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Sainsbury's Daily Care Freshmint Mouthwash

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Brand: Sainsbury's / Type: Mouthwash / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Refreshes,

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      20.05.2013 10:10
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      I will buy it again and do recommend it.

      I like to use a mouthwash product as part of my everyday dental care routine, and have tried out several brands in the past. My most recent purchase was from Sainsbury's, namely their "Freshmint Mouthwash."

      I believe that this product is a re-branded version of its predecessor, which was called the Sainsbury's Daily Care Freshmint Mouthwash. The product is identical, save for the name, which has simply been shortened to "Freshmint Mouthwash by Sainsbury's." The Freshmint Mouthwash is very good value for money, costing around the 70 pence mark for the large bottle, which is a generous 500ml in size. This price is significantly less than my previous two purchases, both of which cost at least double this amount, so I was pleased to be able to make a bit of a saving this time around.

      The packaging is very similar to how it looked before, with the label having had a bit of a 'facelift' in recent times. The bottle is made of clear plastic, so I am able to see the bright green liquid contained within. The bottle has a sort of thin neck which allows for easier dispensing of the liquid, and I have found this design is helpful in controlling the flow of liquid into the measuring 'cup', which doubles as the bottle's lid. This lid screws off from the top of the bottle, and it has a 'childproof' mechanism, so its sides have to be pressed in firmly to remove it. Unfortunately, this is too difficult for me to do by myself as a result of me having limited strength in my hands - a side effect of my mobility issues. For this reason, I need my husband to remove the lid for me, where it then sits loosely on top of the bottle, so I can use the mouthwash whether my husband is at home or not. I won't be deducting any marks from the rating score for this issue, as the bottle's safety mechanism is in place for safety reasons, and I do feel that my inability to cope with the packaging design occurs as a direct result of my own difficulties, rather than being a fault with the actual design.

      Using the mouthwash is very easy to do; I simply need to dispense the green liquid into the bottle's lid, measuring out half a capful, as directed on the bottle's reverse. The mouthwash should be used undiluted, and I simply need to 'swirl' it around my mouth for around 30 seconds and then spit it out. I find this is very easy to do, and I also find that the product's instructions are rather spot on, as the recommended amount is more than ample for my own requirements.

      Other plus points are noticeable whilst the mouthwash is being used too; for starters, I find it's flavour is very pleasant, and is mild enough to be suitable for my own palate. I am not a huge fan of those mouthwash products that feel 'peppery' or too 'hot' in their flavour, finding they are often too strong for my own liking. The Sainsbury's Freshmint Mouthwash, in comparison, has a milder freshmint flavour that feels much more subdued, without it feeling like it is weak or under-par. The fresh, minty flavour is pleasant and sweet, with a strong peppermint-like taste that is not so strong that it feels over-powering.

      The Freshmint Mouthwash contains fluoride, so I am able to obtain reassurance that the product is beneficial for my oral and dental health. I personally don't buy mouthwash products that are without this ingredient, as I want to achieve a sort of '2 in 1' benefit from my everyday mouthwash, in that it must freshen breath but it must also contain fluoride to keep teeth strong. When used alongside a fluoride toothpaste to brush my teeth, I am reassured that I am doing what I can to keep my teeth in good condition.

      This particular mouthwash product is not suitable for children, and should only be taken by those over the age of 12. I assume that this is down to the inclusion of alcohol in the product's ingredients, but whatever the reason, it may be worth noting the product's unsuitability for younger consumers. I do not find any real difference to either the 'strength' or the flavour of this mouthwash and the previous one I was using that did NOT contain alcohol, but some consumers may find there is a notable difference.

      I prefer to use the mouthwash after brushing my teeth, particularly first thing in the morning. I find that the fresh, minty flavour is pleasant and refreshing, and I find there is something of an 'awakening' or slightly 'revitalising' feel to be experienced, that feels very pleasant, particularly at this time of the day. I find too that my mouth feels thoroughly clean and spotless after brushing my teeth and rinsing with the Sainsbury's Mouthwash. I am aware too that breath is left minty and fresh, and I have no issues with this aspect of the product at all.

      My only real grumble is that this fresh and minty feeling doesn't last very long, and I am aware that it has disappeared altogether a short time afterwards. This is slightly disappointing, although perhaps to be expected with such a 'cheap and cheerful' mouthwash product. I have to say that my previous mouthwash product performed very similarly in this regard, and it cost considerably more than the Sainsbury's one, as I mentioned before. For this reason, I can't really fault the performance of the Sainsbury's Mouthwash, finding the results obtained in terms of 'lasting freshness' to be on a par with most other similar products that I have purchased before.

      In summary, there is nothing about the Sainsbury's Freshmint Mouthwash that strikes me as being particularly poor or overly disappointing. I would definitely buy it again, finding it offers a fresh, minty flavour that suits my own tastes down to the ground whilst being a great economical purchase that is good value for money. Five marks in the Dooyoo product rating score are appropriate, I think, on this occasion.

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      09.05.2013 21:35
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      A cheap, basic mouthwash which freshens mouth and nothing more.

      INTRODUCTION

      It has only been in the last few years that I've started to use both mouthwash and floss. I used to be very lucky with my teeth; aside from having my wisdom teeth removed and a bit of acid damage they've survived fairly intact. Unfortunately, now I'm well into my 30s my naughty laziness is catching up with me, and my dentist has started telling me I really need to up my dental regime.

      I've tried lots of different mouthwashes, and they vary greatly in quality and price. This Sainsbury's own product falls within the middle of the range in both attributes. I generally only buy it when my stocks are running low and I find myself in Sainsbury's doing the weekly grocery shop.


      PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

      Sainsbury's Freshmint Mouthwash replaces their old Totalcare variety and is basically the same product in new packaging. A 500ml bottle costs around 69p and it is part of their mid-price generic range.

      The product is packaged in a strong, transparent plastic bottle with a large screwtop lid which doubles as a measuring cup. It has a child-proofing mechanism where you have to push and twist the cap at the same time to open. It is fairly easy to do so.

      The mouthwash is the same bright green as many mint flavoured equivalent products, and it contains both fluoride and alcohol. The labelling claims it helps to maintain healthy gums, strengthen and re-mineralise tooth enamel and fight tooth decay.

      The mouthwash has a very strong smell of menthol and contains both fluoride and alcohol.


      USER EXPERIENCE

      I usually sluice this product around my mouth for twenty seconds or so. The alcohol content is so high that my mouth tingles within a couple of seconds, a very strange experience!

      I use the mouthwash both after cleaning my teeth, although I don't see or feel any difference whether I use it at this time or not. The most noticeable improvement in how my mouth feels is when I use the product to freshen up my mouth before I go out. I find it does dislodge particles of food I would have missed and also freshens my breath and how my mouth feels.

      I have sensitive teeth and this mouthwash does nothing to reduce painful sensitivities, as my preferred mouthwash brand does.


      CONCLUSION

      This is not my favourite mouthwash and I only use it as a stopgap when running low on my preferred brand. It does freshen my mouth but that's about it!

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      19.03.2012 00:27
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      a gentle thorough clean at a good price

      I was very happy with this mouthwash, it was great value but produces a result comparable to some of the more expensive branded items I've tried. It's not the cheapest stores-own wash, but it's still very good value.

      This comes in the usual lovely bright green colour that mouthwash is available in, and tastes pleasantly of a sweet and semi-strong fresh mint. It's weak enough that it doesn't burn your mouth when you're washing with it so you can keep it in your mouth for the recommended time, but it leaves a lovely tingly sensation and a fresh flavour in your mouth for a while.

      Post-brushing, this cleans your mouth quite well and I'm very satisfied with the results. My mouth feels much cleaner than without washing and this lasts for quite a while. Without brushing, it still manages to leave your mouth very clean and fresh, although obviously the usual scale is left on the teeth. This means that it's pretty good for a freshen-up between brushes, or in an emergency.

      This wash claims to "remineralise tooth enamel", which I can't attest to the truth of (since I haven't done a biopsy on my teeth) but I'm hopeful about; my enamel wears quite thin so anything strengthening for it buys points with me. This seems to be a relatively new claim on mouthwash bottles; I'm not sure how unique it is.

      Overall, I'm very pleased with this buy. It's a low price but does a job as good as expensive brands, and leaves a nice tingle in my mouth.

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      26.11.2011 00:17
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      I think this mouthwash is good value for money and leaves my teeth clean and my mouth fresh.

      My oral cleaning regime usually includes a toothbrush (electric or manual), toothpaste, dental floss and mouthwash. I have used various brands of everything really, not because I am dissatisfied but because I am always on the look out for more effective products. When it comes to mouthwash, the taste is quite an important factor when it comes to satisfaction. If I don't like the taste in my mouth then I won't buy it again, but obviously the most important detail is that it does a good job at keeping my breath fresh and my teeth clean and protected.

      The Sainsbury's Daily Care Freshmint Mouthwash comes in a 500ml bottle. The mouthwash itself is green and the bottle is clear, so you can see the solution easily. The label gives a lot of information on the product and this particular product helps fight plaque and decay. It also freshens breath, helps to maintain healthy gums and strengthens and remineralises tooth enamel. I would imagine most mouthwash brands advertise these points on their products.

      Priced at 85pence for the 500ml bottle I think this is very reasonable for an own brand product. The instructions are just basic connon sense really, giving tips about oral health and instructions on how to use the mouthwash. The bottle has a squeeze and twist lid for safety. The cap is intended to measure the solution. I simply rinse my mouth with the mouthwash in the morning and evening to freshen my mouth. I do brush as required in the morning and evening also, but not at the same time as rinsing my mouth out. I use the mouthwash mainly after I have just had a sugary drink or sweets, more to remove the slimy film from my teeth instead of having to brush. After using the mouthwash I instantly feel my teeth are much cleaner and as the mouthwash keeps on working after I have rinsed I know it will protect my teeth from decay until I next eat.

      The freshmint flavour is probably my favourite, I always usually go for the mint flavours as I find them better than the neutral varieties. Compared to the better-known brands such as Colgate and Listerine i think the Sainsbury's Daily Care mouthwash stands up very well. I don't use it to clean my teeth as such, as i find brushing is for that purpose. I do however think this product effectively freshens my mouth when i don't need to brush and it doesn't have a strong chemical taste like some of the other brands.

      The ingredients are as follows;
      Aqua, Alcohol, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Sodium Benzoate, Aroma, Sodium Saccharin, Cetylpyridinium Chloride, Sodium Fluoride, Menthol, Benzoic Acid, CI 18965, CI 42051.Contains: 0.05% w/w Sodium Fluoride (225 ppm F).

      Overall I think the Sainsbury's Daily care Freshmint Mouthwash is value for money and I will be buying it again in the future. I may try their other flavours aswell, but I do like this freshmint variety. If you are looking for a mouthwash that won't leave you with an awful aftertaste then perhaps the Sainsbury's Daily care Freshmint Mouthwash is the product for you?!

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      25.10.2011 09:43

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      A true alternative at a fraction of the price

      When I use my brush alone I feel that I don't get that desired lasting clean feeling, so I also use mouthwash. I used to assume that the branded ones would be better for my teeth and would give me the cleaner feeling I wanted so I have tried most of the more recognised brand names. They are good but also very expensive, upon comparison with this sainsburys alternative I realised for the most part the ingredients are the same.

      ...so I gave it a go. At under 1/3 of the price of listerine (the brand that I most recently used) this is a winner in the price book, but is it a good alternative performance wise, in a word, YES. I have been using this mouthwash for over 2 months now twice a day and I have been very pleased with the results. It gives me that same lean feeling well into the afternoon just as the brand names did. I am not a dentist but upon ingredient comparison the main ones are the same as the leading brands so to me this is a true alternative at a fraction of the price, defiantly worth a try

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      18.04.2011 08:11
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      An average mouthwash from Sainsburys

      I am fanatical about good oral hygiene and always favour using mouthwashes after I clean my teeth, particularly as I love the fresh minty taste. I adore strong mint flavours and whilst I rarely chew gum I regularly munch on Extra Strong Mints, as they leave my mouth feeling super clean. I generally favour Tesco mouthwash, but as usual, my local store ran out of stock several weeks ago and has failed to obtain a new supply, I had to seek an alternative brand and this review discusses my experience with using Sainsbury's Totalcare Freshmint Mouthwash.

      APPEARANCE OF THE PRODUCT

      I cannot say that mouthwashes are particularly eye-catching, as in my opinion they all look similar when stocked on the supermarket or chemist shelf and my eyes always glance at the price before they look at the product itself. Whilst some mouthwashes can cost up to £4 for an average sized bottle I simply cannot justify the price, particularly as I tend to use an entire bottle in just over a week, as I am rather extravagant and use it a good few times each day.

      Totalcare is presented to us in a sturdy transparent plastic bottle containing 500 ml of vivid green mouthwash. The label situated on the front is rather dull and boring and displays a green swirling image, which I presume is intended to represent the mouthwash where we are informed that it will assist in a number of areas, such as fighting plaque and decay and maintaining healthy gums. On the reverse of the bottle we are advised that the mouthwash contains fluoride.

      MY EXPERIENCE WITH USING THE MOUTHWASH

      The first favourable point I noticed with this mouthwash is that Sainsbury's have sealed the lid with a transparent piece of plastic with a perforated red tab, which needs to be pulled to remove. I have noticed that many brands of mouthwash do not offer this assurance and as a consequence, I will not purchase their product, particularly as someone may have tampered with the contents prior to my purchase. The large white plastic lid has been tamper-proofed, so requires a little pressure to be applied to the squeeze pads, whilst turning anti-clockwise. The aroma of the liquid is fairly pleasing and most definitely smells minty. I say "fairly" pleasing, as it does not offer the strong fresh aroma that I favour. However, I find this is the case with the majority of the cheaper brands of mouthwash, as they are not so powerful as the more expensive ones.

      The directions for use are that half a capful of undiluted mouthwash be swished around the mouth for 30 seconds and spat out. I cannot state that the mouthwash offers that wow factor when it is in my mouth and although it's fresh I would describe the taste as fairly bland and average. However, this is of course down to personal preference and if you favour delicate mouthwashes then this is for you. Whilst the fresh and minty taste is evident for 5 minutes or so after using, it soon entirely disappears, which is very disappointing.

      Unfortunately, I purchased 5 bottles, particularly as I do not shop at Sainsbury's very often and as I cannot bear waste I will continue to use them, but I probably will not repurchase unless my Tesco brand continues to remain out of stock. As for rating this product I feel I can give it only 3 stars, as I feel it is somewhat average and does not offer me the results that I favour from a mouthwash.

      OTHER INFORMATION AND INGREDIENTS

      I do not intend copying the entire list of ingredients from the reverse of the bottle, but would advise that this mouthwash contains alcohol. The product should be used within 12 months of opening and the bottle can be recycled once empty. There is a little safety information provided to us where we are advised not to swallow the mouthwash and to keep it out of reach of children. We are also informed that the product should not be given to children under the age of 12 years.

      PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

      I have checked on Sainsbury's website for a current price and was somewhat surprised to see that a 500 ml bottle retails at 85p, which was definitely not what I paid. I'm sure I paid around 50p per bottle a month or so ago and cannot recall them being on offer at the time I visited the store.

      I hope you found my review useful and would thank you for reading.

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        27.02.2011 09:41
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        Mouthwash should be part of everyones routine.

        Part of everyone's daily routine to keep there teeth in the best condition possible should firstly be toothpaste and secondly it should be mouthwash. I have been using mouthwash daily for quite a few years now and it has become a daily part of my routine.

        This mouthwash is made by Sainsbury's and it is part of there Totalcare range of dental products. The bottle contains 500ml of the green freshmint mouthwash that is meant to "fight plaque an decay", "freshen breathe", "maintain healthy gums" and "strengthen tooth enamel". The bottle is made of a clear plastic and has a paper label stuck on the front and rear. On the top there is a white screw cap that has to be squeezed before unscrewing, which I believe is meant to make it child safe. The cap is then big enough to use as a small cup to measure out a good amount of the wash.

        On opening the bottle, you can smell the minty scent of the wash straight away. It is quite a strong smell, but is not overpowering and is actually quite nice. I normally use about half a cap full of mouthwash per time, which seems to be more than enough for me. When in your mouth, it has has a strong minty flavour that definitely tickles your taste buds! On swirling around your mouth it does seem to do a good job of picking up little bits of food from between teeth but it also leaves my mouth feeling a lot cleaner and fresher. I always try to gargle with it as well if I have time as it does help keep my breathe fresher for longer. I do find that when gargling, it froths up quite a lot, however I have found this problem with most other mouthwashes I have used before.

        I think I paid about 55p for this bottle just before Christmas and having it last this long is quite good as for me it offers good value for money and great functionality. I am going to rate this 5/5 as it is a great value product for a good price. It is worth a price if you are on a budget but want to keep your dental hygiene in order. There is obviously no replacement that compares to regular dental check-ups, but I find that using this in conjunction with a good toothpaste helps to keep my teeth healthy between checks.

        Thanks for reading.

        This review may also appear on my blog and on Ciao under the same username.

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