This review is coming quite a bit later in the month than planned thanks to a series of unavoidable events, but nevertheless, here it is. This month MINTD have yet again curated an excellent selection of goodies to help you get prepped for holiday season, which is the theme of the box. The Holiday Beauty Prep box includes a thoughtful mix of non-skincare products from luxury brands like Miller Harris, Kahina Giving Beauty and Soveral. We have seen a lot of great skincare from MINTD this year and I love that this box is focused on bodycare because it means we are not being overloaded with the same type of products, which I really appreciate. There’s only about a week left to snag this box, so if you like an indulgent full-body pamper then keep reading!
I wanted to start with this and it’s the only slight negative I have with the box, but I will get to that later. Miller Harris are a beautiful London based fragrance brand and I was so excited to see this product in the box because I have never actually tried anything from them. I am currently having a “moment” with body washes thanks to cheap but luxe brand Soaper Duper and Aurelia’s newest launch, so this was a very welcomed addition to my shower lineup. Their packaging is beautiful and the scent profile in their lineup is eclectic and unique.
This gorgeous body wash is one of the mos luxurious I have ever used and I was so excited to learn more about the ingredients and scent profile only to find no inci list online, no outer packaging with that information as well as no clear labelling on the bottle. What the bottle does include is a peel off sticky label with the inci list on the second layer, which even as I type this, I cannot separate to look at. This is pretty frustrating because while it is a lovely product, I don’t think any consumer should have to buy products without knowing what’s in them and I hope Miller Harris change this. Moving on, what I like about this is the delicate floral scent and beautiful packaging. This is the type of product you would be proud to display in the bathroom and I absolutely love the floral artwork on the bottle. Despite not knowing the scent profile, I detect a mix of petit grain, neroli and bergamot, which I conformed by checking out the perfume page. It’s floral without being sweet and heady yet not overpowering. It’s a more sensual spring/summer scent and I love how it lingers in the bathroom after I’ve showered.
Trying this has definitely inspired me to check out more from Miller Harris. The Rose Silence range sounds beautiful and I think Citron Citron would be beautiful for summer. Founder Lun Harris clearly knows her way around a frangrance after studying in Paris and Grasse, so definitely check out this brand if you’re looking for a new scent to fall in love with.
Ingredients: argania spinosa (argan) oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil*, olea europaea (olive) fruit oil*, caprylic/capric triglyceride, ocos nucifera (coconut) nut oil*, citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, pelargonium graveolens (geranium) leaf/flower oil*, rosa damascena (rose) flower oil*, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*, santalum spicatum (sandalwood) wood oil, tanacetum annuum flower oil*, citrus aurantium (petitgrain bigarade) leaf/bud oil, bisabolol, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract* *Ingredient from Organic Farming. 100% of the total ingredients are from natural origin; 97.51% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming. Formula certified natural and Organic by ECOCERT Greenlife according to ECOCERT Standard available at cosmetics.ecocert.com.
After becoming completely obsessed with Kahina’s divine Fez body serum in last year’s August box (review here) I was over the moon to see this beautiful brand included again. Kahina are one of the most ethical brands out there who strive to empower the women in Morocco who help to bring products like this to life. Even though Argan oil is the core of this brand, they ulitize a broad mix to make products that are all natural yet potent and effective.
Essaouira is a coastal village two hours outside of Marrakech and the word means “beautifully designed” in English, which this product absolutely is. The scent is stunning – rich yet delicate and enveloping without being over the top. The base is a mix of argan, sunflower and olive oil and the scent is a gorgeous concoction of geranium, petit grain, rose, lavender and sandalwood. The scent is so exotic and layered, and I could not stop smelling my arm when I first applied it.
I have set this aside to take with me on my travels because it sinks in beautifully and doesn’t feel heavy or greasy on the skin. It is nourishing and indulgent and I can see this being the perfect antidote to a long, busy day in a new city. If you’ve never tried anything from Kahina I highly recommend them. Their body products are outstanding, which makes me think their skincare products are going to be something special.
Ingredients: Ingredients: Vitis vinefera (Grapeseed) oil, Helianthus annuus (Sunflower) seed oil, Cera alba (beeswax), Mangifera indica (Mango) seed butter, Citrus reticulata (mandarin) peel oil, Rosmarinus officinalis (Rosemary) leaf extract, Limonene*, Geraniol*, Linalool*. *Natural constituent of essential oil listed.
Soveral is a brand I have wanted to know more about for a long time now, so I was very happy to find this yummy little pot of goodness in the box. Alexandra (co-founder) is somewhat of a legendary figure in the beauty world thanks to her renowned facials. Her approach to skincare is fascinating to me and I love how she perfectly combines healing homeopathy with well researched science for products and treatments that have been raved about by everyone from Emine Rushton (Psychologies Mag Wellness Director), Lisa Armstrong (The Telegraph) and even Into The Gloss via Christa D’Souza. Alexandra has been in the business for over ten years and her brilliant ethos (read here) is exactly what makes her brand stand out from the crowd.
This lovely lip balm is another product that has been set aside for my upcoming travels. It feels beautiful on the lips and the scent is so summery without being sickly sweet. The texture is almost like solid butter and it melts immediately on contact with the skin. It’s so nourishing without being heavy and despite the beeswax, has more of an oily than waxy finish. At the moment I have been using this as my bedtime lip conditioner because it is so healing and sinks in nicely. It’s definitely expensive for the type of product it is, but I’m really enjoying it.
Soveral have an impressive and covetable lineup of products including candles, bespoke perfume, marble facial stones, organic tea and of course, skincare. I have my eye on the much raved about Angel Balm as well as far too many other products to list that you can check out here. I am also dreaming of a facial with Alexandra herself, but I heard there are waitlists in multiple cities where she holds regular pop-up clinics, so until then this little beauty will have to do!
Ingredients: Nail & Cuticle Balm – Caprylic/ Capric Triglyceride, Polyethylene, PEG-12 Dimethicone, Mangifera Indica Seed Butter, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexldecyl Ascorbate, Niacinamide. Nail Serum – Water, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 20, Fragrance, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Citrus Limon Fruit Extract, Pyrus Malus Fruit Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Carthamus Tinctorius Seed Oil, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Saccrum Officinarium Extract, PVP, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Betane, Isoleucine, Proline, Theronine, Histodin.
My nails are definitely massively neglected at the moment. I don’t think I have had polish on them in months and certainly, a manicure has not happened this year. My nails don’t look bad (I have been doing some mainteance), but they definitely need some love and attention and that’s where these two have come in. Lauren B Beauty is a brand I have never heard of, but they have an extensive collection of beautiful looking vegan and 5-free nail polishes that have got me ready to take my nail neglect in hand (ha-ha) and this duo is the perfect place to start.
The Nail & Cuticle Balm is packed full of nourishing oils and butters as well as amino acids, biotin and niacinamide to hydrate, heal and protect, while the Nail Growth Serum contains antioxidants, peptides, biotin, amino acids and vitamins C and E to help promote strong nail growth. I have only just started using these two, so I can’t really speak to any results yet but I love how easy both are to use.
This duo is pretty expensive and I think unless you are a nailcare fanatic it might be a lot to spend on that type of product. I will see how each product performs after using them for a bit longer and let you know if the results are worth the price. In the meantime you can check out the cool colours in the range here.
Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Alcohol Denat., Alcohol, Lactic Acid, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Citrate, Citric Acid, Salicylic Acid, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Butylene Glycol, Panthenol, Allantoin, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum).
Patchology are just killing it in the beauty game right now and I am seriously becoming obsessed with this fun but still effective brand. I have loved everything I have tried from them so far and this is yet another product that has won me over. Most people can’t help but neglect their feet during the autumn and winter because they generally aren’t on display. I am someone who during the colder months does the bare minimum maintenance, so with summer right around the corner this is the perfect product to get your toes ready for their time in the sun.
The Poshpeel Pedicure is all about exfoliating, smoothing and brightening your feet through a potent botanical essence packed full of excellent ingredients like glycolic, salicyclic, lactic and citric acids, grape, apple, orange and lemon extracts, as well as licorice root, rosemary and more. This blend is a powerhouse for proper exfoliation and I cannot get over how soft and smooth my feet are. What I also love about this product is how easy it is to use. All you need to do is pour the essence into the paper socks, leave them on for an hour and that’s it. You have the option to soak your feet before and after, which I did. My feet did experience some peeling but it wasn’t painful or gross and afterwards the skin was just silky smooth.
If you don’t have time for pedicures or just want to give your feet a boost now it’s time to get them out then you need to try this treatment. You get two in a pack and I will be interested to see how long before I will need to do another. If you’ve never tried Patchology you should consider it. They also have fun lip patches, amazing new nighttime eye gels and an amazing looking dark spot corrector kit. Go check them out now!
This month’s box was a nice alternative to all the great skincare MINTD have been introducing to us lately and this curation of head to toe pampering goodies could not have come at a better time. The box as always is amazing value for money being worth almost £200, but only costing £65. Not only that, if you sign up for the 3, 6 or 12 month subscription you will also get this amazing facial soap from Argentum (review soon), which is worth £104. This box is already a massive savings and you can get free shipping with the code WELCOME17.
I can’t believe it’s almost time for MINTD’s one year anniversary. They have come so far and achieved so much over the past few months and I’m so happy for all their success.