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Nov 18, 2012

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Today’s product review features a kid’s toothpaste made by Nature Clean. Have you ever heard of Treehouse Berry Fresh toothpaste? It’s got an eye-catching packaging featuring Franklin the turtle’s little sister, Harriet. What made me pick up this toothpaste for a review however is the fact that it’s fluoride free. It’s been a long time since I’ve featured a fluoride free kid’s toothpaste. I don’t know anyone who’s used this toothpaste before so I just couldn’t resist giving it a try.

Product Review: What are the ingredients in Nature Clean’s Treehouse Berry Fresh Toothpaste?

So, what’s in this Treehouse Berry Fresh toothpaste? Have a good read of the ingredient list and this is what you find: calcium carbonate, xylitol, glycerin, water, sodium bicarbonate, chondrus crispus (carrageenan), decyl glucoside, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel) distillate, natural strawberry flavour, stevia rebaudiana, propolis extract.

Now, I seriously don’t know what most of those ingredients are but I did notice that one key debatable ingredient was missing from the list. The Nature Clean Treehouse Berry Fresh Toothpaste does not have sodium lauryl sulfate. The use of sodium lauryl sulfate is questionable and in many circles the recommendation is to avoid it wherever possible. Google sodium lauryl sulfate and I’m sure you’ll find lots of pros and cons. For those of us weary about its use, Nature Clean has made a very smart move not to have it on their list of ingredients for this Treehouse Berry Fresh toothpaste so they get a bonus point for that!

Product review: does Nature Clean’s Treehouse Berry Fresh Toothpaste work?

My kid has been using Nature Clean’s Treehouse Berry Fresh Toothpaste for the past few weeks now and in the beginning, she said she liked the taste and the flavour. After a few more tries and she said she didn’t really like the texture or the flavour of the toothpaste. Now, I have to admit, the texture is a little different. Unlike the frothy toothpaste that we’re all used to, this Nature Clean’s Treehouse Berry Fresh Toothpaste seems a little gummy like a chewed up gummy bear. Sorry, that sounds gross doesn’t it, but that’s the image that comes to mind when I place it on my kid’s toothbrush.

Does the The Nature Clean Treehouse Berry Fresh Toothpaste seem effective? Well, I think it does. So far, her teeth continue to look good and healthy as always. She hasn’t complained of any funny toothaches or pains. She still isn’t keen on the flavour of the toothpaste but does continue to use it. As a consumer, I like having this fluoride free, sodium lauryl sulfate free option for my kid to use. Although my big kid may be great at rinsing out her mouth with water, how would I know if traces of toothpaste residue are making it down her throat and into her system?


My daughter doesn’t seem to like the flavour or the texture of The Nature Clean Treehouse Berry Fresh Toothpaste and it is quite possible that your kid may/not like it either. That’s the hit and miss of catering products to children. The good news is, Nature Clean did make another toothpaste flavour, Melon Burst (Franklin is on this one) that is also fluoride free and sodium lauryl sulfate free. So, we may just give that one a try in the near future.

I certainly like this toothpaste better than the Tom’s of Maine natural Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste in silly strawberry flavour that we previously reviewed back in September 27, 2012. The Tom’s toothpaste that we reviewed did use sodium lauryl sulfate. In that sense, Nature Clean is one up over Tom’s. Hey Nature Clean, how about coming up with a few more toothpaste flavours?

If you want more information about this Nature Clean toothpaste, visit their website by clicking here

To read our past review on Tom’s of Maine natural Fluoride Free children’s toothpaste in silly strawberry flavour, click here

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