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Our 100% natural Whitening toothpaste delivers a thorough, fresh, flash-those-pearly-whites clean - without the need for harsh chemicals or nasties! Our three active ingredients, Baking Soda, Propolis and Organic Sea Salt work to restore the natural whiteness of teeth by gently removing stains whilst keeping bacteria in check.
• Made in New Zealand from 100% natural ingredients
• Baking Soda helps to neutralise harmful plaque acids and polish teeth
• Calcium Carbonate is a mild natural abrasive which works to polish teeth
• The antiseptic properties of Propolis and Organic Sea Salt help to combat common oral bacteria, and keep the gums and mouth healthy.
• Natural xylitol helps to prevent plaque build-up with regular brushing
• Peppermint oil and spearmint oil leave teeth fresh and squeaky clean
• The combination of carefully selected active natural ingredients and essential oils work together to maintain good oral health.
• NO Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS), NO Triclosan, NO added sugar, NO preservatives, NO artificial colours, NO artificial flavours, NO fragrance and NO harsh abrasives
• Fluoride, paraben and palm oil free
• The only natural toothpaste available in New Zealand dental clinics
• Not tested on animals
• Does not contain gluten
• Recycle the tubes through our recycling program
Key Active Ingredients:
• Baking Soda Sodium Bicarbonate or baking soda is a salt composed of sodium ions and bicarbonate. It is really effective in removing stains and discolorations from the surface of teeth, which gives teeth a whiter, brighter appearance.
• Natural Propolis Extracts Bees are genius. As well as providing us with delicious honey (and, you know, keeping nature ticking) they also make propolis - a gloopy substance that since ancient civilisation has been recognised for its medicinal benefits. We've included propolis specifically for its antiseptic cleansing properties, just what you want in a toothpaste then.
• Organic Sea Salt Ever wondered why dentists suggest rinsing with saltwater after a dental procedure? The alkaline nature of sea salt increases the pH balance of your mouth, creating an environment that bacteria really, really hate. The sea salt we've put in Grin is certified organic, so it retains more of the good stuff such as calcium, magnesium, silicon, phosphorus and iron.
Directions for use: For best results, brush at least twice a day after meals.
Warning: Propolis may cause severe allergic reactions. If irritation or swelling of the mouth or throat occurs, discontinue use and consult a healthcare practitioner.
I was intrigued by the idea of a more chemically free toothpaste that I really wanted to give the Grin brand a trial. Stating that it's free of chemicals, fluoride, preservatives and SLS I was sceptical that this would make my mouth feel fresh and clean and upon seeing it would naturally whitening my teeth I was excited to give it a go.
Upon trying I hate to admit I was very disappointed, obviously, the chemicals in normal toothpaste makes it foam as this didn't foam at all and didn't really feel like it was cleaning. I also didn't enjoy the taste - I really like a minty toothpaste so my teeth feel nice, fresh and clean and not worry about having bad breath.
I actually quickly cleaned my toothbrush and used my normal one which resulted in my teeth being a lot cleaner. Maybe if I persisted with it I may get used to it but as I had a choice as I had some normal toothpaste I decided to redo my teeth with that. I am actually really gutted I didn't love the Grin toothpaste, I think it's a great idea being chemical free and love that they are trying to be competitive against the big giants. Even though I don't like it I really hope they do well.
It is quite expensive compared to the other brands which may be a big disadvantage to Grin as I don't think normal households could afford to buy it.
For a toothpaste to replace my regular brand, it needs to offer a little something extra - and this brand does just that. Not only is it reasonably pleasant to taste, but it also has the effect of making your mouth feel fresher than when other brands are used. I was wondering if I was imagining this so I asked my daughter and son-in-law to try it as well; I had it for a week then I gave it to them for a second week, but did not tell them my own impressions in case they had other ideas.
However, it was all good. We were unanimous. We all noticed that there was a pleasant menthol taste - strong but not overbearing - but none of that off-putting baking soda effect that some toothpastes have. Baking soda is like chlorine in a swimming pool: if you notice it then you have not used the right amount! Although soda is a wonderful all-purpose (and safe) cleanser, the proportions have to be correct.
Of course, we all appreciate the use of natural ingredients - as with all products these days, we make a conscious decision as a family to buy eco-friendly items where possible, and that includes the products we consume or apply to our bodies. We tend to read the product label before making a selection. Even the Grin empty tubes can be recycled which is another plus for us.
I appreciated the warning about possible allergies to propolis. I had never thought of this as a problem ingredient: I naively thought that propolis was one of those wonderful ingredients that could cure just about anything! It is all too easy to assume that because something is a natural product it has got to be the best for everyone, so it is useful to have a caveat on the instructions. I kept bees a few years ago and am aware of the danger of bee stings to those people who are sensitive, so it makes sense that other bee products might not be right for everyone. I just had never thought that one through.
The toothpaste is quite expensive but you need only a very small amount so it may well work out more economical than cheaper pastes in the long run. So far we have had three people using it (for a week each) and there is still plenty left in the packet. It is also easy to dispense; it is quite soft so you don't have to squeeze too hard and then end up with three centimetres of paste on your toothbrush.
We will be checking how long it takes before the packet is used up, but I think it is looking as though we may be buying it again for our two households. Certainly our first impressions are very positive.
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