With Halloween barely behind us, I’ve recently noticed that festive candy canes have already started to fill the candy aisles. Truth be told, it’s a bit early for me to embrace the candy cane, but it’s never too early for me to embrace that minty freshness. You see, I love the smell of mint — It makes me feel awake, alive, refreshed and happy. And the good news about mint is its benefits far outweigh its amazing aroma.
When mint is ingested, inhaled or applied topically, it’s known to soothe your stomach and aid in digestion, lift your mood and increase concentration, alertness, visual motor response and memory, decrease appetite, help relieve headaches, cool on contact, reduce inflammation and decrease acne. Clearly, this little miracle herb can do virtually anything and everything to get you in head-to-toe mint condition.
Check out these 6 minty-fresh beauties:
Aveda Nourish-Mint Smoothing Lip Color ($17) is available in 20 gorgeous shades to suit every complexion and mood. You’ll find a range of earth tones, pinks, plums, roses, spices and nudes, too. After using, you can expect fuller, moister, smoother lips and you’ll also love the added certified organic peppermint, vanilla and ginger essential oils for cool refreshment and flavor.
Caudalie Beauty Elixer ($49) is my desert island beauty product — I just can’t live without it! This multitasked can be applied to bare skin or over makeup. It will brighten your complexion, set makeup, make pores appear smaller and refresh you and your complexion any time you’re looking for an instant pick-me-up. It’s formulated with mint, rosemary, grape extracts and rose essential oil so just one spritz will instantly leave your complexion tingling, tighter and radiant.
Jo Malone White Jasmine & Mint Body Oil ($65) combines just-crushed wild mint with jasmine, lily, orange flower and rose with sweet almond, jojoba seed and avocado oils. Add some to your bath water for a skin-softening, soothing, lightly scented, luxurious experience.
LUSH Pink Peppermint Foot Cream ($25.95) is formulated with an invigorating arnica and mint infusion to soothe and refresh sore or tired feet. This mega moisturizing foot cream contains cocoa butter, peppermint, spearmint and other sole saving ingredients. Massage cream into clean, dry feet anytime they need a boost or give yourself an extra-soothing, softening treat by applying a generous amount at bedtime and topping with cotton socks.
Flo + Theo Wild Mint Body Butter ($28) contains only wholesome, vegan and 100% natural ingredients, blending Cocoa Butter, Shea Butter and Coconut Oil so it’s rich in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. This body butter is super moisturizing, extremely emollient and easily absorbed into skin plus the minty notes will refresh and revitalize your mind, body and spirit.
Jurlique Peppermint Pure Essestial Oil ($18) is used in aromatherapy and skincare to support your health and beauty regimen. To use, add 5–7 drops to water in a vaporizer or 10 drops to a carrier oil for use in massage. You can also add a few drops to your usual shampoo, body wash or body lotion for added antiseptic and antimicrobial properties.