Hi green babes,
If you have followed me for awhile you already know that I don’t believe that being green/ natural/conscious/eco/vegan should EVER mean that you have to sacrifice quality. And oral care is no exception! Just because we may not want to rub a toxin and fluoride-filled toothpaste on our teeth doesn’t mean we can’t have pretty pearly whites and minty fresh breath, right?
That’s where these next products come in. These are not products that I was recently sent for a review and have only been trying out for a few days. These are products that I have been using nonstop for the past 2 years and have repurchased countless times. Products that I actually don’t know what I’d do without! Well, I do know… I’d probably be using a subpar natural toothpaste/mouthwash that just barely met my needs and expectations… But who wants that?
*Cue angel-like singing voices*
Let me introduce to you The Holistic Science Company’s “Mineral Paste” Toothpaste with Activated Charcoal, and their Alcohol-Free Mouthwash with COQ10.
Now I’ll be honest, the toothpaste may take a little getting used to if you’re switching over from conventional. The most important point to mention….. it’s black. Now I know it seems a little crazy that I’m telling you that rubbing black charcoal on your teeth is going to make them whiter, but trust me on this one! Here’s some background on how Activated Charcoal works and the benefits that it has to our bodies*:
- It is formed by burning organic vegetation or wood to create carbon that is then treated with oxygen, therefore “activating” it. (This is not the same as charcoal that you would use in a grill. That charcoal is toxic and carcinogenic.)
- It is an extremely porous substance, which gives it an extremely large surface area.
- It acts by the power of “adsorption” – acting as a magnet, pulling all the toxins in so that they can attach to it’s very large surface area.
- It has been used as a long-time remedy for detoxification from accidentally ingested toxic substances.
- The toxins attach themselves to the activated charcoal, and the toxins and the activated charcoal then exit your system together, as your body does not actually absorb the charcoal.
Our mouths are FILLED with bacteria… Especially in the morning. So it only makes sense that we’d brush with such a powerful ingredient as Activated Charcoal. It literally just acts as a magnet, pulling all of the yuckiness out of our mouths. My only question is… Why do none of the mainstream brands have it in their toothpastes?! Instead they like to pack their products with harmful ingredients like fluoride, sulfates, artificial dyes, etc. Well, I already know the answer to my question, but that would bring me onto a-whole-nother topic. I’ll save my rant for another post.
If for some reason the activated charcoal option isn’t your thing, you’re in luck, because THSC just came out with a new toothpaste that is NOT black in color, because instead of activated charcoal, the highlighted ingredient in this one is COQ10!
You may have heard about COQ10 in the past, but what exactly is it? Well first, it stands for ‘Coenzyme Q10’ which is an enzyme that’s naturally found in all plant and animal cells, specifically in the mitochondria (the energy powerhouse of the cells, thank you 6th grade bio class). The COQ10’s job is to fight free radicals and keep the energy of the cells healthy. While it’s known to be beneficial for other parts of the body as well, it has been shown especially to be beneficial in fighting inflammation from plaque-causing gum disease and bone deterioration that leads to loss of teeth later in life.
Now I don’t know about you guys, but anything I can do to prevent dreadful drilling, tooth pain, and dentist visits down the line…. I’m into. Bottom line, it’s an extremely beneficial ingredient to incorporate into your oral care routine, especially if you have issues with plaque buildup. While the activated charcoal toothpaste has a lovely flavor of mint and lavender, this one is a yummy, warm flavor of cinnamon and clove. I’m especially loving using it now that fall has begun to roll in – using a fall flavored toothpaste is such a nice way to start off my morning. 🙂
While on the CoQ10 topic, it’s also the highlighted ingredient in The Holistic Science Co’s mouthwash. Now I can absolutely assure you, when using one of the two toothpastes that I discussed followed by the CoQ10 mouthwash – not only will you have a clean mouth and minty fresh breath, but you will not even feel like you are using natural products! These products are the absolute solution to a natural approach to oral care.
Here are direct links below to where you can purchase the three products that I mentioned, and feel free to check out all of THSC’s other products as well! They were generous enough to extend a coupon code to my subscribers, so go ahead and enter ASHLEYMORGANIC at checkout for 10% off! I’ve been big a big fan of this company since back when I was living in San Diego and used to see them every week at the farmers market. They’re very sweet people who are passionate about creating great healthy products that work – and those are the types of brands that I love to support!
These products do NOT contain any fluoride, artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, sulphates or chemical sweeteners.
**IMPORTANT DISCLAIMER FOR MY ANIMAL LOVERS** – These products are NOT safe for dogs or other animals, because they contain a natural sweetener, xylitol, which is extremely toxic to dogs! Make sure to keep these, and any other foods or products that contain xylitol, away from our furry babes!
Be sure to let me know if any of you end up trying out these products and if you love them as much as I do!
Enjoy the day 🙂