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I recently read a story online which detailed some awful ingrediants in some well known brands of tootpaste which i had been using for many years.I decided to give a natural toothpaste a try so after doing a bit of research i gave this one a go....It is great!I would never go back to mybold toothpastes now...I'm more than happy to stick with this :)
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.