“ Brand: Lush / Freshener / Type: Toothy Tabs / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
Lush is a store that I have been a fan of for about 4 or 5 years now. I love Lush, the smell, the products and the staff service. They have brought out a few less conventional products in the past such as powder deodorant and now these toothy tabs. I am always happy to try something new from Lush as it is very rare for a product from there not to live up to my expectations. I like Lush's ethical views and how their products do not irritate my skin (well, rarely).
Solid toothpaste was something that sounded a little different to me and I must admit that it took me a little bit of time before I could get round to the idea of using tablets to brush my teeth rather than squeezing my toothpaste out of the tube.
These toothy tabs are small, very small, and a packet contains 40 tablets. Each packet costs £3.50 and you should use one tablet twice a day meaning these will last just under 3 weeks. I was sold on these by a sales assistant in Lush who said that she loved them and then the blurb on the product got my interest to, I have tried the 'dirty' toothy tabs in the past with great results too so this helped to sway me. These toothy tabs come in a cardboard box which is recyclable and I like that feature about it too. This was my first time purchasing these particularly toothy tabs and I feel that it will probably be my last.
These toothy tabs are flavoured with earl grey, lime oil and jasmine and this really does show in the taste from this tab. The scent upon smelling this is nothing over the top but the taste when using them is not something I really like at all. The tablets are quite simple to use, I just chew them a little and then begin to brush my teeth. There is a fair bit of foam produced by these toothy tabs but the flavour is quite unbearable for me. I followed off the brushing with minty floss and minty alcohol based mouthwash to get rid of the scent which did work for the most part.
These toothy tabs have an almost dirt like taste to them. I like Earl grey tea, I like jasmine and I love lime but I just feel that this combination was not very nice at all! Something else was possibly added to the ingredients as well as it just tasted a bit like dirt and was very off putting. I used these only twice (on the same day) and felt that my breath was not fresh enough and while my teeth were looking as clean as usual (thanks mainly to my electric toothbrush) I just felt that these did not work as well as my usual toothpaste or the 'dirty' toothy tabs I have tried before.
I would not buy these toothy tabs again. I was quite pleased with the toothy tabs I used in the past and I have since purchased these again but as for these aquatic toothy tabs I would not ever buy them again nor would I recommend them. As they cleaned my teeth and I felt the price was quite reasonable in that respect I will give these 2/5 stars. I do not like the taste of these and felt that my breath was not very fresh hence my not wanting to use these again.
My favourite shop ever is Lush. I spend so much money in there and love to try out all the new products. In fact I am currently in the process of sampling every single thing they have in there (except for the odd one or two which aren't suitable for me). Lush are very innovative and like to develop new concepts. As they are concerned about the environment, a lot of their products are solid which cuts down on packaging and preservatives. They already produce soap, body butter, shampoo and cleanser in solid form, but even I was surprised when they announced a range of solid toothpaste - Toothy Tabs.
***Toothy Tabs - eh, what?!***
Toothy Tabs were named in line with Toner Tabs (solid toner designed for steaming the face). They are small discs, about the size of a very small mint. They come in packs of 40, packaged in a black and white cardboard box - the white inner part is pushed out to reveal a small hole through which a Toothy Tab can be shaken. The box has a sticker with a cartoon picture of the person who made the Toothy Tabs and the expiry date. Using a box means that you can pop it in the recycling when you have finished with it, unlike the plastic and aluminium toothpaste tubes which end up in general waste. Only one Toothy Tab is needed each time you clean your teeth, so if you clean them twice a day as recommended, a box will last you 20 days (just under three weeks). This is about the same time as a normal tube of toothpaste - perhaps a bit less.
Oh, and you can get a bit of fun out of the box too - the white part has a mouth drawn on it and if you hold it up to your own mouth you can give yourself rabbit teeth, vampire teeth or something else bizarre, for a laugh!
Toothy Tabs are available in the following flavours:
Breath of God
The first Toothy Tabs flavour to be released was the Dirty flavour, which is peppermint and closer to the flavour of 'proper' toothpaste. The rest of the range followed soon after. The Aquatic Toothy Tabs are described as a "gloriously romantic" confection. They contain Earl Grey tea, lime oil and jasmine which acts as an aphrodisiac. Lush say that you should use them to freshen up before kissing!
***Using the Aquatic Toothy Tabs***
These tabs cost £3.50 for a box of 40, so they are among the pricier toothy tabs. They have a subtle scent that I can't quite identify - it's not clearly tea but it's certainly not mint like most toothpaste! I found the box easy enough to open, and liked the idea of environmentally friendly packaging, although it had one major flaw - being made of cardboard, it went a bit soft in the steamy atmosphere of the bathroom. I ended up keeping the pack in my bedroom and taking out one toothy tab at a time to use, which was a bit of a hassle when I forgot and had to go back downstairs to get one.
To use a toothy tab, you should choose one, pop it in your mouth and crunch it between your teeth. One is enough - this way you only use just as much as you need, unlike with toothpaste where it is easy to overload the brush. Crunching the tab releases some foam, and if you get your toothbrush and start brushing your teeth more foam is released. You should brush your teeth for three minutes as normal before rinsing, and follow with floss and mouthwash if you use them.
I found that using these toothy tabs, initially my teeth didn't feel as clean as usual. This is probably because the unusual flavour was fairly subtle and there wasn't as much foam as usual. I normally like a strong toothpaste and lots of foam to keep my mouth feeling clean. However this effect was minimised as I used mouthwash afterwards, which freshened up my mouth. There was no aftertaste to these toothy tabs which I liked, and they were certainly different to peppermint. I love Earl Grey so I was rather disappointed that the toothy tabs didn't really taste of tea. Sadly I couldn't really make out any of the individual flavours in these toothy tabs, which is a shame as I like the individual flavours.
As the days wore on and I got used to the toothy tabs, I realised that my teeth still looked clean and felt clean too, notwithstanding the lack of foam and flavour. Going about my day to day business, I certainly couldn't tell that I hadn't been using 'proper' toothpaste. I used the toothy tabs constantly for almost three weeks until they were used up, and could have gone on longer with no ill effects that I could see - although I didn't go to the dentist during this time, and I don't know what the long-term effects on my teeth would be.
Lush state on their website that they have been running a dental trial all year, in which volunteers use the tabs twice a day and attend regular monitoring sessions. However I would always be sceptical of ANY trial run by ANY company that wasn't completely independent.
***So what's in them?***
I don't normally copy huge lists of ingredients into my reviews, but this list is relatively small so I thought I might as well: Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Glycerine, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin,Flavour, Organic sencha Tea Powder, Jasmine Absolute, Lime Oil,Wakame Seaweed Powder , Fair Trade Organic Earl Grey Leaves,Fine Sea Salt, Citric Acid, Sodium, Saccharin, *Citral,*Limonene, Linalool. The tabs contain no animal-derived ingredients, so are entirely suitable for vegans.
Dicalcium phosphate anhydrous is a gentle abrasive that helps to remove plaque from your teeth. Sodium bicarbonate, together with cream of tartar, cleans and whitens the teeth and is safe to use, as it is used regularly in cooking. In fact sodium bicarbonate is well known as an alternative to toothpaste if you can't/don't want to use it for whatever reason. Glycerine helps to soften the tongue and gums, while sodium lauroyl sarcosine is a surfactant, used in many major toothpaste brands, that helps to create foam. A surfactant also helps to dissolve the residue that builds up on the teeth.
Sodium saccharin, a widely used sweetener, makes the sodium bicarbonate taste less bitter. The tabs are flavoured with tea powder and leaves, jasmine absolute and lime oil.
***What, no fluoride?***
I admit I was concerned about the absence of fluoride in these toothy tabs. I always believed that fluoride toothpaste was essential to clean your teeth properly and help prevent tooth decay. However it has also been suggested that it is the action of brushing your teeth with a toothbrush, as opposed to the kind of toothpaste you use, that makes the greatest contribution to teeth cleaning. In addition it's true that fluoride has been added to tap water in many areas of the country, and some people are concerned about avoiding products containing fluoride in case of potential 'fluoride poisoning'. I'm no scientist so all I can say is that each individual should make their own mind up. At least Lush have been honest about the fact that their toothy tabs do not contain fluoride, so customers can choose to use them or not as they wish.
***Would I buy Toothy Tabs again?***
Yes I would - as far as I could tell they cleaned my teeth just as well as normal toothpaste. They are good for the environment as well as being compact and easy to carry. They would be ideal for taking away on holiday (especially when you're flying as they are solid and don't count towards your liquid limit) or an overnight stay, and are handy to keep in your bag in case you need to freshen up during the day.
I wouldn't want to use them on a regular basis, however - personally I prefer a fluoride toothpaste, and I just don't know if my teeth would suffer long term if I was to switch to toothy tabs completely. I wore braces for three and a half years as a teenager and I wouldn't want to put all that effort to waste! Also, they are fairly expensive compared to normal toothpaste.
In summary, then, I would repurchase, but for occasional rather than regular use.
***Would I buy the Aquatic tabs specifically?***
These are probably my least favourite of the tabs I've tried so far, which is disappointing as I would have liked to be able to taste the Earl Grey. So far, I do prefer the taste of traditional mint in my mouth, although at least with the Breath of God Toothy Tabs there was a recognisable taste of sandalwood. These tabs don't really have a proper taste; they're a bit of a mish-mash. However, there was nothing wrong with the quality of the product at all and my teeth certainly felt clean. I did like the fact that there was no aftertaste. I would recommend these to someone who is sick of minty toothpaste and wants to try something a bit different.