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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Product Review: the stylish Hint Mint

Don't be fooled by the cheeky name: Hint Mint is not a company not taking things seriously. Started in 1999, this small candy venture is deadly serious about three things: ingredients, the planet and style.

Hint Mint is a Los Angeles based company, producing, you guessed it, mints. Since they started out, they have only produced certified vegan (and kosher) products and this is one of their strictest rules: no animal products is a set policy.

But beside for the ingredients, they have tought of other ways to make their product greener: the container for the mints, a slick curved tin to fit your back pocket, beautiful in its original packaging and also available in a wonderful range of designs by some of the most famous contemporary graphic artists of the planet, was created with a secon life in mind. Its proportion were carefully studied to fit notes, coins and even credit cards, thus becoming a durable yet comfortable (the curved tin fits perfectly in your back pocket!) metal wallet, thus reducing basically to zero the material going to the garbage bin (and if you think how much paper/foil/plastic each tiny package of regular gums/candies makes, you realize this is not a neglectible step forward).

And if this was not yet enough, Hint Mint is available in the awareness series as well, where 100% of the profits benefit HIV fighting organization Youth AIDS and breast cancer associations Avon Walkf for Breast Cancer and Walk for Hope to Cure Breast Cancer.

And not only they are really good, but the style of these mints is, as they rightfully put it, unparalleled. Their classic series tin is a beautiful Art Noveau tribute and the latest two artist series are just fantastic: 60s inspired illustration by Shag donned last year packagings and now Gary Baseman, likely the most appericated graphic designer of the planet has signed both the current artist series as well as the holiday edition.
Definitely to be kept in mind for your daily fresher breath needs as well as for a vegan Christmas present.

Available for purchase on the Hint Mint website in bulks or singularly for 2.5 $ at Food Fight. As well available in many vegan shops and cafes, high end hotel and gourmet groceries of the globe.
Congratulations to Veronica from A Gang of Bunnies Stole My Idea for being featured on the current issue of Sataya Magazine in the Artist of the Month column. Remeber that Veronica is currently collecting grocery bills for an upcoming project: save them for her and mail them once you have a pile over to her in Spain!


Anonymous primaryconsumer said...

Wow, those Hint Mint's sound amazing! Maybe I should start dropping not so subliminal hints about what I want for Christmas.

5:25 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've seen those when I've been grocery shopping, but had no idea they were such a cool company!


8:09 pm  
Blogger Danielle said...

It sounds like a cool company, but I really hate artificial sweeteners, and Hint Mint has, I think, the evil aspartame.

2:15 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oooh! I was just wondering about what kinds of mints are vegan! I actually grabbed some parsley as I ran out the door today thinking that mints would be easier, plus they wouldn't leave green in my teeth!! Lol! This company looks great. I'll only buy though if they don't use artificial sweeteners. Thanks for all the info!!!!!

Congrats to Veronica!!!!!


8:03 am  
Blogger t. said...

No aspartame in the ingredient list of the classic mints (they do exhist sugar-free as well with a different ingredient list). This are the ingredients (for the chocolate mint flavour):

-corn syrup
-natural and artificial flavours
-calcium stearate

I am by far not an expert, but maybe this way you can judge better for yourself!

5:03 pm  
Blogger t. said...

Oh what the heck, there are all the ingredients for the classic mints:

-peppermint oil
-calcium stearate

-natural and artificial flavours
-corn syrup solids
-magnesium stearate
-FD &C Red 40 Lake and natural flavour

-corn syrup solids
-licorice powder
-natural flavor
-magnesium stearate
-acesulfame potassium

As I said, I am not chemist but the peppermint seems to have three harmless ingredients.

5:07 pm  
Blogger Urban Vegan's Evil Twin said...

I love socially conscious companies. Unlike Ben & Jerry's. ahem!

Now all use vegans (and non-vegans, too) can have planet-friendly, minty breath.

3:32 am  
Blogger kleo2 said...

Thank you for this post. Enlightening in the most minty way. I love when companies CARE. It gives me hope for this world.

Great to know this info, thank you, t.!

4:26 am  
Blogger kleo2 said...

I just noticed that i have a package of the chocolate ones at home... yay!

7:58 am  
Blogger veronica said...

Thanks for the congratz :) you're sweet

12:12 pm  
Anonymous julie said...

Hmmm...Artificial flavors, artificial colors, corn syrup solids, and artifical sweeteners. So much for these Hint Mints. No thanks! I've had the peppermint - it's o.k. tasting but that's about it. I've had better natural mints on the market without all that crap in them.

11:44 pm  
Anonymous Cliff said...

Vegan? What about the calcium / magnesium stearate? Isn't that potentially made from animal sources?

2:12 am  
Anonymous Cliff said...

Okay, some more investigation indicates that calcium & magnesium stearate can also be derived from vegetable sources. So I guess if they say it's vegan, we have to assume they're not using animal sources for that ingredient. But watch out for those ingredients in general...

7:24 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The stearate they use is made from veggies.

11:11 pm  
Blogger Leviana said...

I have a vegan diet, so i nned to know if a Medicine Without Prescription treatment can affect this diet.

4:47 pm  

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