Product Type: Listerine Oral Care
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Not your typical mouthwash flavour!
Listerine Smart Rinse Berry
Member Name: dippykitty
Listerine Smart Rinse Berry
Advantages: Makes my mouth feel clean and fresh despite not being minty
Disadvantages: Sweet taste takes a bit of getting used to
I often use the mint version of this and would probably never have purchased this Wild Berry flavour had it not been on a special offer in my local chemist when I was picking up a prescription. Never one to miss a bargain, I promptly took the bottle to the checkout and hoped that it wasn't too weird a departure from the usual mint mouthwashes.
Technically speaking, Listerine Smart Rinse is geared towards children but after several not-too-great experiences with adult mouthwashes that were just too strong for me or not to my liking, I chanced upon this range and liked the fact that it feels like it's cleaning my mouth without being too harsh.
On first try, I wasn't sure that I liked this version as it's very sweet in terms of taste and wasn't too dissimilar to the aftertaste of having swept a boiled sweet around your mouth. Having been used to mint flavours of mouthwash until now, this felt a bit weird to me but I persevered with it. Three weeks later, the sweet taste no longer bothers me so it must be something that you get used to over time once you accept that it won't taste like 'normal' mouthwashes.
Despite not being minty, it still makes my mouth feel fresher than if I hadn't used it. I always make sure to give it a very good rinse out afterwards though as the sweet taste can still linger around if you haven't spat it all out properly.
I also like the functioning of the bottle as it's designed to only encourage a small amount of mouthwash to enter the top of the bottle when the bottle is gently squeezed, and this is just about enough to give your mouth a decent swill around without being too much. If you've used Smart Rinse mouthwash before, you'll know what I mean but it's a bit hard to describe otherwise. In the product image above, you might just be able to see a thin tube going down the middle of the bottle beneath the cap, and this sucks up a small amount into the plastic above it (which is hidden by the cap in that above). It means you don't have to faff about with pouring the mouthwash into a cap.
All in all, I like this mouthwash much more than I thought I would and I can see how it might appeal to kids more than a bog standard mint version as they can see it as more fun.
Summary: Not as weird as I thought it would be
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