Dental Care, Mouth, Mouthwash Tabs

Gin & Tonic Mouthwash Tabs

I’ll just come right out and say it, but I bloody love a good Gin & Tonic. It’s my number one drink of choice and I like to think of myself as something of a gin connoisseur. Therefore, when I saw this amongst the exclusives at Lush’s new store in Liverpool, I just had to buy it.

Juniper Berries are what gives gin its distinctive flavour, so it’s no surprise to find it included on the ingredients list for the gin-like taste and aroma (yes it really does taste quite like gin!). Juniperberry Oil isn’t just used for the flavour as it also has soothing and antibacterial properties.

The rest of the essential oils are predominately all ingredients you’d commonly find as botanicals in different gins to enhance the flavour of the drink. Lime Oil offers a zesty and citrusy note to the flavour and cleanses the mouth effectively. Coriander has a sweet, spicy and woody aroma and taste, perfect for complimenting gin and also has antibacterial properties. Like the Juniperberry Oil, an Elderflower Infusion is also well known for its soothing properties and lastly Angelica Root Oil and Caraway Oil have also been included to enhance the taste of the iconic beverage. 

Along with the aforementioned antibacterial ingredients, you’ve still got the typical mouthwash ingredients such as Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous and Sodium Bicarb which really polish the teeth, freshen the breath and create an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth, all without the use of fluoride or alcohol.

I truly believe that this product does actually taste of gin and I’m really rather impressed. Saying that, there is something that’s slightly off the mark and that’s the addition of Menthol Crystals. Mint isn’t usually a flavour you find in gin so it seems like an odd choice to go for, but  I assume Lush included it to help freshen the breath. With this inclusion it kinda tastes, and smells, like gin with a hint of mint, which is slightly weird. I can’t say I know what the product would be like without it but personally I would have left it out as I find it distracts from the flavour you want.

I was also surprised at the lack of quinine in this product. Quinine is what gives tonic water it’s bitter yet familiar taste, so I’m also wondering why Lush didn’t want to include it in this product, seeing as they’ve used it before in Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster? I guess the Lime Oil kinda helps to give the same taste but even still it seems like it should be in it.

Even with all these questions, I still really really like these mouthwash tabs and if you’re somewhat of a gin fan then you definitely need to try them! Hopefully these along with the rest of the exclusive dental products at Lush Liverpool Spa will see a wider release sometime soon, I think the current storewide range is in need of some new exciting products.

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Glycerine, Sorbitol, Xylitol, Malic Acid, Stevia, Menthol Crystals, Juniperberry Oil, Coriander Seed Oil, Lime Oil, Angelica Root Oil, Elderflower Infusion, Caraway Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Cinnamal, Citral, Eugenol, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour, Colour 42090

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Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster Mouthwash Tabs

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!

Ingredients

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

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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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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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