Product Type: Aquafresh Oral Care
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Get yourself into a froth with Aquafresh
Aquafresh Fresh & Minty Toothpaste
Member Name: alyson29
Aquafresh Fresh & Minty Toothpaste
Advantages: Cleans teeth
Disadvantages: Excessive froth when using, poor minty taste and leaves a powdery residue
I can always remember my mum constantly nagging me when I was a child to clean my teeth and although back then I used to moan and groan at having to do so, I'm extremely glad she did, as at the age of 43 I am proud to admit that I have only a few fillings. I feel that I have an excellent standard of oral hygiene, as where possible I clean my teeth and floss after every meal, particularly as a few of my lower teeth slightly overlap. I'm a real fan of highly flavoured oral products and favour that slight burning on my tongue, so I always opt for a strong mint toothpaste. Several months ago my husband kindly offered to carry out the weekly shop with one of the items on the list being Colgate toothpaste. However, Asda had decided to increase the product from its' usual price of £1 to £2, so my husband, in a bid to save a few pennies, decided to purchase something a little cheaper and this review discusses my experience with using Aquafresh Fresh and Minty.
APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT
As with all brands of toothpaste the 100 ml tube is presented to us in a long cardboard box where we are able to see the familiar Aquafresh logo. Located directly below the letter "q" of Aquafresh we are provided with an image of the toothpaste where we can see the red, white and blue stripes. The packaging is fairly cluttered and whilst I normally purchase Colgate I very rarely take notice of toothpaste advertising, as in my opinion the majority of the more expensive brands deliver the same results.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING AQUAFRESH
I have to say that I was a little disappointed with his choice of product, particularly as I could vividly recall using Aquafresh in the past and had ceased using for some reason, but at that moment in time I could not remember why. However, this was soon to become clear after just one use. I have quite a few niggles with this product with the first being that it contains a large screw top lid as opposed to a flip top. My husband couldn't understand why I was grumbling about this, but I informed him that when I have the tube in one hand and my toothbrush in the other it is rather difficult to remove the lid and then apply the paste to the brush. His response was that I was simply being lazy, particularly as he did not have a problem!
The appearance of the paste is identical to that on the outer packaging with its' red, white and blue stripes and the aroma that greets me when I take a sniff at the opening is a rather bland fresh mint and it was at this point I could recall that this was one of the reasons why I had previously ceased using the product. The texture of the toothpaste is what you would find with any other brand and is of a fairly thick consistency, so I applied a pea-sized blob to my brush. Whilst the paste is most definitely minty, it is nowhere near as strong as I would have liked. Within a few seconds of brushing the paste onto my teeth I found it to be considerably frothy, which is something I hate and the urge to spit was becoming too much.
I wasn't aware until I scrutinised the reverse of the tube that the three-striped logo and enamel lock, which are both located on the outer packaging, are trademarks of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies. We are advised that the red stripe provides healthy gums, the white strong teeth and the blue fresh breath. Whilst I cannot evidence that this particular toothpaste assists in keeping my gums healthy and strong, particularly as I have been using Colgate for years, in my opinion these claims are most probably true, as all toothpastes work in a similar manner. It took both my husband and I approximately 2 and a half months to use both tubes and whether the toothpaste has helped our teeth is impossible to evidence. What I love about using my regular Colgate toothpaste is that it leaves a strong minty taste in my mouth for a good while after cleaning my teeth, which makes my mouth feel clean and fresh. However, I did not experience freshness after using Aquafresh, as almost immediately after brushing my teeth my mouth did not feel clean.
Another big grumble I have with this product is that it leaves a powder all over my lips, which is something I do not experience with any other brand of toothpaste. Unfortunately, my husband purchased two tubes and as I cannot abide waste we continued to use both, which thankfully are now gone, but I will definitely not repurchase and for the reasons discussed above I cannot recommend this product, which receives only 2 stars from me.
According to the information displayed on the reverse of the box the toothpaste contains Sodium Fluoride 0.32% w/w (1450 ppm fluoride). This is a rather lengthy list of ingredients, which for obvious reasons, I do not intend copying into this review. As with all products of this nature we are advised not to swallow and children under the age of 6 years should be supervised whilst using. Both the outer packaging and the tube can be recycled after use. The toothpaste should be used within 12 months of opening.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
Aquafresh Fresh and Minty is widely available in most supermarkets and chemists and tends to retail at around £1.00 for a 100 ml tube.
I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.
Summary: A very disappointing toothpaste from Aquafresh
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