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Lindsey Goodwin

Finds From Japan: Tea Toothpaste

By June 4, 2010

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I was excited about the green tea caramels, green tea yokan and green tea bath salts I found in Japan. However, what really blew me away was this: Not only can you find tea toothpaste in Japan... it comes in multiple flavors.

Regular old green tea toothpaste is easy enough to find. Still, when I walked into a trendy department store that looks like a cross between Ikea and Urban Outfitters, I certainly not expect to find three kinds of tea toothpaste. They offered Uji Matcha (from the famed matcha-producing region near Kyoto), Darjeeling Tea and "Ichibanzumi Greentea [SIC]" (or "first flush" green tea). The line of toothpaste also included wild (and, sometimes, wildly unappealing) flavors like Indian curry. (Don't get me wrong -- I love curry -- but in a toothpaste? No.)

Would you ever use tea toothpaste? How about coffee toothpaste? Comment below!

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June 6, 2010 at 9:42 pm
(1) Urzay G says:

How fascinating – green tea toothpaste – I’ve now heard of just about everything.
I actually thought it was strange – when I’d heard about then tried – green tea Ice-Cream at a Sushi Train Bar. It was quite nice.
Back to your post – and – the flavors of toothpaste – I have only heard of Darjeeling Tea before the others are totally new to me.

Thanks for sharing
Urzay G

June 6, 2010 at 9:59 pm
(2) coffeetea says:

How did you like the green tea ice cream, Urzay? I like green tea ice cream, but my favorite is still masala chai ice cream.

June 7, 2010 at 12:04 am
(3) Urzay G says:

Hey that was a quick response wow !
I can’t say I have tried Marsala chai ice cream – sounds interesting too !
Well I liked it because I am not one for overly sweet things – don’t get me wrong – I do enjoy chocolate or other sweets but very rarely – anyways – it was very smooth – almost like an extremely bland lime flavor

June 7, 2010 at 2:40 pm
(4) coffeetea says:

Glad to hear you liked the green tea ice cream!

Hmm… If you prefer less sweet treats, then you may find masala chai ice cream to be too sweet. Like its base tea (masala chai), it’s quite sweet.

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