Reviews

I made the switch to natural toothpaste and want to share with you the brands I like, the ones I don’t particularly like, and to hopefully help you learn a little bit more about the available options out there.

Uncle Harry’s Toothpaste

Uncle Harry's Natural Toothpaste - Anise

Grade: A

Overview:

The first thing I noticed about Uncle Harry’s Toothpaste is that the packaging is very cool!  I love the jar that it comes in and I think they’ve done a nice job on their packaging.  I should make a note that despite really liking the jar, it is somewhat difficult to get the toothpaste onto your toothbrush.  The bottom line is that this natural toothpaste has pretty much nailed it and everything you’d expect from a good natural toothpaste option.

What I like:

  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Fluoride Free
  • After using it makes your teeth feel clean
  • Taste is strong
  • Some have cited that it makes their teeth look whiter.
  • Solid brand with a history of other good natural products

What I don’t like:

  • Can be difficult to find
  • Can be difficult to get the toothpaste out of the jar
  • I hesitate to even put this as a con, but the Anise flavor has a very strong smell!

Weleda Salt Toothpaste & Welda Gel Toothpaste

Welda Salt Toothpaste

Grade: A

Overview:

I really like Weleda’s Salt Toothpaste.  I know, I know, you’re probably wondering why there’s salt in the toothpaste, and to be honest it does have a slight salty taste to it mixed with peppermint.  It does have somewhat of a grittiness taste to it, but I became accustomed to the taste and grittiness very quickly and now I really like it.  If that’s not for you, then they have a Plant Gel Toothpaste as well.  Welda has a lot of different natural products and is very reputable brand. I have some tooth sensitivity and this toothpaste has help with that, so it’s perfect for me!

What I like:

  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Fluoride Free
  • Good option for sensitive teeth
  • Makes your teeth feel clean
  • Tiny salt crystals in the toothpaste give an exfoliating feeling
  • Weleda offers other natural products such as:
    • Natural Toothpaste for children
    • Travel size toothpaste
    • Plant Gel Toothpaste if you don’t like the salt version

What I don’t like:

  • Some dislike the grittiness taste with the salt crystals (Salt version only)
  • It’s an acquired taste with the salt and peppermint combination
  • Higher cost compared to other offerings

Himalaya Herbal Healthcare Toothpaste

Himalaya Herbal Healthcare Neem & Pomegranate Toothpaste

Grade: B+

Overview:

Overall this is a solid natural toothpaste. It has all of the key things you’d expect with no SLS and no Fluoride. The taste isn’t the best, so it can be a tough transition to make the switch to Himalaya’s.  Some have found that their teeth actually become sensitive after using this natural toothpaste, so avoid this if your teeth are already sensitive.

What I like:

  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Fluoride Free
  • Good price
  • Mild flavor

What I don’t like:

  • Not for those with sensitive teeth
  • No major concerns, but it might not be the best entry level toothpaste due to the mild flavor

Nature’s Gate Natural Toothpaste, Creme de Peppermint

Nature's Gate Natural Toothpaste

Grade: B

Overview:

Nature’s Gate Natural Toothpaste is an excellent option if you’re first making the switch from national brand name to natural toothpaste.  It looks, smells, and taste as close to a national brand toothpaste as there is out there.  This toothpaste actually foams up when brushing like a national brand toothpaste, which I think makes the transition to the natural toothpaste world easier. This product does not have Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which of course I like, but it does include Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate.  Yes, both have acronyms of SLS, but they are different. The Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate allows this toothpaste to foam up.  Based on studies it was not found to not be expected to be toxic or harmful. However, EWG’s Skin Deep Database does have some small concerns with it.

What I like:

  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Fluoride Free
  • No added sweeteners
  • Children around 8 years old may like this because the Peppermint taste is not very strong
  • Foams up making the transition from national brand name to natural toothpaste easier
  • Some have cited it helps with sensitive teeth

What I don’t like:

  • Does include Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate
  • Taste is faint which doesn’t leave your mouth with a minty feeling

Desert Essence Toothpaste Tea Tree Oil & Neem

Desert Essence

Grade: C

Overview:

My biggest gripe about this toothpaste is that it contains Tea Tree Oil. Yes, there are definitely some benefits by applying Tea Tree Oil to help with skin conditions such as acne, chicken pox, athlete’s foot, but you should absolutely not swallow it!  Poison.org cited that a child swallowed a small amount by mistake and went into a coma. Yikes! They went on to say that “Tea tree oil should NOT be taken by mouth for any reason.” 1

That really makes me question why it’s in this toothpaste. However, the EWG has the overall hazard of this toothpaste as low, with limited concerns about the oils in it so there is some controversy.  My opinion is that there are plenty other natural toothpastes out there that have better ingredients in them so why not go with one of those?

What I like:

  • No Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Fluoride Free
  • Good minty taste
  • Excellent option for those with problems with your gums
  • 100% Vegan
  • Gluten Free
  • No Animal Testing

What I don’t like:

  • Tree Tea Oil
  • Contains Sodium Coco Sulfate
  • Foams up a lot

Tom’s of Maine

Grade: D

Tom's of Maine

Overview:

Ok, let’s get this out of the way, this is not a natural toothpaste since it contains Sodium Lauryl Sulfate.  I felt like I needed to include Tom’s of Maine in here because they are probably the most well know…and I hesitate to say this…”natural toothpastes” out there.  Tom’s of Maine was purchased by Proctor & Gamble and as a result their products have gone downhill.  Tom’s of Maine’s toothpaste does include xylitol, which is has had some supporting evidence of slowing the growth of bacteria that results in tooth decay. Overall it’s hard to recommend this product, but I will say this toothpaste is still better than national brand named toothpastes.

What I like:

  • Fluoride Free
  • Can help with sensitive teeth
  • Contains xylitol
  • Still better than national brand named toothpastes

What I don’t like:

  • Isn’t a true natural toothpaste
  • Contains Sodium Lauryl
  • P&G owns Tom’s of Maine – I’d rather support small business owners!

 

1: http://www.poison.org/poisonpost/winter2010/teatreeoil.htm

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