I’ve mentioned before that I’m not particularly impressed with the majority of beauty boxes which I often find disappointing. I was recently introduced to MINTD, which I’ve heard much raving about so wanted to check out for myself.
MINTD stands out. Firstly there’s the price – at £70 a month it’s a whopper compared to the other beauty boxes on the market. It is aimed at the luxury beauty buyer though so is the box for you if you would drop that on one item at Space NK, Harvey Nichols or Netaporter or simply want to treat yourself.
As you know I’m a green beauty user and lover so what’s my interest? Well though MINTD does not bill itself in any way as a green beauty box, the contents often feature natural and organic beauty and wellbeing products and brands which just shows which way luxury beauty is heading.
January 2018 Mintd Box ‘Recharge’
The January 2018 box is themed around recharging, revitalising and renewing tired skin after the hectic festivities. Add on the winter blues and I’m definitely in need of all of that!
Now let’s take a look at what’s inside the January 2018 MINTD ‘Recharge’ box.
I’ve put everything to the test so my thoughts below:
Anne Semonin Express Radiance Cubes, £50
Anne Semonin is one of those Parisian skincare spa brands that you feel the chic ladies of Paris have on speed dial. Anne Semonin herself was facialist to Princess Kelly and Catherine Deneuve. Cryotherapy, ice treatments, is one of the hot new trends I predict for 2018 so it was good to actually try it myself! The box included these Anne Semonin Express Radiance Ice Cubes, which you pop in the freezer until solid then wrap in the gauze bag before using. The packaging is all recyclable by the way. They contain a mix of endorphin stimulating botanical extracts and is designed to revitalise, smooth and instantly lift the skin. I did indeed find it very refreshing, as a jolt of ice tends to be! Also my skin did feel perked up as soon as applied. This is a luxury beauty item that I thought was great to discover in the box as realistically this is the one thing I wouldn’t buy otherwise.
Anne Semonin Express Radiance Mask Ingredients: maris aqua (sea water) / eau de mer, aqua (water) / eau, butylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl/capryl glucoside, chlorphenesin, tephrosia purpurea seed extract, porphyridium cruentum extract, caramel, parfum (fragrance), oenothera biennis (evening primrose) root extract, polyglyceryl-5 oleate, sodium cocoyl glutamate, glyceryl caprylate, citric acid, sodium hydroxide, potassium sorbate, hexyl cinnamal, linalool, limonene.
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic Mask, £45
Rodial Dragon’s Blood Hyaluronic mask is a moisturising mask designed to intensely hydrate and plump the skin. Dragon’s blood sounds so Game of Thrones doesn’t it? I’m probably the last person on the planet who hasn’t watched it but one can always do with skincare to slay winter dehydration. No dragons were harmed in the making of this cream, dragon’s blood is the red resin of the Dragon’s blood tree, which has been used by ancient civilisations for medicinal, beauty and colouring purposes. This mask offered immediate hydration that my skin sucked up. This is one I’ll be keeping in hand luggage next time I’m on a long flight.
Rodial Dragron’s Blood Hyaluronic mask Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Polysilicone-11, Propylene Glycol, Dimethicone, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, Phenoxyethanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Squalane, Sucrose Palmitate, Galactoarabinan, Glyceryl Linoleate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Polysorbate 60, Parfum (Fragrance), Limonene, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbitan Isostearate, Geraniol, Linalool, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract.
Quinteassential Cleanse Tea, £8
The Quinteassential Cleanse tea blend is a chai inspired beverage designed to heal and rejuvenate. The cleanse in the name comes from the ancient cleansing rituals of Moroccan hammams. The pack includes a QR code with soothing music that plays for five minutes acting as a tea timer, putting you in a calming tea ritual mood. Ingredients in this blend included malt, dates, black pepper, ginger, cardamom and cacao beans – no no actual tea! As you know I love discovering new flavours so was very intrigued by this as it was unlike any drink I’ve had before. I absolutely loved the gentle spicy, soothing taste that transported my taste buds. The whole ritual of putting on the timer, putting the tea in to the tea bags was very calming. It’s like a sophisticated Horlicks! This Quinteassential blend apparently pairs very well with spicy food so I’ll be trying that next time I make a curry. It is also delish blended with coconut or cashew milk for a chai latte.
Quinteassential Cleanse Tea Ingredients: cinnamon, ginger, dates, black pepper, malt grains, cacao beans, cardamom.
Scentered Escape Therapy Balm, £14.50
Scentered offer a range of 100% natural, aromatherapy products for use on the go and donate 10% of profits to Women for Women International. This ‘Escape’ balm designed to evoke exotic getaways – which on a grey, January day in London, I can certainly do with – has a woody base with warming vanilla, amber and frankincense, spicy top notes of clove, cinnamon with birch and rose in the mix. I’ve recently become obsessed with the scent of frankincense so this was a winner with me. Aromatherapy benefits aside, I love wearing this as a perfume.
Scentered Escape Therapy Balm Ingredients: Coco-caprylate/caprate, euphorbia cerifera (candelilla) cera, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter, parfum (fragrance)**, copernicia cerifera (carnauba) cera, cera alba (beeswax), moringa oil/hydrogenated moringa oil esters, tocopherol, helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil, limonene, geraniol, eugenol, linalool, citral, cinnamal, farnesol, citronellol **100% natural essential oil blend.
Sunday Riley C.E.O. C + E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil, £35
Sunday Riley is one of the leading scientific synthetics meets plant botanical skincare lines. This cleanser is designed to clear pores and micro pollution with intriguing ingredients including white willow bark, lime pearl extracts, and turmeric. I’m a cleansaholic so always in the mood to try a new cleanser. This is a brightening, oil cleanser that can be used on wet or dry skin. It rinses off cleanly, thoroughly removing makeup and didn’t leave my dry skin feeling stripped. It’s described as gentle enough for eye makeup but my super sensitive eyes stung when it got near so be mindful if yours are too.
Sunday Riley CEO C+E Micro-Dissolve Cleansing Oil Ingredients: Isoamyl Laurate, Sorbitan Oleate, Isostearyl Isostearate, Triethylhexanoin, PEG-10 Laurate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Aqua (Water), Decyl Glucoside, Propanediol, Polyglyceryl-2 Caprate, Squalane, Methylpropanediol, Citrus Reticulata (Tangerine) Peel Oil, Sodium Phytate, C30 Hydrocarbons, Phenoxyethanol, Tocopherol, Microcitrus Australasica (Lime Pearl) Fruit Extract, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter Extract, Alcohol Denat., Rosa Canina (Rosehips) Fruit Extract, Citrus Tangerina (Tangerine) Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Seed Extract, Nasturtium Officinale (Watercress) Extract, Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Leaf Extract, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Caprylyl Glycol.
Doing the maths, the total value of products in this MINTD box is £152.50 so paying £70 is a quite a deal. Obviously if you wouldn’t use any of these products it isn’t but if you’re here reading this I know you’re not a numbskull. So all in all this MINTED luxury beauty box gets a thumbs up from me. It’s a well thought out curation of products to recharge my skin and soothe my soul in often bleak January. I’ll have to keep an eye out to see if future boxes deliver.
You can buy MINTED box as a one-off or subscribe monthly, bi-monthly, annually or on a fixed term basis of 3/6/12 months. Loving that flexibility. Free delivery for the UK with shipping to North America, Australia and Western Europe available. Use code MB2018 for FREE shipping worldwide on first box. For further information head over to www.mintdbox.com