The idea is that you drink the teas and let the laxatives flush your system while being energised by the stimulants. If you believe in the powers of detox, it looks to tick all the right boxes.
The Skinny Mint Company is based in Singapore and ship worldwide but we admit to having some concerns about this supplement regarding safety and side effects.
Skinny Mint is marketed as being good for health and weight loss yet in truth it comes with more dangers than benefits. All those laxatives and diuretic ingredients are not going to promote good health, despite the claims made on the official Skinny Mint website.
There are strong medical concerns about the practice of taking laxatives and diuretics over a long period of time. Medical advice warns against using Senna for over 7 days yet the Skinny Mint packages come in 14 day and 28 day supplies. There is a worry that taking this Teatox could lead to dehydration so it will be important to ensure you drink plenty of liquids throughout.
We also have serious concerns about manufacture. The Skinny Mint Company is based in Singapore so it is unlikely that it is made in compliance with GMP (good manufacturing practice). Could there be additional ingredients in the teabags or hygiene issues? It is highly possible.
The bottom line is that in our opinion Skinny Mint is more likely to make you ill than anything else so there is no reason at all why you should take it or why we would ever recommend such a substandard product.
With so many other diet products on the market delivering better results (and cheaper too) we would suggest looking elsewhere if you’re looking to get rid of excess fat.
Skinny Mint Review
Skinny Mint is the type of supplement known as a Teatox. This means that it comes in the form of tea (bags) that you drink a couple of times a day and the idea is that this will detox your system leaving you looking and feeling thinner and healthier.
Detoxing is extremely popular because it is supposed to be good for health and beauty. The claims are that a detox removes toxins from your system and will help you lose weight, remove internal parasites, stop bloating and puffiness and improve your skin.
How to Take Skinny Mint
Skinny Mint comprises of two teas. You take one in the morning and one last thing at night.
The daytime tea is called Morning Boost and contains some stimulant ingredients including Green tea, Guarana – a seed extract rich in caffeine and Yerba Mate – a Brazilian extract high in caffeine. In addition, it contains some natural fruit extracts such as strawberry and pineapple plus diuretics – dandelion and nettle leaves.
The Night time tea is called Night Cleanse. It contains some powerful laxatives including Senna and liquorice root plus other ingredients known for the effects upon the digestion such as peppermint and ginger.
The Skinny Mint website features numerous so called customers before and after pictures and accounts of good results of weight loss using this Teatox. Some of these look genuine however there is no way to know for sure whether these women really lost weight by using the Skinny Mint Teatox. Call us cynical but we know the lengths that any supplement company will go to in order to create a good impression!
Skinny Mint Concerns:
- Misleading advertising. This tea supplement is not good for health or wellbeing
- Will customers realise that this expensive tea is potentially dangerous if used long term?
- You are advised to avoid caffeine while taking this supplement
What Does Skinny Mint Claim To Do?
There is no great mystery about how Skinny Mint will help you lose weight!
Both teas contain diuretics to make you urinate more and as a result lose water weight. The night time tea contains ingredients such as Senna leaf and liquorice, which are powerful laxatives. All that added bathroom time will help you lose weight temporarily.
The day time tea contains some caffeine and stimulants to perk you up in the morning in a similar way to a cup of coffee or tea.
The product advertising puts it like this,
The Morning Boost is designed to give you a boost throughout the day and to naturally reduce the appetite. It contains Green Tea, Yerba Mate and Guarana with a naturally sweet fruity taste.
The Night Cleanse is designed to naturally purify the body which could lead to reduced bloating. It contains all natural ingredients to promote the restoration process.
The advertising concludes,
Fresh and fruity Morning Boost can replace your morning coffee/black tea and earthy and soothing Night Cleanse is the perfect bedtime ritual.
Does Skinny Mint Work?
Although Skinny Mint is marketed as a way to improve health and wellbeing as well as get thin, there is no evidence that it will work as described.
Medical opinion is that detoxing is a fad and nothing else. Your body does not accumulate toxins that need to be cleansed. That said you may lose some weight. All those laxatives and diuretics are going to remove so called water weight so it is possible that you will show up temporarily lighter on the scales.
There is no independent feedback for Skinny Mint – the Teatox is sold only via the official website. However there are hundreds of so called customers before and after pictures on the website.
Some of these look genuine but many are unconvincing. In many cases the body of the before and after picture do not match up. However as an overall impression it appears that this supplement is effective and popular. It is only when you look more closely that the cracks start to appear.
What Are The Ingredients of Skinny Mint?
Skinny Mint is a two part Teatox supplement that you drink daily. There are two types of tea; the Morning Boost to be taken each morning and the Night Cleanse which you drink last thing at night.
Quantities of ingredients per teabag are not specified. It is not clear whether the fruits are in dried form or as extracts which are stronger.
It is not clear whether Skinny Mint has been manufactured in line with GMP (good manufacturing practice) or conforms to basic standards. It has probably been manufactured in Singapore so may not conform to standards in the USA or UK.
Morning Boost Tea Blend:
- Green Tea: Described as energizing, fat burning and immunity boosting by Skinny Mint, green tea comes with evidence it can do all those things and it has been investigated for its role in the prevention of illness. We love green tea but a better option here would be to drink green tea on its own rather than in combination with the other ingredients.
- Yerba Mate: Natural herbal extract taken from a South American plant often drunk as a tea in South America. It contains high levels of caffeine and there is evidence that it may help weight loss by delaying gastric emptying and so increasing feelings of fullness for longer.
- Guarana: Another caffeine rich ingredient that the advertising describes as providing ‘cleansing, endurance and weight loss’. There is just no evidence that this is true. Caffeine may provide an energy boost but does not promote endurance. However when too much caffeine is ingested it can have a laxative effect.
- Grapefruit Leaves: According to Skinny Mint, grapefruit leaves provide cleansing, immunity improving and fat reduction but there is very little evidence to prove this. In fact there has been very little clinical testing into grapefruit leaves at all. Worryingly grapefruit leaves may interact with medication in what is known as the “Grapefruit effect.”
- Nettle Leaves: Nettle leaves are a strong diuretic meaning that this ingredient will increase the amount that you urinate.
- Strawberry: All natural berries, are high in antioxidants and great for health and weight loss but a better alternative would be to include more fresh fruit into your daily diet.
- Dandelion: Commonplace weed throughout Europe and well known as a powerful diuretic. A folk name for dandelion is “Wet the Bed” and this is a fair description of what it does!
- Pineapple: Delicious fruit, which may add to the flavour of the tea – if it does not overpower the strawberry. Great for health if taken in natural form but of no special benefit to weight loss
- Senna Leaves: Senna is a natural plant that contains a chemical called sennoside, which creates a laxative effect by irritating the lining of the bowel. According to the American Herbal Products Association, Senna leaves are harsh on the system and the association warns against long-term use. The NHS warns that you should not take Senna for longer than 7 days maximum so we are concerned about the advice to take for longer.
- Ginger Root: Often taken as a natural cure to stomach upsets, ginger root is well known for its tangy fresh flavour and it may have a laxative effect too. Classified as one of the world’s healthiest foods, according to the Skinny Mint product information, ginger is an aphrodisiac but we have been unable to find any proof for this claim. It seems unlikely.
- Peppermint: Although this Teatox is named Skinny Mint, peppermint is the only mint ingredient and it does not seem very prominent in the ingredients profile. Peppermint is a well known herbal remedy for digestive problems such as stomach pain and bloating but t was actually banned by the FDA as an OTC aid for digestive problems in 1990 because there was no evidence that it worked. That said it is a popular and safe ingredient and many people believe in it.
- Liquorice Root: Although we are all familiar with liquorice as flavouring, it can be dangerous at high levels. Liquorice is a strong laxative that can also raise blood pressure levels and reduce potassium levels and with amount quantities unknown we are concerned about this ingredient. Many liquorice products manufactured in the USA do not actually contain any liquorice but this information is unknown here.
- Orange Leaves: As with the grapefruit leaves in the Morning Boost, there is no real evidence that orange leaves will be effective as a medicine. We cannot see orange leaves doing much for your health or weight loss. There is just no evidence.
- Psyllium Husk: Natural fibre rich laxative derived from seed pods and used in many OTC laxatives including Fybogel. Can provoke allergic reactions.
- Lemongrass: There is a buzz around lemon grass as a medicinal ingredient and it may be effective for a variety of conditions but it requires further evidence.
- Hawthorn Berries: Well known ingredient that has been used in herbal teas for hundreds of years as a treatment for heart disease and angina. Hawthorne may be effective as a treatment for hypertension too but there have been very few clinical studies. If you have any issues regarding your heart health you should avoid this ingredient.
Although a cup of herbal tea seems perfectly harmless, the Skinny Mint Teatox contains a lot of ingredients in unknown quantities and side effects may be an issue.
Does Skinny Mint Have Any Side Effects?
Many people have contacted Diet Pill Watchdog complaining of side effects including:
- Abdominal pain
- Stomach cramps
You should certainly expect increased bowel movements and the amount that you pee. This supplement is chock full of laxatives and diuretics so this is likely to be the principle effect. This in turn may lead to diarrhoea and watery stools and you should cease use if experience these side effects. Health advice is not to take Senna for longer than 7 days.
Increased bowel movements/ diarrhoea can lead easily to dehydration so it will be important to ensure you drink plenty of liquids during the Teatox.
Symptoms of dehydration include:
If you are sensitive to caffeine you may notice side effects from the Guarana, Yerba Mate and Green tea combination such as:
- Sleep disturbances
Many of the ingredients in Skinny Mint require further clinical investigation and nobody really knows if some of the ingredients such as Hawthorn are safe. Effects and reactions may be unknown. In addition you should avoid if you are taking prescription medication because this Teatox may cause interactions.
If you are taking the oral contraceptive you may need to find other methods during your Teatox as this supplement may affect the way that the contraceptive works.
Not suitable for individuals under 18.
Do not take if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
Cease taking if you experience an allergic reaction such as swelling, or numbness and seek urgent medical advice.
Do not use this tea if you are taking prescription medication because of the strong risk of interactions.
Skinny Mint advises you to avoid caffeine while taking the Detox and to consult your GP if you are considering using the Night Cleanse long term.
Are There Any Customer Reviews For Skinny Mint?
Apart from the Instagram pictures and customer comments hosted on the product website, we have been unable to locate any independent customer feedback for Skinny Mint.
Does Skinny Mint Offer a Money-Back Guarantee?
Skinny Mint has no money back guarantee.
Where Can I Buy Skinny Mint?
The Skinny Mint company is based in Singapore and although all products are shipped from Singapore, delivery is free worldwide which is good.
Prices are available in a range of currencies.
- The 14 Day Starter Teatox costs £17.90 or $29.90 USD ($37.90 AUD)
- The 28 Day Ultimate Teatox costs £32.90 or $54.90 USD ($69.90 AUD)
- The Besties Value Teatox (2 x 28 Day Teatox) costs £52.90 or $89.90 USD ($112.00 AUD)
You can contact the company via country specific phone lines in USA, Singapore, UK and Australia. There is also a live chat facility on the website where you can speak to customer service representatives.
Skinny Mint Frequently asked Questions (FAQ)
What is Skinny Mint?
Skinny Mint is a two-step teatox (tea + detox) program including a Morning Boost tea and a Night Cleanse tea. The starter pack last 14 days and contains 14 teabags of each tea. The daytime tea is designed to give you a boost in the morning whilst the night-time cleanse claims to purify the body. Skinny Mint is not a diet or meal replacement program.
What are the side effects of Skinny Mint?
Skinny Mint can cause abdominal pain, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, vomiting, fatigue, headaches, jitteriness, anxiety and dehydration. It is recommended to stop the program if you experience any of these side effects. Skinny Mint can also interfere with the contraceptive pill so it is important to be extra careful during and after the detox program.
What are the ingredients in Skinny Mint?
Morning Boost: green tea, yerba mate, guarana, grapefruit leaves, nettle leaves, strawberry, dandelion and pineapple.
Night Cleanse: senna leaves, ginger root, peppermint, liquorice, orange leaves, psyllium, lemongrass and hawthorn berries.
Does Skinny Mint work?
Skinny Mint is not a diet program so you should not expect to lose weight. Some of the ingredients have a laxative and diuretic effect, which may you leave feeling ‘lighter’ but can also cause dehydration and other very unpleasant side effects. The human body does not need detox or cleanse and that kind of program is only a fad, and it is not always as harmless as it seems.
How much does Skinny Mint cost?
The recommended starter pack costs £22.90. You can also get a best value pack for £59.90.
Who makes Skinny Mint?
Skinny Mint is a company based in Singapore.
How do I take Skinny Mint?
Drink one Morning Boost tea in the morning and a Night Cleanse tea right before bedtime.
Can I take Skinny Mint if I have a health condition?
It is recommended to consult a doctor before starting the detox if you suffer from any medical conditions. You should avoid Skinny Mint if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Does Skinny Mint have a money-back guarantee?
There is no guarantee but a 60-day refund policy for unopened products.
How long has Skinny Mint been around?
There is no information of this subject on the website.
Where can I buy Skinny Mint?
Skinny Mint can be bought online from the official website or from the Asian headquarters in Singapore.
Can I buy Skinny Mint in stores?
Unfortunately, Skinny Mint is only available online.
How do I contact Skinny Mint customer service?
You can contact Skinny Mint either by phone – two numbers are provided on their website, in Singapore and London – email, or via the live chat service.
Are there any Skinny Mint coupons?
There are currently no coupons available.
Are there any free samples of Skinny Mint?
Unfortunately, Skinny Mint do not gives samples at the moment.