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I like the taste of Colgate...there, I've said it!
I usually go for a gel toothpaste because they are smoother, fresher and less chalky feeling on my teeth.
~~~ Packaging ~~~
The toothpaste comes in a box which is sealed. Just the typical (and comforting) Colgate logo emblazoned on the front with the Blue Minty Gel part off to the side and a picture of a big which, healthy tooth - the kind you will have if you use this toothpaste dontcha know?
Inside the box is the tube which is basically just the same look as the box. Now I don't know about you, but I am a bottom up toothpaste squeezer. Other members of this household are, I'm sad to say, middle tube squeezers and cap leaver off-ers.
Luckily, the Colgate tubes are made of soft, easy squeeze plastic with the nirvana of toothpaste tube lids...a hinged lid. It doesn't screw off, roll out of sight and disappear leaving it's soft content to solidify in the air. NO! It flips up and down but stays attached. This means that all members of my household eventually put the lid on, keeping the minty blue nice and fresh. This makes me smile.
~~~ Taste, smell, consistency ~~~
Colgate Blue Minty Gel tastes quite sweet actually. like most Colgate toothpaste it does not taste strong. Some toothpastes are almost unbearably strong and minty and they make it difficult to keep brushing without constant rinsing to put out the minty fire!
Colgate Blue Minty is sweet, minty and mild. It tastes nice and makes my breath fresh. It smells mild too from the tube and after you've brushed your teeth your mouth feels fresh and your breath is subtly minty and clean.
As you squeeze the gel on to your brush you will notice that it is a clear, dark blue colour. It's actually quite pretty. However that doesn't last long because it foams up white like all other toothpaste (how great would it be if it was bright blue foam?!) however the gel tends not to produce as much foam as a normal white toothpaste which is nice because it seems smoother and fresher.
~~~ Effectiveness ~~~
I think this is a really effective toothpaste. It makes my teeth feel smooth and squeaky clean, it makes my breath fresh and minty, my teeth are shiny and my gums are healthy. The toothpaste claims to prevent cavities which although I can't attest to the science, I do just believe because it's such a trusted brand. The only things I wish this toothpaste did was to have a whitening effect and to treat sensitivity. If it had those it would be the perfect toothpaste.
Overall I think this is a good standard toothpaste that tastes and smells good - which is always useful for encouraging children to brush (remember, a pea sized amount kids!). It's a nice standard which I always keep in the bathroom for when my Sensodine runs out.
You can usually get this toothpaste for £1 on offer in shops like Superdrug, Lloyds, Savers and Tesco.
Having sensitive teeth, and TMJ problems , i take my oral health very seriously. I have tried a variety of brands, from Oral B to Aquafresh and i always find Colgates toothpastes the best for oral health, and for protection of sensitive teeth. Although this specific tooth paste isnt for sensitive teeth primarily, i found it worked very well, it did not have the strong minty taste that can make you teeth feel horrible, but it was a smooth gel that glided across the teeth - pain free. It foams very well and i think it lasts a long time considering others on the market, for a higher price. The final pro point to make about this tooth paste is its price, which you can pick up for around 70p from your local cheap retailers and around £1.70 in supermarkets, so it pays to shop around. I cannot see any bad points with this toothpaste, maybe other than it could have a nicer taste.
Whenever it comes to buying toothpaste, this would be my first choice. When i was younger, i never liked brushing my teeth and i only started getting into the habit of it when i was about 11. My teeth weren't like those perfectly white teeth you would see on the ads, but after i used Colgate, it definetly brightened them up. My teeth are healthy and clean and straight. I'm really pleased and satisfied with this product.
I absolutely love this toothpaste. it really does work, i found i have better breath and most definately whitter teath after using this toothpaste. its minty but not overpowering and leaves that fresh feeling still in your mouth. i always buy this toothpaste fr both me and my partneer and will continue to use it. most definately my most favourite and one of my best bought items. i have not had any problems at all using this toothpaste and i feel it has improved my teeths health and cleanlineness. Really is worth buying. I definately would say colgate is the best toothpaste, and it has been around for years so it shows its reliability. I believe most dentist and health proffesionals would most probably definately reccommend this toothpaste to anyone with bad teeth, and it does help sensitivity i believe as i have very sensitive teeth but this seems to work really good for me.
I paid just £1 for this toothpaste from a market stall.
The toothpaste itself is very creamy and thick in consistency. This makes it easy and pleasant to brush with. I use this with both my manual toothbrush and my electric toothbrush. The toothpaste itself is very gentle. I suffered from gum disease last year and when my gums eventually healed I used this. It's not harsh on the teeth at all - in fact it is very gentle and suitable for sensitive teeth and/ or gums. It can also be used by children aged seven years and over.
The toothpaste tastes lovely as it has a real minty taste that isn't too strong in flavour - it doesn't make your eyes water or anything and it's gentle on the tastebuds too!. It's very easy to brush with as it foams up really well inside your mouth. It leaves my teeth feeling (and looking) very clean - in fact they're left sparkling! It reduces plaque and it helps reduce the effects of bad breath. I am left with lovely minty breath after using this, which gives me more confidence.
The toothpaste is incredible value as it lasts ages. You only need a small amount of it at a time to clean your teeth thoroughly.
Great value toothpaste.
When it comes to buying toothpaste, my own preference to use a gel-based product, rather than a plain white paste, mainly because I find a gel toothpaste is slightly 'lighter' to use and I find that they often don't leave behind a slightly 'chalk-like' residue in my mouth. You see, I have several health problems, one of which can cause me to feel very nauseous at times which means I can vomit very easily.
I find that plain white, more 'basic' toothpaste products are often quite thick and they can tend to foam up quite a lot in my mouth which can result in me gagging whilst I am trying to clean my teeth. If I gag more than twice, it results in me vomiting which of course can be problematic and destructive to my overall health, in addition to being very unpleasant.
Unfortunately, I find that it can be more difficult to track down gel-like toothpaste products so I often look out for them when I am shopping in a supermarket, drugstore or pharmacy, and take the opportunity to stock up on tried-and-tested gel toothpaste products that I know don't cause me any unpleasant side-effects!
During a recent visit to a local branch of 'Savers' the discounted drugstore, I noticed a gel-based toothpaste from the well-known "Colgate" brand of oral care products that I had bought several times in the past, namely the "Blue Minty Gel Fluoride Toothpaste". I paid only £1 for the Colgate toothpaste, which is 100ml in size. (In actual fact I bought three of the tubes to create a little 'stockpile' at home!)
The tube is packaged in an outer cardboard box which is a bright red colour and so is fairly eye-catching when sitting on the shelf in the drugstore. There is a picture of a bright, shiny white tooth at the right hand end of the box and the words "Cavity Protection" are underneath the product name, in an eye-catching bright yellow coloured font. Inside the box lies the tube itself is made of plastic and carries a design which is identical to that of the cardboard box packaging. There is a white plastic 'flip-up' lid on top of the tube which is easy to open and close.
Squeezing the Colgate gel toothpaste from the tube is easy to do as the plastic tube is not overly thick or robust so that it is difficult for me to manage. The gel is a bright blue colour and is quite see-through in its appearance. I find too that I can smell the strong aroma of mint almost as soon as the gel is squeezed from the tube onto my toothbrush.
I really like the taste and flavour of the Colgate Blue Minty Gel and do not find it is the slightest bit over-powering or too much for my rather over-sensitive palate in the way that a lot of other toothpaste products so often are. I can find a strong 'peppermint' type flavour can be over-bearing and so I was pleased at the much more subtle flavour of the Colgate Blue Minty Gel. I do find that this toothpaste is slightly sweeter than many other brands but this isn't necessarily a negative point and is merely an observation.
I find that the Colgate Gel toothpaste froths and foams slightly in my mouth whilst I am using it to clean my teeth but again, I do not find that it does this excessively which is probably just as well for me personally because overly-frothy toothpaste products can make me gag or catch in my throat. I find that my teeth feel like they are being cleaned quite thoroughly whilst I am using this Gel toothpaste and afterwards my mouth feels quite refreshed and fairly fresh, whilst my teeth feel clean and fresh too.
I do find that after using the Colgate Blue Minty Gel toothpaste, my breath is pleasantly fresh and the minty flavour lingers in my mouth for a short time after use. I wouldn't say that the effect is particularly long-lasting however, although this is something that I find with most toothpaste products that I buy on a regular basis, so I won't be deducting any stars from the overall product rating for this.
Furthermore, I will admit that I feel somewhat reassured that the regular use of this toothpaste product is beneficial to my overall oral/dental health, given the product's fluoride content, which I am told on the reverse of the cardboard packaging "Strengthens Teeth". I am also reassured by the other statements on the packaging such as "Fights Cavities" and "Freshens Breath".
Overall, I am very pleased with the performance of the Colgate Blue Minty Gel and think it is a really good quality toothpaste product that offers a great value product that is suitable for all of the family. As a result, I think it deserves full marks!
I have bought the Colgate Gel toothpaste from discounted drugstores such as 'Bodycare' and 'Savers' but I have not come across it in large supermarkets such as Tesco as yet. The toothpaste usually costs around £1 per tube.