Monday, July 29, 2013

LUSH Cosmetics Toothy Tabs | Dirty - Review

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LUSH Cosmetics Toothy Tabs | Dirty, $4.95
Hello, beauties!  Did you have a happy Monday? Mine was filled to the brim with moving house, so a lot less fun than I'd like. Especially in this hot weather! Now, I'm settled in for the night and I come bearing a beauty review of one of the products from my recent LUSH haul. Sadly, it's a disappointing one, so sit back, relax, and read on to find out why these Toothy Tabs might just be one to skip.

I am a huge fan of LUSH Cosmetics. So every time I go in, I try to pick up new products that I can fall in love with. Last time I popped into the store, I saw these at the register and was intrigued. A toothpaste in a convenient little tab? Everything natural and recyclable? I'm sold! Figuring I had little to lose, I threw a pack up on the counter, ready to take it home and get my teefies squeaky clean!

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LUSH Cosmetics Dirty Toothy Tabs are essentially little tabs of flavored baking soda. I remember when I was living with my grandmother growing up, she would encourage me to do occasional baking soda scrubs in lieu of toothpaste as it helps to remove stains. So when I saw this, I sort of felt like I knew what I was in for. However, that couldn't have been further from the case.

LUSH touts that one tab is all you need for a good, foamy scrub, yet when I crunched up a tab there was next to no foam. It is also described as having a spearmint flavor, and as I tasted practically no spearmint, I'd like to say that their description is probably not the best one. Really, it tasted like baking soda on steroids with a hint of Lysol lemon. It was truly gag worthy!

I stuck with it, but in the end my teeth didn't feel clean and my breath was not much fresher than before I brushed. Personally, I was just glad the experience was over!

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In the end, the Dirty Toothy Tabs just aren't for me. I'll probably attempt to finish the box off so the money isn't totally wasted, but I won't be buying it again. The reviews on the website are mixed, so if you're really interested in giving it a go, there are plenty of other people who don't agree with my assessment. It's also not very expensive, basically the equivalent of a cup of coffee at Starbs, so you won't lose out on too much if you find it isn't for you, either! Personally, I'd give it a pass and spend the money on better quality toothpaste. Womp, womp.

Have you tried LUSH's Toothy Tabs? What was your experience? Have you tried any other organic toothpastes?

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  1. Ah, I was totally considering buying this product but your review has turned me off from it. My mum swears by baking soda for her pearly white teeth and I was interested in this product when I saw but I think I might just try regular baking soda hahah!

    Thank you!

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    1. I'll be honest that regular baking soda scrubs don't taste very good, but they do wonders for removing stains and whitening your teeth naturally! I just wish that these tabs were better tasting as it would be a great alternative to just using baking soda alone! x

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  2. Though I'm a fan of lush products , it's so clear that these toothy tabs don't seem to work in a good way . I might get along with simple baking soda ;)
    Noor @ Noor's Place

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    1. Baking soda scrubs taste horrendous, but they really do help remove stains and naturally whiten teeth! Doing one every now and then won't hurt! I'm not a fan of this particular Toothy Tab, but the general reviews are mixed on it. I think it all depends on what you need from your toothpaste! x

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  3. Thanks for the review, I was considering buying these but now I'm pretty sure I'll give it a mess. I hate toothpaste, how it gets all around your mouth and stings, so these seemed like a really good idea. Really disappointed to see they don't work!
    Lydia Rose
    www.lydiarosexo.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Aw, I'm sorry, love! I can definitely understand how frustrating that must be for you! While I don't personally recommend these Toothy Tabs, there may be other organic toothpastes that you'd enjoy! You'll have to keep searching, but I'm certain you'll find a product that fits your needs soon! x

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  4. Um...okay, this is kinda weird. I've heard of people using baking soda but I've never thought to try it. And the LUSHs here don't seem to import this product anyways. xx

    Daphne | Peanut Butter and Chocolate Life | bloglovin

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    1. Haha! I know, it is a bit weird! It's actually pretty good at naturally removing stains from your teeth...if you can get past the taste! That's interesting that you don't get the product there! Wonder what you have that we don't! x

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  5. I hate these things, I got to try one in store and they are vile. It's a shame too, as the concept was pretty damn neat! x

    Adrienne | Late Night Nonsense | Bloglovin'

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    1. Ick! Did you try Dirty or was it a different flavor? I wish they'd let me try this in the store as I would have passed on it before I bought a whole box! I agree that the concept is amazing! I just wish they didn't taste so horrific! x

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  6. Hey everyone! Just thought I might shed some light as I work for Lush - Toothie tabs are odd but the reason a lot of people find them less foamy compared to traditional toothpaste is because they don't contain the same foaming agents/more synthetics/chemicals. Whenever I show customers I often say to them that it will be a different sensation but just as good for your teeth. I use them everyday, and I am also really picky about the flavour, I find Ultrablast is the best mint flavour followed by Dirty, but they are in no way as powerful in flavour as regular toothpaste. I can promise you that burshing with baking soda makes you feel clean but the taste is horrible. :s Megan, if you aren't feeling the flavour don't be shy, return them, and then ask for a tester of another flavour to compare. I hope this helps - I know they are strange but clean teeth don't have to come at the price of swallowing loads of foreign ingredients :) xx
    Katie www.toodalookatie.com

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    1. Thank you, Katie, for your very kind response! As I said in my post, I was sort of steered towards Dirty when I'd been in the market for other Toothy Tabs I thought I'd like better. In fact, I still have my shopping list from that day and I actually have Atomic and Ultrablast on the list!

      As someone who has brushed with baking soda before, I realized that there wouldn't be the same amount of foam as with a regular toothpaste, however I thought I'd at least feel clean after using it and I didn't feel like I was left with "spearmint breath and sparkling clean teeth".

      I love LUSH Cosmetics, so this isn't a slight on the brand. It's just one girl's opinion on one particular product in a line. I'm not sure that I'll buy any of the Toothy Tabs again as I don't think they're for me, but that won't stop me from getting my hands on other products I love! x

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    2. oh I totally didn't mean it in a way that you had to like them or the brand etc :) - I know it's a weird product so I thought I would just point out those little things - Lush is great but there are plenty of great brands with great things out there too - Lush isn't the be all and end all lol :) xx love your blog

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    3. I understand, love! I just wanted you to know that I really do love LUSH and that one product I don't fit with wouldn't turn me from the whole brand! I've got a shopping list a mile wide that I need to get at some point from there! My husband practically has to drag me out of the store when we go!

      Thanks for reading and enjoying! That means loads to me! xx

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  7. I love LUSH products but this one always weirded me out so I never tried it. I guess I won't have to now!

    Lexi
    http://rhinestonereligion.com

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    1. That's totally understandable! I thought it was strange, too, but that is why I wanted to try it! I love trying new, weird products! Hopefully the toothpaste tab concept can be perfected one day as it's a lovely idea! x

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  8. I havent seen this, im guessing it hasnt made its way across the pond to england yet. But it sounds awful, i would have been gutted if i bought this and it didnt work. Definitely going to stick to tooth paste gel (which i love)
    im your newest follower, loving your blog! ^_^

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    1. It was awful and I was gutted! I was so excited to try them, but just got a mouthful of disappointment! I'd definitely recommend sticking with regular toothpaste over these tabs! Thanks so much for following! I appreciate it tons! x

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  9. Wicked cool idea, bummer it's not so good though :-( Such a let down.
    Great review as always :-D
    Kallie, butfirstcoffeeblog.com

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    1. Thank you, love! It was a let down, but LUSH in general is so amazing that I give them a pass for a crap item every now and again! x

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  10. I love these toothy tabs! So convenient for after meals during the day!

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    1. I really love the concept of the Toothy Tabs, but these just don't cut it for me! I'm glad that you're enjoying them, though! I can imagine that they make teeth cleaning on the go really easy, which is a definite plus! x

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  11. I accidentally ate one of these in store and was nearly sick...

    Ellis
    http://elrbx.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Oh, no! I can bet that wasn't a very fun time! Did you literally eat it? Because I can imagine that would be even worse than just brushing with it! Ick! x

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  12. Good review good to know it isn't all that!! xx

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    1. Thanks, darling! I definitely don't find it to be all that, but every brand has a bad egg every now and again! x

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  13. I think I'd rather pay for a coffee aha, the idea of those tablets sound intriguing, but I don't think I'll try them. I'll stick to boring ol toothpaste! Lovely post very honest! x

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    1. I think you'd enjoy the toothpaste far better, honestly! Coffee is so delicious! I'm glad you enjoyed the post! Really appreciate it! x

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  14. Yikes! I hate brushing with baking soda! Tastes soooo bad!

    I'll just stick to my Colgate in a tube :)

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    1. Hi, lovely! Baking soda scrubs are the pits, aren't they! Why does something so beneficial have to taste so icky? I'd definitely recommend sticking to your toothpaste over these tabs! Maybe I'll find a good organic brand of toothpaste one of these days! x

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  15. I got them a few years ago and really wasnt a fan. They tasted nothing like spearmint at all and left my teeth feeling grimy

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    1. This was exactly my experience! To be marketed as overwhelmingly spearmint, I tasted next to none! It was really disappointing because my breath didn't feel any better afterwards! Just really disappointing! x

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  16. How strange, I've come across these before and if I'm honest - I've never given them a second glance, but I had no idea they were for brushing your teeth! What are the benefits of brushing your teeth with baking soda? This is completely new to me!

    I love Lush normally, but I think I will be avoiding these.

    Scarlett xx
    scarlettlondon.com

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    1. Baking soda is a great alternative to chemical toothpastes. It doesn't have the fluoride effect, but it does wonders are removing stains! Usually that is what people do the baking soda scrubs for. And loads of toothpastes that claim to be whitening just add baking soda to the formula. It tastes nasty, but a once in a while scrub is actually pretty good for you! x

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  17. NOBODY should be using regular toothpaste! I have tried the Atomic toothy tabs the past two nights and the taste is killing me--I use Earthpaste which doesn't foam at all and is brown so my friends hate using it when they come over, but it's healthier for me and the environment! It is also kind of watery which I've thought of mixing it with baking soda to get the bad plaque! I want to try Dirty as the wasabi in Ultrablast sounds terrifying. I'd love to have some I can stand that I can keep in my purse with a toothbrush--never know when you need to brush your teeth!

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    1. I'm all for environmentally friendly toothpaste, but I feel like it should still a) taste decent and b) actually clean your teeth. If it's just going to leave my mouth germy and rank, then it seems to defeat the purpose, no? xx

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