23 July 2019

Spritz Mouthwash Tabs

As I get closer and closer to the end of my month-long journey reviewing toothy tabs, jelly toothpastes and solid mouthwash, I am finding myself becoming more and more impressed with just how many different flavours that Lush have managed to come up with. There is truly something for everybody here and I only hope that my surplus reviews will help to guide consumers into finding their  favourite one even quicker.

Whether you're after a more 'classic' tasting one; looking for a fruity one to match your personality; or wanting to step outside of your comfort zone and try something very different, Lush have got you covered with an impressive thirty brand new products to choose from. The mouthwash tab I am reviewing today is definitely one that I would recommend... 

Spritz's ingredients list was actually really interesting to me at first because I discovered that it contained a couple of ingredients that I'd never heard of before: both tincture of rhubarb and tincture of cinchona. Firstly, it's very rare to see Lush use rhubarb at all in their products and it happens to be one of my favourite tasting fruits on the planet. While these tabs don't taste exclusively of rhubarb, I was definitely able to appreciate the delicate notes of the fruit alongside the orange oil.

Secondly, before using these mouthwash tabs, I had never even heard of cinchona and had to look it up to see why Lush had decided to include it in this product. What I learnt was that cinchona was a tree that offered lots of amazing healing properties within its bark. Used in medicine to help remove many ailments related to the digestive tract, this ingredient also features a slightly bitter taste, which is predominantly why Lush have chosen to use this in these tabs, and you'll be able to experience this bitterness just after you spit this mouthwash out into the sink.

Taste wise, Spritz have a very fruity and slightly fizzy orangey taste, with the delicate bitterness that I mentioned above laying low until right at the end. In the bottle, Spritz offers what I'd describe as being a green layer as well, which seems to compliment the fruity scent quite a bit and brings out the natural sourness of the orange oil as well. 

Having said that, I didn't find that the taste of these mouthwash tabs were as complex as the smell was. Instead, you will experience much more of a sharp, zesty orange taste, with a soured twist at the end. In fact, this latter feature appears to leave an aftertaste that not only refreshens your mouth and cleans your tongue in the process, but also keeps your breath feeling and smelling clean for a good many hours afterwards. I really appreciated how strong the mouthwash tabs were able to perform, without them being at all potent on the tastebuds. This was definitely one of the most impressive aspects about these mouthwash tabs.

As soon as you grind one of these between your teeth and add the water to rinse and swish, the wonderfully sweet, fruity and delicately bitter taste fills your mouth and begins to work immediately. While all of the components I described above come out in the taste of the tab, there is nothing overwhelming about the taste of this mouthwash at all. In fact, there is something rather delicious about these little beauties that will leave you salivating (and perhaps a little hungry) afterwards.

For those who have never used a mouthwash tab before, you simply crunch the tab between your teeth (I prefer to do this with my front teeth), take a slurp of water and begin swishing as you would a bottled mouthwash. Once you've finished, you spit the water into the sink and you're ready to brace the rest of the day without worrying about smelly breath, or the food from your lunch remaining stuck between your teeth. Lush recommend that you keep the mouthwash swishing around your mouth for a good minute before spitting it out, as this allows the ingredients to get to work at cleaning the mouth and deodorising the tongue so you get the maximum results possible.

As you would expect from Lush, the ingredients that have gone into making Spritz have also been carefully crafted and serve a purpose. Firstly, they contain sodium bicarbonate, which is a natural softening ingredient that is also known for its ability to clean and deodorise at the same time. This is a key component that will help to clean your tongue, gums and teeth when you're swishing, and will help to rid your mouth of any strong odours that might be present at the time, freshening your breath in the process.

Each of the mouthwashes also contains xylitol, a natural substance that is found in certain fruits and vegetables and is used in foods and cosmetics as a refined sweetener. This ingredient has been proven to cause none of the harmful effects that sugar can have on the teeth; is perfect for diabetics as it doesn't effect blood sugar levels at all; yet offers the sweetness to help give these tabs their interesting but enjoyable flavours.

Whether you're popping out for a day at the beach; making a weekend trip to see the family; or jet-setting off to somewhere exciting, these 45g bottles can be tucked away with the assurance that you wont arrive at your destination with either soggy luggage, or with the lingering smells of your breakfast still festering on your tongue. Furthermore, they're also alcohol-free so these beauties wont cause you any issues when you're going through customs. No matter the length of your journey, these are handy to use at any time of the day: before you head out on your adventure; after a meal; or anytime you feel you need a little freshen up.

After using Spritz for a few days in a row, I could definitely feel the benefits of the mouthwash and my oral health was a credit to the product. After eating anything smelly, I would immediately use one of these and eradicate the smells/tastes within seconds. Despite it not being the most potent of flavours, these tabs do an amazing job and I would highly recommend them.

While perhaps not as interesting as Mandarin Fireworks, these mouthwash tabs have a delicious flavour; keep your mouth clean and free of nasty smells; and do it all without flooding your tastebuds with something that's too potent or overwhelming. I would definitely buy these again.

Quantitative Ingredients: Dicalcium Phosphate Anhydrous, Sodium Bicarbonate, Silica, Citric Acid, Sorbitol, Malic Acid, Stevia, Xylitol, Gardenia Extract, Tincture Of Rhubarb, Tincture Of Cinchona, Brazilian Orange Oil, Menthol Crystals, Titanium Dioxide, Synthetic Fluorphlogopite, Tin Oxide, Citral,  Limonene, Linalool, Flavour, Colour 15510, Colour 77491, Colour 15850:1. 

Vegan?: Yes.

2019 Price: £6.50 for 45g.

Year Of Original Release: 2019.

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