So this is gonna be my first review (of many to come) on natural beauty products. Throughout my search for beauty products I will be sharing my experiences on these products/ brands to see if they are suitable for a green, healthy and eco-friendly lifestyle and to see if they deliver what they promise of course. 🙂
Now that I returned to The Netherlands after traveling for 2 years I’m in need of a new brand of natural toothpaste as they are not selling the Fluoride Free brand what I was using in New Zealand here in The Netherlands. 🙁
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What and Where to buy
Today I will be reviewing the Tea Tree Toothpaste by Dr. Organic. It contains Aloe Vera, Icelandic Moss, Horse Chestnut and it’s antibacterial. You can buy this brand worldwide in natural drugstores/ ecoshops or online (I bought mine for €6.99 at De Tuinen in The Netherlands).
My first impression on this organic whitening toothpaste
My first impression on this product is rather good. I like the packaging. It’s fresh, clean and for me it popped out of the shelves in comparison to the other brands.
The box that list all the bioactive, natural and organic ingredients really intrigued me, especially the Icelandic Moss, Horse Chestnut and Aloe Vera! 😀
The toothpaste itself has a white translucent gel type appearance and smells fresh and pleasant.
As a kid I was not a fan of natural toothpastes as they where mostly herbal pastes that had a horrible taste. This toothpaste has a strong but still nice menthol taste and my teeth felt very clean after and my breath was nice and fresh as well… So until now it’s getting a plus haha. 🙂
So what really are the ingredients of this Dr. Organic Tea Tree Toothpaste?
So this part made me wonder about the product… The ingredients list on the tube was almost impossible to read what makes me believe you have something to hide… My thoughts on ALL natural products is that they should be proud of ALL their ingredients as they should not contain any harmful ingredients.
So after finely listed all the ingredients I was rather shocked on what Dr. Organic put in their ow so organic toothpaste.
Glycerin, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Sorbitol, Hydrated silica, Aqua, Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, Mentha piperita (Peppermint) oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree) leaf oil, Menthol, Cetraria islandica (Icelandic moss) extract, Sodium monofluorophosphate, Escin (Horse chestnut), Xylitol, Sodium benzoate, Potassium sorbate, Citric acid.
Let’s review a couple of the Dr. Organic Not So Organic Ingredients….
Glycerin – This element will prevent remineralization of your teeth, so it is doing more harm than good. The only good thing is that this ingredient gives it a pasty feeling when you use this toothpaste.
Sorbitol – artificial sweetener, so how come this so-called organic toothpaste is filled with artificial sweetener?
Hydrated Silica – another useless ingredient that can hurt your enamel. There is also nothing natural about this component.
Hydroxyethylcellulose – Okay sorry Dr Organic but this component is not organic. It is used in toothpaste to make it more stable.
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate – So this toothpaste is free of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, but guess what? These two components are providing the same health risks. Nice trick Dr Organic, but you can’t trick us. Sodium Lauryol Sarcosinate can break down to nitrosamines, and that component is carcinogenic what can cause cancer. They are synthetic, irritating, allergenic and toxic, and oral intake of can be lethal.
Sodium Mono Fluorophosphate – an active part of the molecule is Fluoride ion. And here I was thinking this toothpaste does not contain fluoride.
Escin – there is nothing natural in this ingredient, this is pure chemistry.
Sodium Benzoate – is a preservative, and in high dosage can be very lethal to people. Also, it is dangerous for sea animals. When you combine Sodium benzoate with a citric acid or vitamin C, you can have a harmful component that has the ability to deprive the cells of oxygen, break down the immune system and cause cancer. And if you look at ingredients in this toothpaste you will see it contains just that. So…….. Sodium benzoate is a preservative that promotes cancer and kills healthy cells.
After all these ingredients I also did a bit of research about Tea Tree oil because in Australia we used it as a cleaning product to remove glue and as told to me this is also not the safest ingredient to use.
”Tea Tree oil is toxic when swallowed. According to the American Cancer Society, ingesting tea tree oil has been reported to cause drowsiness, confusion, hallucinations, coma, unsteadiness, weakness, vometing, diarrhoea, stomach upset, blood cell abnormalities and severe rashes. It should be kept away from pets and children. Tea Tree oil should NOT be used in or around the mouth”. – Food and Chemical Toxicology
So why is an ingredient that should not be used in or around the mouth the main ingredient in this toothpaste?! Clueless I tell you!
My conclusion on Dr. Organic Tea Tree Toothpaste
My conclusion on this product is that it should not be sold as a Natural product as it does not contain Natural ingredients at all. Also does it state on the packaging that children under 6 years should use a pea sized amount and be supervised while using as it can be harmful to swallow it in big amounts…. My thoughts are that an ALL NATURAL product like this should not be harmful in ANYWAY when taken in bigger amounts. The price is WAY too high in my opinion as it does DEFIANTLY has no natural ingredients than any commercial drugstore toothpaste. The packaging looks nice and I do support that they are against animal testing and that it is suitable for vegetarians and vegans. But it is definitely not what you THOUGHT you bought. 🙁
I know that I will continue my search to an ALL Organic and Natural toothpaste that is not gonna try to give me cancer.