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An Honest Review of SkinnyMint’s Ultimate Teatox

March 8
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When SkinnyMint asked me to review their 28 day Ultimate Teatox, I was initially skeptical. We’ve all seen the Instagram ads showcasing teas that supposedly help you lose weight. Usually these ads feature skinny fitness bloggers with blonde hair and 10 abs. Very unrealistic!

Ultimately, I decided posting my honest opinion was important for 3 reasons:

  1. I am not a fitness blogger and more of an average Jane. I can give a better idea of whether the Teatox is worth it for the average student.
  2. SkinnyMint impressed me with how it emphasized overall health and exercise as a crucial component of its teatox. There are no magic bullets, and SkinnyMint doesn’t try to trick you.
  3. The cute packaging and easy-to-make packets made me WANT to use the tea. Even if the tea itself doesn’t shed pounds, the teas gave me motivation to be healthier in my everyday life.

Does Skinny Mint 28 Day Teatox help with weight loss?

Bonus: You and a friend can win a free Teatox (see end of this post).

How SkinnyMint works:

  • The 28 Day Ultimate Teatox includes a caffeinated Morning Boost tea (drink every morning) and a Night Cleanse (no caffeine, drink every 2 nights).
  • The Morning Boost’s caffeine gets you moving faster and probably earlier in the morning, so you end up burning more calories.
  • The Night Cleanse has a calming effect to get you to sleep, since proper sleep is key to weight control.
    • It also has a “gentle” laxative effect in the morning so the tea helps keep you regular. Again, weight control maximization.

Here’s what I think can be improved:

  • The Night Cleanse has an ingredient called “senna” which causes the tea’s laxative properties.
    • But WebMD warns that you shouldn’t take senna for long periods of time or you might grow to depend on laxatives.
    • And according to WebMD, senna hasn’t been proven to help with long-term weight loss.
    • But for the short-term, it can work quite well!

Skinny Mint 28 Day Ultimate Teatox results - an honest review

My experience:

The Morning Boost: Drinking green tea is definitely healthier than a sugar-laced latte, so I was able to cut out some refined sugar that way, while still taking in some caffeine.

The Night Cleanse: Senna has its benefits. I would definitely recommend using the Night Cleanse before a wedding or formal dance, because it really helps you lose any, ahem, excess food you may have indulged in. SkinnyMint should clearly mark the amount of senna in its teas so consumers know if it’s safe to use often.

I didn’t want to become dependent on senna, so I only drank the night cleanse once a week. SkinnyMint does warn that you have to skip a month between Teatoxes, so I think they are aware of the possibility that senna will irritate your bowels.

If you do the teatox, I’d drink the Night Cleanse in moderation. And be sure not to try another Teatox for more than a month after your first one.

Skinny Mint 28 day Teatox package and exercise guide

What is special about Teatox:

  • The package includes more than just the tea packets!
  • It also comes with a 30-day exercise checklist that includes daily activities like “30 squats,” “20 crunches,” and “50 lunges” etc.
    • SkinnyMint doesn’t pretend that it’s tea is an elixir of weight loss.
    • The tools for weight loss include daily exercise, and SkinnyMint includes an important guide for beginners in its Teatox.
    • Combined with the Morning boost, an exercise regimen will help you to get moving and burn some extra calories.

Tips to make your Skinny Mint Teatox work

SkinnyMint also sends you a brochure showing “5 Tips to Get the Most Out of Your Teatox.” This helpful guide provides some healthy snack ideas and eating tips (like “trade white grain products for brown grain”) so that you can maximize your weight loss with the Teatox.

Again, SkinnyMint is pretty transparent that a 28-day health spree requires you to adopt new habits in order to actually lose weight. For those who seriously want to transform their bodies, the tips in the SkinnyMint package are a good start.

Skinny Mint 28 Day Teatox detox - Morning Boost green tea

How does the tea actually taste? It smells fantastic and tastes pretty good. The Morning Boost is a green tea blend that’s quite aromatic (like flowers, actually). I added in lemon and sugar so that it could replace my normal morning latte.

SkinnyMint packages the teas in very convenient little pods, so there’s no need for a strainer or pot. Just microwave a cup of water and dunk one of these pods in.

I actually grew to like the ritual of making a cup of tea every morning. It made me feel very *blogger* and *elegant*. (Unfortunately I couldn’t have these fresh pink roses in bed every morning).

Skinny Mint 28 Day Teatox Night Cleanse Review - do not use regularly!

The Night Cleanse has a deeper aroma that is more pungent and earthy. I needed a little more sugar for this tea. But other than my issue with the amount of senna in the Night Cleanse, the tea didn’t seem to do any harm.

Night Cleanse doesn’t have any caffeine so you should be able to sleep like normally. But be ready, because the *effects* of the Night Cleanse kick in the next morning.

Does Skinny Mint 28 Day Ultimate Teatox actually work? An honest review

TL;DR: Ultimately, SkinnyMint was useful as a jump start for a healthier month. The tea is so convenient and perky that I wanted to drink it in a fancy little cup.

I also tried to follow the exercise guide (in addition to my normal Bikini Body Guide workouts), so I’m hoping that my efforts pay off for spring break.

No tea can melt body fat, but this one gets you moving in the morning and helps move excess food along faster, plus it has the benefit of motivating you to make healthy changes.

Last note to SkinnyMint: I’d love it if Skinny Mint included some info on the effects of using senna for those of us who might not want to depend on it, since it’s a major ingredient in their tea! Skinny Mint is overall so transparent in their packaging and brochures, so it would be useful to maybe have a little guide as to the ingredients in their tea. I can imagine the guide telling us about the benefits of green tea, the reason to include senna, as well an introduction to the herb mix that gives a fragrant flavor to the Morning Boost.

Thanks to SkinnyMint for sponsoring this post. You can get the Skinny Mint Ultimate Teatox here (non-affiliate link).

Dorm Room Tour: Part 2

September 25
Welcome to part 2 of my dorm room tour (part 1 is the post underneath this one). This is the other side of my room, encompassing my desk, closet, and storage.

I created a makeshift monthly calendar by placing sticky notes on a painting from Good will. I can rearrange the days for next month, or start over with new colors.

Oh yes, let me put down my Vogue and pencil you in for Thursday—let’s do lunch, shall we? (This photo is totally not staged in anyway whatsoever).
To fill up the blank space above my desk, I turned to magazine cut-outs, hanging my jewelry as decoration, and using my makeup as a focal point.
I also used washi tape to spice up my closet doors—don’t they look a million times fancier now?

The picture on the right is from the back of my door, to which I have affixed my “Reminder Minion.” He’s the last thing that I see before I leave the room, so he holds in in his hands a list of exactly what I need for the next day.

Lastly, this rack also came from Goodwill, and it holds my jewelry, sunglasses and books. As you can see from its multi-functional purpose, I believe in both brains and beauty, all in the same space, all at the same time.

What’s your favorite part of my dorm room tour? (and it’s totally ok to say “The minion!”)

Dorm Room Tour: Part 1

September 24

College dorm room decorating ideas and inspiration for studentsCollege dorm room decorating inspiration ideas: using a shower curtain as a focal point

Today and tomorrow, I’ll be taking you on a tour of my room. Since style isn’t just limited to the clothes we wear, I wanted to show you a little bit more of my personal aesthetic, as evident in the beautiful objects I use to decorate my space. So welcome to my little slice of college heaven, and prepare for some dorm room inspiration!

Dorm room bedspread inspiration and ideas: floral prints always look fresh.How to decorate your dorm room for cheap: paint samples and shower curtains.
The picture on the left comes from above my bed, where I have lined up my goals for the year—literally. On paint samples, I wrote down a couple of things that I want to accomplish over the semester and stuck them on a ledge in the wall. I hope to be able to cross all these ambitions off my list.
On the right is the mural that greets you when you walk into my room. It’s actually a shower curtain from Target, hung up like a painting. I only paid $10 for it, as opposed to $30+ for actual artwork—plus it provides a lovely focal point and icebreaker.
Dorm room painting inspiration.
Do you like the three paintings above my bed? Too bad you won’t find them in any store—I painted them myself! The whole set is called “Neuro,” and it depicts some of the neurons in the human brain. The dark swathes of color are various emotions that affect our cognitive ability, and they swirl like angry storms in our mind.
Dorm room decorating ideas: using shoes as decorations
How to DIY your own tiered jewelry holder for your dorm room.
I also made this jewelry stand from old chocolate boxes. To see the full DIY, click here.
College dorm room decorating on the cheap-using magazine perfume strips as scents.

Another cheap college-room cheat: I cut the perfume strips out of a magazine and stuck them into a jar. Perfect for someone whose can’t get real flowers or air fresheners.

Dorm room storage idea: underbed storage

Come back tomorrow, when I show you the other side of the room, including my desk, my closet, and my clothes rack. Until then, I hope that my dorm room has given you some ideas and inspiration for decorating your own place.