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I'd always been a bit sceptical about mouthwashes having any real benefit to teeth and gums. However, after suffering from enflamed taste buds I was advised by a dentist to use mouthwash. Doing a weekly shop I'm always on the lookout for offers. I came across a buy 1 get 1 free offer on this Colgate mouthwash. After reading the bottle I decided to buy this product. I choose the Cool mint and Original flavours. It says on the bottle that it's developed and clinically tested by dentists. So seeing this statement I felt reassured that this was a decent product.
Also on the bottle are the following statements:
* Clinically proven 12 hour protection against bacteria & plaque.
* Strengthens gums & protects against gum problems.
* With fluoride to fight cavities & strengthen enamel.
* Cleans even in the hard to reach places.
* Great refreshing taste for a long lasting fresh breath.
You simply pour the liquid into the cap to get the required amount. A line on the cap indicates this. Then thoroughly rinse around the mouth and expel. It does say on the bottle to gargle as well although I don't usually do this.
I found the mint flavour one to have a very pleasant taste but the Original one was a bit of a strange taste and smell, I didn't like it, but that's just personal taste. Because the cap is used to pour the liquid into when measuring it I did find that when I replace the cap a small bit of liquid drips down the bottle. I rinse this now after each use.
Mouthwash isn't something I use on a daily basis, perhaps just a few times per week. However it has changed my mind about mouthwashes now as this product did help my inflamed taste buds after a few days use. I think this mouthwash is alright but I've also tried other brands that I feel did just as good a job. I think what really made me buy this was mainly due to the bold claim on the front of the bottle about it being clinically tested by dentists. I think this would be a reason that the majority of people would buy products like this.
Overall I think this is a quite a good mouthwash. It leaves my mouth feeling fresh and clean. I would buy it again but just not the Original flavour. This is red one and for me the taste of this wasn't great and I think the colour of it puts me off slightly as well.
This review refers to the peppermint version of this mouthwash which is a light blue coloured liquid rather than the pink as illustrated in the picture. Its not my normal brand and was an impulse purchase whilst travelling.
Colgate Plax is labelled as a "Multi Protection" mouthwash which is claimed to be developed and clinically tested by dentists to provide "12 hour protection against bacteria & plaque for long lasting fresh breath".
It looks much like my usual brand of mouthwash, but upon smelling it does have a less harsh aroma, a slighly sweet scent very similar to a chewing gum.
The cap unsecrews with ease, just a slight squeeze applied to the edges but nothing like the pressure you would apply to a safety cap. I notice that the cap is a fair bit larger than my usual brand. Looking inside you can see what looks like a normal screw cap, similar to what you would have on a fizzy drinks bottle, but around this is a larger cap which serves as the drinking cup, its about the same size as a shot glass. I quite liked this arrangement as it meant that the bottle had a much more positive fit but with the added convenience of the drinking cup.
The smell of the liquid turned out to be very representative of its taste, much milder than I was used to and almost plesant tasting with the peppermint flavour. I can imagine children loving this taste, which may not be a good thing as the cap unscrews quite easily.
Another comment I really have to make is in regard to gurgling. After my usual rinse around I like to gurgle the wash in my throat for a few seconds. But this caused the liquid to quickly become very foamy unlike any mouthwash I have used before, it just kind of fizzed and bubbled and was almost impossible to gurgle.
As far as the freshness goes it seems to work, leaving a fresh minty taste in the mouth. But for me that was not really enough, its mildness will appeal to many I am sure but that harsh tingling feel in the mouth of my normal brand does feel like it sanitises my mouth better and it gives me the added gargleability I like.
Water, Sorbitol, Ethanol, Glycerin, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Methl Cocoyl Taurate, PVM/MA Coploymer, Flavour, Manthol, Sodium Hydroxide, Triclosan, Sodium Saccharin, CI42090.
Price & Availability
I purchased this mouthwash in a non UK airport airport in 250ml size.
But its available from Boots in 500ml sizes at £3.22