The past couple of years have seen charcoal face masks, cleansers, detoxes and now teeth whiteners. I have seen the fuss of this black charcoal teeth whitening treatment for a while now and I have to admit I have always been rather intrigued being a avid teeth whitener and all.
Carbon Coco is an Australian company that provides all-natural vegan friendly alternatives to oral care and teeth whitening. Carbon Coco Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish is made from organic coconut shell activated charcoal, bentonite powder and lemon myrtle. Carbon Coco claims to help you reduce plaque, detoxify your mouth, promote healthy gums, freshen your breath, protect enamel and helps with future stains.
Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance. It removes toxins when they adhere to the surface of the charcoal. It is not absorbed by the body, but passes through the GI system, so chemicals and toxins adhere to it, which then pass through the body and are expelled by the digestive system. Charcoal is “activated” when it is heated and/or exposed to specific gases. This process results in the creation of pores on the surface of the charcoal, which have the ability to trap certain particles. In the case of teeth whitening, the pores would be trapping and absorbing tannins, common stain-inducers found in wine and coffee.
The pack comes with:
- 1 tub of Original Carbon Coco medical grade Activated Charcoal Tooth Polish.
- 1 tube of Activated Charcoal Toothpaste. I couldn’t find the ingredients list, but it doesn’t contain Fluoride which I would prefer since that is an ingredient that strengthens teeth)
- 1 Toothbrush with Bamboo Bristles
This black stuff isn‘t your average, every day charcoal. It‘s activated charcoal, which is designed for medicinal use. So it is safe for you to use and you will still be alive if you accidentally ingest some.
The Benefits ….
- NO added chemicals
- Strengthens enamel
- Whitens teeth
- Polishes to remove build up
- Vegan, 100% organic
- Money back guarantee
- Free basic world wide shipping.
At R540 it is a bit on the pricey side but with the size of the product and the amount you use it will last you very long.
How to use:
Simply wet the bamboo toothbrush, dip into the powder and tap off. Brush teeth for 3o seconds, rinse and brush teeth normally with toothpaste.
Carbon Coco says the product is safe for teeth and non-damaging to tooth enamel. The products are not abrasive at all and they basically just absorb and pull out toxins and stains away from the teeth. Also, the charcoal powder is very fine so it doesn’t harm the enamel. The tooth polish also has bentonite clay that helps remineralise your teeth. Both have no harmful chemicals as well.
Because the activated charcoal has adhesive properties, it adheres to stains to remove them.
The powder is tres messy. It gets all over the sink and you look like a horror movie character with it in my mouth. Luckily it wasn‘t too much of a pain to clean up, as I basically washed away with water and did not stain the sink. The tooth paste comes out scary black but changes into a minty white foam once you start brushing. Also the tooth paste doesn’t seem to contain fluoride which is something I would’ve liked to strengthen my teeth.
I didn’t notice massive whitening results it basically only pulls existing coffee and tea stains off your teeth slowly but if you want pearly whites you will need to stick to bleaching teeth with some kind of product that contains peroxide however this is great for daily use if you just want to lift stains off your teeth. Another down fall is brushing your teeth for 6 mins is a bit time consuming especially at night when I just want to brush my teeth for the recommended 2 mins and then pass out. Otherwise all in all this is a great product to try and use but just don’t expect miracles.
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