Oral Pleasure is a very cheeky and borderline naughty addition to Lush's toothy tabs range - a toothpaste alternative that is described as being 'tantric' and possessing aphrodisiac properties to enjoy. While I have never felt the need to gain particular pleasure from brushing my teeth, I was still rather intrigued to try these out for myself.
While most people will happily dive into a tub featuring a bath bomb they've never tried before, or lather on a lotion they know little about, many consumers would be very hesitant to invest their time and money into something that could potentially damage their teeth forever.
Initially, I aired on the side of caution when it came to relying on these toothy tabs to clean and maintain the condition of my teeth. However, the further I delved into the science behind these products, the more I realised that Lush were on to something with their unique take on toothpaste.
Not only do the tabs feature ingredients to clean teeth and leave them feeling smooth and shiny, they also contain components that are supposed to support a healthy mouth. Although I cannot vouch that these claims are 100% accurate, I have been using toothy tabs for nearly two years now and the health of my teeth has not deteriorated in the slightest.
In the bottle, Oral Pleasure gives off a very pleasant but slightly strange aroma - a mixture of passionfruit and metal combined to give off both a very fruity but equally clinical smell. The tabs reminds me of the Rubicon juice that you can purchase in most high street stores nowadays - a sweet, sultry fragrance that has a slight floral component to it as well. While it wouldn't be particularly enjoyable as either a perfume or a bath product, I do find it rather endearing in this format and would go as far as to say that they are my favourite toothy tabs to date.
These tabs have been described as having a 'tongue-tingling tincture of electric daisies' - a description which to most people wouldn't mean very much at all. Yet, once you've tried them out for yourself, you can almost relate to this in some way, although I am yet to establish exactly what an electric daisy is or where exactly you can get one from. While I didn't notice my tongue tingling during usage, I did taste quite a sharp, sour element when I bit down on the tabs, and this added a sherbety taste to the overall experience.
To use them you simply pop a tab into your mouth, crunch down using your front teeth, wet your toothbrush and begin to brush your teeth as normal. The powdery mixture reacts with the water and the cream of tartar creates a foam that freshens your mouth and cleans away any stubborn pieces of food that may be lingering around. Unlike some of Lush's other tabs I have tried, this one was very easy to disintegrate between my teeth and I didn't discover any stubborn pieces when I rinsed my mouth out afterwards.
These particular tabs feature a number of ingredients that I was unsure about and had to research before trying them out for myself - not only to understand how and why Oral Pleasure works, but also to educate others about the benefits they hold in this product; dicalcium phosphate anhydrous is the main ingredient in these toothy tabs and is a component used to help supplement the body's calcium intake, not to mention preventing the build up of tartar in the mouth; sorbitol is a natural alternative to sugar, which allows Lush to add flavour to this product without adding anything that'll rot your teeth; Lauroyl Sarcosine not only helps the product to foam up in the mouth, but is also used to remove unwanted bacteria that may cause problems in the future.
Overall, I happen to really like Oral Pleasure (disclaimer: the toothy tabs - oh my!) and will continue to use these regularly as part of my daily brushing. While these tabs won't leave you with amazingly minty-fresh breath, and this may be something you'll have to get used to, it does leave a pleasant taste on the palette and provides you with teeth clean enough to see you through the day.
This bottle provides you with enough tabs to see you through a good 1-2 months. While it works out a little more expensive than the tooth paste varieties you can buy in your local pharmacist, I really love the fact that Lush offer such a strange but equally interesting range of 'flavours' for you to try, and the price is on par with most vegan alternatives that I have been able to find so far.
2015 Price: £5.95 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2015.