Food & Health, Skincare

Getting Winter Ready with the Ultimate Skincare Guide by Mintd Box

Oh Mintd Box, how I have missed receiving you. If you were not aware I went through some pretty hard times throughout the summer months and I just couldn’t commit to reviewing any beauty boxes, or any kind of blogging at all. Especially as I hate letting people down. Trying to get back into the swing of things is still proving difficult, but not putting so much pressure on myself is definitely helping. It’s always a pleasure receiving Mintd boxes and this months ‘Ultimate Winter Skincare Guide Box’ for the month of November is no exception. I’m still very much enjoying the tea and eye cubes from the previous Mintd box I reviewed, and even more so now that the colder weather is here. I am one of those people who absolutely love’s the cold weather! Despite not having the best health throughout those months. So looking for health and beauty products that will soothe my body both inside and out is incredibly important. So, I was excited to see many wonderful products in this months box to help me battle the winter cold…..

My favourite thing about Mintd boxes is discovering new skincare products and brands. Every box I have received, I’ve discovered a new favourite. Though there are only two skincare products for the face in this box, it’s still a box I am thoroughly enjoying. I have this urge to want to try so many skincare products out there and using a subscription box like Mintd allows me to try many luxury products within my price range affordability. Please bear in mind that when I review these boxes, my review is based on my own personal experience. Each product is usually tested for around 7-10 days when I write up my review, I usually prefer to test a product consistently for around 4-12 weeks. However as each box is only available for a month, it’s important for me to get my first impressions up at the beginning of the month so that the box is still available to buy.

At Mintd box we aim to inspire & encourage women from all walks of life to own their presence, reveal their inner beauty through experimentation and discovery of new luxury beauty brands. We believe that every woman deserves to feel confident and in control of her day


Tula Exfoliating Mask Treatment – £ / $54 | Cosdna Results

Ingredients: Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Bentonite, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Kaolin, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Sorbitan Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea) Butter, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Lactose, Milk Protein, Bifida Ferment Lysate, Yogurt Extract, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Cichorium Intybus (Chicory) Root Extract, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Olus/Vegetable Oil/Huile Végétale, Camelina Sativa Seed Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Lactic Acid, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Butylene Glycol, Volcanic Sand, Xanthan Gum, Decylene Glycol, Caprylyl Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Octyldodecanol, Bulnesia Sarmientoi Wood Oil, Cananga Odorata Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Juniperus Mexicana Oil, Parfum/Fragrance, Citric Acid, Sorbic Acid, 1,2-Hexanediol, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA, CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77007 (Ultramarines), CI 77289 (Chromium Hydroxide Green).

Tula is a brand I impatiently waited a couple of years to get my hands on after discovering them through my blogger friend Beti. After politely harassing their PR team to bring their products across the pond for almost 2 years, my wish finally came true when they started selling their products through QVC UK. Of course being my usual self I wrote an extensive wishlist, pretty much lusting after every single product in their entire line. My first experience with the brand was with their Hydrating Day & Night Cream which I discovered through Mintd Box, and it has since become a firm favourite. So, I was excited to find another Tula product in this months box.

The Tula Treatment Mask is best described as a blue dual-phase mask, that used both chemical and physical exfoliants to purify, decongest, cleanse, smooth and renew the skin. Bentonite and Kaolin clay help to detoxify the skin and bring out any dirt lurking about in the pores. Lactic Acid and Mild Retinol (Retinol Palmitate) help to replenish and renew by exfoliating the skin’s top surface layers, revealing fresher, clearer skin. Ingredients like Vitamin E, Tumeric and Green Tea help to boost antioxidant protection and reduce inflammation. While Bifida Ferment Lysate (yeast fermentation), Rice Protein, Jojoba oil and Tula’s signature Probiotic formula act as beneficial skin foods to the give the skin the overhaul it needs and restore your skin’s natural balance, in a gentle but effective way.

I’ve used this mask twice now and personally find it to be extremely gentle, yet effective. It really helps to purify my skin and help with congestion, but without drying it out. I also find that it gives my skin an instant tightening effect making my pores appear smaller. After both uses, my skin was left feeling rejuvenated and looking renewed with no redness. Tula claims this mask works best for those with oily, normal, combination, sensitive, and mature skin, However as I have dermatitis around my nose and can be sensitive to fragrance, I applied everywhere besides the crevices of my nose – to avoid any possible irritation. Plus not all skin types react well to Lactic acid. My skin seems to be quite sensitive to a lot of clay and charcoal based products, as well as citrus-based ingredients (so anything containing citric acid – lemon, pineapple, orange etc). However, as this mask is really gentle I didn’t find it irritated my skin at all.


Official Website:  – Link
Repurchase? Yes!
Cruelty-Free? Yes
Available from: Tula $54 – QVC.Com $49 (+$3 shipping) –  QVC UK £38 (+£3.95 postage) – Space NK USA $54 – Dermstore $54



Rodial Dragons Blood Velvet Cream – £75 / $ | Cosdna Results

Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Isoamyl Laurate, Glycerin, Squalane, Cetearyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Myristyl Myristate, Pentaerythrityl Tetraethylhexanoate, HDI/Trimethylol Hexyllactone Crosspolymer, Cetearyl Glucoside, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Oil, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (Fragrance), Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Triethanolamine, Hydrolyzed Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Disodium EDTA, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Silica, Potassium Sorbate, Ceratonia Siliqua (Carob) Seed Extract, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Sodium Benzoate, Limonene, Geraniol, Linalool, Farnesol, Citral, Citronellol

Rodial is a company with a high price point and what some would call outlandish product claims. It’s because of these claims and choice of product names that some people aren’t fond of the brand, including Sali Hughs. Rodial is a brand I have dabbled about with a little, but after a bad experience with a Rodial face oil that turned out to be out of date (this has since been discontinued), I haven’t really looked at their products since. Will this moisturiser make me reconsidering trying out their products again?

I would describe the Rodial Dragons Blood Velvet Cream as a decadently rich and buttery moisturiser, that’s perfect for protecting dehydrated, sensitive and compromised skin, especially during the harshness of the winter weather. After a week of testing this out, I was pleasantly surprised by this cream. Despite the inclusion of fragrance and a richer texture than I’m used to, I’ve really enjoyed using it. It absorbs into my combination-oily skin really well without suffocating it or clogging my pores. I also like that despite its richness, no greasy residue or feeling is left behind. The amount of product you receive is fantastic, as it’s texture makes it guaranteed to last a very long time. However, I already know I won’t get through all of it this, so as the warmer months draw near I know my mom will enjoy using this for her more mature, dry dehydrated skin. Every time I apply this cream my skin looks and feels so supple and smooth.


Rodial Claims the Key benefits are:
Dragon’s Blood: comforts and restores through skin hydration
Hyaluronic Acid: boosts moisture retention in the skin
Vegetal Squalane: helps restore skin suppleness
Hydromanil ™: provides a time-release moisture delivery complex

However which of these ingredients are in high concentrations to be effective enough to follow up these claims?

The top Ten ingredients tend to be the most effective, and the most beneficial ingredients in this cream are Squalane (which is vegan/vegetable derived) and Shea Butter. Squalane helps with balancing out sebum production and improving the skins moisture balance and elasticity, and Shea Butter helps to nourish dry flaky skin. Which is why it’s used in so many anti-ageing face creams for mature skin. It’s also the ingredient that gives this cream its beautiful richness. Now onto the other ‘strong claim’ ingredients…

Rodial claims that the inclusion of Hyaluronic Acid will help to boost moisture retention in the skin, however, there is not enough of this ingredient to be effective enough! Then there is the main ingredient this cream is based on ‘Dragons blood extract’ (Croton Lechleri Resin Extract), which is even lower down in ingredients list than Hyaluronic Acid! Which means it only functions as a skin conditioner! Carob seed extract is rich in vitamins and minerals and can have antioxidant properties. However, the form of Carob seed used is ‘Ceratonia Siliqu’ which is known as Carob Gum. Carob Gum acts more as a binder and texture enhancer. Then lastly Evening Primrose Oil (Oenothera Biennis Oil) helps treat dry and inflamed skin and is a little higher on the list. All of the first so many ingredients are incredibly affordable purchased alone, and I am disappointed that the most beneficial ingredients are extremely low down especially as this retails for £75!!! This is what I call genius marketing because this cream is affordable to make and is basically full of lots of fillers and emollients. I guess the one positive to this though is that it acts as a protective barrier for anyone with a compromised skin barrier. However, this does not warrant the hefty price tag in my opinion and this barrier protection cream is half the price. Being someone who looks into ingredients before parting with my money, this wouldn’t have been a moisturiser I would have bought with my own money. Perhaps if it was half the price? I would recommend using a basic moisturiser and concentrating more on serums with good and effective ingredients.


Official Website:  – Link
Repurchase? No sorry
Cruelty-Free? Yes
Available fromRodial £75 – Planet Beauty $85 – John Lewis £75 – Space NK £75 – Marks & Spencers £75 – Selfridges USA $90 – Harvey Nicols £75



Potion London The Hyaluronic Complex Supplement – £30 for 6 Capsules

Ingredients: Methylsulphonylmethane (OptiMSM), Maltodextrin, capsule shell: Hydroxypropylmethyl Cellulose, Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Hyaluronic Acid, anti-caking agent: Silicon Dioxide, flow agent: Magnesium Stearate.

I was super excited to see this product in my box as my poor health and suffering from severe depression throughout 2017 really has taken a toll on me, and my insides. I decided to cut out sugary drinks and introduce more water and supplements into my life. I got on really well with the Beauty Formula supplements, as they really helped to strengthen my nails, cuticles and hair. In fact, I even purchased a second bottle. It just kind of felt like fate finding the Potion London Hyaluronic Complex bottle in my box this month. I’ve found incorporating hyaluronic acid into my skincare regime has helped tremendously, so I am excited to see what it will do for me taking it internally.

Hyaluronic Acid is a miraculous ingredient that can hold onto 1,000 times its own weight in water, which is actually very important for the body. It helps to hydrate and plump the skin, helping to reduce wrinkles. Lubricates sore stiff joints and can also alleviate dry eyes (i suffer from hypertension). The tablets also have the inclusion of MSM (which Oskia swears by) and it helps to feed the skin from within, promoting the production of collagen to strengthen skin and provide a more youthful complexion. MSM is also meant to be fantastic for helping chronic joint pain like arthritis or joint inflammation. I suffer from SPD so I guess time will tell if these help with my pelvis this winter, as I would love to avoid having to use my crutches all winter. There is also the inclusion of Vitamin C in these supplements which is a strong antioxidant that helps to fights free radicals, promote collagen and energize the body. After taking for just a week I have noticed the supplements have helped with my dry eyes, and I’m hoping with time I will see an improvement in my joints. I look forward to furthering results with Potion London and I will be sure to update at a later date about how I got on with these. I will say that health and beauty supplements are definitely something I will continue to incorporate into my lifestyle long term.


Official Website:  – Link
Repurchase? Will have to see results before deciding
Cruelty-Free? Unsure, i think so
Available fromPotion London £30 – Harvey Nicols £30



Ila Spa Body Balm (For Feeding Skin & Senses) – £51 / $82

Ingredients: Wild-Grown Argan Oil (Argania Spinosa), Shea Butter (Butrospermum Parkii), Beeswax (Cera Alba), Rose Otto (Rosa Damascena) and Rose Geranium (Pelargonium Graveolens), Naturally Occurring Limonene, Linalool, Citronellol, Geraniol, Farnesol.

I had briefly come across Ila when browsing brands on the Alyaka website. Being a skincare lover I was definitely intrigued by their facial products, especially their Glowing Radiance Mask and Cleansing Milk. So I was glad to see a product of theirs in this months Mintd box. I love that Ila Spa is a homegrown British brand who take great pride in providing organic, high-quality, indulgent products to help encourage you to take time out for yourself. It’s important in today’s non-stop world to slow down, relax and take a minute every now and again. With most companies and brands forcing the term ‘self-care’ down our throats (with the sole purpose of getting us to buy their products) Ila doesn’t use forceful marketing to promote this. I personally feel that self-care should be a necessity for everyone. Not just something we do for a special occasion or as a treat, but something we incorporate into our lives every day to help recharge our batteries, both physically and mentally.

As someone who lives with a disability, while suffering from depression and raising 4 kids alone, taking an hour out of my day just to take care of myself truly does help. Not only does it encourage me to relax, it also makes me feel better about myself and happier. I find myself feeling more positive and refreshed, ready for the next day. In fact, taking time out for myself has made me a much calmer and more attentive parent, as I’m not always running on empty anymore. Whether it be enjoying a good book in bed, pampering my skin with a face mask, enjoying a quiet hot soak in a bubble bath when all the kids have gone to bed, or indulging in some ice cream and a cheeky tv show. It’s that bit of time I show love to myself. It’s not being selfish (i know many of you moms can relate) it’s about looking after ourselves first so that we can look after everybody else around us. From experience, someones physical and mental health can only be strong for so long before something finally gives. This is why it’s incredibly important to take a break for ourselves. Anyway…. moving on to this delightful balm….

The simplistic yet nourishing and effective Ila body balm comes in sleek white glass packaging, with sophisticated gold detailing. The scent is fresh but subtle with a slight delicate hint of musk to it. The moment I opened the jar I felt instantly relaxed thanks to the beautiful aroma of rose otto and rose geranium. The balm in texture is rich and waxy thanks to its base of shea butter and beeswax. Both ingredients act as a protective salve, helping to restore and lock in moisture and soothe the skin. The inclusion of Argan oil adds extra hydration and provides plentiful vitamins and antioxidants. In fact, this balm has very few ingredients and has anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, as well as essential fatty acids and omegas. The Ila body balm provides extra comfort to the skin, helping to address dry skin issues like psoriasis, eczema and hard winter skin. I have thoroughly enjoyed using this balm over my extremely dry areas like my elbows, knees, hands and feet. In fact, it has helped my feet so much after just a week! If your active a lot and find that you get hard skin on your feet, this miracle balm really helps to loosen the skin and encourage cell turnover. I have found myself getting excited to apply this to my skin every night before I climb into bed. I will say because of the solid texture, you do need to work a little bit harder at warming the balm to soften it. Once warmed up between your fingers it absorbs beautifully into the skin leaving it instantly softer, nourished and protected. Ila Spa is definitely a brand for me to look into more. I’m excited to try more of their products in the future. I can only imagine how decadent their Body Cream For Vital Energy must be!


Official Website:  – Link
Repurchase? Yes definitely!
Cruelty-Free? Yes
Available from: Ila-Spa £51 – Naturisimo £51 – Dermstore $82 – Love Organics £51



African Botanics Marula Botanical Hand Cream – £46 / $55 for 60ml

Ingredients: Aqua (Spring Water), Aloe Ferox (Bitter Aloe) Leaf Extract, Sclerocarya Birrea (Marula)* Seed Oil, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Glycerin, Decyl Oleate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea)* Butter, Mangifera Indica (Mango)* Seed Butter, Cetyl Alcohol, Trichilla Emetica (Cape Mahogany Mafura)* Seed Butter, Lepidium Sativum Sprout Extract, Lecithin, Adansonia Digitata (Baobab)* Seed Oil, Rhododendron Ferrugineum Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Globularia Cordifolia Ferment, Kigelia Africana Fruit Extract*, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Fruit Extract, Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Tea Extract, Cyclopia Genistoides (Honeybush) Leaf Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Hexapeptide-3, Pelargonium Graveolens (Cape Geranium) Essential Oil, Rosarinus Officinalis (Rosemary Leaf) Essential Oil, Citrus Aurantium (Neroli) Essential Oil, Maltodextrin, Tocopherol (Vitamin E). *Organic and Wild-Harvested Ingredients.

I’m not really a big hand cream person and I’ve received a good amount of hand creams over the past year reviewing Mintd Boxes. So, initially, I was not too excited when I saw this product by African Botanics, especially since they have so much more amazing products in their line. If you have not heard of African Botanics, they are an all-natural skincare company with their entire line is based on Marula Oil. Inspired by old African beauty rituals created in a modern way. Marula oil is known to be the world’s most antioxidant-rich oil, helping to reverse the signs of skin damage and protect against free radicals. African Botanics as a brand is as luxury as luxury come’s, but the best thing about the brand is that every single product has AMAZING ingredients! Unlike other brands, it’s the ingredients you are paying for (not fillers, emollients or marketing). You will not find a single ounce of unpleasant preservatives, parabens, mineral oil, synthetic emulsifiers, synthetics colours or fragrance across the entire African Botanics range. It’s actually the ethics of African Botanics that I admire most about the brand. Though I will say that Blanche doesn’t help, as she has me lusting after so many of their products.

However being a mother of 4 kids, African Botanics price range makes it a brand I don’t splurge on often. I already own their Resurfacing Maskcleansing oil and  Cell Recovery Serum. which I enjoy, but AB products are most definitely an investment. I have my eye on their Resurrection Eye Cream next (as my tired under eyes need all the help they can get) and as much as the Fleurs d’Afrique Intensive Recovery Oil and Cream have me drooling over the ingredients, I personally cannot justify spending £200-£300. Perhaps when I’m older?

The African Botanics Marula Botanical Hand Cream is formulated with wild-harvested African oils, exotic butter’s and moisturizing botanicals to help regenerate, repair and hydrate the hands. With beautiful ingredients like Swiss Garden Cress, Rose plant stem cells, Peptides, Marula, Baobab, Mango Butter, Shea Butter, Wild Rosemary Leaf, Green Tea, Rose Geranium and Hyaluronic Acid the African Botanics hand cream helps to soothe, soften, even out skin tone, brighten, protect and restore comfort to the hands naturally. Texture wise it’s not as rich as some of the more butter-like hand creams on the market, but that’s what I like about it. The lightweight formula is very concentrated, meaning product goes a very long way. Each time I use it my hands appear more youthful and visibly brighter almost immediately, with no greasiness in sight. Something that’s incredibly hard to find with a hand cream. Scent wise it does have a slightly medicinal and natural herbal scent that might not be appealing to all. However, I love it and find it rather calming, plus it does fade down after a few minutes! Thanks to the amazing concoction of ingredients in this hand cream it actually warrants its £46 price tag and is my favourite hand cream yet! If you are someone who enjoys treating themselves to a little luxury and wants to treat ageing and hydration in one, then I highly recommend this.


Official Website:  – Link
Repurchase? For sure next winter
Cruelty-Free? Yes
Available fromAfrican Botanics $55 – Net-a-Poter £46/$55




Mintd Box is a luxurious British beauty subscription box service that offers monthly beauty boxes consisting of Full size and deluxe travel size beauty products that are currently on trend. Mintd may be the most expensive beauty box, but its almost the most premium and luxurious! You can find out more about Mintd in my previous blog reviews here and through their FAQ section on their website. This months ‘The Ultimate Winter Skincare Guide contains 3 Full size and 2 deluxe travel size products, with the retail value of £206. That’s an enormous saving of £141!!! All in all this is one of my favourite boxes yet!


At MINTD Box we believe you should only be putting the best & most innovative ingredients on your skin so we bring you the highest quality of beauty products on the market.


Mintd Box does have multiple subscription plans to suit your individual lifestyle or budget with customer service that goes above and beyond to help you with any queries you may have. Subscription plans can go from monthly or bi-monthly at £65 each. 3 months will cost you £190.50,  6 months will cost you £381 and a 12 month/yearly subscription will set you back around £760. Their cancellation service is simple, simply contact their customer service, and it can be easily reinstated by yourself manually under the ‘your subscription plan’ section in your account. Mintd Box offers fast Worldwide Shipping (UK Free, Europe, North America & Australia) and out of the UK use the code WELCOME17 to receive Free delivery on your first box when you sign up.

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