Teeth brushing – its so black and white ?

February 19, 2018

Charcoal toothpaste

Charcoal – no longer just for putting on the fire, creating a great smokey eye or for dog biscuits!

Like me you may have seen a lot of health and beauty products featuring the black stuff.  It seems to be getting everywhere – face masks (even fancy magnetic ones), face scrubs etc. and now… toothpaste.

I recently purchased a tube of Ecodenta extra black, whitening toothpaste from Holland
& Barrett, mainly because I had a £5.50 loyalty voucher to use up.

Whilst buying some fab Collagen Beauty Milk (well worth it) I saw this the toothpaste on offer at £2.25 and after reading a few reviews I thought, why not give it a go??

ecodenta tooth paste and tonic 'giggler' mouse

It comes in quite a smart looking tube which aesthetically pleased me as it matched my Sonicare Black Diamond Toothbrush.

ecodenta tooth paste and tonic 'giggler' mouse and phillips sonicate toothbrush

It is also vegan and does not include fluoride which may tick a couple of boxes for you.

Now for the kinda obvious part, the paste itself is most definitely b-l-a-c-k.

It is the same consistency as regular toothpaste however it doesn’t froth.  Once you start brushing it then turns grey – and I found this most alarming!

Maybe I am a bit old fashioned, but I now realise I am a bit of traditionalist when it comes to toothpaste colour.

I can tolerate pale blue, and maybe some stripes but on the whole I think toothpaste should be white.

ecodenta tooth paste and tonic 'giggler' mouse and phillips sonicate toothbrush

I tend to stare blankly at myself in the mirror whilst I brush my teeth as I like to let the Sonicare do its job (which it is very good at, even if it is on the pricey side).

However staring in the mirror to watch my teeth turning grey just felt weird – it was almost like immediate ageing!

Of course it all rinsed away and I dare say it may well clean them very well but after only one use I decided that Charcoal toothpaste is just not my bag.

The taste was fine, minty, but I hated the colour and the non foaming, plus there is one other important thing to point out and that’s b-l-o-o-d!

I don’t have the best gums in the world, due partly to some ill fitting crowns and a bit of family history of gum disease.

This means I do on occasions spit blood after brushing – and this would not show up with a Charcoal toothpaste, as gross as it sounds I do need to know.

Other uses for toothpaste?

I am now left with a tube of something I don’t want in my mouth, but neither do I want it in the bin.

Do a Google search and you will find many uses for toothpaste, such as:

  • Brushing your teeth! ?
  • Removing minor furniture scratches
  • Cleaning jewellery
  • Healing spots
  • …plus many more..
I have a few old manual tootbrushes that I use to clean round the kitchen and bathrooms taps and to get into the grooves round the toaster, shower head etc.

I decided to see how the toothpaste would fare cleaning round the bathroom sink tap.It made a lovely mess to start off with, but with a good scrub and a lot of rinsing it came up a treat.   Good enough to admire yourself in – no mousing around! ??

tonic giggler mouse admiring himself
So, not for the bathroom shelf after all, but the cleaning cupboard under the sink.

I don’t like to throw things away unnecessarily and would always try and reuse/recycle them.What do you do if something just isn’t right?



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  • Reply
    February 26, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    Love this post Emily, & I love your blog so much!!! Hannahjayde.com xxxx

    • Reply
      February 27, 2018 at 1:39 pm

      hey thanks 🙂 it really means a lot.Emily x

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