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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Bath, Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Honey Lip Scrub

Honey Lip Scrub is currently Lush’s only non-vegan lip scrub because it contains the very ingredient it’s named after. Honey is often mistaken as being a vegan-friendly product because there’s a common misconception that bees produce honey for no real reason, but it’s actually their main food source.

Now I’m not trying to turn anyone vegan with this post, I myself am not a vegan, although I follow a mainly vegan diet and strongly believe everyone should at least try and aim for the same. Honey is arguably one of the easiest things to swap out for vegan alternatives such as Agave Nectar or Maple Syrup. Luckily, Lush buy their honey from farmers and communities that they totally trust and are confident that they treat their animals with the utmost respect and care. To the point where if something slips out of place and they aren’t happy with the standards, they will cease manufacturing of products until another source becomes available. Personally I do think Lush is on its way to becoming a 100% vegan company, they’ve already removed eggs from their products and I’m sure will follow suit with honey and beeswax soon.

I find Honey Lip Scrub to be one of the more moisturising lip scrubs, because of this honey content. Honey is a natural humectant, which means it protects and retains moisture into the skin. This lip scrub also contains hydrating Jojoba Oil (as all lip scrubs do).

In terms of it’s scent and flavour, Honey has a sweet caramel-like smell with cool hints of mint. It contains Vegan White Chocolate and soothing Vanilla Absolute for a sweet and delicious taste with a subtle juiciness of Sweet Wild Orange Oil. The minty notes come from the inclusion of Spearmint Oil which acts as a stimulant. It’s a relatively nice taste, though far too sweet for continuous use in my opinion.

Because of that Spearmint Oil, Honey Lip Scrub is supposedly great for plumping up the lips, though I can’t say I notice too much of a difference after using it. All in all, Honey is a pretty decent lip scrub, though I reckon its lifetime is a lot shorter than some of the other ones in the range if Lush really are heading in the vegan direction.

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Vegan White Chocolate, Flavour, Peppermint Oil, Vanilla Absolute, Sweet Wild Orange Oil, Honey, Alpha-Isomethyl Ionone, Limonene

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Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

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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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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Dental Care, Mouth, Toothy Tabs

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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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Cookie Dough Lip Scrub

A couple of weekends ago, I was fortunate enough to visit the recently opened store in Liverpool, which can I say is beautiful. It’s now the biggest Lush store in the world and spreads across three floors including a spa! But perhaps the most exciting thing, is the fact that it hosts over three-hundred new products! Cookie Dough Lip Scrub is one of these new exclusives, and is currently the only lip scrub on their exclusive list.

I’m gonna come right out and say it, but Cookie Dough is the BEST lip scrub Lush have ever done. Period. It literally smells and tastes like the delicious treat that it’s named after. It’s rich and decadent, like gooey buttery caramel and I am super impressed.

For this sweet, indulgent flavour, Cookie Dough contains an intriguing blend of ingredients. First we have warming, familiar and sweet Vanilla Absolute, which Lush suggests makes up the main component of the scent along with Cocoa. Cocoa Powder has a silky texture which really helps to soften skin, and is what gives this lip scrub its rich taste and fragrance. Boosting that cocoa flavour, Carob Resinoid comes from the evergreen carob tree, native to the mediterranean and has a naturally sweet chocolate-like taste; according to Lush, this is what gives this lip scrub it’s ‘baked’ flavour.

Furthermore there’s a distinct nutty taste to Cookie Dough which isn’t surprising considering it contains Hazelnut Oil, Pistachio Oil and Almond Essential Oil too. Another ingredient has also been included for its nutty taste, and this is Balsam Fir Resin, which gives the lip scrub a somewhat woody note in its scent.

As a lip exfoliator, it contains two types of Sugar along with Fine Sea Salt which do the job well. However one thing that certainly makes Cookie Dough stand out is that it’s super moisturising too. I know that *all* lip scrubs are somewhat softening for the skin, but I’ve certainly not tried any like this one. It almost has a wetter texture to it, which leaves your skin feeling gorgeously hydrated thanks to Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and the Pistachio and Hazelnut Oils too. Nut oils are rich in vitamin E and oleic acid meaning they are easily absorbed and help to deeply moisturise, firm and protect the skin.

I’m honestly blown away by this product. Although I’ve loved lip scrubs like The Kiss before, I’ve never been quite as obsessed with one as I am with Cookie Dough. It’s effective and mouthwateringly moreish and I struggle to put it down without eating using more! It’s a MUST try from Liverpool and I’d be thrilled to see it have a wider release one day. For now though, it’s available as part of this month’s Lush Labs release so make sure you get your hands on it!

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Granulated Sugar, Fair Trade Shea Butter, Hazelnut Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Vanilla Absolute, Almond Essential Oil, Balsam Fir Resin, Carob Resinoid, Gardenia Extract, Pistachio Oil, Cocoa Powder, Titanium Dioxide, Limonene, Flavour

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Lip Scrubs, Mouth

Carrot Cake Lip Scrub

Carrot Cake is one of my favourite cakes so I was pretty excited to see how a carrot cake flavoured lip scrub would turn out! I’m not one for stupidly sweet flavours so I was hoping I wouldn’t find it too sickly, like some others.

Most of Lush’s lip scrubs don’t really contain a lot of ingredients, but Carrot Cake has a pretty long list which tells me a lot of thought has gone into perfecting the formula. Once you open the lid and have a sniff, you’re greeted by a syrupy sweet aroma that’s actually very reminiscent of the cake it’s named after! I can definitely pick out a slightly orangey note in the smell alongside the sweet cakey aroma and it really makes you excited to try it.

Honestly and surprisingly when you taste it, it’s so easy to imagine you’re actually eating cake! It’s a sweet maple syrup-like flavour, again with orangey notes and a hint of warmth. It’s a nice taste but I can definitely imagine it getting sickly after too much.

It’s difficult to say what exact ingredients give the smell and the aroma but the orangey notes are definitely coming from the Brazilian Orange Oil present in the mix, although Carrot Cake also contains Orange Peel Wax too. The warmth likely comes from the addition of Ginger Oleoresin along with Cinnamon Powder and the slightly nutty flavour may come from Walnut Oil and/or Toasted Hazelnut Oil. Carrot Cake contains a couple of strange ingredients too – Carob Resinoid comes from the evergreen carob tree, native to the mediterranean and has a naturally sweet cocoa-like taste, and according to Lush, this is what gives this lip scrub it’s ‘baked cake’ flavour. Fenugreek Absolute is another uncommon ingredient that has a maple syrup-like taste.

As a lip scrub, it contains the usual exfoliant of Caster Sugar which buffs away dead skin nicely, but Carrot Cake also contains Ground Almonds too, and a lesser amount of Fine Sea Salt. Lush suggest that the Cinnamon Powder also helps to gently polish the lips.

I found this lip scrub to be fairly moisturising on my lips too. From the ingredients list, it seems like a decent amount of the ingredients have moisturising qualities such as the Orange Peel Wax, the Walnut Oil and the Hazelnut Oil along with the Jojoba Oil and Shea Butter that are pretty standard ingredients in a lip scrub. Carrot Cake also contains Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil as the only carrot-based ingredient. This oil is both moisturising and softening on the skin and is rich in the antioxidant beta carotene to help keep the skin looking healthy and supple.

In conclusion, Carrot Cake is a great new lip scrub and hopefully is shaping the way for more exciting flavours to come. I can’t say it’s one of the best flavours I’ve tried but that’s probably just me and my dislike for anything too sugary. If you’re looking to try it for yourself make sure you get one soon before the Easter range disappears from stores!

Ingredients

Caster Sugar, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Ground Almonds, Organic Shea Butter, Walnut Oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Ginger Oleoresin, Carob Resinoid, Fenugreek Absolute, Fine Sea Salt, Cold Pressed Carrot Seed Oil, Orange Peel Wax, Toasted Hazelnut Oil, Fair Trade Organic Cinnamon Powder, Paprika Oleoresin, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamal, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour

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