I have been experimenting with various flavours of Mint since Helena (which I love but, of course, it's no longer supported). At last, I think I've found one in Mint 13 xfce.
Only one thing I don't like is the antiquated menus.
A little research indicates that Mate menus can be used via a "mintMenu" entry (if you see what I mean!). However, although SPM says that it is already installed I cannot find it anywhere?