I bought this toothpaste a while ago after suffering from a nasty outbreak of mouth ulcers. My dentist told me that mouth ulcers can sometimes be caused by toothpastes containing Sodium Lauryl Suplhate (SLS), even if you have previously not had a problem with this. At this point, the ulcers were driving me round the bend so I was more than happy to give it a go. I've not been very keen on using things with SLS since I did some research for an article and realised how undesirable this ingredient actually is so I was definitely willing to look for a toothpaste that didn't contain it. I was really disappointed with the choice of SLS-free toothpastes in the shops in my town so I looked online and came across Green People.
WHO ARE GREEN PEOPLE?
If like me, you're not all that familiar with the company, here is a little bit of background information about them. They are an organic beauty company so you can be sure that anything bought from them will be of the natural variety. They sell a wide range of beauty products for the skin and body, including vegan products.
USING THE TOOTHPASTE
The toothpaste that I have is actually Peppermint and Aloe Vera but loosely termed on the website as Mint. There were a couple of things different about this toothpaste for me, as someone who had used conventional toothpastes for many years.
Firstly, there is the taste. It's mint but not the same kind of mint as you would get from most toothpastes. I assume this to be linked to the combination of peppermint and aloe vera skewing the taste just slightly off from mint. It's not unpleasant as such but it did take me a week or two to get used to the difference. I've been used it for a good few months now and I don't notice the difference anymore.
Secondly, there is no foaming action thanks to the lack of SLS. If like me, you're used to toothpastes foaming up as soon as you start brushing your teeth, this feels a bit weird at first. Probably because I mistakenly always associated the foaming with cleaning when actually it's nothing much to do with it.
Thirdly, the colour is a light brown colour. Not the kind of colour that you usually associate with toothpaste but once you get past that surprise, it's no big deal.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
I paid £3.50 for my tube. I don't remember paying any extra for delivery. This may sound extortionate for a tube of toothpaste but bear in mind that you are paying for a completely natural toothpaste with no harsh chemicals. If you're after this type of product, I'd thoroughly recommend this toothpaste as for me it is well worth the expense.
So, how do I feel about this toothpaste? I like the idea of using a natural toothpaste as the ingredients of most toothpastes concern me. The taste and lack of foaming action is a bit different to what I was previously used to but they're just part of the natural aspect. My mouth ulcers did not clear up after making the switch but as these have now been loosely diagnosed as stress-related, I couldn't really expect them too. Having said that, I have been experiencing less outbreaks than normal but whether that is down to the toothpaste or just a coincidence is debatable I guess. I have sensitive teeth and I have not experienced any problems with increased sensitivity since switching from my previous toothpaste so I'd say that this is fine to use if you've also got sensitive teeth. All in all, it's a great toothpaste and one that I'd definitely recommend if you're not keen on what is in the more conventional toothpastes.
As you may have noticed, I've currently got a bit of an obsession with trying out Green People products. If you don't already know, Green People are an Organic beauty company whose products are free from harsh chemicals such as Parabens, Pthalates and SLS among tons of others.
Green People toothpastes are Certified Organic and include Fairly Traded ingredients. My favourite is their mint toothpaste. It can be found online or at most health food shops. It does cost about £3.50 a tube which you might think is a lot but I think it's definitely worth it so read on to find out why! The reason I initially decided to try out their toothpaste was because I developed a mouth ulcer that really wouldn't go away. It seems (I did some research) that a lot of ulcers are caused by a chemical found in most toothpastes called Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS). Even though I was using a 'natural' toothpaste, I had a look and it did indeed contain SLS. I was a bit surprised but then you do need to be careful to check the ingredients when a product says it's 'natural' because that word is usually just a marketing ploy. After using the Green People toothpaste for a day, the next morning my ulcer was pretty much gone completely much to my surprise! I've been using it ever since.
I like the taste of this toothpaste - it's straightforward mint, and subtle. It's not at all like conventional toothpastes such as Colgate which I feel have a really strong overpowering flavour which makes my mouth feel chemically (probably because it is). The toothpaste doesn't foam like conventional toothpastes either - Green People have not included the ingredients that make toothpaste foam because they are definitely not good for us. Foam doesn't mean your teeth are getting cleaned any better and I find this just as effective.
One great thing about Green People toothpastes (and indeed a lot of their other products) is that I would be happy to have children use them. They do have toothpastes specifically made for children but I would be happy to use this Mint Toothpaste too because I know there aren't any chemicals that might be bad for them in it.
This toothpaste doesn't contain fluoride which might bother some people. There are doubts over whether fluoride is really needed, and too much fluoride has been linked to a host of horrible conditions which is why Green People don't use it. I'd rather not be taking in too much fluoride which most people probably are anyway so I don't mind this.
Apart from healing my ulcer (and I haven't had any more since!) this toothpaste is effective, it's good for people with sensitivity or bleeding gums, and it also doesn't make my gums inflamed like other toothpastes. I think the lack of harmful chemicals makes for a much healthier mouth all round.