Saturday, September 17, 2011

Ultra Blast Toothy Tabs by Lush

Toothy Tabs??? Whats a toothy tab??... Well friends Toothy Tabs just may be the new cool way to get your teeth clean. I received a sample of the Ultra Blast Toothy Tabs with my recent Lush order, these come in five other flavors. Definitely not your typical toothpaste, it comes in a solid little tab that you crunch up between your teeth and then brush. Like traditional toothpaste your not to swallow these, not too sure what would happen if you accidentally did probably nothing too horrible but I don't want to be the one to find out what does happen should one swallow it. I was a little skeptical when I first tried these out it seems odd to chew and then brush with your wet toothbrush but it does what its supposed to and cleans your teeth nicely. I did notice when brushing that it was frothy but not a thick froth like toothpaste more of a liquid than anything and it was kind of messy because I was trying to brush before I spit most of it out. The taste of this particular one was well bad.. It does not taste like peppermint or spearmint but more like a watered down not so spicy version of wasabi mixed with lavender. Yes this toothy tab strangely enough has both of those ingredients in it. I really couldn't get over how bad that taste was so this particular flavor is not one I would recommend but I am open to trying the other flavors and giving it another chance. I really like the idea of it being packaging minimal it comes in a recyclable paper box and contains 40 tabs for $3.95 usd. According to Lush's research it is estimated that 1 billion toothpaste tubes are sent to landfills each year even tho most tubes are recyclable. Most people don't know they can be recycled or their service doesn't accept them however. Plastic is not biodegradable and can take up to 700 years before it even begins to decompose. So as far as being green this product hits the nail on the head.  I think its also worth noting that this product is vegan!

Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Glycerine, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Garden Pea Powder (Pisum sativum), Kaolin, Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Spearmint Oil (Mentha viridis), French Organic Lavender Oil (Lavandula angustifolia), Wasabi Powder (Wasbaia japonica), Fair Trade Organic Dried Spearmint (Mentha spicata), Coarse Sea Salt (Sodium Chloride), Citric Acid, Sodium Saccharin, *Limonene, *Limonene, *Linalool, Flavour.
*Occurs naturally in essential oils

Now one thing that I don't like about this product is it does not contain fluoride. For someone like me who has an addiction to cotton candy that ingredient is a must if I want to keep my teeth... or at least I think so. Lush has tested out this product for a number of months on employees who received regular dental check ups and they had not developed any cavities and their teeth were in still in good condition after using it. I know there are other toothpastes on the market that do not contain fluoride but I've never been on to use them due to my sweet tooth. They also do not help restore enamel or help with sensitivity so if you one that brushes way too hard and needs those little extras this might not be the product for you. I will for sure try them again but not having fluoride does make me a little hesitant but you never know till you try!

Overall I think their a really cool product that is better for the environment and worth a try at least once or twice!

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