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Who doesn’t want white teeth? I, definitely, am somewhat of a sucker for whitening toothpastes. In fact, if the tube doesn’t claim to whiten my teeth within a certain number of days I’m not interested. A nice, white smile can make all the difference. Over the years, unfortunately, tea and various other factors have rendered my teeth far from perfect, so who better to put this charcoal-infused whitening to the test? Here’s the low-down on Ecodenta Black Whitening Toothpaste.
Charcoal is known to have an extra strong whitening effect, due to its effectiveness at removing tartar, so much so that it has trended in DIY beauty tutorials as a way to get whiter teeth. The most popular method to do this is to mix a capsule of Activated Charcoal with water to create a paste. This technique may effectively remove surface stains but it also carries a risk, as these tablets have not been approved to be applied to the teeth. Therefore, they could be causing unnecessary damage.
The Ecodenta Black Whitening Toothpaste, on the other hand, seems like a safer way to explore charcoal and its teeth-whitening properties. Additionally, it should be more effective as you can use this toothpaste consistently, whereas with a home-made mixture it is recommended only to apply it infrequently (i.e. one a month to prevent any damage). This toothpaste contains both charcoal and a unique substance known as Teavigo, which protects against tartar and provides a gentle bacterial effect. So it works by not only removing stains via charcoal but preventing future stains with Teavigo.
The toothpaste itself is packaged in a black tube, which is fitting for the pitch black formula, and has a screw cap. I prefer lids that flip as screw caps can be messy and annoying, but this is a minor detail. As mentioned, the actual toothpaste is black. Yes, black, and if that wasn’t weird enough it stays black while you apply it to your teeth, which is slightly disconcerting but also really quite cool.
It doesn’t have a distinct taste, I would describe it as quite mild in flavour, faintly minty. It tastes nice and although your sink may be covered in black streaks when you have finished brushing your teeth it is just like using a regular toothpaste. I have been trying Ecodenta for over two weeks, morning and night, and the novelty of applying a black toothpaste still hasn’t worn off for me, and I hope it never does.
Now for the most important question: does it make your teeth whiter? My teeth have certainly seen whiter days and aren’t in the best condition to begin with, nevertheless I have noticed a difference. A slight difference granted, but a difference all the same. It doesn’t give instant results, but in pictures and from a distance my smile does appear brighter than it did previously. Close up the difference is far less noticeable.
That being said, for such a reasonable price, I am quite impressed, and I do think over time my stains will appear less visible. If I could change anything about the product, however, it would be the taste, I prefer more potent fresh, minty tastes that really make your teeth feel clean. This toothpaste didn’t make my teeth feel ultra-clean and the slight minty taste faded after an hour, which is my only real gripe. If you favour a mild taste then this would certainly be a great toothpaste for you.
Ecodenta Black Whitening Toothpaste Pros and Cons
- Different from any other product I have tried
- Nice taste
- Has made my smile appear brighter after consistent use
- Doesn’t provide long lasting freshness or have a strong “clean” taste
- Lid has to be unscrewed
- Can turn your sink into a black-streaked mess
The Ecodenta Toothpaste retails at £3.99 for 100ml and can be purchased here.
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