By now you’ve probably tried a handful of natural skincare and makeup products, but have you ever considered a natural toothpaste? We know what you’re thinking – you much prefer the minty one you’ve been using for ten years, who wants to taste of plants anyway? That’s what we thought too, until we gave it a chance. Our editor traded in her trusty commercial toothpaste for a week to test the new Olgani Mighty Cocoa Toothpaste. Here’s her experience:
“In a bid to be more eco friendly, I’ve slowly but surely incorporated more and more natural products in my home. I’ve switched to natural washing powder, kitchen cleaners, eco-friendly ‘black bags’ and our recycling game is stronger than ever. But the one place I’ve neglected to change is the personal care department. Why? Not because I don’t want to, but simply because I never knew where to start.
Toothpaste and toothbrushes are a biggie because they’re filled with chemicals, are not recyclable, and we go through them at lightning speed. But switching to a natural toothpaste literally never occurred to me – until one landed on my desk. Enter the Olgani Mighty Cocoa Toothpaste – a proudly South African product that contains Theobromine, a water-insoluble alkaloid of the cacao plant, plus turmeric, activated charcoal and Himalayan salt.
First things first – does it taste like chocolate? Yes and no. When you first put it in your mouth there is a cocoa flavour, similar to that of dark chocolate. But as soon as you start brushing the flavour changes and a strong saltiness takes over. At this point you’ll probably get a fright when you look in the mirror – your teeth will be dark brown from the dark brown colour of the toothpaste! It can get quite messy, and I later saw that the packaging actually recommends using it in the shower, which is a brilliant solution. The after-taste is somewhat different as even though the product does not contain any mint, I had a minty flavour in my mouth. It’s not a strong flavour like that of my usual toothpaste, but my mouth felt fresh. I struggle with a bit of sensitivity and as a result have always used a popular toothpaste brand designed to minimise sensitivity. Before I started the week I was a bit concerned about this, but I’m happy to report that I had absolutely no increased sensitivity and that I could easily continue to sip on hot and cold drinks as I always did without any pain or discomfort.
It took a little while to get used to the experience and at first I wasn’t convinced that I could give up my regular toothpaste. However, after a few days I got used to the new taste and even started to enjoy it. By the end of the week the Cocoa Toothpaste no longer felt like an experiment and I was completely used to it. The experience was different at first, but in reality, making the transition was super easy, and it’s inspired me to try more flavours. I never thought I’d say this, but I can totally see myself making a natural toothpaste a permanent change in my life.”
Olgani Mighty Cocoa Toothpaste is free from glycerine, fluoride and artificial ingredients, and as a result it’s safe to swallow, making it a great choice for the whole family (including children!).
Its natural ingredients help strengthen teeth and gums thanks to:
Cocoa – rich in minerals, vitamins and Theobromine;
Turmeric – boasts antiseptic, analgesic and antibacterial properties; helps reduce staining; proven to help stop tooth pain and prevent infections and abscesses;
Activated charcoal – effectively removes surface stains on teeth for a whiter brighter smile;
Olgani’s signature NutrireB blend of mineral-rich rice flour, Himalayan salt, sesame and coconut oil.
Cocoa in this form has proven to be more effective than fluoride for treating dental hypersensitivity; it also helps harden tooth enamel, making teeth less susceptible to decay, has anti-bacterial properties that help fight plaque and its well-documented anti-inflammatory properties help prevent gum disease.
So now the only question is, will you be trying it? Check out Olgani’s range of different flavours here.