MINTD Box December 17 Review

After practically a full year of seriously loving almost every box (I didn’t review all of them) from MINTD this year, I was still completely surprised by how incredible this box was when it arrived. MINTD did an outstanding job with the picks for the last box of the year and have just capped off an incredibly successful 2017 in the best possible way. The theme for December is ‘Enchanted’ and that’s exactly how I felt when I opened the cute little box. The forest green festive packaging is just beautiful, but the contents inside is what really got me.

I was over the moon to see so many of my favourite brands in one box and from the feedback I got on Instagram after I showed a sneak peek, it seems like I wasn’t the only one impressed. This month you get four full size products and one deluxe sample from some of my most used and most loved brands. Votary, de Mamiel and African Botanics have been regulars in my routines for years and the products from Skin Laundry and Oribe were welcomed new additions to my stash. This month as always the value of the products (£171) is amazing with the Votary oil alone covering the cost of the box (£65). I feel like this box just completely sells itself, but I’m still excited to tell you more about it all.

de Mamiel Altitude Oil 10ml  £28

Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil*, Lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower oil*, Eucalyptus radiata (eucalyptus) leaf oil*, Agonis fragrans (fragonia) leaf oil, Mentha piperita (peppermint) leaf oil*, Pinus sylvestris (pine) leaf oil*, Backhousia citriodora (lemon myrtle) leaf oil,Pogostemon cablin (patchouli) leaf oil*, Limonene°, Geraniol°, Linalol°, Citronellol°, Eugenol°, Citral°. *Certified organic. ˚Natural essential oil constituents.

de Mamiel have been a favourite brand of mine ever since my incredible facial at the amazing Mortar & Milk (review here) and this little bottle of magic has been such a lifesaver. I recently had to take a long haul flight while not feeling the best and this beautiful concoction worked so well to help me feel less groggy/stressed and more clear headed/alert. This oil is such a gorgeous blend and smells incredible thanks to ingredients like eucalyptus, peppermint, lemon myrtle and fragonia oil.

Annee created this oil to not only help weary travelers, but those who need a boost in their day to day work or home life. It is a potent little multitasker that helped me feel calm but energized and relaxed yet uplifted. As soon as I sat down in my seat I rubbed a couple of drops between my wrists, cupped my hands over my nose and mouth and inhaled 4-5 deep breaths. This helped to immediately calm and relax my stressed out mind and body, and I repeated this process whenever I felt myself feeling ill or anxious and it made such a difference. There were two crying babies on the flight as well as multiple sick and coughing people, but it didn’t bother me as much as it would and I know it’s because of this.

Last year Vogue voted on their 100 Beauty Hall of Fame products for their 100th year celebration and it’s no surprise that this made the cut. There’s nothing out there that really compares and it’s been made with so much love and consideration that of course a magazine like Vogue would recognize it for such an honour. This is now a staple for me when I travel and I have the 3ml size in my handbag for when things get hectic at work. If you are a nervous flier or find yourself getting quite anxious or deflated throughout the day then this is a great product to keep on hand.

If you have never tried anything from de Mamiel I cannot recommend them enough. This oil, along with both of their cleansers, serum and seasonal oils are total favourites of mine. They also made extremely chic and affordable (value for money wise) travel sets (where I got the 3ml Altitude oil) that include the whole line making it a great way to test the everything or take all your favourites away with you.

Votary Facial Oil – Jasmine & Calendula 30ml £65

Ingredients: vitis vinifera (grape) seed oil, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot) kernel oil, rosa canina (rosehip) fruit oil, tocopherol calendula officinalis (calendula) flower extract, jasminum grandiflorum (jasmine) flower extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) herb oil, dalbergia (rosewood) helichrysum italicum (immortelle) oil, limonene+, linalool+, geraniol+. + Naturally occurs in essential oils.

Now on to another one of my favourite brands with yet another oil that serves a very different purpose, but is just as lovely. Votary have had such a fantastic year and I am so happy and pleased about how much the brand has grown, not only in popularity, but product wise too. The lovely founders Arabella and Charlotte have totally got it right when it comes to oils and their blends have consistently been among my favourites ever since they launched.

I wrote a full review about this oil and the cleanser and toner that come in this range here, but I will say that almost two years on this is still such a beautiful product that I would recommend. It has a gorgeous scent and lovely lightweight texture that just melts into the skin leaving it supple, soft and soothed. It is expensive, but you only need a few drops and I especially love it mixed with my other oils like their brilliant Superseed Oil.

If you are a fan of facial oils or want to try them, whether for cleansing or as a treatment I highly recommend looking to Votary. This product alone not only covers the entire cost of the box, but makes it so worth it. It is such a lovely blend, just like everything they make. All three cleansing oils are huge favourites of mine and I am obsessed with the facial oils, as well as the beautiful body oils. I will be doing a full review of their newest launches soon (here), but until just message me if you have any questions about the other products.

African Botanics Mineral Cleansing Mask 15ml £25

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Kaolin (White Clay), Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula) Seed Oil, Adansoania Digitata (Baobab) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Cetyl Alcohol, Myrothamnus Flabellifolius (Resurrection Plant) Extract, Asparlathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Smithsonite Extract, Hematite Extract, Rhododendron Ferrugineum (Alpine Rose) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Rosa Damacena (Rose) Essential Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Roseum (Rose Geranium) Essential Oil, Citrus Clementina (Clementine) Peel Oil, Isomalt, Lecithin, Sodium Benzoate, Lactic Acid, Glyceryl Caprylate, Tocoperhol Acetate (Vitamin E), Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Dehydroacetic Acid, Benzyl Alcohol, Iron Oxides, Citral, Citronellol, Eugenol, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool, Methyl Eugenol, Neral May Contain ± [Ci 77499].

African Botanics are a brand I have loved and used for years and while this is an excellent mask, it is sadly not for me and ONLY because of the lactic acid inclusion, which I am allergic to. Even so, I actually highly recommend this because as long as you are not allergic to lactic acid like I am, it is one of the best clay masks out there. It has a lovely light and soft texture that glides on to the skin more like a creamy mousse then a clay mask and it doesn’t dry down hard or crumbly. If you hate clay masks or find them too drying or harsh then this is the one to try.

It has some excellent skin healing and purifying ingredients like white clay, marula oil, resurrection plant, hematite, zincite and rooibos extract to detox, tone, reduce inflammation, heal acne, soothe redness as well as nourish, renew and protect the skin. Like everything African Botanics does this is something more than just your average clay mask and would actually work pretty well for most skin types and age ranges. There is no strong scent and the texture really is something else – it’s so mousse-y and almost whipped, which makes it feel so soft and soothing on the skin.

I have passed this on to my sister who’s skin loves lactic acid and she really likes it so far. She doesn’t get breakouts often, but when her skin is feeling a bit dull or is acting up, this has worked well to sort of reset everything and bring some life back to her face. This is one of the most affordable products that African Botanics make and it’s a product I would definitely recommend over similar masks on the market. For me, it didn’t work because of my allergies, but for many of you it will be a great product to help purify, detox and heal the skin without drying it out (so needed right now) or causing any irritation.

Oribe Balmessence Lip Treatment 7g £27

Ingredients: N/A

This is my first time trying any of the Oribe skincare products and while the brand has a huge cult following when it comes to haircare, I wasn’t too sure about this. It is without a doubt one of the loveliest packaged lip balms I’ve ever seen BUT so far it hasn’t lived up to my current favourite from Henné Organics. Not only that, I don’t love lip balms in pots anymore just for hygiene reasons and because they are not the most travel friendly packaging, but despite that I do actually like this. It isn’t heavily fragranced, which I very much appreciate and the consistency is light, but hydrating, although it’s not quite enough for the current NYC winter weather.

This is pretty expensive for what it is and how much you get, but if you are looking for the ultimate indulgent splurge or a lip balm to look good on your bedside table then this is an good choice. The mix of camelina and jojoba oils, shea butter, vitamin E and natural lemon and orange make for a much nicer blend than the average lip balms you would get at Boots or CVS and while I will happily use this, I already know it’s a little too expensive for me to repurchase, which is why I’m so glad I got to try it thanks to this box.

Skin Laundry Renewing Eye Cream 15ml £26

Ingredients: Water (Aqua/Eau), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Squalane, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stereate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Butylene Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Ceteareth-20, Caprylyl Glycol, Sodium Hydroxide, Coffea arabica (Coffee) Seed Oil, Steareth-20, Tocopherol, N-Hydroxysuccinamide, Sodium Hyaluronate, Carbomer, Polysorbate 20, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, Chrysin, Acetyl Tetrapeptide-5.

I have recently been enjoying Skin Laundry a lot after having a couple of treatments at Liberty in London (first one is free!), so when I saw this in the box I was very happy. As I have talked about a lot on this blog and in my previous MINTD reviews, I find it very hard to like and then consistently use eye products because my eye area is very sensitive and easily irritated. So far this hasn’t caused me a problem at all and I have found it easy to use thanks to the great packaging and the texture of the product itself.

Skin Laundry describe their products as low maintenance yet high performance and I actually agree with that, especially when it comes to this. It has the perfect light, but not too thin/watery texture that sinks in easily and doesn’t pile under makeup. It is designed to address puffiness, fine lines and dark circles and while it is too soon to see any results, the inci list make me think that seeing those results is possible. It contains multiple peptides like the famous Matrixyl 3000, coffee oil, squalane, shea butter and more that will increase elasticity, firmness and hydration, even the skin tone and improve texture. There’s no over the top scent and you only need a small dot for each eye, making this very good value for money.

I already use and really like their 3-in-1 Cleansing Oil and Clarifying Toner and I have a feeling this is going to become a favourite too. It’s the perfect size and I love how hygienic and travel friendly the packaging is. I suddenly have about five eye products currently in rotation, all of which I actually like somehow, so I will keep testing this and get back to you, but stay tuned for my blog post on the brand and their facials coming soon.

Overall this is an outstanding box and I was so happy to see such great brands being included. Each product would make a great gift either because they are results driven or a total luxury. MINTD did such an incredible job with the boxes this year and I am so happy and proud of how far they have come in such a short time. They are as indie/niche as it gets and work around the clock to get the very best products in each and every box and it is not always easy. A lot of love, passion, hard work, dedication, sweat and tears have gone into making this year as amazing as it was and they seriously deserve a lot of credit.

As always you can click here to learn more about the box and here to find out about subscribing. This month’s box is such a good deal, the best of the year in my opinion and well worth the price. There is free UK delivery and free worldwide delivery on your first box with the code WELCOME17. MINTD have also just launched their gift store, which includes the de Mamiel Discovery Set I mentioned above as well as cute sets from Omorovicza, Sunday Riley and Aromatherapy Associates. If you still have some gifts to get then definitely check these out. I can’t believe we have already come to the last MINTD Box review of the year, but I am so excited for what’s to come in 2018 and so happy to have been a part of the journey this year.

Arly

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