Review on Kingfisher’s Natural Toothpaste
Once I turned Vegan I wanted to not only change my eating habits but try to find cruelty free Vegan alternatives for my toiletries too. I have always been keen to use natural products as well so I was chuffed when I found Kingfisher toothpaste.
Kingfisher are the UK’s leading natural toothpaste and it contains no artificial sweetners, flavourings, colourings or preservatives. Things you may be used to avoiding in your food but not so much in your toothpaste! But, why not, it goes in your mouth right!
The toothpaste comes in 8 flavours and you can choose fluoride or fluoride free! Flavours include Mint, Fennel, Aloe Vera and strawberry for children. For the purpose of this review, I have only tried the Mint version but I have had both fluoride and fluoride free.
For more information, they have a website: http://www.kingfishertoothpaste.co.uk/
Taste: One of my concerns when I first switched to Kingfisher toothpaste was how it was going to taste, but I was pleasantly surprised, the mint tastes exactly how you would expect a toothpaste to taste!
Price: £2.85 online or £3.49 in Holland and Barrett (100ml). Obviously this is more expensive than a standard tube of toothpaste but you can argue you get what you pay for and in my opinion this is a fair price.
Does it work? My other concern with this product is that maybe we need chemicals in our toothpaste for them to work? Kingfisher is actually the first natural toothpaste to be approved by the BDHF (British Dental Health Foundation) which proves that natural toothpaste is just as effective at cleaning teeth, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. For me personally, my teeth feel as clean as they did with normal toothpaste and my gums no longer bleed after brushing. The only thing that might stop someone from buying this toothpaste is if they were looking for certain things like added whitening etc
Recommend? YES. I would 100% recommend this product, it does what you expect, its vegan and cruelty free and such an ethical product which has won lots of awards too 🙂
Comparisons to Colgate and Aquafresh
I think Colgate and Aquafresh are probably two of the most common toothpastes in the UK and I was curious to see what chemicals are inside and if they are seen to actually be dangerous to our health.
I have no issues with how the products work, I used them for years and they did a good job of keeping my teeth clean! However the problem I have with them is that they both test on animals and I’m not sure people who buy them are even aware of that!
Below are some of the chemicals contained in these 2 toothpastes and their potential effects. I’m not into scaremongering or one of these people who believe there is a risk in everything to cause us cancer but I will avoid chemicals in toiletries if there is an easy alternative.
Colgate – Maximum Cavity Protection
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate: Skin, eye, mucous membrane irritation, dry skin, eczema, mouth ulcers. It is not a carcinogen however it is that harsh it is used in medical research to cause skin irritation.
Fluoride: When Fluoride arrives at the toothpaste factories, it actually contains the skull and cross bones symbol because it is that toxic! There is enough fluoride in half a tube of toothpaste to actually kill a small child 😮 There isn’t even much research to prove that fluoride helps us to protect our teeth, however there is lots of research to prove that fluoride can cause oral cancers in humans. It’s particularly bad if you suffer from thyroid problems or diabetes.
Benzyl Alcohol: This is a potential carcinogen. If inhaled can cause irritation to the upper respiratory tract and induce headaches or nausea.
Aquafresh Extreme Clean Pure Breath
Hydrated Silica: Can weaken tooth enamel and damage gums (just what you want from a toothpaste!). It has even been linked to causing Chron’s disease.
PEG 6: There is tons of research to show how dangerous PEG’s are and how they can form to become carcinogenic.
Sodium Lauryl Sulphate: See above
Titanium Dioxide: Banned in Germany!
So if you keep your diet clean for health benefits, you might want to consider your toiletries too 🙂