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suffer from bad breath, which is an embarrassing problem but something I've had to live with for a few years. I'm used to people occasionally backing away from me. My dentist assures me that my dental hygiene is good, I floss, I brush regularly and I try my best to avoid certain foods which are known to cause mouth odour, but it's still there. Due to this, I have to use a breath freshener on a daily basis. It gives me confidence, and without it I'd feel really a little bit insecure, if I'm honest.
I've tried loads of different sorts and McLean's Confidence Fresh Breath spray was one of the first ones I did try, ages ago. I stopped because it just didn't work well for me and I think I needed something that was a little more 'industrial' strength, so to speak.
This used to come in a handy little 15ml spray and the size was perfect for my handbag. I'd use this, as I use all my breath freshener sprays, about four times (or more) per day, especially after I'd eaten or drink a lot of tea or coffee, which for some reason makes the problem worse for me. The bottle cost £1.99 at the time and they were fairly easy to find, and still are, I think, in supermarkets and chemists.
The spray worked like the one I use at the moment, and I'd just spray it once or twice at the back of my throat, on top of my tongue. The spray was a pleasant minty taste and quite strong and it made me feel like I'd just cleaned my teeth with a strong flavoured toothpaste. The ingredients are:
Aqua, Alcohol, Sorbitol, Glycerin, PEG-60, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Zinc Chloride, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Aroma, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Saccharin, Limonene, Citral.
This was a spray that my own dentist had actually recommended to me and the first bottle I'd purchased was immediately after a routine dental check up at the surgery. My dentist sells a range of toothpastes and dental accessories, mainly McLeans, for some reason. I wasn't really very impressed with this spray's ability to work very effectively, especially over a long period of time.
I could actually taste a stale taste coming back into my mouth in under one hour of spraying, and I personally don't really consider that a product that's doing its job very effectively. It was an antibacterial mouth spray and my dentist suggested it as he thought that my problem was bacterial-related. As I say, however, it just didn't do an effective job for me and I quickly switched to something else that worked much better for me.
I wouldn't NOT recommend this product for other people to try, but for me personally, I couldn't say it worked well at all, though for someone who just wants to freshen their breath rather than eliminate bad odour, it might possibly do the trick.
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The Macleans Fresh Breath Mouth Spray is a product I carry around with me sometimes and especially comes in handy when I am away for the weekend. Although I do have a good oral care regime I rely on products such as chewing gum and mints to maintain a fresh breath and this spray is also part of this. I do brush at least twice a day, but if I am away for a weekend I may use this spray just before a night out to freshen up, and I do take it with me on occassions.
Initially I purchased this mouth spray as an impulse buy, but I now buy it as and when I run out. The spray not only improves confidence due to its fresh breath effect, but it also has an antibacterial formula. This kills bacteria causing bad breath so this spray does more than just mask the smell.
The psray is a small and handy size, the spray bottle containing 15ml of solution. This makes it an ideal size for putting in a travel bag or in your pocket. The spray is very simple to use, simply spraying it into your mouth when required. The spray feels cool and at first it makes you tingle due to the cooling effects of the mint. This isn't a negative though, and in a way I think it gives the user confidence that it has a positive effect on your oral health. The sensation soon wears off, but the minty fresh breath will remain for some time. This is another positive. The fresh breath will last a while before requiring reapplication and I only use it occassionally as I don't suffer from very bad breath I simply use it to give a minty breath instead of nothing.
In comparison to mouthwash I find this spray a lot nicer for giving minty fresh breath, although mouthwashes are intended to protect teeth and not just to combat bad breath. The spray contains alcohol as with the majority of these products do I imagine. This means there is a strong smell and taste, but this isn't off putting.
The minty fresh antiseptic scent and cooling effect really does instill confidence and I will continue to use this product in the future when I don't have access to brushing my teeth and keeping my breath fresh as much as I would like to. Priced at around £1.20-£1.50 online I would definately recommend it, especially for those suffering from bad breath. The spray is also available from supermarkets, so it is an easy product to find. 5 out of 5 stars from me as there is little to fault.
Now we all like to have fresh breath and it isn't always convenient to start brushing your teeth during the day and who carries a small bottle of mouthwash around with them? Whilst many use chewing gum for the between meals freshness top up due to my intolerance to aspartame this isn't an option for me as so many gums now contain this artificial muck. Naturally there is always the option of mints to do the job but as these are on average over 90% sugar I tend not to go for them. So my option of choice is a breath spray.
I have used several in the past with differing degrees of success. Either the freshness it gave didn't last very long or the spray decided to throw a wobbly and not work whilst it was still half full or with one or two brands tasted so awful it was quickly consigned to the bin
This particular spray was the latest one I purchased as I have at times used macleans toothpaste so my thinking was that it couldn't be too bad. At the time it cost me around £2.00 for 15 ml of the spray. The spray is small enough for me to keep in my jacket pocket so I do tend to keep it with me. I only tend to use it once perhaps twice a day so the spray will last a good while. I have had this spray for a couple of weeks now and it is still going strong.
The Science bit:
It does contain alcohol so those who don't or can't consume alcohol may wish to avoid it. Also due to some of the ingredients in the spray it is not suitable for children under 12 to use. Also as this contains hydrogenated castor oil excessive use is to be avoided as this can cause a rather unpleasant side effect. The cetylpyridinium chloride (the antibacterial agent) can cause temporary staining on teeth but this is removed by regular brushing.
On depressing the button a small measured amount of the spray is delivered in quite a fine mist. The initial taste is not exactly unpleasant but it's what I can only describe as tasting like what a hospital used to smell like, very medicinal and clinical. This does soften into a more minty taste fairly quickly so it's just that initial bit that takes a while to get used to. Whilst it does contain alcohol it does not taste alcoholic like some mouthwashes can do. It does also help to freshen up your palette after eating strong tasting food and drink. However, like brushing your teeth I wouldn't drink orange juice straight after using the spray as this is not a particularly pleasant taste at all. The minty taste does last quite a while in the mouth but it's more of a general fresh taste rather than if you're eating an extra strong mint.
The spray is fine enough to get most of my mouth in one go (yes I'm a big mouth) I find that two sprays normally does the job of giving me nice fresh breath. Although apparently according to my other half after eating a madras, two sprays isn't enough to freshen my breath, or is that just him being rude? The freshness, if I have not eaten a curry, does last for a few hours after use which is always a good sign.
If you breathe through your nose soon after using this is appears to give the effect of clearing your sinuses. As I haven't had a blocked nose whilst using this I can't say if this really does do this or if it is just an impression it gives.
Another advantage of this is that it is also anti-bacterial so it can help to reduce the amount of bacteria which build up in the mouth between brushings. Also this can help stop the bad breath from returning as it kills some of the bacteria which cause it. I can only assume that it is this antibacterial ingredient what gives it that slightly clinical taste right at the start. There is also a slight tingle in the mouth on spraying. This is mainly on the tongue but also at the back of the throat as well. This may affect some more than others. It is not exactly a burning sensation and it does not last long but it is not the most pleasant of sensations either.
In all this does work well and I have continued to use it. Despite its slightly clinical medicine like taste the moment it hits your tongue it is effective and it does the job. It will certainly be bought again. I have deducted one star simply because of the initial taste. If the site allowed this would only have been a half star deduction.
Like many people, I purchase various mints and chewing gum to carry around with me for those moments when you want to freshen your mouth.
Often when I am at work and not able to brush my teeth or rinse my mouth after eating, I pop a mint or piece of chewing gum in my mouth to freshen up.
I also like drinking coffee both at work and at home, it is my weakness, but also it can sometimes leave a bitter taste in my mouth afterwards, as much as I enjoy drinking it.
So whilst shopping in my local Morrisons last week, I spotted Macleans Confidence Fresh Breath Mouth Spray on display on the end of an aisle and decided as it was priced at only £1.40 I would give it a try. It was literally one of those 'spot it and buy it' moments as I honestly have never given any thought or consideration to purchasing mouth sprays prior to this.
Macleans have a range of 'confidence' products available including an Iso-active toothpaste gel which transforms into an active foam when brushing and also an alcohol-free White & Fresh mouthwash.
The mouth spray is the first product I have tried in this range, although I have used Macleans toothpaste many times over the years and found it satisfactory.
The mouth spray is a very small but handy 15ml size. Ideal for popping in your handbag or pocket.
Macleans state this product is antibacterial and the minty flavour and antibacterial formulation don't just mask bad breath but help eliminate it at source, giving you the confidence of a fresh mouth anytime.
Using the spray is of course, simple. It fits snugly in my hand and I just spray once into my mouth and find that is enough to leave my mouth feeling fresh.
The spray feels cold as it hits your mouth and tongue and makes me shudder a little.
It does also make your mouth tingle slightly, but this soon wears off and it is nowhere near as bad as using some of the mouthwashes available which literally make your mouth feel as if it's burning!
The spray does contain alcohol so if you only like to use alcohol-free mouthwashes etc then maybe this spray is not for you.
It does have a pleasant minty taste with a hint of antiseptic. My mouth and breath is instantly freshened after just one spray, so it certainly does the trick.
The effects are also quite long-lasting, I only use this a couple of times each day and if you don't mind an initial slight tingly feeling then I can recommend this mouth spray.
For ease of use and convenience I think it is a product I will continue to use. This is my first experience of using a mouth spray, having always purchased mints etc previously and I am more than happy with the results it gives me.
It is certainly a very useful addition to my handbag.
Please note this mouth spray is not to be used by children under 12.