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When I decided to become vegan I was aware of my desire to ensure that I only purchase cruelty free products and if possible natural ingredients too.
I discovered this toothpaste at my local health food store, a small family run business which is quite rare these days. Occasionally the store has special offers and this toothpaste was more or less half price. It normally retails for around £3.50 and of course you may incur p&p if ordering online (check hotukdeals for free p&p you never know).
I am familiar with Weleda products and I am aware that they do not test on animals but some of the products may contain ingredients that are not suitable for vegans eg wax, honey.
Weleda have been around since 1921 and are committed to helping people achieve health and well being naturally, safely and ethically. Most ingredients are grown bio dynamically. They produce 200 over the counter natural medicines which are available in Pharmacies and independent Health Stores. They do not use GM ingredients and do not test on animals. They distribute to over 51 countries.
Free from synthetic ingredients, detergents, colours and preservatives. Formulated using the purest plant extracts in order to keep teeth and gums healthy.
Winner of Natural Health Beauty Awards 2010
Five varieties - Calenduala, Ratanhia, Salt, Plant Gel and Childrens Tooth Gel.
Calendula Toothpaste 75ml Natural Protection
Naturally flavoured with fresh tasting fennel, regular use protects against plaque. Peppermint free which is suitable for users of Homeopathic medicines. The toothpaste also contains Myrrh which together with the Calendula provides healing properties, protect against inflammation and has an antiseptic quality.
Well I can say that having given this toothpaste a good trial (I have almost emptied the tube now) that I really like it and would purchase it again. I only need a small pea size amount on my toothbrush (electric Oral b) which gives plenty coverage for the whole mouth. The taste is pleasant, different from normal toothpastes but once I got used to it I now prefer it. The texture is what I noticed to be much different, it feels natural and looks natural, it is not pure white and it has a fuller consistency. It cleans my teeth really well which is most important and even though I always thought that I had sensitive teeth and always needed to use Sensodyne I find that I do not experience any sensitivity now? So that is a bonus too. The packaging is good quality, the box is orange and white and has the Weleda logo at the top and also has the ingredients and weight include which is displayed clearly. The tube is a good size with a screw top, it is fairly easy to squeeze the paste out until you get to the remnants, but it is not so difficult that it would put me off using this toothpaste again.
This is pricey but you get what you pay for in life don't you and this is good quality stuff, made by a reputable and ethical company. Produced to a high standard from top quality ingredients, hence the current award. If you shop around you can get it cheaper as I did. The best thing to do is buy from a store then you don't have to pay postage because then it becomes a very expensive tube of toothpaste. I would buy again at £3.50 because it has lasted me ages and it is a great product.
A good quality, natural toothpaste, suitable for vegans that performs well and lasts ages.
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This is a great alternative to the usual range of toothpaste on supermarket/chemist shelves. It comes in an orange and white tube, packaged in an identically designed box, and can be bought in many health food stores and homeopathic chemists. I first came to it 7 or 8 years ago because I was having homeopathic treatment, and any strong tastes - like the peppermint in many regular toothpastes - can inhibit that. At the beginning I was concerned that it does not have fluoride in it, and you always hear that that is essential to protect teeth. However, on asking around people told me they'd been using it for years with no extra cavities or deterioration in the condition of their teeth. (That persuaded me, but I think it's worth making a deliberate, informed decision whether to go without fluoride or not, especially for children. There is research and recommendation on both sides, and everyone can only make their own choice.)
The taste is a strong aniseed flavour which to begin with I found pretty unpalatable. Strangely, though, as I persevered I began to really like it. The paste itself is much denser and thicker than ordinary toothpaste, and as such you only need an approximately large pea-sized blob per clean. I find it is much better not to add water at that point but to brush with paste undiluted. It will not froth as you may be used to, but it does spread around your mouth easily on the brush. In my experience it is more abrasive on the teeth and makes them feel much, much cleaner than the average toothpaste. In fact if I have to switch back to a more common toothpaste for a couple of days I cannot wait to get back to my normal one: only then do I feel like my teeth are truly clean.
My one quibble is that the tube is made of fairly robust metal and it tends to split (which can be quite sharp). Once that happens the toothpaste tends to squirt out from all splits, making it messy and inconvenient. It also means that it's virtually impossible to get every last bit of toothpaste out below the splits: I've had to waste quite a lot like that. However I have now found the answer: squeeze the tube from right at the bottom and gradually work your way up.
I was keen to source a toothpaste product made from natural substances after reading a disturbing article on what might be hidden in the average tube of toothpaste. As toothpaste is officially not designed for digestion, it is possible for manufacturers to include harmful chemicals to give it colour, texture and flavour.
Fortunately, Weleda's range of toothpastes do not include such chemical nasties. The Calendula flavour has also been specifically developed without peppermint so that it is suitable for homeopathic medicine users. It is even suitable for vegans.
I would have to say that the flavour of the toothpaste is very strong. So avoid at all costs if you are not a fan of fennel or aniseed. There are other toothpaste flavours in the range that are more subtle. I personally tend to vary the flavours every time I need to buy a new tube. My only gripe would be that it should come in a larger size, as I do tend to go through a tube quite quickly. I have been using Weleda toothpastes for about 5 years now, and I haven't looked back.
Peppermint Free / especially for users of homeopathic medicines. / The finely precipitated chalk base provides a gentle abrasive to clean and shine the teeth without damaging the enamel; regular use helps protect the build up of plaque / Extracts of Calendula and Myrrh both provide antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and healing properties for oral hygiene. The pleasant fennel flavour, which comes fro pure fennel essential oil, makes this a wide choice as a first natural toothpaste.