So when I first picked up a bottle of Miles And Smiles Toothy Tabs, I cannot say that I was particularly enthused about trying them out - not because they didn't sound nice, just that they sounded pretty boring in comparison to the other tabs that were sitting right next door to these. If I wanted mint, surely it would be easier for me to head down to my local pharmacy...
However, as the saying goes - sometimes the original really is the best, and why change something when it doesn't need fixing. While some people may argue that toothy tabs are supposed to be an alternative to mint tooth paste (why release a flavour that is redundant to begin with?), I happen to think that these are a great starting point for those unsure whether or not to make that leap. Furthermore, they're also far more natural than a lot of the tube varieties currently available and are much easier to take with you when travelling.
As with all of Lush's new toothy tabs, 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 Miles Of Smiles work, but also to educate others about the benefits they possess. Firstly, these tabs feature dicalcium phosphate anhydrous - the main component used to help supplement the body's calcium intake, not to mention preventing the build up of tartar in the mouth. Sorbitol is also used - 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.
Described as possessing a 'triple peppermint' flavour, I was expecting these toothy tabs to be overwhelmingly strong, almost to the point of burning my mouth. And when I popped one in my mouth for the first time, the first initial second confirmed this theory. However, I found out very quickly that the mint is nowhere near as potent as you would expect it to be. While some peppermint toothpastes can burn your tongue if you put too much on your brush, you won't get this with these tabs.
What is great about Miles Of Smiles is that the peppermint does clean out your mouth very effectively - leaving you with fresh breath and a set of teeth that feel really squeaky-clean. However, the mint isn't overly strong that it rips the tastebuds right out of your mouth - a positive attribute that makes these little tablets stand above most of the toothpastes that I've tried over the years.
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 these do everything you'd expect from a toothpaste but without the unbearably strong mint aroma. This will be a regular purchase for me.
Quantitative Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar (Potassium bitartrate), Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, English Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Organic Peppermint Oil (Mentha piperita), Wild Mint Oil (Mentha Arvensis), Sodium saccharin, Limonene, Linalool, Flavour.
2015 Price: £5.95 each.
Year Of Original Release: 2015.