* Prices may differ from that shown
I brought the Colgate Max White One mouthwash in Boots for £3.99 (although I think it is on offer quite a lot so you may find it cheaper). It appealed to me at the time as not only is it supposed to whiten teeth it is also free from alcohol and claims to be clinically tested by dentists so I thought I'd give it a try in place of my usual Listerine mouthwash. It comes in a large 500ml plastic bottle which holds a generous amount of mouthwash and indeed lasted me for a good 3 months. The bottle itself has a nice, simple design with a plain white background and the red Colgate logo on the front and back alongside useful bits of information such as a description of the product, how to use and a list of ingredients with a little picture of mint leaves in water. The screw lid is initially sealed in plastic and also functions as a measuring cap. The mouthwash is supposed to be used twice a day after brushing to get the best effect. It is very simple to prepare and use - you just have to fill the cap up to 20ml which is clearly marked by a thin line. The liquid is a pretty blue colour with a watery consistency making it easy to pour. You then rinse the mouth thoroughly for approx 30 seconds, gargle and then spit it out without swallowing. Again this is very straightforward and the flavour of the mouthwash which is called "sensational mint" is a nice, fresh taste. It is quite sweet and not overly strong so is pleasant to use and it doesn't leave a bad aftertaste like some products do. Moreover it leaves my teeth feeling lovely and healthy. The mouthwash is supposed to prevent germs while the fluoride protects the formation of cavities. I have certainly had no problems with my teeth since using this so I assume it works. Colgate Max One claims to make teeth "one shade whiter in one week". I am always very cynical with any mouthwash or toothpaste that claims to whiten teeth as experience has taught me that this is almost never true. Indeed I haven't seen any noticeable difference in the whiteness of my teeth since using this. Having said that, I think the product does a good job at defending against stains and maintaining the existing whiteness of the teeth. Perhaps it would be more effective if used in combination with a whitening product such as Pearl Drops although I have yet to try this. Finally, it is worth noting that this product is not suitable for children under the age of 6 years. Overall I am happy with the results of Colgate Max White One. With the exception of whitening my teeth it does everything it's supposed to, tastes nice and leaves my teeth feeling fresh and clean. I'd be happy to use this product again in the future.
For many years now I have been using mouthwashes and must have tried most of the well known brands as well as Boots and Superdrug's own so have never really been brand loyal. I try to buy leading brands such as Macleans, Sensodyne, Plax etc when they have offers but have recently been trying to find a make that is not only well known and at a fair price but without alcohol. I thought this was a tall order but luckily I found exactly what I wanted in Superdrug which is Colgate Max White One which was half price and is alcohol free. Hopefully I shall be stocking up this week because this does the job for me. I chose the Sensational Mint flavour and it is a generous 500ml bottle for which I paid £1.97. It is quite a stylish bottle and on the front it has a silver stripe, a grey-white colour chart and it tells me that it is alcohol free and 'helps keep teeth white for longer'. On the reverse it has directions for use and ingredients, contact details etc in both English and German. The top acts as a cap, once you get the fiddly sealed plastic off, and it tells me to measure up to the 20ml line and use twice daily. The wash itself is a lovely blue and although it smells quite strong it is nothing like as strong as Listerine Original - I would say the nearest comparison in smell and taste is probably the blue Plax one? It is pleasant to use and does not 'strip' your mouth as some of the very strong mouthwashes do and is quite refreshing. I actually find this a pleasure to use and my teeth feel squeaky clean afterwards plus my mouth feels fresher too. Now for the whitening claim.... well, I do tend to be hyper-critical when I use any products related to the mouth, but I have to say that this does seem to work to a degree. I have been using Arm & Hammer Whitening toothpaste plus Pearl Drops polish and I think the effect of these has been slightly enhanced since I've been using this Colgate mouthwash. To be fair it does not actually claim to whiten teeth but prolong the existing whiteness and 'provide stain prevention' and in my experience I have to agree. Information from Colgate advises that it should not be used by children under 6, clinically proven by dentists, contains fluoride to help against cavities, contains a load of ingredients (not going to list them all folks) including sodium fluoride, sorbitol, glycerine etc etc and contains 'advanced stain prevention technology' to 'keep teeth whiter longer'. I do like this mouthwash and cannot really say anything negative hence the 5 star rating.
I bought the Colgate Max White One mouthwash in Boots with the matching toothpaste when it was on offer as I fancied another go at tooth whitening without too much intervention and also I have a bit of an obsession with mouth wash so like to try different types (I am convinced that I'm missing out I think!). Packaging The mouthwash comes in a white plastic bottle, holding 500 ml of the liquid mouth wash and a shiny red label on the front promises a sensational mint flavour and a reassuring scale of grey to white (the darkest grey I have never seen as a tooth colour unless it's a filling!). This is also an alcohol free mouth wash. You can use the cap as a measurement before you swish the mouthwash around your mouth. The blurb This mouthwash helps keep teeth white for longer. So it's not promising the earth but it provides a daily stain defence and helps combat germs with a great refreshing taste and one shade whiter teeth within a week if used with the max white ONE toothpaste AND toothbrush (I don't have the toothbrush). In use I use this mouth wash twice a day after using the toothpaste with my other branded toothbrush (actually it's still a Colgate one!). The mouthwash is bright blue in colour and has a very strong minty taste that stays in your mouth for at least ten minutes after swishing. My thoughts Actually, I do think my teeth may look a tiny bit whiter having used this for a month now, unless it is in my imagination. They are certainly not any worse. You do pay a little more for teeth whitening products but this was a good price when it was on offer hence the purchase. I usually buy Boots' own range of mouth wash from their essentials range and it is just 49p and I don't think this does a huge amount more for the money. Price Full price, this is £3.99 in Boots but I bought it when it was on offer so probably paid around half that price. I don't mind paying that but don't think it works much better as a mouthwash than the cheaper ones on the market. Final word I think this is quite strong tasting (as are a lot of mouth washes) and so I'm not a huge fan but I didn't mind the taste of it as it did taste like Colgate (if that makes sense) which is a brand I've used all my life. I think it may have helped to brighten my smile a little but I couldn't say if it was down to the mouth wash or the toothpaste or maybe even a bit of both. Recommended, if you do try it let me know if you think it worked for you.