A Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster is an alcoholic beverage invented by ex-President of the Universe Zaphod Beeblebrox and is considered to be the best drink in existence. Its effects are similar to ‘having your brains smashed in by a slice of lemon wrapped round a large gold brick.’ Well, this is what it is in the universe of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy’ by Douglas Adams. To us, it’s another flavour of Lush’s Mouthwash Tabs.
Although only recently becoming more into Toothy Tabs, I’ve always been a fan of the Mouthwash Tabs. They’re so convenient for when you’re traveling, due to their small size and the fact they aren’t liquid so you don’t have to worry about when you’re at customs or about them leaking. I often use mine on the go as a breath freshener too!
Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster (try saying that after a few drinks!) contains Menthol Crystals, Lemon Oil and Aniseed Oil. The most noticeable ingredient from the smell is definitely the menthol, but intertwined with the fresh scent of Lemon Oil and a spicy herbal hit from Aniseed, it doesn’t smell too dissimilar to cough syrup.
Saying that, the taste is rather medicinal too, and it’s mainly the Aniseed Oil that causes this. The oil is often used in medicines to take advantage of its many benefits; it’s antiseptic, it helps to sooth congestion in the respiratory tract and is useful for eliminating bacteria in mouth and throat. This is what links the flavour of common medicines to these mouthwash tabs. The added Lemon and Menthol, along with fresh tasting Quinine do help the tabs to taste less liquorice like, but I strongly dislike aniseed so it’s not a taste I can get behind using twice a day I’m afraid.
Other than Aniseed Oil, PGGB contains other ingredients to promote good oral hygiene. In all their toothy tabs and mouthwash tabs, Lush use Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica and Xylitol to prevent bacterial growth inside the mouth and in turn, preventing bad breath. Lush do not use alcohol in their mouthwash, unlike most brands out there.
If you aren’t sure how to use a mouth wash tab, simply pop one into the mouth and take a sip of water to start the fizz, nibble and swish before spitting it out. You can also dissolve a mouthwash tab in a small amount of water and rinse the mouth that way. They’re a great final step in your oral routine but unlike using the toothy tabs, these don’t substitute brushing.
Whilst I don’t exactly hate the flavour of PGGB, I’m not overly keen on it’s medicinal taste so it’s unlikely I’ll be using these again anytime soon, but I will say that they are great at helping my mouth to feel fresher after brushing and that’s what they’re designed for I guess!
Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Malic Acid, Stevia, Xylitol, Menthol Crystals, Lemon Oil, Aniseed Oil, Gardenia Extract, Sorbitol, Quinine, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour