kids then check out their list of stockists HERE , or buy online (https://www.smallandwild.com/shop/). You and your children won’t be disappointed. They are so well balanced in flavour, they don’t need to be burning hot to brew, they’re completely natural and kind to the environment. Companies like Small & Wild are putting some of the big tea companies to shame. Go and show some entrepreneurial mums some support by trying some of these teas.
** I received these teas in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and in this case also my childrens.