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
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 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
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 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.
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.
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:
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:
- 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.
- Exercise. This is a great, healthy way to lose weight. Motivate yourself to exercise by setting reasonable goals.
- Eat a balanced diet high in whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
- 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.
- Drink ginger or peppermint tea after meals to improve digestion. Other solutions such as flat tummy water can also help reduce bloating and discomfort.
- 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.