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I started purchasing Colgate Plax a few months ago and was opting for the blue variety. However, on my latest shopping trip they only had this green 'Soft Mint' variety so I purchased this instead.
The mouthwash cost me £1 from a discounted store (it generally costs much more at supermarkets) and comes in a 250 ml sized transparent bottle. The top doubles as a measuring cup but it's not essential you measure the amount used exactly.
The mouthwash is alcohol free and the brand claim it will kill "99.9%" of germs in the mouth. The brand state the formula creates a 'shield' around teeth to protect them from plaque attacks for up to 12 hours. The formula has been clinically tested by dentists. It contains flouride to strengthen teeth.
I find the flavour of the mouthwash to be a little harsher than I imagined it would be given that it carries the term 'soft mint' as it's descriptor. The liquid actually seems freezing when you first put it in your mouth and then it burns a little as the mint feels so strong. However, the flavour itself is quite refreshing and makes your breath smell great. I find the mouthwash perfect for freshening and cleansing the mouth at any time of the day. It's also good to finish up your teeth cleaning routine with a swill of the liquid as I feel confident that it will wash out any remaining debris and bacteria from my teeth.
I would definitely buy this again as it's one of the few brands that offer an alcohol free formula. This is important as alcohol can have a drying effect on the mouth, making your breath smell worse. Luckily, this formula works well to freshen, clean and protect.
I like fresh mint a lot but mint flavoured products like mouthwash and toothpaste often seem too strong and medicinal tasting to me. I don't like the alternative flavours such as clove much either, so I am always looking for a mouthwash that offers a mint taste that can stomach first thing in the morning! I have been using Wilkinson's excellent own brand mouthwash for some time but when I ran out and so did my local Wilko, I decided to buy something for tide me over. Colgate Plax was on offer in Superdrug and the "soft mint" variety sounded like it might suit my tastebuds. Full price is around £3.50 for 500ml.
WHAT IT PROMISES
The mouthwash is alcohol free and anti bacterial. It is supposed to kill up to 99.9% of germs and to form a "protective shield" around your teeth for up to 12 hours. It contains fluoride and is recommended for those over the age of 6 years. It's quite easy to open compared to some I have used which may be good for those who find normal caps a struggle.
You are supposed to use it twice a day by rinsing it around your mouth for 30 seconds.
The mouthwash smells strong for a variety called soft mint but the scent is made up of all the ingredients of course, and I suppose the non minty ones have a strong odour of their own. I don't especially like the smell but it isn't something I have to put up with for long. I put the cap back on fast!
I often find that when I use a new mouthwash my tongue feels a little tingly for the first few uses. This always wears off and it was the same with the Colgate Plax. The feeling wasn't so bad that I didn't want to continue using it and as soon as the mouthwash was out of my mouth the sensation was mostly over. By the time I had finished the bottle, it wasn't causing me any tongue problems.
The flavour doesn't seem to me to be as mild as the soft mint description lead me to believe. When I compare it to the Dentyl Ph one I used to use, I find it is a little milder tasting but it is far hasher than the Wilko one that is now my favourite. Overall, I would actually describe the flavour as quite strong but it has the advantage of not being too lingering afterwards. I dislike mouthwash that taints the taste of any food you have some time afterwards but this isn't one of those.
The mouthwash does make my mouth feel quite cool and fresh afterwards, once the initial minty overload has gone. It is a pleasant feeling but I don't find it lasts that long. My breath doesn't feel cool when I draw my breath in after the first half hour or so but my mouth feels especially fresh for a few hours at least. That is ok for me but not the best performance from a mouthwash that I have had. Still my mouth feels pleasantly clean all day, and certainly from the morning mouth rinse to the evening one.
As for whether the mouthwash lives up to it's claim of providing a protective barrier around my teeth, I can't judge that easily. I can only presume the anti bacterial qualities are at work. I sometimes suffer from a dry mouth, and I know that can contribute to an environment that suits bacteria. Some mouthwash have made that worse but since following my dentist advice to switch to an alcohol free formula I have found things better. This Colgate alcohol free version seems to suit me in this regard and doesn't make my mouth feel at all dry.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS MOUTHWASH?
It is a perfectly good but not exceptional mouthwash at an average price but I think that for me, the cheaper Wilkinson one is more suited to my taste buds and makes my mouth feel fresher for longer. The Colgate Plax makes more claims about killing germs but as I have not suffered any dental problems since using the cheaper kind, I will continue to use that. If you bought this version because of the soft mild tag and wanted a really mild tasting product, you might be a bit disappointed with the taste of the Colgate version. I could put up with it as the taste isn't too lingering but the initial blast may be more than enough if you like it even less than I do. I would recommend this if you want a branded anti bacterial mouthwash and the flavour isn't the key thing for you. Otherwise, I wouldn't recommend this for those who really want a mild mouthwash.
You can buy this in Superdrug, Boots and most supermarkets.
Up until last year, I had never been a mouthwash user. I didn't deem it really necessary in my routine and thought that brushing my teeth religiously twice a day would keep them in good health. When I got pregnant however, my gums started to bleed horrendously. I didn't know this was a common symptom in pregnancy at the the time so I made a panicked appointment to see my dentist. She informed me that it was quite normal but that I would benefit from using a mouthwash and floss to help my gums be healthy. Since I was pregnant, I had to be careful which particular mouthwash I bought. I didn't want to be swirling loads of chemicals around my mouth. This was the gentlest one I found and it contains no alcohol.
It comes in a 500ml clear bottle. The mouthwash is light green in colour. It has a screw lid which I use to pour the mouthwash into so I don't have to keep a glass in the bathroom. This gives the perfect mouth full so there is no wastage and no need to measure.
The taste isn't too overpowering. It is a soft minty taste, similar to that of the Wrigley's extra chewing gum that comes in the green packet. I have found that some of the other mouthwash that I have tried can leave a chemical taste in my mouth afterwards and this is not like that at all.
It is available to buy in supermarkets for around £3.29 for a 500ml bottle. This is a little expensive for me so I try and stock up when I see it on offer. It is occasionally on offer in Morrisons where I buy it and they sell it for £2.50 a bottle which is a bit more reasonable. One of the 500ml bottles lasts me around a month, using it twice daily.
I have been using this for quite a while now and I wouldn't change. Maybe I am a bit stuck in my ways but once I've found something I like, I tend to stick with it.
I don't cope well with overly strong mouthwashes, especially first thing in the morning, so my favourite is the Colgate Plax range because I find these mild yet effective. I tend to stock up and get a few when they're on offer, because at full price they retail for £3.29 for 500ml which isn't the cheapest. They are frequently on a "Buy one get one free" offer in supermarkets.
The mouthwash is alcohol free and claims to kill germs by up to 99.9%, giving 12 hour protection against bacteria and plaque. It also claims to give stronger gums, and contains fluoride for cavity protection. This isn't a bad set of claims considering the mouthwash is alcohol free and quite mild.
Taste wise, I don't mind using this mouthwash, as it's fresh and minty tasting without burning my mouth or being overbearing. I can happily swill this round my mouth for a good couple of minutes before feeling the overwhelming urge to spit it out, which is something I struggle to do with stronger tasting mouthwash. It tastes minty and reminds me of spearmint flavoured sweets such as Softmints, making my mouth feel refreshed and clean. The mint flavour lasts a couple of hours after using, but then tends to fade throughout the day as I eat and drink. However, I trust the claims that this is working on a longer term basis, because despite not being able to taste the mint, I don't feel I have any problems with bad breath or oral hygiene, which is probably due to the mouthwash doing its work in the background.
In terms of protecting against the other nasties, i.e. gum disease and cavities, I do believe that this mouthwash contributes in some way to keeping my mouth healthy. During a recent trip to the dentist (which was free because I'm pregnant, yay!), he was impressed with my oral hygiene and said my teeth and gums are in excellent condition. Sometimes in pregnancy your gums can bleed, but I think using this has contributed to me avoiding this symptom. I have had a couple of fillings in recent years but I blame this on my favourite alcoholic drink being cider which is quite sugary, rather than the mouthwash not doing its job. After all, it can prevent certain things but it's not a miracle worker!
This mouthwash is my mouthwash of choice. I find it mild but effective, and the only reason I'm deducting a star is because it's quite expensive at full price.
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Living on my own now and on a budget, if my parents see bits and bobs on offer in the supermarket that they think I will like they will just buy it for me and throw it all into a "food parcel" - in the latest bundle I was given was this Colgate Plax Soft Mint Mouthwash - because my mum knew I had been running low.
I am very concious about looking after my teeth and gums - as a smoker it tends to take its toll and you need to do lots to keep them looking alright... So with this in mind and the fact I tend to eat a lot of rubbish I tend to go more for anti bacterial mouthwashes rather than just a high concentrate flouride one.
The bottle I am reviewing today is the 500ml Soft Mint flavour from the Plax range in Colgate - generally I really like Colgate and their toothpastes is one of the brands I am particually loyal to due to the low cost and ability to last longer than other toothpastes - but hands up I have not tried this mouthwash before to my knowledge.
The bottle is made out of a hard plastic and is transparent... it is also curvy in area's to make grip a lot easier when handling - due to the see-through quality of the bottle you can see the colour of the liquid inside which on this occasion is bright green to go with the Soft Mint flavour of the mouthwash.
The front labelling promises to kill 99% of germs inside your mouth, gives you stronger gums and gives fresh breath - all these things are important to a smoker like me, so so far so good... The back label advsies you to use twice a day for the best results and gives you images of before and after use of this mouthwash to give you an idea of what happens. Another promise is to form a protective shield to neutralise the harmful effects of bacteria and plaque for 12 hours. The back label also tells you the product is clinically tested by dentists which gives you more confidence in this.
Other information given shows directions for use and also the ingredients used. The product is also suitable for people over the age of 6. The total shelf life for this product is 12 months which is about standard for mouthwash.
I had high expectations of this mouthwash and sadly I have mainly been dissapointed in this product. The main issue to me is the taste - it should be renamed harsh mint in my opinion... I know its an anti-bacterial mouthwash so you would expect the flavour to be a bit tangy but usually I can eat a lot of hot food and even I struggle to gargle this mouthwash for 30 seconds as the labels state. My daughter has tried this - she is 6 so just old enough to use this product - and its fair to say she hated it for the same reason I have noted above. The label states fresher breath using this - I have to say due to how strong it is, if you breathed on someone after using this the chances are you will sting someones eye a lot worse than bad breath...
Another issue for me being an anti-bacterial mouthwash and coming from a branded company like Colgate I would expect to see results within a week (which is the time I have been using this) and unfortunately although my mouth does feel a bit cleaner after use twice a day I am not impressed it hasn't done more.
I can think of better mouthwashes for less money which do just as good of a job so this mouthwash I will not buy in future and I am glad it was given to me and I didn't waste money on this.
You can also buy three other varietys in the Plax range which are whitening, cool mint and sensitive and normally are priced at £3.29 in Tesco - although currently they are on a three for two offer.
I don't usually use this brand of mouthwash (I prefer to stick to the Listerine or Oral-B ranges!) but I had no choice but to buy this because I had forgotten to bring some mouthwash along with me when I went travelling.
There are various sizes for this - 500 ml, 250 ml and travel-sized depending on your needs. It looks like any other mouthwash packaging, and it has a white screw cap which you can use to measure out the amount on mouthwash that you are using.
THE MOUTHWASH ITSELF
The liquid mouthwash is of an emerald green colour, which makes me associate with a fresh minty breath. Indeed, the mouthwash tastes quite sweet and minty, and leaves you with a nice lingering taste in your mouth. In fact, if not for the fact that it came from a mouthwash bottle I could have easily mistaken it to be some sort of refreshing drink.. it IS that yummy.
Colgate Plax Soft Mint promises fresh breath for 12 hours, and the instructions recommend that you gurgle 20 ml of mouthwash for about 30 seconds before spitting out - which is pretty much the norm for most mouthwashes. However, much unlike other mouthwashes, I found this one particularly mild, and perhaps, ineffective. Sure, you don't get the burning sensation, and the taste is at least pleasant - but the fresh feeling in my mouth surely didn't stay for very long. Thankfully I use mouthwashes not to eradicate bad breath but just as part of my oral hygiene regime, so it wasn't such a big problem for me.
WHERE CAN YOU BUY THIS
The 500 ml bottle is available at most supermarkets and Superdrug for £3.29 (current price at Boots is more expensive at £3.40).
I wouldn't be sure if I should recommend this product. It is much yummier than any other mouthwash I've tried because it's so mild and minty, but it's exactly because of that reason that I feel that it's probably not so effective as a mouthwash! If you find the other brands of mouthwashes a bit too strong for you, this might be just right.
I regularly use mouthwash after brushing my teeth, or after meals when im at home to help keep my teeth nice and white and healthy and to keep my breath fresh. I have a love for foods that tend to give me bad breath such as onion or garlic, so mouthwash is as essential item for me!
I bought this one as it was half price in superdrug recently, I normally find mouthwash to be quite expensive so I tend to buy whatevers on offer really.
It comes in a big 500ml bottle, which is see through and a white screw off cap. I like the the bottle is see through as this allows you to see exactly how much you have left. On the front of the bottle is the red and white colgate logo, and the promises to claims to make such as delivering noticable fresh breath, killing germs, stronger gums etc. It also claims to offer 12hour protection against bacteria and plaque - which is a lot of hours! On the back are the usual instructions on how to use, a little diagram of the bacteria in your mouth before and after use, and the usual ingredients and warnings.
The liquid inside is transparent and a bright luminous blue, the instructions state to fill the cap to the 20ml line and rinse the mouth for 30 seconds. I find I normally cant do it for the full 30 seconds as the product starts to sting my mouth - but I have this problem with most mouthwashes so it isnt a problem with just this one, I think the issue is with me.
Overall I dont think this mouthwash is as good or as effective as others, although my mouth does feel cleaner after use I find that others seem to do a better job. This one also isnt all that minty, which I suppose is hinted at in the name, I like the mouthwashes I use to be really strong and minty - I think this just makes me feel like its working better but I also find that the ones with the stronger mint flavour help to keep my breath fresher for longer. This one I find doesnt leave my breath smelling all that minty. As for killing bacteria and helping keep my teeth protected and clean I'd say it does a good enough job - but I have used better.
This mouthwash does seem to keep my mouth clean and help keep my teeth healthy, but it loses points for me as its not minty enough and could do more to freshen my breath and keep it fresh for longer.
Oral care is important to keep your teeth more beautiful and healthy. Therefore there are very many oral care products and mouthwashes available these days. You find them in many different brands, flavors, prices, etc.
Colgate is originally an American company with branches all over the world. They are in 200 countries. The founder was William Colgate in 1806 the company began with only candles and soap. Colgate includes more than just oral care. They also sell personal care products, detergents, fabric softeners and pet food. Most products were placed in secondary brands such as Palmolive, Tahiti, Ajax, La Croix, soup line etc.
What does the product promises?
-Helps to effectively remove bacteria.
-Provides a visible fresh breath.
-12 To antibacterial protection.
-12 May protect against plaque.
-Clinically tested by dentists.
-There's fluoride to protect against acid attack.
-Gives an incredible intense freshness.
-Strong and refreshing mint flavor.
-Makes it much stronger gums
The mouthwash is in a rather angular bottle that is blue and has a white cap. The blue bottle is transparent so you can see how much is left. On the front is a shiny silver top sticker. You can immediately see the red and white logo of Colgate and in blue letters a statement that the mouthwash for daily use. Underneath the logo you read the name of the product: Plax Ice. Further it states that deer is a product that gives you an incredible fresh breath, it helps to efficiently remove bacteria and makes gum to 67% stronger. At the bottom you see a clock containing the numeral 12 and which stated that the 12-hour protection against plaque and bacteria produces.
I consider the taste of this product fresh and good, with some drawbacks of the alcohol. After a day I feel that the product works well. My whole mouth felt very fresh while I feel that other products do lack in this department. The alcohol in the product, however, always gives me a burning sensation and a slightly numbing effect on my gums after rinsing. After a few days you will see a difference with your gums that are thicker, stronger and look better.
Colgate Plax Ice is certainly a very refreshing mouthwash that leaves your breath smelling nice and it takes good care of your mouth. It effectively removes the bacteria. The mint flavor is clear and makes your breath smell good. The cap, however is very easy to take off which I find not as positive about if you have children. There is sodium fluoride in it and you should avoid prolonged use. Good quality and flavor. Sufficiently large container so you can use it for a while. For me 4 stars for this mouthwash because the cap is not really safe for children.
~A soft and minty mouth wash from Colgate~
Having been lucky enough to have been able to purchase a couple of the Colgate Plax mouth washes in each variety at a very reduced price some time ago I have now used all of the available flavours including the Soft Mint Green Mouth Wash which I have enjoyed using. Comparing it to other similar mouth washes I have used is easy too, as this is very similar to other types I have tried in its taste and feel making it very familiar. I rather like this mouth wash as it does give a nice fresh soft minty feel when you have used it, which doesn't seem to sting the mouth or leave any form of after burn (which you can sometimes get from other stronger mouth wash products).
The mouthwash comes neatly packed in to a highly usable clear plastic 500ml bottle that is easy to handle and just as easy to store when not in use. The lid of the mouth wash bottle can be used as something in which to pour a little of the mouth wash when you want to gargle with it if wanted, although I prefer to use a separate receptacle for that purpose as I never feel it is very hygienic to use the lid that way and then place it back on to the product bottle. Product presentation is fairly good and the soft green colour of the mouth wash reflects the flavour of it, which I feel is nicely soft and minty once you have gargled with it for 10 to 20 seconds or so.
~Using the product~
I feel that this mouth wash is able to give me a nice, fresh, just cleaned my teeth kind of effect for around 30 minutes or so after use. If I want to have some kind of drink after having used this mouth wash I tend to leave it for at least that long, as you still taste the mintyness even when drinking if you have a drink too soon after having used it. This is not a whitening product but it does work well when used in conjunction with some of the whitening toothpastes that you can buy, which is how I have most often used it. I feel that you certainly do feel the breath freshening effects of this product for at least 30 minutes or so after use and I like the way it leaves me with a nice clean fresh feel when I have used it. The fact that there is no burning or stinging of the mouth when using this mouth wash may mean it is something that will appeal to a wider group of buyers too and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who likes a softer feeling mouth wash product.
~Rating and price~
Over all I feel that the mouth wash is really quite good for a more gentle feeling way to use this type of product. I also feel that the price you pay for the product when on offer, which can be from anything around £1.00 upwards towards £1.75 is fair when I compare it to other similar products I have used. I have never had any problems when using this mouth wash and whilst it is not my all time favorite product I do feel it is worth trying if you like a softer yet still fresh minty feeling mouth wash. I don't feel that you can rely on this fully as a sole way to keep your teeth clean but it does work well enough when used alongside a toothpaste product. My rating for this mouthwash is 3 stars.
Price and Availability
I'm very conscious about keeping my teeth and gums clean and healthy, especially after having a brace a few years ago. As a result of this we tend to get through quite a few different toothpastes and mouth washes in our house, even though there's only the two of us. As with most people at the moment, money is a bit tight so we tend to buy products which are on offer or available in places like B&M and Home Bargains which enables us to still buy decent brands whilst not spending too much. Colgate Plax Soft Mint Mouthwash is available in most supermarkets, Boots and the shops mentioned above. It price varies greatly and Colgate Plax can be quite expensive. Boots sell it for £3.29 and Asda have it on offer at the moment for two bottles for £4, I bought mine from Home and Bargains for £1.25 which is a much better price and it's one of the products that is often available.
Packaging and Product Information
Colgate Plax comes in a 500ml clear plastic bottle with a screw top lid that also doubles up as a little cup for the mouthwash. The bottle houses the well known Colgate logo as well as a few other little bits of information in white text. The clear bottle makes it handy for seeing how much mouthwash you have left, although this is pretty much a standard feature amongst most types of mouthwash.
Colgate Plax is said to be a Multi- Protection mouthwash and claims to:
.Effectively kills 99.9% of germs.
.Give you healthier gums.
.Delivers noticeably fresh breath.
.Protects against plaque and bacteria for up to 12 hours.
I use my mouthwash after brushing, as well as for a quick burst of freshness sometimes throughout the day. There's a little fill line in the cap of the bottle to show you how much mouthwash to use and it's recommended on the bottle that you swill your mouth for 30 seconds with Plax.
After swilling and gargling with Colgate Plax for 30 seconds, my mouth is left feeling minty and fresh. Soft Mint is a very good way to describe the mouthwash as the taste is so muted. With a lot of mouth washes they almost sting because they're so strong but Plax Soft Mint is completely the opposite. I prefer the flavour like this as I don't really like the burn; however it's the longevity of the freshness that's the problem. After about ten minutes the fresh mint taste has almost completely gone from my mouth which is really disappointing.
Oveall, Colgate Plax Soft Mint for me was quite disappointing. The taste initially is good; it's gentler than other mouthwashes. The freshness just doesn't last though and this is what really lets this product down. The price does vary greatly and even when on offer or bought cheap it's still not worth it, never mind at the more expensive prices. One to avoid.
I like to look after my teeth, after all they need to last a lot of years. I always brush, floss and use mouth wash regularly so when I recently received a free sample of Colgate Plax mouthwash. I was pleased. My sample was a 60ml bottle and I received it through the post. A full size 500ml bottle costs £2.48 from Tesco.
Colgate Plax comes in a clear plastic bottle with a white lid, as my bottle is only a sample bottle I don't have any measuring cup but the full sized bottles have a lid which doubles as the measuring cup. . The front of the bottle has the Colgate logo in a red box and informs the customer that this mouthwash offers "multi protection that will last for 12 hours" It also gives the flavour which in this case is soft mint.
The back of the bottle gives the instructions for use which are, rinse 20ml's of Colgate Plax around your mouth for 30 seconds then spit out. The mouthwash should not be used by children under 6 years old and should not be swallowed. The back of the bottle also gives the ingredients for those who wish to read them
The soft mint mouthwash is a green coloured liquid and smells as you would expect of mint however the smell is quite faint and not what I was expecting from a mouth wash. I always use mouthwash just before I leave the house in the mornings and I used this sample in the same way. I followed the instructions and swilled the liquid around my mouth for 30 seconds. I found the mouth wash tasted pleasant enough but for me its just not strong enough. The minty taste is nice and fresh and cooling in my mouth but it doesn't really give me the feeling that its working.
The cool fresh feeling from the mouth wash doesn't last very long, it soon wears off and despite the bottle stating it works for 12 hours I'm not totally convinced. It didn't leave my mouth feeling as fresh as my regular mouthwash.
All in all I was a bit disappointed with Colgate Plax soft mint mouthwash. It didn't taste strong enough for me and the fresh feeling it delivered wore off far too quick. If you like a mild mouthwash then this may well be the one for you but personally I wont be buying a full size bottle.