I shop in Superdrug quite a bit and when I spotted that they were making their own brand of mouthwashes I decided to give one of them a try. The one I bought was called a six in one mouthwash and I was eager to see if it was as good as my normal tesco branded one. This bottle cost me only one pound and ninety nine pence and the bottle stated that it not only kept decay and plaque at bay, but it was designed to freshen my breath and help beat cavities - just generally everything you could possibly think that might go wrong with your teeth or mouth, this is said to fix. The first time i Used it I really disliked the taste. t wasn''t hot enough or minty enough for me as I much prefer a mouthwash to be on the really strong side and this was just a bit too mild and felt like it wasn''t really going to do much good. I persevered and used it a few more times and now the entire bottle has just about gone but I cannot say that I really like it any better than I did at the beginning. I really don''t know if it''s helping to fight decay and cavities (how do you measure that?) but I can say that it doesn''t really give me a great deal of confidence about the freshness of my breath. Overall, it was worth a try for the price but I won''t be buying this one again.
After years of using branded mouthwash, I switched to Wilkinsons own label which I found to be just as effective at leaving my mouth feeling fresh and clean despite it's low price. My dentist certainly hasn't noticed any deterioration in my teeth since I switched. This has given me the confidence to try out other own label dental products. So I decided to try Superdrug's Totalcare 6-n 1 mouthwash because it was available on a special 3 for 2 offer with other dental products. It is currently on a different promotion where you can buy a 500ml bottle for 99p which is quite a saving on the usual price of £2.25.
The product is supposed to offer 6 benefits, namely - it will protect enamel, prevent cavities, fight plaque, strengthen teeth, keep gums healthy and fight germs. I thought that many mouthwashes seem to offer most of the same benefits even if they don't spell them out. They are just what I am looking for my mouthwash to do anyway. The other important thing for me personally is that the product is alcohol free. This is because I was advised by my doctor and dentist to stick to that type of product when I had a recurring salivary gland infection. Alcohol based mouthwash can lead to dry mouth in some people and this makes the infection worse. I haven't had any problems for a while, but as a precaution, I stick to alcohol free products. This mouthwash is suitable for vegans and vegetarians and it has not been tested on animals.
The mouthwash comes in a standard plastic bottle. I like those that have a contoured shape as they are easier to hold and pour from than this quite fat bottle but that is only a small grumble. The lid has the type of cap that requires you to exert pressure on both sides and then twist it in otder from it to open. This works well and isn't too stiff or awkward. The cap is also the measure you use to work out your dose. So for hygeines sake you have to either have your own bottle or pour your mouthwash into something else to drink it. I don't share my bottle anyway - everyone in my household actually prefers a different product from everyone else.
The liquid is a bright purple colour, which makes a change from blue and green I suppose, although I don't really care what it looks like! The second thing I noticed on opening the bottle was a strong minty smell. I was worried that the flavour may be too overpowering as a result. I like mint in general but I sometimes find the scent in products like mouthwash a bit "medicinal" . No mouthwash tastes exactly natural to me, probably becuse of the other ingredients included, but this taste reminds me of Pepto Bismal medicine. It wasn't as overwhelming as I thought it would be, but I am not keen on it because it seems especially artificial. Having said that, I perservered and kept on using it for a few more days and gradually I got accustomed to the taste. I don't mind it now, and I appreciate the fact it doesn't affect my taste buds for a long time after use. I also like the fact it leaves my mouth feeling fresh and cool, when I draw in a breath. The feeling lasts most of the day, and I do notice the difference if I skip a dose. [You are advised to use it twice a day, by rinsing it around your mouth for up to a minute.] I feel the benefits the most when I use the mouthwash in the evening as I am happy to wake up with a mouth that still feels fresh and clean. No one likes a dry "morning breath" mouth!
Some mouthwashes have given me a slightly sore tongue when I first use them, but I haven't experienced that with this one. It feels gentle when I'm swishing it around my mouth and the result is just a clean feeling. The label doesn't suggest gargling with it but I usually do, and again this doesn't cause me any irritation. As for the idea of it strengthening my teeth and fighting germs and plaque, I can not tell that myself. I do like the idea of my mouthwash offering these benefits and only the fact the taste doesn't appeal much to me makes me uncertain about adopting this as my main mouthwash. I think that I will on balance stick to my more basic Wilko version as I use toothpastes that offer similar benefits to the Totalcare product anyway. I would still recommend the Superdrug mouthwash to you as a cheap product that offers a lot of benefits. I don't like the artificially minty flavour even if I have overcome the strength of my initial dislike of it. It isn't that it is too strong, it is the actual taste itself that I am not keen on. If you do like the flavour, there is no reason not to buy this and enjoy a fresh clean feeling mouth.
[This review is also on Ciao under the same user name.]
Mouthwash never used to be an essential for me, but I started using it last year and wouldn't be without it now. It helps my mouth feel much fresher and cleaner, and has all sorts of benefits for my teeth. I'm not loyal to any particular brand, and am happy to buy whatever's on offer.
I've been shopping in Superdrug a lot more recently, partly because of the new Beautycard. Last time I was in there I picked up two 500ml bottles of mouthwash for £2.99 as they were on special offer, though the standard price of £1.99 per bottle didn't seem too bad either. I chose two different kinds of mouthwash: the one I'm going to review today is the Totalcare 6 in 1 Mouthwash.
As the name 6 in 1 suggests, the mouthwash is designed to carry 6 benefits in one product: The benefits are: protects enamel, prevents cavities, fights plaque, strengthens teeth, keeps gums healthy, fights germs. The mouthwash is suitable for vegetarians and vegans, and has been BUAV approved with the bunny logo - this means that it has not been tested on animals. This is a Superdrug own brand product and carries the message that Superdrug is against animal testing. The mouthwash can be recognised on the shelf by the white cap and the bright purple liquid inside.
When using the mouthwash, I find the minty flavour to be strong, but manageable - not as strong as brands like Listerine, for example. It would suit someone who can't cope with really strong flavours of mouthwash but who doesn't want a really mild one. My mouth always feels fresh and clean after use, and lasts in some form or other for a good proportion of the day.
The problem with mouthwash is that it's really hard to tell if it's fulfilling its claims - I have no idea, for example, whether it is fighting plaque and protecting my enamel. All I can say is that it seems to be helping to keep my mouth healthy: I've had no problems since I've started using it, and see no reason to stop.
Altogether, this seems like a really decent mouthwash and, as it's available at a very reasonable price, is certainly something I'd repurchase.