SkinnyMint has taken the detox tea world by storm, racking up users around the globe. This new player has brought in over 600,000 customers worldwide. The brand even boasts celebrity endorsements from stars such as Kylie Jenner. But how does this latest craze in weight loss tea perform? What does it claim to do, and more importantly, does it deliver? We’ve reviewed SkinnyMint and stacked up its claims against scientific evidence to determine whether the tea is a worthwhile investment.

What is SkinnyMint Teatox?

SkinnyMint offers two blends of teas that, combined, are used as the base of a “teatox.” The full program is 28 days long. However, 14-day programs and separate purchases of the two types of tea are also available.

What do you have to do?

The 28-day full teatox program is simple. Brew and take the Morning Boost tea in the morning and then brew and take the Night Cleanse tea every other night. Throughout the program, you can eat as normal. No dieting or exercise is required, however, SkinnyMint does recommend eating healthy foods and exercising for best results.

SkinnyMint recommends allowing a 6-week break between uses of the Night Cleanse tea in particular. So, you can use it every other day for 28 days, and then you should discontinue use for a month and a half before beginning again.

What Does It Do?

Just from browsing the SkinnyMint website, you may have a hard time determining what the teas do exactly. Some of the claims sprinkled throughout the site include:

  • “Reset your body in just 28 days”
  • “We have amazing reviews, see our customer photos and reviews of our Teatox”
  • “Packed with antioxidants which are good for you and your skin.”

If you visit the products area of the website, you’ll learn that Morning Boost is formulated to “boost energy levels throughout the day”. The Night Cleanse is formulated to “naturally detox the body”.

Based on their own internal study, SkinnyMint also claims that the product helps users feel less bloated and lose weight. Users also agreed that the Night Cleanse product “flushed them out.”

The website also includes an extensive customer review section where users share their experiences with using SkinnyMint including before and after photos, weight loss results and a general review of the product.

Scientific Evidence Provided by SkinnyMint

While the company states that each ingredient in the teas has been “specially sourced and selected for its unique properties”, there’s no indication as to how they have been selected and limited information is available about the properties of each ingredient. Reading through the product information and FAQs, Skinnymint offers very few specifics about how the ingredients work. Some mentions of ingredients reference the “mild laxative” properties of senna and psyllium seed, both of which are in the Night Cleanse formula. In addition, the “soothing properties” of peppermint, hawthorn berries, and orange leaves are mentioned.

Referring to the Morning Boost, SkinnyMint notes the presence of caffeine as one of the main ingredients that boost mood and energy levels.

The ingredients of both of the teas are listed in the website’s FAQs section with very basic lists of each one’s properties. No scientific evidence is provided to support these claims. Rather than taking their word for it, we decided to investigate each of the ingredients to discover any known health benefits that relate to Skinnymint’s claims.

Breakdown of Morning Boost

Ingredients: Green tea leaf, mate leaf, nettle leaf, dandelion leaf, guarana seed and orange flavoring.

The ingredients in Morning Boost are all natural, herbal components, many of which have been used in traditional medicines around the world. But, herbs can be just as strong as medicines and users should take them just as cautiously as they would take conventional medicines. We investigated each of the ingredients to learn what the beneficial health outcomes may be and any adverse effects that may occur.

The Morning Boost Tea Contains the Following 8 Super Ingredients:

Green Tea. Tea leaves contain antioxidants (flavonols) and caffeine.

Tea is a popular drink across the globe and is one of the most widely consumed beverages on the planet. Green tea is most well-known for its high antioxidant contents and other properties linked to the prevention of cancer.

There have also been several studies that link the use of green tea, or green tea extract, to weight loss. However, while some success has been found, it gets complicated. In one successful study, for example, weight loss occurred in people taking a high dose of green tea extract. You wouldn’t reproduce these conditions by drinking a tea, which is weaker.

What’s more interesting for SkinnyMint is a study showing weight maintenance (and in some cases loss) through a combination of green tea and caffeine. SkinnyMint does contain caffeine both from the green tea and other ingredients. The study noted that those who generally were low caffeine consumers had greater success with the green tea and caffeine combination than those who regularly consumed higher amounts of caffeine. So, according to the results of this study, if you’re a big coffee drinker, you may not achieve the same results as a person who doesn’t drink coffee. (1)

More good news for green tea is that a long-term study over 24 years showed that increased consumption of flavonoids, which are found in green tea, is associated with weight maintenance in adults. What does this say about SkinnyMint? Basically, in order to enjoy the long-term benefits, you’d need to take the Morning Boost every day for the foreseeable future. However, before we jump to conclusions let’s consider the other ingredients.

Mate leaf.  Mate is a tea from South America containing caffeine and antioxidants. It serves, among other traditional uses, as a diuretic.

Popular in South America, mate (pronounced mah-tay) tea has become popular in the health world due to the many benefits it offers. Researchers are also intrigued and studying to understand this tea. The tea offers a host of medicinal properties benefiting many areas of the body including the heart and circulatory system. (2)

What about weight loss?

Mate in combination with guarana (also an ingredient of SkinnyMint) and damiana has been shown to slow digestion, which increases a sense of satiety in users. Basically, it makes you feel fuller, longer. Weight loss was also successful in this study. (3)

Other herbal combinations including mate have also been successful in suppressing appetite, maintaining body weight and managing metabolism.

Nettle leaf.  There is little scientific evidence on the medicinal uses of this plant.

Nettle leaf from the stinging nettle plant has been used in traditional medicines, but there’s little scientific research to support the uses and benefits claimed. However, the leaves mainly seem to increase urination (functioning as a diuretic) and may possibly decrease inflammation. (4)

Dandelion leaf. There is little scientific evidence on the medicinal uses of this plant.

Similarly to nettle leaf, dandelion may help increase urination and decrease inflammation. Other uses are related to digestive health such as loss of appetite, upset stomach, intestinal gas and as a laxative. However, the evidence is inconclusive for these uses. (5)

Guarana seed. Guarana is a plant from South America with a high content of caffeine and other similar chemicals.

Found in South America in the Amazon, guarana is a plant that has been used medicinally by the Guarini tribe. The plant’s seeds, in particular, have become popular for a number of uses such as weight loss and reducing fatigue.(6)

One study showed that the use of guarana can improve cognitive performance. In this study, it’s interesting to note that the caffeine content for the dosage given was fairly low, so there are likely other properties in the plant that contributed to this outcome.

Nat. Id. Orange Flavoring. The answer is in the name. The orange flavoring is natural, but its main purpose is to provide flavor.

The Verdict on Morning Boost

The ingredients of Morning Boost include a good dose of caffeine, antioxidants, and diuretics. According to SkinnyMint, each tea bag contains approximately 62mg of caffeine, as compared to approximately 90mg in 8oz of coffee.

As for the “boosting” effects of Morning Boost, this is probably attributed to the caffeine and effects of guarana on cognitive performance. So, you can count on a nice, refreshing boost from this tea blend, similar to what you may get from drinking a cup of tea or coffee.

There seems to be reasonable evidence to suggest that the ingredients in SkinnyMint, particularly caffeine and flavonoids, can help with weight loss and maintenance. In addition, the combination of mate with guarana may help increase your sense of fullness, reducing appetite or urges to eat.

Furthermore, there are flavonoids, a type of antioxidants, present in the ingredients of Morning Boost, fulfilling the claims of SkinnyMint.

However, while there are benefits, this tea blend also includes ingredients with diuretic properties. Nettle leaves, dandelion and caffeine may have diuretic effects, causing you to urinate more. Caffeine on its own doesn’t cause urination to the point of dehydration and the effect is quite mild according to a review of scientific studies. However, there is little evidence determining the effects that nettle leaves and dandelion may have on urination, and the outcomes of the combination of these three ingredients are also unknown.

For this reason, if you do decide to purchase SkinnyMint, you should take care to ensure you’re drinking enough fluids to avoid dehydration.

Breakdown of Night Cleanse

Ingredients: Senna leaf, ginger root, orange leaf, peppermint leaf, licorice root, hawthorn berry, psyllium seed

The ingredients of Night Cleanse are also all natural, featuring herbs that have been popular in traditional medicine across the globe. Again, we investigated each of the ingredients to understand their main functions and possible benefits related to the claims of SkinnyMint.

The Night Cleanse Contains the Following 7 Super Ingredients:

Senna leaf. A natural laxative that presents adverse effects when used for prolonged periods of time.

Senna is a plant. Both the leaves and berries have been used as natural laxatives for many years. Senna is an anthranoid laxative. It is actually approved for non-prescription use by the FDA, but health professionals warn against using it long-term.

While earlier evidence had connected the prolonged use of senna to cancer, more recent studies have refuted these claims. Long-term use of senna has been linked to damage of intestinal cells resulting in a condition known as melanosis coli. While this condition has been deemed “harmless”, prolonged use of senna (more than two weeks) may have other undesirable effects on the digestive system. WebMD reports that extended use may result in dependence on the herb as a laxative, cause a change in electrolyte balance, heart function disorders, muscle weakness, liver damage and more. (7)

Ginger root. A spicy root used to improve digestive functions and decrease inflammation.

Ginger root has a very distinct flavor and is commonly used in Asian cuisine. It also has many medicinal uses and properties due to the high content of gingerol present in the root. Ginger has been found to be effective in a number of medical applications including arthritis treatment, lowering cholesterol, fighting infection.

Ginger may also have positive effects on the digestive system related to the claims of SkinnyMint that the tea reduces bloating that results in a flat tummy. The root in addition to alleviating nausea, ginger may also help speed up the digestive process, causing food to move out of the gastric tract more quickly. Due to this increased speed of digestion, you may feel that bloating is reduced.

Orange leaf. There is little scientific evidence on the medicinal uses of this part of the plant.

While healthy benefits of the orange fruit itself have been documented, there is little to no backing of claims that orange leaf relieves constipation, or affects digestion or colic.

Peppermint leaf. This popular, fragrant herb is commonly used for digestive ailments and the common cold.

Peppermint is one of the most popular herbal teas consumed. Studies show it has a relaxing effect on the gastrointestinal tract, perhaps relating to claims that SkinnyMint Night Cleanse helps reduce bloating. There is evidence that peppermint may help relieve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) such as bloating, stomach pain and gas, however, this is based on the use of peppermint oil rather than tea.(8)

Licorice root. Licorice is an herb used for many health conditions, but there isn’t much evidence on its effectiveness.

Related to its use in SkinnyMint, licorice has been used for digestive ailments such as heartburn, colic and inflammation. In one study, licorice was helpful in reducing symptoms of constipation-predominant IBS. In addition to increasing bowel movements, there was a reduction in straining, bloating and abdominal pain. (9)

Hawthorn berry. Hawthorn is a shrub that produces berries that have been as a traditional remedy for health problems for many years.

Although there isn’t a lot of evidence on this particular plant, research points to applications such as heart problems, cholesterol, blood pressure and colitis.

While not prevalent, it’s interesting to note that among the negative side effects of hawthorn, digestive troubles are listed.

Psyllium seed. Primarily used as a source of fiber, psyllium can be used to help support healthy digestion.

Most of the studies we found and reference here recommend eating the whole or ground psyllium seed rather than using it as an infusion or tea. This is because psyllium is a great source of fiber. In the digestive tract, researchers have found that psyllium acts as a lubricant, easing and encouraging bowel movements.

Other uses for psyllium seed include treating high cholesterol.

Natural Lemon Flavoring. This natural flavoring is included purely for taste, rather than its medicinal or health related properties.

The Verdict On Night Cleanse

The Night Cleanse blend seems to be based mainly on the inclusion of ingredients that act as laxatives, encouraging bowel movements. While they are mild, in the sense that they aren’t included in quantities great enough to cause diarrhea for the majority of users, the main ingredient, senna, may cause serious health problems if used for a prolonged period of time. SkinnyMint does make note that users should limit the use of the Night Cleanse formula to every other day for one month at a time, research suggests that using the ingredient senna for longer than a two-week stretch may have adverse effects. SkinnyMint’s recommendations of using a maximum of 14 Night Cleanse teas in a month barely meets this requirement.

An additional side effect of the use of laxatives is that they may diminish the effectiveness of birth control pills or other medications. This means that using Night Cleanse may warrant speaking with your doctor to ensure it won’t affect you if you are taking contraceptive pills or other medications.

The use of senna in the Night Cleanse blend certainly raises some reservations. But what about the rest?

You may gain the benefits of the other ingredients simply by drinking ginger or peppermint teas, which seem to have the most research supporting their use in improving digestive health. Psyllium can be used as a supplement on its own or substituted with other sources of fiber. The other ingredients don’t have significant scientific backing.

How Does SkinnyMint Work? A Combined Effect

The teas together create a combined effect that, for many customers, results in reduced bloating and weight loss. As you can see in the breakdown of the teas, the ingredients green tea and mate in the Morning Boost have been linked to weight loss. In addition, the laxative effects of the Night Cleanse keep the body’s digestive system moving right along, also possibly resulting in weight loss. Diuretics present in the Morning Boost may also contribute to losing water weight.

The diminished bloating is probably due to a quickly-moving digestive system as a result of the senna and psyllium. The positive effects of the peppermint and ginger, which are both known for calming digestive ailments also likely contribute to a sense of well-being in the digestive tract.

When it comes to detoxing the body, the results haven’t been studied.

What About Side Effects?

Side effects may include a churning sensation in the stomach or abdominal discomfort after drinking the Night Cleanse. Diarrhea, cramping, dizziness or vomiting are likely symptoms of an adverse reaction to the ingredients.

Those who have a sensitivity to caffeine should avoid the Morning Boost. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should also avoid these teas.

Also, remember that the teas may interact with other medications such as birth control. Check with your doctor to ensure that the teas won’t interact with any medications you’re taking.

Finally, prolonged use of the Night Cleanse may have negative effects on your body because of the ingredient senna.

Medical Views on Detox Teas in General

SkinnyMint isn’t a lone product, there are a great number of detox teas on the market. The health community has responded to these products with little enthusiasm and there is little to no evidence supporting their use.

Why?

Here’s the deal, our bodies already have highly effective detox systems which include the liver, kidneys, lungs and skin. Dr. Yoni Freedhoff goes as far to say that “detox is a make-believe term,” when referencing detox teas. Edzard Ernst, M.D., Ph.D. agrees, “The notion that you can and should flush out your arteries or your intestines may seem plausible, but it’s not.” Your body doesn’t hold on to toxins within the organs used for removing waste. What actually happens is that your liver, and other organs, convert the toxic substances into compounds that are eliminated through sweat, urine or feces.

While there have been studies that show that herbs such as coriander may enhance liver function, this ingredient is not present in either of the SkinnyMint teas. In fact, no known ingredients that may be used for helping the body remove harmful toxins are included in the teas.

In addition to the lackluster support of the medical community,  Dr. Mercola makes special mention that psyllium, an ingredient in Night Cleanse, is often highly contaminated by pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers. A study done by the FDA confirms this, reporting the presence of an herbicide that hasn’t been evaluated by the EPA in a sample of psyllium.

This brings up an important concern for consumers hoping to detox. The presence of toxins such as from pesticides, herbicides and other sprays used in the production of ingredients in a detox tea is highly undesirable as it would counteract the claims of detoxing. What’s more is that in an FDA contaminant and violation testing in 2015, the group “other” which includes spices and dietary supplements, showed up to 11.9% violation rates. A violation indicated containing higher levels of or unapproved residues than approved by the organization. (10)

What Customers are Saying: User Feedback and Testimonials

There are many rave reviews of Skinnymint, and with good reason. SkinnyMint users love the product because the easy to use program achieves results. In the SkinnyMint study done in September 2016, 63% of users reported that they lost weight. Of those who lost weight, 82% lost more than 4 pounds.  An overwhelming 94% of users would recommend SkinnyMint to a friend, the study says. Across the reviews listed on the website, users report results, whether or not they worked on their diet or exercised while using the product.

As can be expected, reviews on third party sites like Amazon.com are not as rosy as what’s reported on SkinnyMint’s website. While there are still many positive reviews, there are also some critical reviews interspersed as well. Some of the main complaints were that the product didn’t work, or that it caused stomach pain and diarrhea.

In the video below, you can check out Charlotte’s experience and her 28-day journey with SkinnyMint.


SkinnyMint Pricing & Refund Policy

There are three packages of tea available for purchase:

The Besties Value Teatox: Includes two 28-day teatox packages. Cost: $89.90

28-Day Ultimate Teatox: Includes one 28-day teatox. Cost: $54.90

14-Day Starter Teatox: Includes one 14-day teatox. Cost: $29.90

You can return your SkinnyMint tea purchased directly through their website for a full refund, as long as the packages are unopened. Returns must be made within 60 days of purchase. The company doesn’t offer any refunds if you are unsatisfied with the product. (11)

Bottom Line: Does SkinnyMint Live Up to Its Claims?

SkinnyMint includes natural ingredients that may produce desirable results of weight loss, decreased bloating and increased energy. However, especially in the case of Night Cleanse, these benefits may be gained at the cost of other aspects of your health.

The Morning Boost blend is the better of the two blends, appearing to be well-grounded in scientific evidence to meet claims of energizing and helping with weight maintenance.

The Night Cleanse could be problematic due to its use of the natural laxative, senna. The other ingredients don’t pose as many risks, but apart from ginger, peppermint and psyllium, the ingredients lack the scientific evidence to support their use for losing weight and decreasing bloating.

Neither of the tea blends offers any ingredients that help the body to detox.

Want similar effects to what SkinnyMint offers without the dangers of laxatives? We recommend some healthier tips to reduce bloating, lose weight and boost your energy levels:

  1. Incorporate sufficient fiber (organic psyllium husk is a great source) and water in your diet to avoid constipation and ensure good digestive health. In addition to adding bulk to your bowel movements, making them easier to pass, fiber is also important for feeding your gut’s good bacteria.
  2. Exercise. This is a great, healthy way to lose weight. Motivate yourself to exercise by setting reasonable goals.
  3. Eat a balanced diet high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
  4. Drink tea (green, black or mate) or coffee in the mornings to give yourself a boost in energy and gain the benefits of caffeine in losing weight.
  5. Drink ginger or peppermint tea after meals to improve digestion. Other solutions such as flat tummy water can also help reduce bloating and discomfort.
  6. In general, a healthy lifestyle will promote maintaining a healthy weight, good digestive health, and energy.

What should you take away as a potential consumer?

Some of the ingredients in the teas offered by SkinnyMint perform functions advertised by the company. It’s an easy to implement program that you can incorporate into your lifestyle without much fuss. However, the product will not offer any detoxification benefits and the Night Cleanse’s use of senna gives potential users a reason to proceed with care. There are other ways, such as the recommendations above, to achieve the benefits advertised by SkinnyMint in healthier and safer ways.