I’m extremely susceptible to falling into the Internet and reading reviews of…pretty much anything. And I sure do love an experiment. So last year when I read about people whitening their teeth with charcoal…
Active Wow Teeth Whitening Charcoal Powder is a powder. So you should be very careful when you’re opening for the first or any time. You dampen your toothbrush and dip it into the jar. Glerg.
And then you brush your teeth as usual, but not as usual—I assume—you will turn your mouth a horrifying black. And then, when you spit it out, you see where your spit usually goes. And that’s also horrifying. It’s a messy. messy. operation.
Then you have to rinse with vigor, followed by flossing, as the charcoal likes to sneak between your teeth and on your gums and all around and lurk there.
The end result wasn’t that impressive for me. If anyone wants a gently used jar of charcoal powder I’ve dipped my toothbrush into, you can come over and take it from the bathroom since I don’t know where the post office is.
Twin Lotus Active Charcoal Toothpaste is also black, but it is in a tube and more like an actual toothpaste. This one did a pretty good job of whitening, I admit. I also admit to losing momentum and not sticking with it. Sticking with things is impossible sometimes.
It’s messy. But not powder-level messy.
I pretty much used up a tube (very irregularly), and never got a new one. However, despite my lack of motivation to purchase, I would recommend—my teeth were noticeably whiter after I used it. Why didn’t I keep using it? Well. Oh well.
As with all my skin, my lips and the corners of my lips like to have allergic reactions to things they come in contact with. So. There I was with the corners of my mouth splitting and cracking. While researching what I could be doing to myself, I stumbled on a diagnosis thanks to the Internet and not actually going to a healthcare professional:
- If your skin is already dry, sensitive, and precious, sodium laureth sulfate (the chemical formula that makes your shampoo and toothpaste and other products foamy) can make it worse—shampoo with sodium laureth sulfate can make your scalp dry and itchy, and toothpaste with sodium laureth sulfate can give you cracks at the corner of your mouth.
Surprise, surprise, I thought to myself. If there is an opportunity for a skin issue, my skin will surely take it.
One solution is to wash your hair with shampoo and brush your teeth with toothpaste that does not have sodium laureth sulfate in it. In my scientific opinion. Jokes. I am definitely not a scientist.
Weleda makes one of my favorite lotions, so why not try Weleda Plant Gel Toothpaste because lotion and toothpaste are so similar. And that’s what I’ve been using ever since. And the corners of my mouth are no longer cracked. The end. So maybe I AM a scientist. JOKES. I’m really, really not.
This toothpaste does not foam. So be prepared for an unfamiliar brushing experience. It’s also the kind of consistency that likes to fall off your toothbrush if you let it. So no waving your toothbrush around to make a point before you stick it in your mouth.
I’ve tried Plant Gel and Ratahnia toothpaste. Ratahnia is less watery and more willing to sit on the toothbrush. It’s grittier though. Sort of chalky. Some people say the Plant Gel variety “disappears” in their mouth, and that’s not wrong, but I still like it better than the Ratahnia.
And now on to another story about toothpaste. Years ago, Rusty kindly purchased me Arm & Hammer baking soda toothpaste as a natural product I would surely love since I made him buy meat at Whole Foods. It makes sense.
Dangit. I really wish I could remember which kind. Anyway. It gave me a VERY impressive clown mouth. An even clown mouth, at least. Neither of us thought of the toothpaste being a culprit for a long time. And it took a while to go away after we figured it out. One of my coworkers asked me where I’d gotten my lips done and told me they looked MUCH better. Hahahaha. So. If you want to experience filler without filler, go find the Arm & Hammer toothpaste I forget the name of.