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In the past I have always looked for mouthwashes that are rather weak in taste, and will not taste like I'm drinking bleach. I have even bought the children's versions of mouthwashes because they taste better and work just as well. However, I thought I would try this one because it was on offer in Boots and I didn't think it would be too bad.
This is the worst mouthwash I have ever tasted. It honestly tasted like I was drinking bleach or acid or something alone those lines. I don't know how anyone can use this mouth wash, it is the foulest thing I have ever tasted. I don't think they try the mouthwashes before they send them out to the shops, because honestly who could like this? One thing you do know is that it has given you a powerful deep clean, as you feel like anything that wasn't meant to be in your mouth has been completely rinsed out and you do get a very fresh feeling. However it really is way too strong of a taste and watering it down just makes it taste strange.
The bottle design is a normal sort of thing, with the cap for measurement and the squeezy bottle. No problems with the design of the bottle. However I do think they should write on the front of the mouthwash how strong it tastes, as I often buy mouthwashes thinking that they will be mild because it says 'Cool Mint' on the front and end up feeling mislead when it feels like my tongue is about to fall out.
For now I will stick to buying children's mouthwashes. At least they do not mislead you into buying something that tastes like bleach.
Listerine total care.
Surprisingly Listerine has been around for well over a century and has been used for a variety of things and even to clean floors and treat the symptoms believe it or not of gonorrhoea although the concentrations were much higher. There were some wild claims that it prevented colds and coughs at some stage of its life but the company was banned from using such claims as they were not proven.
I have used various Listerine mouth washes for as long as I can remember. Not only does it leave your mouth feeling fresh and clean it also guards against bad breath. I am a smoker so it is quite useful addition to my oral care.
After brushing my teeth and flossing I tend to use the mouth wash just as a precaution as dentists reckon that a mouth wash will help kill off the hard to reach bacteria in the mouth that is left behind after brushing. It also has the added benefit of reducing plaque by killing off the bacteria in the mouth.
To be honest I am not that keen on this Listerine due to the alcohol in the mixture which tends to make my mouth sting slightly. I tend to alternate this mouthwash with Listerine total care zero mouthwash that contains no alcohol. Not only that there is some evidence which suggests that it might be a precursor to oral cancer. I am rather taken by the colour of this mouthwash as it is a purple colour and I find it quite attractive.
After using it I always feel that my mouth is really clean and fresh and I feel quite confident in going out without worrying if my breath is slightly stale. I tend to use it twice a day once when I get up and also prior to going to bed although I do find that it is rather too strong to be honest.
It is supposed to work in six different was.
1. Kills bacteria in the mouth.
2. Reduces plaque formation.
3. Provides 24 hours fresh breath protection.
4. Maintains healthy gums.
5. Helps keep teeth naturally white.
6. Strengthens teeth.
Ingredients include water, alcohol, sorbitol, aroma, Poloxamer 407, benzoic acid, zinc chloride, Eucalyptol, Methyl Salicylate, Sodium Saccharin, Thymol, Menthol, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Fluoride, Sucralose, Benzyl alcohol.
I usually buy mine from Asda and last week I bought two 500 ml bottles that are currently on offer for £6 instead of £4 each.
Would I recommend it?
Yes I do recommend Listerine total care although I prefer the Listerine total zero because it contains no alcohol and does not sting quite as much. My mouth always feels quite clean and fresh after using this and the good thing is that it is available in small packs of 95 mls to take on holiday too ideal for a weekend away so that you don't have to cart around a five hundred ml bottle.
I must admit that I have a bit of an obsession with oral hygiene. Visiting the dentist doesn't really bother me (going for an appointment with my optician is a different matter - I am a nervous wreck) but if I can prevent cavities and the resultant drilling and filling, I will. A few years ago I had to have root canal treatment which was not particularly pleasant and after that I told myself I would take much more care of my teeth. I also have a 'thing' about bad breath. I find it offensive when someone talks to me and you almost reel back with the blast of bacteria that shoots from their mouths - it's something that I don't wish to inflict on others.
My dentist recommended Listerine to help keep down plaque (together with inter-dental brushes which I find very effective) and for a long time I bought the regular Cool Mint bottles. Then one day I found that Wilkinsons had all varieties on offer and so I decided to try Listerine Total Care because it did seem to give added protection and benefits.
It comes in a 500ml clear, hard plastic bottle and the liquid is a purple colour - a rather similar hue to methylated spirits, which is a bit off-putting at first. The label on the front claims that it is 'The Most Advanced & Complete Listerine', with 6 benefits in 1 and that it's approved by the British Dental Health Foundation.
The label on the back gives you instructions:-
To open the bottle you need to squeeze the sides of the black plastic cap (the area to squeeze is actually smooth whereas the rest of the cap is ridged) and turn it.
Pour 20ml (or 4 x 5ml teaspoons) of the mouthwash into a glass, rinse around the teeth and gums for 30 seconds, then spit it out. I actually use the cap for this, rather than a separate glass.
It also says that it is especially effective when used morning and evening after brushing.
The benefits are claimed to be:-
Maintains healthy gums
Strengthens teeth against decay
Prevents tartar to help keep teeth naturally white
Kills up to 99.9% oral bacteria in lab tests
Up to 24 hour fresh breath protection
I tend to take claims like this with a pinch of salt and for me the proof of whether a product works is to use it personally. 'Kills up to 99.9% oral bacteria' to me means anything from 0.1% to 99.9%, and 'up to 24 hour fresh breath protection' could mean from 1 minute to 24 hours. So does it work?
All I can say is that since using this mouthwash I've not had to have any dental work done at all. I've not noticed any build-up of plaque and my mouth does feel fresher for longer (I wouldn't say it stayed fresh for 24 hours though). However, when you use it you will find that it's very strong tasting. I don't know whether it's the alcohol, Benzoic acid, fluoride or some other ingredient, but you get an almost burning sensation. It's not too bad when you first take a mouthful, but after you've swished it around for a few seconds it seems to get stronger. After about 20 seconds I find that it does settle down a bit, but that first burning sensation can be alarming if you're not used to it. As for gargling with this, I personally wouldn't recommend it. There is a warning on the label not to swallow (I have actually managed to swallow some and I can confirm that it's not a nice experience - it did leave me almost vomiting). It's not suitable for children under 12 years of age and it should not be diluted or 'swigged from the bottle'.
At a price of around £4.40 for 500ml (you can get a smaller bottle of 250ml to try the product) it's certainly not cheap, but you can sometimes find it on offer. Tescos are currently selling the 500ml size at £2.20 and the 250ml bottle at £1.50. Boots and Asda both have an offer at the moment for 2 x 500ml sizes for £6.
I will certainly continue to use Listerine Total Care mouthwash because I've found it to be very effective and I'd definitely recommend it, but it may be too strong for some people.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
The weird aftertaste from the saccharin in this product is the same as you get after drinking a cheap diet soda drink. This is one of the 'sweetners' in the mouthwash that leaves behind a really weird aftertaste! It's minty at first but then your mouth feels gross and like you want an actual mint mouth wash to get rid of the weird aftertaste.Also it burns. A lot.
Listerine Total Care
This is a review of Listerine Antibacterial Mouthwash Total Care Sensitive. First of all I have to mention that I have been looking for the perfect mouthwash for what seems like ages now. I have tried so many and I can't believe how many there are on the market, including just those made by Listerine, there are literally hundreds. I may just have found 'the one'!
I used to think that mouthwash was a bit of a waste of time, and something that only Americans seemed so preoccupied with. But I have to admit now I am in my thirties, my teeth are something I am now not taking for granted and I want to look after them as best I can. I wish I had had this moment of enlightenment earlier on to be honest but since pregnancy I have had aches in my teeth and developed sensitivity that has totally frightened me.
Fear of treatment keeps me keen
I won't go into it in detail but a recent trip to the dentist to examine one tooth in particular that was sensitive totally freaked me out when he unpacked a large filling I have had for a few years and I made the mistake of 'feeling' the tooth with my tongue whilst he was in the middle of the procedure. That empty feeling and sharp edges of the filling free tooth was enough to send me to the dental aisle in every supermarket and toiletry shop on the holy grail of finding the products I can use to help avoid anything bad happening in my mouth.
An addition to the routine
I've always been pretty regular at brushing and occasionally flossing my teeth as it's nice to have a clean mouth and clean teeth but really recently I have decided that there is more action that can be taken as preventative steps for future dental treatment.
I picked up this Listerine bottle for just 99p. I deliberately chose a small 250 ml bottle as I was still reeling from the previous bottle of citrus flavoured mouthwash I had had (and dutifully finished) which tasted so strong and foul I was scared to breathe for an hour afterwards in case people noticed the weird smell of my breath. I was never a fan of juicy fruit so perhaps citrus was the wrong direction to head in. This time I chose 'clean mint' flavour which equals 'safe' in my mind as far as mouthwash flavours go.
Less is more with mouthwash, I have decided that swigging it from the bottle (I am the only one using it) is not the best way of determining a measure. This clean mint starts of strong in your mouth but soon subsides to a pleasant minty taste rather than the medicated and alcohol nasty taste of some of the mouthwashes I have tried.
I think this goes well with toothpaste and compliments the taste rather than clashing (like the citrus one!).
This mouthwash comes in a clear plastic bottle which is good as it can go in the recycling box when finished. It has a black plastic lid which is tamper proof (and gives me a good run for my money!) and the label is purple. The contents are a light blue liquid.
The bottle offers several benefits, namely: strengthening tooth enamel; keeping gums healthier; working against gum recession; reducing plaque; killing bacteria and freshening breath.
As I mentioned above, there are so many on the market it can be hard to stick to one brand never mind remembering which one you had that you liked. I got my bottle from a local 99p shop so will be returning there to stock up.
I like this mouthwash, and would buy it again providing I can find it in store. It leaves a pleasant taste and seems to be slightly improving (but not curing) my sensitive tooth situation. I try to use it twice a day most days and find it leaves my mouth feeling very clean and fresh but not burnt out as I find with some harsher mouth washes.
Repurchase on the cards.
Beautiful colour, the only genunine compliment I can give with ease, a delightful funky clear pastel purple colour liquid.
Listerine total care comes with a tag that states its proven to do six things : reduce plague, maintain healthy gums, strengthen teeth against decay, prevent tartar to keep teeth whiter, kills up to 99.9% oral bacteria (wonder what the .1% it doesn't kill?) in lab tests, provides up to 24 hour fresh breath if used twice daily.
The flavour comes in 'clean mint', I cannot say if that's true as the intense heat hits you, the best way to describe how the taste cannot be savoured due to the heat, is to make comparison with chilli. Cut one up and poke your fingers in your eyes, the blistering heat and pain in your eyes prevents you to appreciate the visual aesthetic of a vivid red chilli!
It is recommended you swill the liquid around your mouth and between your teeth for 30 seconds to maximise the benefits - I think there must be a contest somewhere for participants to do this, and a winner gets the coverted crown, it's neigh impossible to attempt the full 30 seconds, your mouth burns and I am being honest here - you do feel as if it has burned a hole on both inner cheeks. The maximum I can attempt is just over 15 seconds. Don't believe the adverts of it being refreshing, it's more painful to use it than it's worth. Very off putting and I actually feel a sense of dread when I realise it's time for another go. In the end I just threw it away and bought Colgate plax.
Incidentally, I went and bought the 'less intense' version.
Who tests it? It's no different from the original. Too intense, hot and uncomfortable to use.
I've used many different brands/flavours of mouthwashes for my dental hygiene (non-smoker) and although I do like some of the other mouthwash products that Listerine have to offer, this is definitely not one that I would probably buy again.
Having used the mouthwash, I do feel that it does the job - my mouth feels clean, my breath smells good and I am satisfied AFTER using it. The freshness in your mouth will stay longer than other mouthwashes, so I would consider it to be effective. However, the 30 seconds when the mouthwash is in my mouth is probably the worst part - the minty taste is simply too strong, and I find it quite hard to tolerate the guggling process. If you really get a kick out of a strong minty or peppery mouthwash, this might be for you.
Price-wise, it's comparable to other (non supermarket) mouthwashes and considering that it does the job so well, I would consider it to be value for your money.
I am a smoker and I also suffer from mild gum disease so I always make sure that I use a mouthwash every day after brushing for both fresher breath and also for oral hygiene.
Listerine is a brand of mouthwash that I have used on and off over the years and I quite like it even though it is on the strong side and can be uncomfortable to gargle with.
I bought the total care Zero version when I saw it on the shelf as it promised to be a less intense version of the original but offer the same results.
Total Care Zero from Listerine is a daily mouthwash that offers 6 benefits in 1. It promises to reduce plaque, maintain healthy gums, offer protection against cavities, kill bacteria that leads to plaque and gingivitis, keep teeth naturally white and maintain fresh breath.
It does all this whilst being alcohol free so that it is more comfortable to use and shouldn't cause the stinging sensation that the original Listerine causes.
The Zero version is a light purple in colour and is definitely less intense than the original. I like Listerine but I do find it to be almost painful to use because it stings so much and have trouble even lasting the 30 seconds you are supposed to gargle for. This version doesn't have that problem and is really mild and I have no trouble with keeping it in my mouth for the required time.
It also has a quite pleasant flavour and is really quite sweet and only has the slightest flavour of mint to it.
The problem with the mouthwash as far as I am concerned is that I think it might just be too mild. It does freshen breath but this doesn't last very long and I could probably get the same results from a decent piece of chewing gum. It also doesn't seem to keep the plaque away from my mouth for very long and if I use this at night then in the morning I can see the build-up on my gum line which isn't very nice and not something I expect to happen overnight.
My mouth also just doesn't feel very fresh when using this and sometimes I feel as though I should probably gargle again because one rinse with it just doesn't seem to do the job properly.
I probably wouldn't buy this again because although I do like the fact it is more pleasant to use than other stronger mouthwashes I don't personally feel it is as effective. It is also quite expensive for something which I don't really think works all that well and it costs around about £4.50 for a 500ml bottle.
I grew up really vigolant in dental care as my dad drummed it into me and my siblings that you only get one set of adult teeth so if you look after them they should stay with you for life and hes 78 and still has all his own teeth so heres hoping i have the same result. I started using Listerine afew years ago and i found it to be great so ive used it ever since. It can be about £2.50 for a 500ml bottle and £4 for 1L. It can be abit pricey compared with other brands but the money isnt going down the drain like some other brands and a bottle of Listerine can last a long time as a single person it lasts me about 2months for a Litre but a family of say two adults and a grown up child would last about a month. Its not suitable for children under 12.On the front of the bottle it explains that Listerine reduces plaque by up to 56% more than brushing alone and if used twice a day it provides 24hour protection against plaque and lasting fresh breath confidence. It really is invigorating and leaves your mouth feeling so clean and fresh. With Listerine i like how there can be different ones so you can choose the one that suits your needs however on the other side of the coin that can be very confusing as alot of them do the same job but afew added extras in certain ones. It took me ages to decide which one i wanted to buy as there was a choice of 5 at boots however I have always went with the purple, turquiose or blue as Ive found them to do what i need. I tend to look for prevention and reduce plaque, kill bacteria between teeth and freshen breath. Its a high quality brand and very popular and i know why now as its woth every penny. I will be a Listerine user until the unlikely time they discontinue this product. Its worth the investment to pay abit more if in return you have good teeth
I was told to use this after having my tongue pierced as it helps the healing process, apparently.
The mouthwash cost me £2.69 for a 500ml bottle, which wasn't bad value considering it's probably the most popular brand of mouthwash in the U.K. The mouthwash is a purple colour and it tastes quite fresh and invigorating. The taste isn't unpleasant but it is quite strong. It does take a little getting used to as it made my eyes water when I first started using it. My advice would be to stick with it as the benefits outweight the strong taste. The strong taste does fade though - when your tastebuds start to get used to it.
This mouthwash DID actually help my tongue piercing to heal. It also helped my gums to heal after they had suffered the pain of having my wisdom teeth removed (ouch!). The mouthwash also helps to control mouth ulcers and plaque. Oh and it leaves you with pleasant smelling breath too! It helps with "morning breath" as it controls the bacteria in your mouth.
Overall this is an excellent mouthwash. It does wonders for your teeth and gums and one 500ml bottle lasts a good while as you only need to use two capfuls per day - once in the morning and once at night.
A great mouthwash in every way!
Listerine Total Care
Listerine will finish what you started with when you brushed your teeth. After brushing, you really only cleaned 25% of your mouth. By rinsing with Listerine you reach all areas and gives you a really clean mouth.
Each Listerine mouthwash has four main features:
- The development of plaque is reduced
- Provides long-lasting fresh breath
- Suitable for everyday use
- Maintains the good condition of the gums
Listerine Total Care is the purple one of the range of this brand mouthwashes. It has six advantages for oral health and thereby is the most advanced mouth water from there range.
The areas where Total Care Mouthwash works are:
- Penetrates plaque
- Strengthens your teeth
- Keep your teeth naturally white
- Keeps gums healthy
- Helps to remove harmful bacteria
- Provides a fresh breath
This mouthwash has a purple color and is transparent. Important to note that this product contains alcohol. This has been added to the antibacterial effect. The alcohol content is rather large, namely 20%. For me this is a disadvantage, since I personally prefer a mouthwash without alcohol. First, because I find the taste better and secondly to prevent to have an odor of alcohol after using it.
Once you open the bottle makes you smell immediately important ingredients in the mouthwash. First smell particularly strong menthol smell, but the alcohol is clearly observable. When you go wash you notice a clear difference in effect compared to mouthwashes without alcohol. The product begins to sparkle and during which I personally find that flushing the alcohol taste emerges stronger. The aftertaste I personally think is a little less enjoyable.
I use almost daily mouthwash and personally I really do prefer a non-alcoholic version. Unfortunately, with this Listerine is this not the case. The sparkling effect when you rinse you can really notice the taste of alcohol, and personally I find it a reason not to buy it again.
My mouth feel fresh and clean but it does not feel that this mouthwash cleans better than other brands. It is difficult to really tell but it's more a feeling. Personally I have more reasons to not buy it again. Three stars for this product because it cleans well, but in my opinion not better than similar products from other brands and because of the alcohol.
Listerine mouthwash is harsh in the mouth but the results are well worth it! It's probably one of the more expensive mouthwashes but totally worth it. When I use Listerine after brushing my teeth I instantly feel how clean and fresh my mouth feels, smells and tastes. I would only recommend keeping the mouthwash in your mouth for Nomore than 30 seconds as it starts to get unpleasant with a burning sensation. They have recently bought out a non anti bacterial one though which is much kinder. Fantastic product if you can deal with the intense freshness! You can normally pick up Listerine in any of the major supermarkets, I get mine from Poundland as you cab get a decent size bottle not the biggest one for obviously just a pound compared to a few quid in the supermarkets! However due to the popularity of the product it is often on promotion, this is usually when I pick mine up.
As a smoker I'm always self concious to having smelly breath. I'm usually a big fan of Blanx but as I'm on a budget at the moment with Christmas only two weeks away I decides to give this ago. I spotted it at my local asda store a couple of weeks ago costing me £1.00. I thought it was a bargain.
The bottle is see through plasic it contains a lavender colored liquid. The content of the liquid is ninety five ml. Clearly states Listerine Total care Six benefits in one.The product has been aproved by the Bristish dental and Health Foundation. Prevents tartar, keeps teeth whiter.Maintains healthy gums.Kills upto 99~% of bactereia. Contains alcohol so please ensure it is kept out of the reach of children.
I think this is the most awful mouth wash I have ever used. I brush my teeth twice daily and always use mouth wash afterwards. I use the twenty ml as directed on the bottle. I gargled with it as you do. I couldn't wait to get rid of it stange my tongue and mouth and make me want to vomit. Never again will I be using this it tastes of pure alcohol and smells of the pure alcohol not pleasant atall.
Available from all good super markets costing around £1.00 a bottle.
I picked up a little bottle of this in my local Asda. Up at the beauty products area they have a section which is basically travel sized products. I like little products and although I tend to take full sized products away with me when am on holiday (but they are usually half empty), then I just think it is best to take proper sized products as it can sometimes be hard to judge a trial sized product.
My local Asda sells all the product for £1 each or 4 for £3 so I bought a few small products and this was one of them. I got it in a 100ml bottle. I believe the normal sized bottle that this comes in is a 500ml bottle and you can pay around £3.50 or perhaps even more for this so it's a more expensive brand of Mouth Wash, but it is a brand named one.
This says that it kills up to 97% of Germs, reduces Plaque by up to 56%, maintains healthy Gums, Strenghtens your Teeth and provides up to 24 hour Fresh breath. This is all according to the bottle.
When I opened this bottle up I got quite a strong smell from this. It does smell a bit minty but overall the scent wasn't the most pleasant. I thought it would be ok as since I was going to just rinse with this and then spit out then it wouldn't be that bad - would it?
I Swilled my mouth out with a decent enough slug of of this and could taste this weird alcohol-y kind of taste. I also think it tasted a bit tar like as well, and just wasn't nice. It was such a dry taste and I felt that it totally dried my mouth out.
Even after this was out of my mouth I didn't like the taste that it left behind. I don't usually rinse with Water after using a Mouth Wash, as I want to keep that minty freshness in my mouth but I just had to drink some water and rinse my mouth out as well.
There's no doubt that this cleaned my mouth out of any stale smells or that, but this is just far too pungent for me and I didn't even finish my little bottle of this.
Listerine has been approved by the British Dental Health Foundation and supposedly has six actions which improve overall dental health and mouth hygiene. It claims to reduce plaque (the cause of gum disease), helps to maintain healthy gums, strengthens teeth, prevents tartar build up, kills 99.9% of oral bacteria - and provides up to 24 hours of fresh breath. It is these claims that have led me and my partner to use Listerine, although we are not totally loyal to this product and will use other products now and again. A 500ml bottle of Listerine Total Care costs £4.20 from Boots - which is about the average price for a mouthwash. However, I would estimate that I use about 10mls of the solution every time I use it (morning and evening) and so a 500ml bottle would last me and my partner just under a month - and so that it pretty good value. The directions do suggest that you should use 20mls each time - but I just find this too much and find 10mls is plenty.
Listerine comes in a plastic recyclable bottle with a child proof screw top. The bottle is clear and so it's possible to see the pale purple solution through the bottle so you are able to estimate when the bottle will need replacing. There are directions on the back of the bottle which are clear and easy to follow. There is not an a measuring instrument with the bottle, but I do use the cap in order to measure out how much of the mouthwash I want to use. The cap can then be cleaned after use.
In order to use, I simply pour the solution into the cap (about half a capful) and then pour it into my mouth after brushing. I then swill it around my mouth for about 1 minute before spitting out the solution into the sink. The Listerine Total Care solution smells and tastes very strong. The overwhelming smell and taste is of mint - maybe with a hint of something like ecalyptus or cloves. I do find that the sensation in my mouth when I put it in isn't very comfortable because it's almost like a burning sensation, but as soon as you spit the solution out, this sensation disappears and I'm just left with a very strong minty taste in my mouth. It is because of this burning sensation that I don't let my children use it.
I obviously can't verify how well the Listerine cleans, prevents tartar build up etc. However, I would say that I have average dental health in as much as I still need fillings now and again, and I have needed to have a root canal treatment in the last month. However, the real reason I continue to use it is because I like the freshness it leaves in my mouth. I would not say that the fresh breath lasts for the claimed 24 hours - probably more like 8 hours - but I find that by using it morning and night it really helps to keep stinky breath at bay!
Overall, I do recommend this product for its fresh breath qualities - but I can't really verify any of it's other claims.