After how much I loved Mintd’s July box (review here), you can bet I was
impatient excited to get my hands on this month’s offerings and it did not disappoint. Even though this is only Mintd’s second box, the amazing founder Cheryl has curated an excellent selection of products that I could not wait to try. The theme for this month is ‘Explore’ and the box provides you with everything you need to give yourself a proper head to toe pamper. I’ve had the products for about two weeks now and in this post I will fill you in on how I’ve been getting on with everything.
Even though I have known about Anne Sémonin for quite some time now, I haven’t actually ever tried any of the products before, so this little set of masks is a great introduction to the brand. You get a Cream, Exfoliating, Mineral and Gel mask conveniently packaged in little pots that would be perfect for giving your skin some TLC while you’re away. Anne has been an anti-aging pioneer since the 80’s and her facials are legendary. Caroline Hirons did a great review of one she had in Paris back in 2011 (here) and ever since I read that it has been on my bucket list to have a facial from this renowned French brand. As that sadly won’t be happening any time soon, I will use these masks to give myself an at home spa experience that will hopefully give me a taste of what I can look forward to. I must point out that this brand is by no means natural, but if the results are as good as so many people have claimed they are, then I’m willing to be flexible. If any of you have tried anything from this brand before I would love to hear your thoughts.
Ingredients: argania spinosa (argan) oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cocos nucifera (coconut) nut oil, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil, citrus aurantium amara (neroli) flower oil, citrus bergamia (bergamot) peel oil, citrus paradisi (pink grapefruit) peel oil, cananga odorata (ylang ylang) flower oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf/flower oil, backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle) leaf oil, santalum spicatum (sandalwood) wood oil, eugenia caryophyllus (clove) bud oil, cuminum cyminum (cumin) seed oil, pogostemon cablin (patchouli) leaf oil, vetiveria zizanioides (vetiver) root oil, bisabolol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract, phenethyl alcohol *Ingredient from Organic Farming 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin; 83.27% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming.
This is without a doubt my favourite product from the box and one I already know I will be repurchasing. Kahina Giving Beauty are such a wonderful brand that not only create stunning products with the best ingredients, but also focus on “preserving, protecting and enhancing the resources (natural, human and cultural) behind the brand”. This is so admirable and it is easy to see why Kahina is so beloved in the green beauty community. Argan oil from Morocco is the “heart” of the brand and this gorgeous body serum is a tribute to the sacred Imperial city of Fez.
I am completely addicted to the warm, sensual aroma of this body oil and love how calmed and relaxed I feel when I apply. As I said in my Instagram post (here), this has become such an integral part of my bedtime routine and I love breathing in the earthy, spicy scent as I apply it. The blend of beautiful oils like argan, watermelon, sandalwood and vetiver leave my skin feeling incredibly soft and nourished and the combined scent helps me unwind, slow down and just let go of the day. Discovering products like this is exactly what I have always wanted in a subscription box because it’s given me the chance to explore a brand I’ve always been interested in and now I’m hooked. I’ve got my eye on Kahina’s skincare now (everything from the Toning Mist, Brightening Serum and Prickly Pear Seed Oil sound amazing) and if you’re as addicted to the scent of this product as I am then check out the Hand &Body Balm and Perfume Oil. This is now one of my favourite discoveries of the year and I can’t thank Mintd enough for the introduction!
Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Synthetic Wax, Glycerin, Bambusa Arundinacea (Bamboo) Stem Extract, Lactic Acid, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Petrolatum, Polysorbate 60, Isopropyl Palmitate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonia, Sodium Carbomer, Sodium Benzoate, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance (Parfum), Xanthan Gum, Hydrolyzed Milk Protein, Disodium EDTA, Pentylene Glycol, Serine, Sodium Lactate, Sorbitol, Urea, Linalool, Citronellol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Juniperus Mexicana (Cedarwood) Oil, Sodium Chloride, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Oil Allantoin.
No summer is complete without silky, smooth soft skin and this is the product to help you achieve that. This body polish was created to improve the appearance of Keratosis Pilaris (chicken skin) and with continued use your skin will become healthier looking and more radiant. Exfoliation is so important to prevent ingrown hairs and dry skin conditions, but in the summer, it is key for prepping the skin for self tanner. I’m really excited about the long term benefits of this because it progressively increases cell turnover and conditions the skin, so the more you use it, the better you’ll look.
I’ve used this twice now and so far, I’m very impressed. The formula is creamy, easy to apply and the microdermabrasion granules are not at all scratchy. Because of the lactic acid you get multiple types of exfoliation that leave the skin incredibly soft and hydrated with no redness or irritation. It also contains shea butter, coconut oil and cocoa butter to further condition the skin and they really make a difference. Usually my skin is pretty parched after I exfoliate but not with this. You apply it to dry skin and leave it on for a few minutes so the lactic acid can get to work then wash it off. This application method is probably my favourite thing about the product (other than the results) because it allows me the time to distribute the product properly and also saves me time in the shower (water conservation), which I really appreciate. The only not so great thing about this is some of the ingredients (mineral oil, wax, silicone), but since this is a wash off product, it’s not a deal breaker for me and next on my list to try is the Skin Softening Bathing Powder because it sounds perfect for the upcoming colder months.
Ingredients: BUTYL ACETATE ETHYL ACETATE NITROCELLULOSE ADIPIC ACID/NEOPENTYL GLYCOL/TRIMELLITIC ANHYDRIDE COPOLYMER ACETYL TRIBUTYL CITRATE ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL STEARALKONIUM BENTONITE SUCROSE ACETATE ISOBUTYRATE ACRYLATES COPOLYMER STYRENE/ACRYLATES COPOLYMER SILICA BENZOPHENONE-1 N-BUTYL ALCOHOL DIACETONE ALCOHOL TRIMETHYLPENTANEDIYL DIBENZOATE PHOSPHORIC ACID DIMETHICONE TRIMETHYLSILOXYSILICATE TITANIUM DIOXIDE CI 7789.
Despite nail care not really being a priority right now, I was really intrigued by the whole “oxygenated” concept of this product and immediately looked it up. Nailberry was founded by Sonia Hully, who after noting how dry and damaged her clients nails were, decided to create a line of nail polishes that would make nails healthier. Her “Paris meets London” cool nail polishes are breathable, 5 free, cruelty free and vegan. While this shade is not for me, it’s such a fun summery colour and I’m so glad to have discovered Nailberry because their other colours like Mystere, Stone and Simplicity look gorgeous and are more “me”. Nailberry also have a salon in London that looks so beautiful and I will definitely be stopping by soon.
Ingredients: Polybutene, Octyldodecanol, Silica, VP/Hexadecene Copolymer, Phenyl propyldimethylsiloxysilicate, Mica, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Lecithin, Portulaca Pilosa Extract, Tocopherol, Sucrose Cocoate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-38, Alcohol, Citric Acid, Aroma/Flavor. May Contain/Peut Contenir (±): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499 (Iron Oxides), CI 19140 (Yellow 5 Lake), CI 15985 (Yellow 6 Lake), CI 15850 (Red 6), CI 15850 (Red 7 Lake), CI 45410 (Red 28 Lake), CI 42090 (Blue 1 Lake), CI 75470 (Carmine).
Last month’s box contained a beautiful but extremely bold Ellis Faas liquid lipstick that wasn’t quite for me and this beauty is the complete opposite of that. It is such a lovely, understated, chic colour and I adore the packaging. I’ve heard so much about Smith & Cult and their nail polishes, so I’m really happy that I get to try one of their lip products. The colour is a universally flattering milky, pinky nude and I love the idea of lipgloss for the summer – it feels so retro in the current trend of matte lips. The formula feels really comfortable on the lips but doesn’t last that long (typical for lip gloss) and is somewhat sticky (again typical) but it’s so easy to wear and goes with any makeup look. It is also gluten and paraben free, vegan and will smooth and plump your lips with coconut essence and portulaca pilosa extract (also known as Kiss Me Quick). I now keep this in my purse for an easy on the go option and lately I’ve found myself reaching for it more than anything else.
The total value of August’s box is £133.50 (US is $110.50 due to product variation) but it only costs £65, which is incredible value for money. The Kahina Body Serum alone covers half the price and just for that product the box is well worth it. I cannot recommend Mintd Box enough and this month’s selection has really impressed me, so of course I have teamed up with the lovely Cheryl to give away TWO boxes (one for the UK and one for the US) over on Instagram (here). Good luck!
P.S. – You can sign up to get August’s box until the 21st here and if you use the code 10OFF1STDB you get 10% of your first box.