MINTD Box September ’17 Review

(Disclaimer: The box was sent for review purposes and this post is not an ad, sponsored or paid for and does not contain any affiliate links.)

This review is coming a little later than expected due to a very busy start to the month and then some unexpected photography issues, but it is one I have been excited to share. This month’s theme is “Refine & Restore” and it is all about supporting your skin as we transition the seasons and each product is a perfectly thoughtful inclusion. My combination skin always struggles going from summer to autumn and this month’s excellent curation has helped to make the changeover a lot less stressful this year.

As I seem to say each month now (which is a good thing!), the boxes just get better and this one really surprised me in how understated, yet suited for me it was. Two of the products are deluxe samples of long time favourites, one was the perfect trans-seasonal tool and the last two were new-to-me products that I have been extremely impressed with. A lot of you ask if MINTD is worth the price and if it is in your budget then it absolutely is. I cannot remember the last time I have had to pass on a product or wasn’t pleased to see it in a box and that means that I have received the full benefit of the savings. This box for example has a value of £133, which gives you an almost 50% discount. That is huge and with how great each product is, makes it an incredible deal. This was such an easy review to write, so I’ll get to it!

Oskia Renaissance Cleansing Gel 40ml £16

Ingredients: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Aqua, Cetearyl Olivate, Sucrose Laurate, Benzyl Alcohol, Sorbitan Olivate, Sucrose Palmitate, Parfum (Natural), Geraniol*, Dimethyl Sulfone (MSM), Citronellol**, Dehydroacetic Acid, Lactobacillus/Cucurbita Pepo Fruit Ferment Extract, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Sucrose Stearate, Linalool**, Retinyl Palmitate, CI77491 (natural iron oxide), Jojoba Esters, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Palmitate. **Component of natural essential oils. All Natural Ingredients.

This cleanser has been a favourite of mine since it launched almost four years ago and it is without a doubt one of the most repurchased products I own. I have turned multiple family members and friends on to this and I recommend it to everyone. This is the cleanser that made me fall in love with cleansing and helped me understand what a “proper” cleanse is all about. It is truly a beautiful product with lovely ingredients and it is one of the most versatile cleansers that I own. I can use it as a morning, first (if I’m not wearing a lot of makeup) and second evening cleanse, and leave it on as a mask to help soothe, brighten, decongest and nourish my skin. It is the original gel-balm hybrid and still one of the best.

I won’t say too much more about this because I have written a full review of it here, but if you are looking for a balancing cleanser that won’t strip your skin, nor cause it break out then this is it. It is genuinely suitable for all skin types and will work especially well now the colder months are upon us. It nourishes and balances the skin without being heavy or causing congestion and if you have sensitive skin you will love it. It emulsifies and rinses clean with just water and has serum quality ingredients that do more to feed your skin then most cleansers out there.

Oskia are one of my all time favourite brands and I cannot recommend this cleanser enough. This mini size is perfect for travelling with, although if you want to jump right into the bigger size the cleanser now comes in the standard 100ml and the new 150ml, both of which I have. If you would like a code for £15 off at www.oskiaskincare.com, please leave a comment below. Also, be sure to check out their new anti-pollution Citylife range (here), it looks amazing and I can’t wait to try all the new products.

Omorovicza Queen of Hungary Mist 30ml £17

Ingredients: Aqua (Hungarian Thermal Water), Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Saccharomyces (Hungarian Thermal Water) Ferment Extract, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Mannitol, Malpighia Punicifolia (Acerola) Fruit Extract, Chlorella Vulgaris/Lupinus Albus Protein Ferment, Pectin, Rosa Damascena Flower Water, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Flower Water, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Water, Phospholipids, Yeast Extract, Linalool, Geraniol, Citronellol.

Moving on to one of my other long time favourite brands and products, I was so happy to see this gorgeous mist in the box. Omorovicza are a lovely brand out of Budapest that have harnessed the ancient power of Hugarian Thermal Water to create one of the most beautiful mists I have ever used. If the Oskia cleanser made me fall in love with cleansing then this beauty is the reason I now understand the joy of indulgent misting. Every other toning product I used before I discovered this back in 2014 was more functional than anything else (Serozinc etc), but this is such a delight to use and managed to purify, balance and hydrate my skin all at once. I remember when I first got it and I thought to myself that there was no way the price was justified, but after the very first spritz I was in love.

Aside from the lovely scent, it also includes sage water to purify, apple pectin for hydration and we can’t forget the thermal water because it is packed full of essential minerals that really heal, soothe and revitalize the skin. This would also work well for all skin types since more than anything it creates balance and that is important whether you are oily or dehydrated. One of the other things I love about this product is the packaging, which is not only beautiful but supremely functional. The nozzle dispenses the most perfect spray I have ever used and perfectly coats the skin evenly without leaving it drenched.

This is the type of sensorial product that not only feels amazing on the skin, but also smells so beautiful that you can’t help take a moment to bask in the aromatic pleasure of it. I am addicted to this scent and love the mix of neroli, rose and orange blossom. This is definitely a luxury product and unless you love aromatic mists, might seem more expensive than it’s worth, but if you enjoy a little decadence in your skincare routine then this is perfect for you.

I have a full review coming of all my favourite Omorovicza products, but in the meantime check out the current limited edition packaging of this mist (here) because it is absolutely stunning as well as my other favourites like the Moor Cream Cleanser, the new Midnight Radiance Mask and award winning Refining Facial Polish.

Aromatherapy Associates Polishing Body Brush £21

Ingredients: Natural Cactus Sisal.

Dry body brushing is such an important activity for your skin and health, so I was very excited to see this one in the box. I usually buy a new one every 6 months and post summer is definitely a key time for me to begin picking up this practice. Aromatherapy Associates are such a beautiful brand when it comes to bath and body products, so I am not at all surprised that they have created such a good body brush. The natural bristles are dense and firm, but will not tear at the skin and all you have to do is customize the pressure you use to adjust how it feels on the skin.

This brush is so quick and easy to use and you should absolutely see a difference to your skin and health if you dry brush consistently. You are generally supposed to do this every day on dry skin before showering (don’t worry, it seriously takes less than 5 minutes) and you simply use short strokes or circular motions starting at your hands or feet working towards your heart, paying attention to behind your knees and under your arms were there are more lymph nodes. It is not painful and it should not leave your skin red or raw, so be gentle and make sure you are moving inwards to get the most out of the health benefits.

Even though dry brushing is fantastic for making your skin look better, the most important benefits are for your health. Dry brushing helps to stimulate circulation, support lymphatic drainage and boost the metabolism of toxins. Of course, it works great to reduce the appearance of cellulite, shed dead skin and prevent ingrown hairs, but the detoxification benefits are essential because it will help strengthen your immune system and aren’t we all feeling a little sick/rundown right now?

Patchology Hydrate 5 Minute Facial Sheets 4 Pack £28

Ingredients: WATER (AQUA), GLYCERIN, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, INOSITOL, TREHALOSE, TAURINE, PHENOXYETHANOL, BETAINE, SODIUM HYALURONATE, PANTHENOL (VITAMINE B5), CITRUS PARADISI (GRAPEFRUIT) SEED EXTRACT, SCUTELLARIA BAICALENSIS ROOT EXTRACT, MANGNESIUM ASPARTATE, ZINC GLUCONATE, COPPER GLUCONATE, ARGININE, GLYCERYL CAPRYLATE, ETHYLHEXYLGLYCERIN, PEG-60 HYDROGENATED CASTOR OIL, XANTHAM GUM, DISODIUM EDTA, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM).

I have really liked everything that MINTD have included from Patchology and these sheet masks are no exception. These five minute hydration boosters are perfect for this time of year when I think everyone’s skin could do with a boost of moisture and I love that you don’t have to keep them on for a long time to see results. I’m not exactly the biggest fan of sheet masks because I have tried so many that haven’t fit my face properly or won’t stay on leaving me frustratingly immobile, but these I like. They fit well, feel comfortable on the skin and most importantly stay on, so even though it is only meant to be on for five minutes, I can still get on with what I need to do.

I sometimes find that some sheet mask ingredients don’t suit my skin and feel sticky or like I have a coating on my skin, but these are not like that at all. They are sufficiently wet with a short but good inci list that includes moisturizing B5, moisture retaining inositol and rehydrating and water-binding Trehalose as well as amino acids, zinc, copper and fruit extracts. These leave my skin plump, soft and soothed. I have sensitive/combo/acne prone skin and these do not irritate it or cause breakouts.

This is the perfect time to start using something like this because it helps boost hydration without being too heavy or oily. I have left them on for longer than the intended 5 minutes (about an hour) and the mask did not dry up or fall off. I feel like Patchology are coming out with some great products and having recently launched at Space NK in the UK I expect them to have a much bigger presence in the UK now.

Tula Multi-Spectrum Eye Renewal Serum 15ml £50

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Hydrogenated Ethylhexyl Olivate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Silica, Lactococcus Ferment Lysate, Micrococcus Lysate, Retinyl Palmitate, Acetyl Hexapeptide-8, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Avena Sativa (Oat) Bran Extract, Albizia Julibrissin Bark Extract, Lactic Acid, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Ganoderma Lucidum (Mushroom) Stem Extract, Chrysanthellum Indicum Extract, Algae Extract, Silybum Marianum Seed Oil, Yogurt Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Olus/Vegetable Oil/Huile Vegetale, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Hydrogenated Olive Oil Unsaponifiables, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Sodium Potassium Aluminum Silicate, Darutoside, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium Hydroxide, Pentylene Glycol, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Xanthan Gum, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Disodium EDTA, Sorbic Acid, Hexylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Tula is a brand I have seen doing the rounds on Instagram for quite awhile now, but this is my first time trying a product from them and I have to say I am impressed. I am a big fan of probiotics in skincare thanks to the wonderful Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, whose products I have written about multiple times on here. This eye serum is one of Tula’s newest launches (earlier this year) and I have been loving it ever since the box arrived. I am very picky when it comes to eye products because that area is very sensitive, but this has been working very well for me so far.

Tula has great branding and the colour of the packaging is so pretty, but I am obsessed with what’s going on inside. This serum is packed full of great ingredients like probiotics to renew, caffeine to depuff, extracts that help fade dark circles, chinese herbs to lift and firm, peptides, retinol, lactic acid and so much more to support and protect the delicate eye area. The packaging is also perfect (see below) as it is airtight, hygienic, ergonomic and the metal tip feels incredible under the eyes. This is an anti-aging powerhouse for the eyes.

The formula of this is like a light, creamy gel that feels cool when you apply it. It sinks in nicely, doesn’t feel heavy or leave a film and most importantly, doesn’t irritate my eyes. I take about half a pump, dot the serum under my eyes then use the metal tip to massage it in. I have absolutely loved doing this and definitely believe it has made all the difference to keeping my eye area looking bright, hydrated and firm.

This product has been an absolute pleasure to use and it is not often I feel that way about an eye product. I look forward to treating my eyes to a much needed massage at the end of the day and expect to see even better results as I continue to use it. Tula is available from QVC in the UK currently, but hopefully they will find more retailers soon.

MINTD have done such a fantastic job with this box and I cannot recommend it enough. Every product is a big yes from me and considering that you are saving 50%, it is well worth the price. At the moment you can get free shipping on your first box with the code WELCOME17 and if you sign up for a 6 or 12 month subscription you get a free Su Man Velvet Skin Moisturisng Cream worth £85. This is a brand I am obsessed with now thanks to MINTD, so this gift is a very good one. You can learn more about the box and sign up here, and stay tuned for a sneak peek of October’s box coming to Instagram very soon.

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