I'm a big tea connoisseur. While my favourite tea is Earl Grey and Oolong, I love stepping out and trying different brands, flavours...etc. I used to dislike herbal tea, but as I've aged, it's something that I've really developed a liking for.
If you've scrolled through your Instagram, chances are you've seen tons of friends, bloggers, and celebrities advertising different types of "skinny" or "fit" teas. I'm sure if you've been following me for a while, you'll have seen me try a few brands. I've tried Skinny Coffee, (loved it at first, but it started making me nauseated) Your Tea's Tiny Tea, (I love this. It's more marketed for "losing weight" which it didn't do, but I loved the flavour) and now, FlatTummyTea.
I'm a skeptic. I like to try things for myself. If someone with amazing skin swears about a product, I'll try it. I like trying these "instagram trends" to see if it is BS or not.
When it comes to FlatTummyTea, I was a little relieved that it wasn't marketed as a "drink this and it'll make you lose weight instantly" tea. If we're being real here, that's obviously not going to work unless you're overweight and have a terrible diet that you miraculously give up to drink tea and water every day.
Flat Tummy Tea does claim to be a "detox" tea, but from what I've seen, they don't advertise being a weight loss tea. Their marketing is all about reducing bloating with the "Bloat's a Bitch" campaign and hashtag. Their website says " Flat Tummy Tea is a 2 step tea detox packed with ingredients traditionally know to help cleanse your system, support metabolism, reduce bloating and boost energy." The site also says that their products are "Hand packed with 100% natural herbal ingredients. This tea detox shouldn't have you running to the bathroom."
That's a plus. I'm not about those colon cleanse teas. I tried an Acai detox pill when I was younger, and that wasn't a pleasant experience.
On to the product breakdown!
They have two options for purchase. The FT Four (four week pack) and the FT Two (two week pack).
FT Four is $49.99 and FT Two is $36.99. I have the FT Four, so I'm going to get into pricing and oz..etc for that one.
The FT Four comes with Activate AM and Cleanse PM. Activate is 1.46oz of loose tea leaves. Cleanse is .55oz of loose tea leaves. Activate is supposed to be consumed right when you get up. You only need 1tsp of tea for a serving. The Cleanse says to drink it every other evening for the first week and from the second week and on, drink every third evening before bed.
While it is a cleansing tea, it doesn't make it to where you're scared to leave the house. It says on the package that "This tea has a natural, gentle, cleaning effect which may make you go to the bathroom. So, start with a shorter infusion time and work out what's best for your body."
I didn't really follow instructions for this tea. I drank it every third evening for the first week and then for the following weeks, I drank it once a week. I do have some product left, so I will continue using it until it runs out.
Activate has 10 ingredients:
Peppermint leaf, Lemon balm leaf, Liquorice root, Dandelion leaf and root, Cleavers, Fennel, Green Tea leaf, Caraway, and Cardamom.
Cleanse has 7 ingredients:
Senna leaf, Peppermint leaf, Cassia Chamaecrista (pods), Liquorice root, Caraway seed, Dandelion root, and Rhubarb root.
The ingredients are 100% natural and there aren't any weird additives in it.
I was worried this would be too herbal. I like herbal teas, but I don't like "tastes like dirt and leaves" herbal tea. When I first brewed this, it had an overwhelming smell of peppermint. I did not like how strong the mint was, and I was afraid it would only taste of peppermint. Thankfully, the taste of mint was no where near as strong. It was a very refreshing taste. A little minty, but not christmas-y minty. I liked the flavour.
While $50 dollars seems a lot for tea, before you say "HELL NO" you have to think about how much you're getting, what it does, and how long it lasts.
In total you're getting 2.01oz of loose tea. You're paying $24.87 per oz of tea. You get 28 servings in Activate and 11 servings in Cleanse---39 servings of tea at $1.28 per serving.
There are a few teas at Starbucks that I enjoy and those average about $4 a drink. If I were to drink that every day for 28 days, my cost would be $112--not including tip and tax.
You can get basic tea bags for less than $5, but they only have one or two ingredients in them. The teabags I purchase from Safeway cost me about $10 dollars. Organic loose tea, on the other hand can run from $8 to $30 (if not more...depends on brand)
There are a few teavana teas that I like that cost approx $25 for 2 oz and that gives you 20 servings.
Price-wise, I believe it's a little bit steeper than it could be. But, you are getting 39 servings of tea at 1.28 per serving. Could you buy cheaper tea? Yes. Is it a gimmick product? Eh, It does exactly what it says it does. But, they are taking advantage of the Instagram tea trend.
Would I try this again? Yes.
It definitely helped with bloating. I didn't see a huge difference the first few days, but I started to see it afterwards. The biggest difference was with menstrual bloat. That, alone was worth it for me. Maybe it was in my head, but my menstruation wasn't as painful and my bloat was almost nonexistent (and it's normally pretty bad during that time.)
TL;DR You're paying $1.28 per serving. You get 39 servings for 49.99. The tea is 100% natural--no funny business. Tastes good and does exactly what they advertise. If you would like to try it for yourself, you can get it at flattummytea.com
***To maintain transparency, I want to let you know that this blog post is not sponsored. My opinions are my own and are truthful. However, I was given this FT Four by Flat Tummy Tea for free to try and post about if I liked it. I am not being paid, nor was I asked to write a post about this. I like to give you guys my opinion and go into as much detail as I can so you can decide what you think.