Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Boom! Toothy Tabs

The idea of Boom! originally scared me a little. Reading the ingredients list, you’ve got Charcoal, Chilli, Gunpowder Tea and Black Pepper? Honestly it doesn’t seem like something I’d want to put in my mouth and especially not to clean my teeth? Nevertheless Boom! does seem to be pretty popular, and you do see rave reviews over other charcoal toothpastes.

Like the rest of Lush’s Toothy Tabs, Boom! contains Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous and Sodium Bicarbonate for their plaque removing properties and their ability to increase the alkalinity inside the mouth, creating an environment that is hostile for bacterial growth. However the Charcoal and Sea Salt content of Boom! gently polishes and cleanses the teeth also! Charcoal containing toothpastes are on the rise because of how great they are at removing stains and therefore whitening the teeth. Boom! further contains an odd sounding product called Gunpowder Tea, which is a type of green tea. The leaves from this plant are rich in antioxidants that are great for improving the health of the mouth and gums. It gets its name from the shape of the leaves because when rolled into tiny black pellets, they can be mistaken for gunpowder grains.

It’s the Charcoal that gives the product it’s black colour, and it’s a strange feeling when you see your mouth turn black when you’re using one of these tabs but there’s also a sense of fun too, so I reckon Boom would make a great product to get those young teens to brush their teeth!

Boom! is meant to taste like cola, and to be fair, it kinda does. Boom! contains zesty Persian Lime Oil, liquorice-tasting Aniseed Oil, spicy Black Pepper Oil, vanillary Benzoin Resinoid with a small amount of Ground Chilli and even simply reading those ingredients, you can see how they’d make up a similar taste to cola. It’s an odd taste, yet it’s really not bad at all, Lush have added Sorbitol as a sweetener and it’s actually pretty good once you get used to it. Sorbitol is a sugar alcohol derived from corn syrup, but despite this it doesn’t have any harmful affects on the teeth.

The only problem with Boom! is that due to its colour, it can be a tad messy and can stain clothing and leave black marks on your sink. If it happens, don’t worry as its easily wiped away and washed out of fabrics but it can be annoying. Just be careful when you’re brushing your teeth I guess.

I’m actually enjoying using Boom! at the moment, I’m already starting to notice my teeth looking brighter with just a weeks worth of uses and it leaves my mouth and breath feeling clean and fresh. I’d happily purchase them again!

You can check out Boom! for yourself here at the Lush UK website.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Charcoal, Cream Of Tartar, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Kaolin, Fine Sea Salt, Flavour, Persian Lime Oil, Aniseed Oil, Black Pepper Oil, Benzoin Resinoid, Powdered Gunpowder Tea, Organic Ground Chilli, Sodium Saccharin, Citral, Limonene

 

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Adam’s Apple Mouthwash Tabs

With Lush’s currently limited range of Mouthwash flavours, I’m always hoping that they’ll bring out a new and unique flavour that I’ll really love. I know we’ve just had the release of Brave, but I wanted more and was super excited when I saw the potential of apple-flavoured mouthwash for the Valentine’s range.

These new mouthwash tabs smell like sweet apple flavoured bubblegum, which really excited me to try them. The flavour is really unique, not particularly tasting of apples as such, but it’s definitely a fruity flavour with added minty freshness. It’s a mix of Lemon, Lime and Spearmint Oils as well as something called Malic Acid, found in many fruits including apples, which has a tart, juicy flavour. This is fundamentally the best tasting mouthwash Lush have ever done, theres nothing slightly odd or off putting about it, it’s sweet, zesty and just enjoyable. Even my partner likes Adam’s Apple and he hates the rest of the range.

You might be wondering how something so sweet can be good for your teeth? Well the sweeteners Lush use in their mouthwashes (Stevia, Xylitol, Sorbitol) have been proven to not cause tooth decay, unlike refined sugar, making them an excellent substitute in dental products. Stevia also has the added benefit of actually suppressing dental bacteria growth to help keep your gums and teeth clean.

Lush’s mouthwash tabs contain Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate and Silica to cleanse and remove and prevent plaque build up. Sodium Bicarb is noted for its cleansing and protective effects on the gums and teeth. In the mouth, when mixed with saliva, sodium bicarbonate creates a hostile environment for acidic bacteria as it increases the pH of the saliva. An ideal ingredient in mouthwash, as the gentle fizzing of the Sodium Bicarbonate with Citric Acid will cleanse and deodorise the mouth without the use of alcohol. Furthermore, Adam’s Apple also contains Aloe Vera Powder to soothe and protect the gums.

Once you pop one of the tabs in your mouth and mix it with water, it immediately foams up filling your mouth with the flavour instantly, leaving your breath fresh and a real feeling of cleanliness in your mouth.

Adam’s Apple is definitely my favourite mouthwash flavour to date and is far superior than the rest of the current range. I think it’s about time Lush do a whole new range of flavours with Adam’s Apple staying as a year round product! Nevertheless, I’ve stocked up so they’ll definitely last me a while!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Stevia, Xylitol, Spearmint Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Lime Oil, Menthol Crystals, Fair Trade Organic Aloe Vera Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 77491, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2.

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Limelight Toothy Tabs

When you think of Lush products, their dental care is often overlooked and is rarely something that customers are massively interested in. I think for most people, having good oral hygiene is, understandably, immensely important so parting with their trusty toothpaste is somewhat scary, incase other options don’t work as well. I know this was definitely a massive obstacle I personally had to overcome before aiming to make the switch.

There are many pros to using one of Lush’s toothy tabs over a regular tube of toothpaste. Landfill sites are filled with billions of toothpaste tubes yearly and as conventional toothpaste is predominantly packaged in plastic-coated, aluminium-lined tubes, they are rarely recyclable. Although yes, Lush’s tabs are packaged in a plastic bottle, both that and the lid are 100% recyclable in your local recycling points. Lush received a lot of backlash when it decided to stop packaging their toothy tabs in cardboard boxes, however the cardboard packaging didn’t allow the tabs to stay as fresh as they can be in plastic.

Toothy tabs also give customers the option to choose a toothpaste alternative that is free from fluoride and instead they use ingredients such as Sodium Bicarbonate which increases the alkalinity levels inside our mouths, keeping the breath fresh and Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, which is a natural salt, also in the toothy tabs for its polishing and plaque removing properties.

In terms of Limelight, it contains cleansing and antiseptic Lime, Lemon and Mint Oils which give it the taste of Lemon flavoured candies and hard boiled sweets. Although it sounds somewhat sour, it’s really isn’t and is simply a different, yet still refreshing alternative to standard minty toothpaste. Whenever I use it, my mouth feels really fresh and clean!

Limelight also contains something called Baobab Fruit Powder, which gives the tabs a slight fizzing, sherbet-like feel when in use and is a nice touch. Maybe it’s something that could help younger children start using them!

Check out Limelight for yourself over at the Lush UK website!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Sorbitol, Kaolin, Lime Oil, Lemon Oil, Spearmint Oil, Almond Oil, Baobab Fruit Powder, Gardenia Extract, Citric Acid, Silica, Titanium Dioxide, Malic Acid, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Sodium Saccharin, Citral, Limonene, Flavour, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 77491

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Ugai Mouthwash Tabs

Ugai is the Japanese word for gargling and Ugai Mouthwash Tabs are inspired by the Japanese custom of gargling to maintain health and vitality. Hygiene routines are massive in Japanese culture as ancient customs suggest that millions of deities exist in everyday objects and these deities hate impurity, placing importance on personal hygiene in Japanese society. Gargling is at the heart of these customs. If you grew up in Japan, it is likely that your mother would say something like “When you come home, the first thing you must do is wash your hands and gargle!”

Offering a different alternative to standard minty mouthwashes, Ugai is herbal and somewhat salty in flavour and is great for a deeply cleansing.

Antiseptic Tea Tree cleanses the mouth, preventing bacterial growth and bad smells, whilst Sea Salt freshens the breath and prevents dryness by creating more saliva. Green Tea, which is popular in Japan as a gargling ingredient, is also antibacterial and gives the product it’s gentle flavour.

As with all of Lush’s dental products, you won’t find Fluoride in this mouthwash to give customers the option of choosing a product that’s free from this controversial chemical. Instead Lush use Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica and Xylitol as ingredients to help cleanse and remove plaque and to prevent bacterial growth in the mouth. These synthetics are completely safe and have no data suggesting that they are harmful in any way.

I find that whilst Ugai’s flavour isn’t really for me, it does effectively eradicate any form of bad breath from strong foods or coffee so I often take some out in a little sample tub to use throughout the day! All you need to do to use them is simply nibble one of the diamond shaped tabs, swish in your mouth with some water and then spit!

One thing I will say is be careful if you have any sores or cuts in your mouth, as because of the salt content it can sting slightly!

Check out Ugai for yourself here.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Fine Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Tea Tree Oil, Green Tea Powder, Xylitol

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Crème De Menthe Mouthwash Tabs

Although Toothy Tabs have been around a lot longer, Lush have only been doing Mouthwash Tabs since 2016 when they released a whole range of them. Where Miles of Smiles is the closest Toothy Tab to standard toothpaste in terms of flavour, Crème De Menthe is the most similar alternative to standard minty mouthwash, as you’d expect from the name.

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They come as little diamond shaped tablets, in a recyclable bottle. The idea is you take one tablet, pop it in your mouth and take a sip of water to start the fizz. Then you nibble and swish before spitting the water out like you would with normal mouthwash.

When using liquid mouthwash, the amount of product you take into your mouth can vary, and so mouthwash tabs have been carefully formulated and tested to be the perfect concentration of ingredients when taken with a sip of water, whether big or small.

Lush don’t feel comfortable with adding fluoride to their products, unlike other mouthwash brands. The use of this chemical has always been controversial and there’s no evidence to suggest that fluoride is essential for having healthy teeth and gums.

Instead Lush use Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica and Xylitol as ingredients to help prevent bacterial growth (bad smells) in the mouth. These ingredients are completely safe and have no data suggesting that they are harmful in any way.

Crème De Menthe gets the minty flavour from Menthol Crystals and Peppermint. Crème De Menthe is quite strong in flavour and for those looking for alternatives to generic mouthwash because of the strong flavour then maybe this isn’t for you. Personally, I love the strong, cooling and refreshing feeling of big minty flavours so this mouthwash works well for me. It leaves a tingly feeling on your tongue so you know for sure its working!

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I find that this mouthwash freshens the breath almost instantly, very much like chewing gum or mint candies. I often take a bottle of mine out with me in my bag in case of bad breath emergencies! The small bottle is so compact so it’s much easier than taking out a whole bottle of standard mouthwash.

I really like the mouthwash tabs, Lush recently showcased some really great new flavours at their 2018 Creative Showcase so I’m hoping that these become part of the range soon as I feel new and exciting flavours are definitely needed!

Check out Crème De Menthe on the Lush UK website here.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Glycerine, Stevia, Xylitol, Flavour, Menthol Crystals, Peppermint Oil, Peppermint Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Limonene, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2, Colour 77491

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Miles Of Smiles Toothy Tabs

Toothy Tabs are probably one of the last things that you think about when it comes to Lush Products and are often overlooked by people not willing to part with their Aquafresh at home. They’re a little different, and at first I was really put off by the thought of using something other than standard toothpaste but I’ll try anything once.

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Unlike most standard toothpastes, Lush don’t use fluoride in their alternatives. The talk about fluoride is a complicated discussion with some people saying it’s harmless and others suggesting that data has proven high amounts of fluoride to be potentially toxic. Really, it’s a personal decision what you want to put in your body and Lush are simply giving customers more choice when it comes to finding their perfect dental products.

To use you simply pop one of the appropriately sized tabs between your front teeth and chew it up slightly. Then run your toothbrush through the water from the tap and brush your teeth with the foam the tabs produce!

In their toothy tabs, Lush have chosen to use other ingredients to help clean teeth and prevent tooth decay such as Sodium Bicarbonate, Kaolin and something called Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous.

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous is a natural salt which is widely used in toothpastes for its polishing and plaque removing properties, it’s also often used a supplement for calcium. Sodium Bicarbonate and Kaolin are also very cleansing and help the product foam up.

Sodium Bicarbonate also raises the alkaline levels in the saliva, creating an environment that is hostile for bacterial growth.

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Miles of Smiles is probably the closest in flavour to actual Toothpaste. It’s a triple whammy of mint flavours, leaving your mouth smelling and feeling fresh and the oils produced from the Peppermint plant are very antibacterial for a strong clean. It’s definitely the best one to try first, especially if you aren’t keen on trying different flavours of dental care. I’m sure they’re not as bad as you think!

Check out Lush’s current range of Toothy Tabs on the UK website here.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, English Peppermint Oil, Organic Peppermint Oil, Wild Mint Oil, Sodium Saccharin, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour

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