Product Type: Aquafresh Oral Care
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Aquafresh Iso-Active Citrus Mint Toothpaste
Member Name: Meggysmum
Aquafresh Iso-Active Citrus Mint Toothpaste
Advantages: Gets teeth clean.
Disadvantages: Tastes horrible.
My children have always liked the mild and minty Aquafresh toothpaste; it is probably the only one that they will use without moaning. I can only get it in the large Tesco store in the next town, this meant that a few weeks ago I had to choose a different sort from my local Boots as they had run out.
---Why Did i Choose this One?---
I spotted the can of Aquafresh Iso-active as it was very distinctive on the shelf. It is unusual in that it is presented in an aerosol canister. The outside is in the recognisable Aquafresh blue with the triple stripe flash. The product I selected was the Citrus Mint, I didn't realise this at the time as the colour it uses is the same sort of green as the Mild and Minty variety and I presumed it was the same.
This gel claims to remove 25% more bacteria than ordinary toothpastes due to the fact that it transforms into foam which can penetrate hard to reach areas when brushing. It suggests that it should be used like an ordinary toothpaste. It contains 0.32% Sodium Fluoride.
---Perfect For My Children?---
I put the toothpaste in the childrens bathroom and they were both very keen to try it. They said that they had seen it on a television advert, I don't know if that is true as I don't tend to watch many adverts (my husband is a persistent channel-hopper!). Anything that makes them keen to clean their teeth is a bonus with me. I quite liked the idea of the aerosol for the gel because most of the time I find lumps of toothpaste all over their bathroom and the tubes dry up really quickly as they are both useless at remembering to put the tops back on.
Two days later I noticed that the toothpaste from my bathroom had disappeared. I tracked it down and found the children had been using it. I thought that was a bit strange as they usually moan about the strong toothpastes that I like. When I asked them about it they told me that the new stuff was vile and they refused to use it.
The can had cost me about £2 on special offer in Boots, the current price is £2.85 for 100ml. I really felt that this much money couldn't go to waste so I decided that I would use it instead, it really couldn't be that bad, could it?
---What's It really Like?---
The toothpaste comes with a clear lid that has to be removed to use. The toothpaste is then expelled by pressing down on the top of the canister. The gel comes out in a thin green line, this is good as it is easy to get onto the toothbrush and it does not come out so quickly that you would feel that you were wasting any. Although this seemed quite neat I have noticed that after use a little gel does still escape the nozzle so I do have to keep wiping the top of the canister.
As soon as I started to brush my teeth I could see that the gel turned into white foam. I can't say that it felt any different to brushing with ordinary toothpaste to me. I do have a lot of trouble with my teeth as they are quite closely packed and I have to floss frequently. This toothpaste would certainly not remove the need for flossing. The surfaces of my teeth felt clean but no more than with my normal toothpaste.
It only took a couple of seconds for the taste to hit me. I could immediately see why the children hated it so much. I don't know quite what I expected from a Citrus Mint flavour as it does seem an odd combination. What I got was the sensation that I was cleaning my teeth with Lemon and Honey Lockets. There was a strong, almost menthol taste to it that I really found most unpleasant and I was quite glad when I had finished brushing. I usually use a mouthwash which I was very thankful for as it took the awful taste away. I have since tried using it without using a mouthwash afterwards and I really feel that it does not leave my mouth feeling fresh or clean. Unfortunately for me I refuse to throw it away so I have been persisting on using it as I do not feel that it is detrimental to my teeth and I hate to see waste.
The can is made of aluminium and where I live we are able to recycle aluminium aerosols. However that may not be the case for everyone and even though it contains no CFCs I do wonder if making an aerosol to do the job of a tube is in fact environmentally justified( although I suppose you probably can't recycle the plastic tubes either).
---Would I recommend It?---
I would certainly not recommend this particular toothpaste, I believe that they do make another flavour which may be more bearable. However, even leaving the taste out of the equation I didn't feel that the Iso-active element had any effect on the cleanliness of my teeth so I certainly don't think it is worth the expense.
Summary: Not worth the money.
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