Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

Dirty Toothy Tabs

I remember when I first tried these. Years and years ago, way before my love for the company was fully realised, my best friend bought me a gift set which included these so called ‘toothy tabs’. I remember thinking they were really weird and honestly, not really enjoying using them. Fast forward to when I first started working for Lush and I still carried that same opinion about all their toothy and mouthwash tabs. It wasn’t until I started trying other flavours and forcing myself to use these instead of regular toothpaste that comes in tubes and are bad for the environment, that I started enjoying them more. And now in full circle, here I am using Dirty for the first time since.

Dirty is an odd flavour, and an odd name for a toothpaste too, although Lush fans will know it just means it’s part of the expansive ‘Dirty’ range. Featuring Spearmint and Neroli, it’s predominantly a fresh minty smell and flavour, with slightly herbal notes. I’m a big fan of your bog-standard minty flavours like Miles Of Smiles, but the addition of the Neroli is slightly strange I do admit. Neroli comes from the bitter orange tree and is known for its intensely green and floral aroma, which isn’t really something you’d find in a toothpaste. Whilst the Spearmint does vastly overpower the subtle notes of the Neroli, it’s still just a little too strange for my palate. I guess even though I’ve grown to like the toothy tabs, this flavour just isn’t really for me.

Nonetheless I’m still using these tabs and in all fairness they do leave my mouth feeling super clean and fresh. Although Lush’s dental products don’t contain fluoride, they do contain other ingredients which are just as cleansing. Sodium Bicarbonate, Kaolin and Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous all have plaque removing properties and create an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth within the mouth.

When my friend bought these for me all that time ago, Lush sold their toothy tabs in cardboard boxes. Since they changed over to their plastic bottles there’s been some outcry from customers who think it’s a step back from being more eco-friendly. Whilst it’s true that obviously cardboard boxes are much better for the environment, Lush decided to make the change simply to ensure that the product stays fresher for longer. Plus, like everything else in their store, the bottles and lids can be fully recycled in your local community and if that’s not good enough you can bring them back to a Lush store to be recycled using their closed loop recycling scheme. I feel like if you’re really that passionate about being more eco-friendly then you’re gonna make the effort to recycle your containers properly.

Anyway, even though I’ll continue to use these tabs, I do think it would be nice if perhaps they were replaced as part of the range in all stores with one of the more exciting flavours currently only at Lush Liverpool Spa, such as Toothy Fruity! I do wonder if we’ll see a roll out of the newer flavours anytime soon. Not to mention the toothpaste jellies!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, Spearmint Oil, Neroli Oil, Sodium Saccharin, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour

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Top Gum Toothy Tabs

After the success of the Toothy Fruity Toothy Tabs I got from the exclusive range at Lush Liverpool, I was eager to try out another. A co-worker was heading up there so I asked her to surprise me with a flavour of her choice and she bought me back Top Gum. I assume it’s named after the 1986 action film ‘Top Gun’ staring Tom Cruise and is described as ‘the maverick of mouth care’.

As with all of Lush’s Toothy Tabs, Top Gum doesn’t contain any fluoride but instead contains ingredients that work equally as well to freshen the breath and remove plaque and bacteria. Sodium Bicarbonate increases the alkalinity levels inside the mouth which creates an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth. Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous is a natural salt, which along with the Sodium Bicarbonate is great for removing plaque and polishing the teeth. Kaolin also contributes by gently polishing too.

As soon as you pop the lid off of these new toothy tabs, you’re greeted by a strong spicy aroma that’s unmistakably cinnamon-fronted and strongly reminds me of Goldschläger, you know, that cinnamon liqueur with gold flakes in it which people used to think made small cuts in your throat? Now I don’t mind the smell of cinnamon, but coupled with all the other spices that Top Gum contains, it’s very overpowering.

Along with Cinnamon Bark Oil and Cinnamon Powder, these spicy tabs contain Clove Bud Oil as well as Whole Clove, Pimento Berry Oil, Allspice Berries, Long Pepper and Grains Of Paradise. Cloves contain a high amount of eugenol, which is really effective at soothing the mouth and gums. Pimento and Allspice also contain a great amount of eugenol and have antiseptic effects too.

As you can imagine the taste of Top Gum is also fairly spicy and with the first few seconds of it being in my mouth, the gold flecked alcohol was once again instantly brought to mind. However after I started brushing, the strong taste weakened and mellowed. With the addition of peppery Grains Of Paradise which are closely related to cardamom, along with Long Pepper giving notes of aniseed and liquorice, the taste isn’t wholly bad. Sicilian Lemon Oil is also somewhere in the mix but I really couldn’t notice it.

Now I’ve been using these tabs for a while, I’m starting to enjoy them more. I find that like it says on the bottle, my gums aren’t at all irritated and actually feel really good after brushing. The aftertaste is a little odd for a toothpaste but if you’re using a nice mouthwash tab then it just goes away! It also includes Menthol Crystals to help freshen the breath too.

Whilst I probably wouldn’t purchase these again, I’d definitely recommend them to anyone who loves the taste of cinnamon and who wants to move away from more minty and/or fresh toothpastes. They’d probably also be great if your teeth and gums are more sensitive and prone to irritation!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, Xylitol, Clove Bud Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, Cinnamon Bark Oil, Pimento Berry Oil, Cinnamon Powder, Stevia, Whole Clove, Grains Of Paradise, Allspice Berries, Long Pepper, Menthol Crystals, Talc, Colour 77491, Cinnamal, Cinnamyl Alcohol, Citral, Eugenol, Limonene, Flavour

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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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Toothy Fruity Toothy Tabs

Another amazing thing you’ll find at the newly opened store in Liverpool is a vast collection of new Toothy and Mouthwash Tabs. In general I think that the flavours and varieties across the current range that’s in all stores is in desperate need of a revamp, so I was excited to try a couple of these new flavours!

One that really stood out to me was the most colourful of the bunch, Toothy Fruity. These tabs come in three colours, yellow, pink and blue – although all three colours are the same flavour. When I unscrewed the lid for the first time in the store, I was greeted with a fruity sweet aroma of candy and bubblegum and I knew I had to take this one home for myself.

Toothy Fruity contains the regular Toothy Tab ingredients of Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous and Sodium Bicarbonate, which cleanse, prevent plaque, destroy odours and increase the alkalinity levels inside the mouth, creating an environment that’s hostile for bacterial growth. A couple of sweeteners have also been added, but these are completely safe and don’t have any harmful effects on the teeth or gums.

In terms of the flavour, Toothy Fruity contains Lime Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil and Almond Essential Oil which creates a sweet and fruity flavour that is actually rather enjoyable and tastes just like bubblegum! The addition of Sea Salt prevents the flavour from being too sweet and there’s a freshness that comes from Menthol Crystals too. I really like this flavour and I’d definitely say it’s my favourite flavour yet!

To use a Toothy Tab you simply pop one in your mouth, give it a little chew and brush your teeth with the foam it produces. It’s quite fun seeing the brightly coloured foam after spitting out depending on which colour you use. I find that my mouth feels adequately clean and fresh after using these, which is obviously the main thing they’re designed for.

I’d love to see this flavour have a wider release as I imagine it’s one of the more popular flavours amongst the exclusive range. Though I bought a couple of other tabs too so stay tuned for posts on those coming soon!

Ingredients

Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, Xylitol, Flavour, Lime Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Menthol Crystals, Fine Sea Salt, Stevia, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2

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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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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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