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17 June 2019

Toothy Fruity Toothy Tabs



Let's be honest when I say that most Lush consumers will no doubt gravitate towards these little rainbow tabs before many of the other ones on display. This is because the child within them is rebelling over the 'you can't eat sweets for breakfast' saga that I'm sure many people have experienced at least once during their childhood. Now they're not only allowed to eat sweets for breakfast but they can seemingly brush their teeth with them as well!

Toothy Fruity is one of ten limited edition toothy tabs that first made an appearance at the Lush Showcase event early this year and was definitely the one that had me the most excited over these new inventions. They have since set up camp solely in the Liverpool store as an exclusive product and I was lucky enough to find someone who was willing to grab a bottle for me to try out for myself.

Sold as little circular green, yellow and pink discs, these tab are described as 'a playful pairing of refreshing lime and juicy orange', which initially sounded really tasty. However, what I discovered upon trying these out for the first time was that these tabs were far from juicy. Although the fruitiness of both ingredients could be tasted when the tabs were in use, there was something rather reserved and boring about the overall experience and they certainly weren't very sweet-like in my eyes.

For somebody who wants a fairly simple-tasting toothy tab without any nasty surprises, this would be one I would recommend. In fact, if you're looking for oral care that you can use on the go and then eat straight after, these would be the perfect remedy. These would also be great as an introduction to young children if you were looking to transition them onto solid oral health care. However, if like me you want something that leaves your breath feeling clean and fresh for at least a couple of hours, these may be ones you wish to avoid. Imagine if sweets had all of the sugar removed and then most of the flavour as well, you may begin to understand how flavourless these ones really are. I'm not saying that they're in any way bad, just that they're pretty nondescript compared to some of the other interesting flavours on offer.


As with most of Lush's other toothy tabs, Toothy Fruity contain a number of ingredients that work in the same way as regular toothpaste does: 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.

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 melts almost immediately upon contact with moisture and you won't need to crunch these at all.


What I liked about these tabs was that they produced a rather generous foam when in use, and even when I rinsed my mouth out halfway through, I was still able to stimulate a lot more foam when beginning to brush my teeth again. I found that I could continue brushing my teeth for a good 5 minutes without running out of product and they left my mouth feeling thoroughly clean afterwards. It was just a shame that the taste of these was very mild and therefore the impact they had in my mouth was equally as disappointing.

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 but very gentle taste for a short while afterwards. For those who dislike the heavy taste that mint can leave in your mouth, these would be a great alternative as they'll leave your teeth feeling clean without leaving much of a taste in your mouth afterwards.

Containing enough tabs for three months of daily brushing once or twice, this small bottle will last you a long time. And while they may work out a little more expensive than a tub of toothpaste, they're definitely worth the price tag - if only for the novelty of trying a flavour. They may not satisfy my sweet tooth as much as I thought they would, but then they're designed to brush my teeth not act in place of my dessert!

Quantitative Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Cream Of Tartar, Sorbitol, Lauroyl Sarcosine, Kaolin, Xylitol, Flavour, Lime oil, Brazilian Orange Oil, Almond Essential Oil, Fine Sea Salt, Menthol Crystals, Fine Sea Salt, Stevia, Titanium Dioxide, Gardenia Extract, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 77491, Colour 45430:1, Colour 19140:1, Colour 42090:2.

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £5.95 each.

Year Of Original Release: 2019. 

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