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Feb 12, 2013

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We all may look different on the outside but one thing is for sure, at some point in time, each one of us during the day will have to brush our teeth. Now, I’ve tried a bunch of different toothpastes and recently, with the whole sodium lauryl sulfate awareness that I’ve built into my head, I’ve tried to be a bit more specific in the types of toothpaste I allow into my home. On a recent trip to my local health food store, I came across the Green Beaver toothpaste line. I never even knew Green Beaver made toothpaste! Sunscreen, yes. Lotions, yes. Toothpaste? I had no clue.

Well, since I didn’t know Green Beaver toothpaste existed, my guess is not many of you knew either which is why I decided to pick up this Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste to try out. I mean, how many of us can claim to have used a zesty orange toothpaste before? I certainly haven’t!


Product Review: What Ingredients are used in the Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste?

What are the ingredients used in the Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste? Take a look at this list: calcium carbonate, water, sorbitol, glycerin, hydrated silica, aroma/flavour (natural orange), citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) oil, citrus grandis (grapefruit) seed extract, xylitol, citrus medica limonum (lemon) extract, menthol, mentha piperita (peppermint) oil,  xanthan gum, coco glucoside, calcium ascorbate, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) oil.

My take? I have no clue except that I know the Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste doesn’t contain any sodium lauryl sulfate. Aside from that, I don’t know left from right. What I do know though is that the list on my toothpaste box isn’t the same as that on the Green Beaver website for the exact same toothpaste. I’m not sure if the formulation recently changed or if the Green Beaver website is listing the ingredients relevant for a specific geographic region of production. I have NO CLUE.


Product Test: how did the Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste work?

At the time of this post, my husband and I have now used about ¾ of the Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste and we’ve stopped using it. Both he and I don’t particularly care for the Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste. For my husband, he felt like he had to use a lot of the Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste to clean his teeth and even after he brushed his teeth, they still didn’t feel clean. Now, I didn’t get this feeling but he also said he felt like he was brushing with salt.

For me, there were other factors that made me stop using the Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste. For one, I really wasn’t a big fan of the taste. The Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste certainly had that orange flavour to it but it was just odd to brush my teeth with it. Combined with the other ingredients, it was like brushing with salty minty orange scented goo.

Now, I get that the toothpaste won’t be excessively frothy since it doesn’t use any sodium lauryl sulfate but I’ve used other toothpaste brands that hold up better than this one does. Add that drip factor to the zesty minty orange concoction and I felt like I was brushing my teeth with minty orange juice. It was just plain old weird. On top of that, I have to agree with the hubby that my teeth didn’t actually feel clean after brushing with the Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste. I mean objectively, I’m sure they were but there was something odd about the after effects of using the Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste. There was just something lacking.


Verdict:

We’ve tested out other toothpastes before but I have to say this Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste is probably the biggest let down to date. I like the Green Beaver company and I think their products have a lot of potential but this Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste is just plain ol’ sad. We didn’t like the flavour and we didn’t like the final results. I don’t have the heart to throw it out so now I have to figure out what to do with whatever is left in that tube of Green Beaver Zesty Orange toothpaste. I wanted to like this toothpaste, I really did. Sigh…

 

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