Saturday, 7 October 2017

Can Charcoal Toothpaste Actually Whiten Teeth?

So five years ago I finally discovered the absolute joy and comfort of drinking tea. And I mean strong tea, proper builder's tea. And then shortly after I noticed my teeth were yellowing and so started what feels like a long journey to find a teeth whitening toothpaste that actually works.

Now I am well aware that if you want to really whiten your teeth, the only thing to do is have professional laser teeth whitening. But a course of treatment is very, very costly and of course the fear that you'll end up looking like Ryland!

I must be knocking on for having tried six different brands and promises of whitening toothpastes and honestly, they haven't delivered on their promises. At best, I have noticed a slight reduction in staining but nothing to get excited about. So when I was recently sent the Twin Lotus Activated Herbaliste Charcoal Toothpaste*, I wasn't expecting too much.  My last toothpaste had been a charcoal one from a well known toothpaste brand but I hadn't noticed any difference.

Twin Lotus is a leading oral care brand from Thailand and is available for £10.99 a tube at and you can follow them on Twitter and Instagram using #twinlotus or 

So activated charcoal? Is it black, like charcoal. Yes, absolutely.
Twin Lotus Active Charcoal Toothpaste
Twin Lotus Active Charcoal Toothpaste
Activated charcoal is a natural magnet for bacteria, toxins, plaque and stains. It says it also helps reduce bad breath, and is a natural way to whiten and brighten teeth. Twin Lotus is different to other charcoal toothpastes, as their formula includes ingredients such as clove and guva which also helps promote healthy gums.

I know the thought of brushing your teeth with black paste rather than white feels alien and so I've been trying this out for three weeks to answer your questions.

Does it stain your teeth black?
No. Although it is comical brushing your teeth as they will be covered in black paste but it completely rinses away and leaves no staining.

Is it messy?
Well yes and no. Don't use this wearing a white shirt. I was a bit messy because I use an electric toothbrush and so the paste does flick all over the sink, which I then have to make a point of rinsing away. And because of my electric toothbrush I can now see that the toothpaste gets everywhere. But it does easily rinse away with no staining to the sink.

Does it remove bad breath?
I hope my breath isn't too stinky Pete but this toothpaste doesn't have the usual minty freshness of other pastes, so it doesn't leave my mouth feeling as fresh but that said, it doesn't leave an after taste and the taste it does have is not unpleasant, it's just a bit different.

Does it work - as in whitening teeth?
I was dubious and hopeful in equal measures but I can definitely say that the staining to my teeth has lightened by about 2 shades. I didn't take before and after photos because 1. I detest my wonky teeth and 2. I didn't think this would make a difference. I was wrong though, it has, ever so slightly. I'm sure with continued use this will continue, as long as I can continue to keep wiping down the toothpaste from my sink and surround. (But that's messy me).



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