“ Brand: Lush / - Tablets / Type: Toothy Tabs / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types „
What are they?
Toothy tabs are another great Lush product I discovered when looking for compact items for minimalist travelling. They are basically little round white solid tablets that you can chew instead of using toothpaste. Apparently part of the inspiration behind them was the wastefulness of normal toothpaste, since the tubes can never be recycled and also they tend to be chock full of chemicals.
The toothy tabs come with different specialties ie 'dirty', 'atomic' or 'sparkle', and the ones I bought were the dirty tabs. They come crammed into a small rectangular cardboard box, a little larger than a tic tac box, which can also be recycled. Each box has about 40 tablets in it and can be opened like a matchstick box. There is a little hole to release one tab at a time and that's fairly useful as it saved opening the box and getting the tablets everywhere.
How do you use them?
This part is really simple. You crunch a toothy tab in your jaws and use a wet toothbrush to brush your teeth. The tab froths up on contact with water which is a clever little thing on Lush's part. One tab does create a good amount of foam, though not as much as you might be used to if you use regular brand toothpaste (I was using the Kingfisher brand before which isn't particularly frothy).
The dirty toothy tabs have a spearmint flavour with a hint of orange, but honestly I can only really taste the orange when I use them, and a tiny bit of mint. I really like this though as I prefer not to have strong flavoured tooth cleaners, which most of them seem to be.
They do feel odd in the mouth though - like actually tablets - crunchy and dry. You get used to the chalkiness though and it's not so bad that it put me off using them. It's always a bit of a surprise to feel them fizzle up and foam. I used them when I was travelling to good effect and it was easy to ration them across the period I needed them for as you can either use two a day which will last you 20 days, or use one a day but breaking it in half. In terms of travelling they are a really great idea as they weight next to nothing, come in a very small box, and there is absolutely no risk of getting toothpaste all over the clothes you need for the next two weeks or so. The only thing you have to be careful of is getting the box wet as this could cause a problem for all the toothy tabs, but I solved this easily by keeping the box in a plastic food bag at all times.
These toothy tabs are flouride-free which suits me fine as I avoid flouride in toothpastes anyway - I'm sure I get more than I need from drinking tap water. Other than the sweetener Sorbitol, the toothy tabs are very natural, and chemical-free. The tastes come from essential oils and the frothing on contact trick is cause by the sodium bicarbonate.
I was very pleased to find these tabs as I have been reading for years that bicarb is great for tooth brushing and that people used it before we all got sold on toothpaste.. But I could never bring myself to brush with bicarb alone. So these toothy tabs are ideal for me as they are very natural but they don't taste disgusting.
These toothy tabs are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
A box of toothy tabs will cost you £2 which is really good value when you consider the price of normal natural toothpaste - ie it's usually a lot more expensive. It's also much easier to ration these and you don't get that inevitable toothpaste-frustration where you can't get the last bit out of the tube, no matter how hard you keep trying..
So, I do recommend these, BUT I will also warn you that they are a bit chalky in the mouth and this takes some getting used to, and this is why I'm giving them 4 stars instead of 5. They are easy to use, easy on the pocket, easy on the planet and easily one of the best tooth cleaners I have used.
DIRTY TOOTHY TABS
These were one of the very first Toothy tabs created by Lush . I Know I am a bit of a Lushaholic and my bathroom is full of so many of their products that it looks like a subdivision of the shop as I spend so much money in there and love to try out all the new products. I am working my way gradually through their products either by buying them or cheekily asking for samples.
I know all their products are not 100% perfect but I do like the ethics of the company and am so pleased that they have not sold out to some great US multi national like Body Shop did and I feel their products have lost some of the charm that they had before. Lush is proudly British but they do also make a big effort to support other countries and Fair trade when ever they can. One of the things that the owners of Lush was struck with was some art created by using old toothpaste tubes which was done to bring this shocking waste to the attention of the world.
Lush say that if they had their way everything would come as solids and unpackaged as so much packaging is wasted and not recycled so is filling the world with non biodegradable rubbish which cannot go on for ever without causing damage.
This gave them the challenge to create something for teeth cleaning that would not involve all the plastic packaging.
Lush discovered these shocking facts about just toothpaste and the tubes it comes in:
"* 4% of every tube is wasted because we can't squeeze it out (www.wastegeneration.com)
* This means every year over 70,000 tons of toothpaste is thrown away and ends up in landfill (www.wastegeneration.com).
* The average person uses 276 tubes of toothpaste in their lifetime.
* 2 million tubes of toothpaste are thrown away in the UK every year (figures estimated from the Mintel Toothpaste Snapshot 2009 report)
* 3,000 tonnes of plastic from tubes becomes waste equating to 6.6 tonnes of CO2 emissions (www.co2list.org/files/carbon)
Toothy tabs were invented and a small matchbox sized pack holds 40 small often brownish 'pills' which actually do clean your teeth when you crunch them and use a toothbrush.
The packs are all the same, 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. This is just card which can be recycled in the normal paper or card system and anyway it is, unlike the plastic and aluminium toothpaste tubes which end up in general waste.
Aquatic which is supposed to be sensual with jasmine in it
Atomic which has clove and cinnamon and ginger in it
Breath of God with sandalwood, fennel and vanilla
Dirty with spearmint
Sparkle with lemon. Grapefruit oil and vanilla
Ultrablast with lavender, spearmint and peppermint
Chou Chou with rose
There are so many different flavours in these Toothy Tabs that there will be certain to be one that you like. Some are there all the time and some are only released for limited times.
Simon Constantine comments: "I was really keen to take perfumery up a gear and be able to actually perfume someone's breath ... wouldn't that be something!"
Now you do only need one Toothy Tab for each brushing and in fact I find that half is enough most times so it could last you either 40 days or 20 depending on your usage and how often you clean your teeth each day. The pack costs £2.00 for 40 which is not bad value really for over a month's teeth cleaning.
Yes it is in the small matchbox sort of pack with a sliding inner. The box is pretty easy to open and then you punch out the hole for the tabs to be tipped out of. It is small enough to fit in your pocket or handbag and it weighs nothing. Because it is cardboard you do have to keep them away from water so away from the wet in the bathroom otherwise the pack will go soggy and so will the tabs inside.
The first Toothy Tabs flavour invented was this 'Dirty' flavour and it proved so popular that other flavours quickly followed. I always think 'Dirty' is a strange name to have chosen for quite afew of Lush's products from a perfume through to these toothy tabs but never mind it is what is in the product that counts.
They have a spearmint flavour with a hint of bitter orange which is not bitter in the tabs but enhances the flavour generally. These tabs are more traditionally minty flavoured but Lush also point out that spearmint is an aphrodisiac so use these before going to bed!
So you take one or a half I have found is fine and crunch it in your mouth. Once you have the tab crunched then take your toothbrush rinsed with water and use it as normal. The tab froths lightly so that you get the cleaning froth needed to clean your teeth and make your mouth taste nice and minty and your breath is also fresher.
I find that there is more than enough froth or foam created to get a really good brush clean and I use mine with my electric tooth brush and very occasionally when I have forgotten to charge it I use them with a normal toothbrush and they work just as well with both methods.
After brushing, rinse your mouth and if you want to then use mouthwash or floss or your mini tooth brush like I have that cleans between my teeth.
The only thing I do find is that I get lots of bits still left in my mouth which I haven't crunched enough but as they taste quite nice I don't worry too much if I find a small bit hidden in my gums.
I do quite like the minty taste of this one and my mouth does taste nice and fresh from this flavour. If this is your first try of toothy tabs then i would say go for Dirty as it is the most traditional flavour for a toothpaste. My teeth always feel REALLY clean and as I run my tongue over my teeth I get no residue or plaque sort of feeling left so they do a good job of cleaning..
DO THEY DO THE JOB PROPERLY?
Lush have been running a dental trial all year, in which volunteers use the tabs twice a day and attend regular monitoring sessions. I am not sure what the conclusion is but presumably nothing untoward has been found as they would have stopped making them.
Tooth paste is actually only to make brushing more pleasant as it is the action that does the job. Fluoride is added to most tooth pastes as it has been found to help strengthen teeth but it can be dangerous. Many places have fluoride in their water so adding more is not always necessary. My son's teeth have been discoloured by fluoride as I gave my children fluoride pills as suggested when they were young and it was obviously not needed. My teeth are really weak and so i was concerned that my children's would be too.
I have to use a toothpaste with high fluoride now as mine are so weak so I tend to only use these when travelling as I can pop a pack in my bag for using on the plane. I take them when we go away for a couple of days and so on.
HOW DO THESE WORK THEN?
The ingredients in this are interesting : Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, Spearmint Oil, Neroli Oil, Sodium Saccharin,
Quite a few of the ingredients are there for their scrubbing quality and these are Dicalcium phosphate anhydrous which is a gentle abrasive that helps to remove plaque from your teeth.
Sodium bicarbonate and cream of tartar also scrub and cleans and help to whiten teeth . Salt does the same job which is scrub and whiten as does the kaolin but probably only scrub in that case.
In the war and when times were hard Bicarb was used to clean teeth but has no real flavour of breath freshening quality.
Sodium lauroyl sarcosine is a surfactant so creates the foam and helps break down the stuff that builds up on your teeth. It is found in many toothpaste brands, that helps to create foam. A surfactant also helps to dissolve the residue that builds up on the teeth.
Sodium saccharin which I am not so thrilled about is an artificial sweetener to make the ingredients more palatable
Apart from the scrubby ingredients there are but two other ingredients there for their flavour and these are spearmint oil and neroli oil.
Another plus is that these 'Dirty' tabs contain absolutely no animal-derived ingredients, so are fine for vegans.
None of the Toothy tabs contain fluoride so if you think you need that added you can take supplements or use the toothy tabs alternatively with a high fluoride toothpaste.
Many people are against fluoride in toothpaste and so these do give the option for those who want to avoid it.
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
Yes I think these are a great idea, novel and earth friendly both in the ingredients and the packing. They are perfect for popping in your pocket or handbag with a foldway toothbrush (those that come in half and the top tucks into the handle) for freshening up on the move. I always have these in my handbag when we travel as I can brush my teeth on the plane or at the airport or wherever I find a basin.
I do like the flavour of these as they are really minty fresh and leave me feeling breath confident. My mouth feels clean and freshly minty.
I am not sure that Ii would rely upon these solely for my mouth and tooth hygiene as they are quite expensive compared to most toothpaste brands and also I do need the fluoride in the toothpastes to stop my teeth crumbling away according to my dentist.
They are however a positive in so many ways for the environment as there is so little packaging and what there is can be recycled easily. There are not many ingredients and all are pretty much natural.
They are perfect for travelling as they weigh nothing and can go in your bag as they are not liquid. They would be great for festivals and also keeping in your bag for emergency freshening up needs. I will always have at least one pack of these for the times I have mentioned but would not totally get rid of the regular extra strength fluoride my dentist has recommended that I use.
I have tried a few of these flavours from Lush and though this one is the most traditionally toothpaste like flavour. If you have not tried these I would say give them a try and this one would be a good one for your first try . The lovely people at Lush will advise you as to what each one tastes like and may even give you a couple to try if you ask nicely.
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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.
Toothy Tabs are available in the following flavours:
Breath of God
The Dirty Toothy Tabs were the first to be released, at the same time as the rest of the Dirty range. The range came out in 2011 and is the first range that is really aimed at men (though there's no reason why women shouldn't use it too). The range consists of a soap, springwash (shower gel), hair cream, body spray, shaving cream and, of course, these toothy tabs. Each of the items in the range is scented with a different kind of mint: peppermint, spearmint, and so on. The different mint scents combine together to create the whole Dirty scent.
***Using the Dirty Toothy Tabs***
These tabs are among the cheapest in the range, at £2 for a box of 40. They have a subtle mint scent. 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 spearmint taste 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.
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, Spearmint Oil, Kaolin, Neroli Oil, Citric Acid, Sodium Saccharin, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour. The tabs contain no animal-derived ingredients, so are entirely suitable for vegans.
Dicalcium phosphate dehydrate 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 spearmint oil and neroli oil, which help to make the taste of them more palatable.
***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 Dirty tabs specifically?***
The peppermint flavour of these tabs is probably the closest to 'real' toothpaste out of the entire Toothy Tabs range, so I would recommend them for a newcomer to this kind of product. However I found that the scent and taste was quite mild and subtle and I'd prefer something a bit stronger. I would like to try some of the other flavours before I fix on these.
I hope this review has been useful, whether you've been thinking about trying Toothy Tabs or have never heard of them. Apologies for the long length of this review, but the tabs are a bit of a bizarre concept, so I wanted to make sure I was covering them properly!
You get 20 tabs in one box, so these will last you just under three weeks. I thought i'd give them a try as they were on a special introductory offer for £2, their normal price is £3.50. I bought them instore but you can buy them online too.
The tabs are easy to crush between your teeth. You have to crumble them up with your teeth before use as they come solid. They take a few seconds to crumble, once crumbled they taste pleasant, a sort of minty taste. They taste pretty similar to normal toothpastes, although these are more natural and better for your teeth (apparently). They take a few seconds longer to foam up. They don't foam up as much as normal toothpastes do, which I was a little disappointed about. However, their pleasant taste and aroma makes up for that. They're easy to brush with. I just brushed my teeth as normal and spat out the excess, like I usually do. After use my mouth felt clean and my teeth were sparkling. They certainly felt a lot cleaner.
After a few week's usage my teeth looked a little whiter and they sparkled. However, once I stopped using the tabs this effect disappeared. You would have to keep up with these to benefit from them. I won't be using them all the time as I don't think they are worth the money. You can buy a small bottle of Pearl Drops for £1 from Savers...
Not bad but they're overpriced...
For Christmas I received a gift set from Lush from their dirty range of products which are designed for men. In the set there were the usual things that you would expect from this sort of gift set such as shower gel etc. but there was also something which is called a toothy tab. Now I had no idea what a toothy tab was and was quite curious to use them and find out. It turns out that toothy tabs are actually just small pieces of solid toothpaste so nothing too exciting but I did like the novelty value of trying something new.
The toothy tabs have been designed to supposedly give the perfect amount of toothpaste that you need so as to not overfill the brush which according to my dentist is bad for you as it means you usually end up missing parts of your teeth as you can't see them through the foam. Being from lush they are also environmentally friendly as they use hardly any packaging so won't end up cluttering landfills etc. and all the ingredients used are vegan and cruelty free.
The little tablets are absolutely tiny and at first I thought there was no way on earth there was going to be enough product contained in one of the little tablets to be able to clean my teeth. To use the toothy tabs you need to just pop one in your mouth and then crunch it between your teeth and then brush your teeth as normal. I was a little disappointed by how little they foamed up as I was expecting them to really foam up when wet but instead they just sort of fizzed a little.
The taste was also not what I was expecting and although they are minty they aren't very strong tasting and there is a slight herbal taste to them which takes a little getting used to. It isn't unpleasant just a little different. After not foaming as much as I expected I thought my teeth wouldn't feel very clean but I was wrong and my teeth were absolutely gleaming. Sometimes when I brush and run my tongue along my teeth they don't feel very smooth but after using the toothy tabs my teeth felt really smooth and as though they had just had a polish which was a nice surprise. This is probably due to the toothy tabs containing baking soda which is fantastic at cleaning teeth.
I am a smoker so my mouth doesn't feel the freshest most of the time but these toothy tabs did a great job at helping to freshen up my entire mouth area and it got rid of that horrible taste that coffee and cigarettes can leave. They also left my breathe smelling good and not too minty. I would say that the smell is a much more natural one than what you get when using a strong mint toothpaste and I really liked it actually.
Although these toothy tabs are more of a novelty than something that will replace your toothpaste I do really like them and can see myself buying them again. They are just so convenient and I can definitely see myself buying a packet to keep in my pocket to take with me to the gym etc. They would also be perfect for holidays and I must admit that I actually did take them on a night out with me and just crunched one instead of brushing. This didn't give me the clean teeth feeling that I got with brushing but they did a better job of freshening my breath up than chewing gum would have.
I would definitely recommend trying these toothy tabs and seeing if you like them. It does take a little getting used to using a tiny little tablet instead of toothpaste but the concept is a great one and hopefully they will continue to keep perfecting them until they get the balance right and create some amazing flavours as I would really like to experiment with some more unusual flavours as I am not the biggest fan of mint.
A packet of Dirty toothy tabs cost £2 and as mentioned the packet is tiny so perfect for popping in your pocket or bag and making sure that you are never caught short. Even though I got these in a set which was designed for men obviously these are unisex though I do think they are a great product for us men who are naturally a little lazy.
As a festival goer, I've always tried to find the most convenient way of keeping clean and hygienic as it gets very mucky and going for a shower just isn't practical. I'm a regular customer at Lush and I knew they would have alternative methods of staying nice and clean so my Boyfriend and I went to see what we could pick up to take with us to Leeds Festival.
On arrival we picked up some solid shampoo and then the enthusiastic shop assistants suggested we looked at their latest invention; The toothy tabs. Being a massive Lush addict, I have already heard about them and was curious to learn more about them. The Assistant told us that the idea behind the invention was to reduce the amount of packaging and waste that comes with conventional tooth paste and to make tooth paste more convenient to take when traveling (solid tooth paste cant explode in your bag!).
The packaging is very convenient, it is a small matchbox style cardboard box with a little hole to tip out the tabs. There are 40 in each pack which means if you brush twice a day, a box will last you 20 days.
Toothy Tabs come in a variety of flavours, all aimed at achieving different things. For instance; Breath of God is for people who may struggle with bad breathe and require something a bit stronger. Ultrablast has a hint of vanilla in its taste which is very good for people like me who despise the taste of mint. Dirty is made from Spearmint and its good to note that theres no fluoride in any of these toothy tabs. The price varies depending on which box you buy ranging from £2 to £3.50. Dirty is the cheapest at £2.
How to use (from the Lush website):
1. Pop a Toothy Tab into your mouth.
2. Crunch it up.
3. Start brushing with a wet toothbrush.
4. Brush your toofy pegs with the foam.
5. Do it for a good 3 minutes to get them extra clean.
6. Rinse your mouth out.
7. Et voila. Clean gnashers, a big cheesy grin and fresh breath!
My conclusion on the Dirty toothy tabs is that they're really weird to start with which is probably because its not the norm. They don't taste great when chewing but when you get the brush on the go, it soon foams up and tastes better. When finished brushing. your teeth do feel clean. I think its a work in progress to get these tooth pastes better but if they get it right, I believe they have potential to take on conventional tooth paste. They are better than I thought they would be, though!
I love these! I actually like the Sparkle ones better than the Dirty ones, as they make my teeth so white! I was a bit doubtful as to whether they would clean my teeth very well, but my teeth were very, very clean and I actually much prefer these to toothpaste! One of the only downsides of these are that my breath isn't really very fresh after using them and find myself using a little toothpaste or having chewing gum, but I don't find that much of a problem. Also, you can get Ultrablast ones that are very good for getting fresh breath. I like that they give many different flavours so that there is almost always going to be a flavour that you like. I was surprised that I liked the flavour of the Sparkle tabs, as there were many reviews saying the flavour of pepper was overpowering, but I didn't find it that bad.
Whenever I get a little extra money I always treat myself to something or other from Lush. I do love their products but it's far too expensive for me to regularly shop there!
Anyway, during my latest shop I saw these toothy tabs sitting on the counter whilst I was paying for my items. I was intrigued and, as a spare of the moment type impulse, put them on the counter to buy.
The packaging is simple yet effective. A small rectangular cardboard box which you slide out to gain access to the Toothy Tabs (kind of like a match box). When you do so you simply push through a little cardboard tab which says 'open here' and tip the box so one of your Toothy Tabs falls out of the hole.
The outer box is black containing the product information is white and instructions on how to use in white. The inner box is white with information on where to store your Toothy Tabs, when your Toothy Tabs were made and who they were made by and when you use your Toothy Tabs by. There are even some little drawings to amuse yourself around the box!
Each 12g box costs £2 and contains 40 tabs which I think is quite cheap in comparison to usual Lush prices. To use these tablets you do as follows:
1. Place one Toothy Tab between your front teeth. Nibble to break up.
2. Wet your toothbrush and brush. The Toothy Tab will begin to foam, helping clean your teeth.
3. Rinse your mouth well and spit out.
4. Give yourself a big cheesy grin in the mirror.
5. Pop the box in a dry place.
6. Recycle your cardboard box when it's empty!
(Taken from the back of the box).
The actual tabs are small and round and do not taste very nice at all! I don't like strong minty tastes so toothpaste has never been my ideal choice when cleaning my teeth which is why I was so looking forward to trying these out. But these taste sort of soapy and it's really no better. Luckily, the taste only comes as a surprise the once and you soon get used to it.
These are supposed to perfume your breath but I can't really say it makes much of a difference. The Toothy Tabs do not really have a smell to them and so I'd recommend using mouth wash after these if you're aiming for fresh breath as well as clean teeth.
When it comes to cleaning your teeth these really do the trick. My teeth looked instantly whiter after just using the one Tab and, when I woke up the next morning, they still felt really clean and fresh! I haven't used an actual toothpaste which has cleaned my teeth as well as these tabs have.
I do think the cleaning power of these definitely makes the taste and lack of smell worth it. I've switched to these completely now, no more tooth paste just Toothy Tabs! The great thing about them is, because the box is so small, they are easily portable and so can be taken away with you easily, even if your wash bag is full!
I bought a pack of these Dirty Toothy Tabs from Lush in my latest splurge and thought i'd review them seeing as they have popped up on Dooyoo!
I bought these mainly out of curiosity as I liked the sound of it, and was a little dissapointed at first as the 12 gram box is so small! I was expecting a box around the size of a large matchbox but in fact it's a very miniature cardboard box which is around the length of my index finger and 2-3 inches in depth. It does hold 40 tablets though which isn't bad and the fact it is small is probably more of an advantage to the product than a disadvantage as it pocket-sized design allows it to slip into pockets/handbags/purses easily making it very convinient for taking out and about and using as an alternative to chewing gum, although obviously this is for people who aren't bothered about using a toothbrush with these plus the fact you'd have to spit it out in public but i'm going off topic now!
The packaging is black with white writing, it has the product name on the front and the Lush logo and on the back is the product description etc. I was a little confused about the 'Gorilla Perfume' written on the front but I assume it is meant to be the smell of the tablets, although to me I couldn't smell much apart from mint lol. The packaging design makes the product very unisex as black is not a solely feminine nor masculine colour. Many people think of Lush products as feminine, but due to the design of the box and the minty taste (rather than the usual sweet, feminine smell/taste of Lush products), I would 100% say this is aimed at both men and women. The box is 100% cardboard so as with all Lush packaging it can be recycled so there is no guilt about wast-age.
To get the pills out of the box you simply push one end (one end says 'Push Here') and it pushes the little compartment out of the side. The tablets are loose inside the compartment and you just pick one out which is simple to do. As I said before there are 40 tablets in the box so the compartment is pretty full which for £2 is good value.
The tablets are white in colour and are circular. They look like an asprin but a little smaller. To use the tablets you follow some simple steps from Lush -
1. Pop a Toothy Tab into your mouth.
2. Crunch it up.
3. Start brushing with a wet toothbrush.
4. Brush your toofy pegs with the foam.
5. Do it for a good 3 minutes to get them extra clean.
6. Rinse your mouth out.
7. Et voila. Clean gnashers, a big cheesy grin and fresh breath!
I followed these steps and the first time I tried one of these I felt the soapy taste quite disgusting but I soon got used to it and it's no worst than toothpaste in my opinion, however it is definetly no where near as strong smelling or tasting as toothpaste which I suppose could be a plus side to people who don't like toothpaste! It doesn't froth up as much as toothpaste either, it only has a small amount of froth which makes me wonder if it has as much cleaning power as toothpaste and spreads on the teeth as well as toothpaste if you know what I mean. I was quite suprised at how mild these are because Lush smells and tastes are usually really strong and memorable but it just tasted like spearmint with a bit of an edge.
After using the tablets my teeth do generally feel better - cleaner, smoother and it leaves my breath smelling pleasent. It leaves a slight minty soapy aftertaste however it is not too unpleasent and it soon goes away but if drinking a can of pop or juice after a short period of time after using the product it tastes really gross - just like it would with real toothpaste. These are really handy and are great for sleepovers because you can just stick them in your bag and don't neccessarily have to take your toothbrush with you. They're also great for travelling, festivals etc when you don't want alot of stuff (toothpaste tubes been one of them) weighing you down.
I have not noticed a change in the whiteness of my teeth but Lush do not claim that the product does this so that is not an issue for me at all. Ingredients wise everything is Vegan and cruelty free, the main ingredient seems to be Baking Soda which I suppose helps with the frothiness. There are other Toothy Tabs available other than Dirty, some of which are: Sparkle, Ultrablast, Aquatic, Breath of God, Atomic. Dirty is the cheapest available (£2), with the most expensive been the Aquatic which are £3.50. I am quite curious as of why they are more expensive so because I have had a positive experience with the Dirty toothy tabs I will be trying them when I do my next Lush Haul.
Overall, in my opinion the Toothy Tabs are a lovely alternative to mouthwash - they're a really fun novelty and i'd reccomend them - at £2 for 40 tablets they aren't going to break the bank, however if you do become a fan of them I would expect it could become an expensive habit as 40 tablets don't last for very long due to the small size and the fact that it's so fun to use them (I used about 15 in the first day I bought them!) I award the product 4/5! :-)
I recently saw these in Lush, and as I never saw them before, I assume they are a new, and they are basically a solid toothpaste, which sounds crazy! I decided to give them a try as they looked unique, and wanted to see if they really would be better then toothpaste! Also the Dirty Toothy Tabs are unisex.
The packaging of the Dirty Toothy Tabs is very simple, they are in a cardboard box, which is black and has white writing on. The packaging is completely recyclable. The product claims that the Dirty Toothy Tabs are "revolutionary, innovative tooth cleansing tabs", which is quite a claim! The white part of the box is pull out, which reveals the small square, where you can get the product out. I haven't counted the products, but looks like you get about 20 tabs per box. The Dirty Toothy Tabs are basically small and pill shaped, which are a dirty, white colour. The size of tabs are a round the size of the polo, but they are solid and more built up then mints, which they look abit like. Ingredients are written on the side of the box, in white lettering. This product is also suitable for Vegans. No ingredients are tested on animals either.
To use the Dirty Toothy Tabs is easy, but it is completely different to toothpaste, to use the toothpaste, you just:
1. Put the Dirty Toothy Tab in your mouth and crunch it up.
2. Start brushing with a wet toothbrush, which will cause the foam to work on your teeth.
3. Brush for the usual amount of time (around 3 minutes).
4. Rinse as normal.
The use of the product was really easy, the crunching was a little tough, but was just like biting a mint, and the little bits of the tab in my mouth was weird, as I just wanted to spit them out. The texture was completely different from anything, the nearest to it is a very crumbly mint or solid sweet, it has similarities to having the solid round mints. I didn't really like the texture, it was too weird, wish they could have made the product more paste like. Brushing the teeth was very similar to if you used toothpaste, but it caused a foaming in the mouth, which enabled the brushing to be done easy, and it felt like it was working, which was weird and different to other toothpastes.
The Dirty Toothy Tabs smelt slightly of spearmint as a solid form, which is similar to the smell of mints. The taste of the tabs, while brushing, was very spearmint like, which was quite strong, way to strong for me, so I had to spit some of it out because of the strong taste. The lasting taste of the spearmint was nice, it lasted throughout the day, and gave the whole of my mouth a minty taste, which also improved my breath, a really nice bonus for a toothpaste!
The effects of using the toothpaste were really beneficial, it made my breath and mouth smell gorgeous and minty, which was really nice! But I have to say it was not much different to the effects of using a good toothpaste. The biggest effect was the improvement on the white-ness of my teeth, my teeth did look very white, which was a real benefit! They looked really good, white and healthy, which was surprising for a toothpaste. The big downfall was the amount of tabs you use, a whole tab was way to much for my mouth, to overpowering, so I would recommend to spilt the Dirty Toothy Tabs, to make it better to use.
The Lush Dirty Toothy Tabs are available at Lush stores and Lush online (www.lush.co.uk) and costs £2 for 12g, which is around 20 tabs.