As many of my readers are probably aware, I have been making a conscious effort to make changes in my day-to-day life to help the environment and our planet. Reducing my animal product intake has been a big one, getting more clued up on recycling and waste, another, but what I wasn’t aware of is how detrimental so many products we use every single day are to the environment. However, there are brands out there that do produce those everyday items, but ones that are actually environmentally friendly. This is one of the main reasons why I was so keen to get my hands on BOCA’s new toothpaste (or pastes shall I say, as there’s a day toothpaste and an overnight toothpaste). What I wasn’t aware of is how many toothpastes you can buy from your average supermarket or Boots, actually has a lot of dangerous ingredients in it that we absorb into our bloodstream through our gums, these are ingredients such as SLS (also used in industrial floor cleaners!), microbeads (these get into the water systems too and end up in the ocean and are found in wildlife’s tummies L ), triclosan and hydrogen peroxide to name a few. BOCA’s new toothpastes don’t have any of these, so I was really excited and also curious to see how I got on!
I don’t know why but to me taste is super important when it comes to toothpaste, I guess when it’s something that you’re putting into your mouth at least twice a day you want it to be decent. The taste is really nice and minty, not over powering, and whilst I thought at first that rose would be a weird flavour to have in a toothpaste, you barely notice the floral note and it’s actually super pleasant. Both the day toothpaste and the overnight toothpaste taste the same to me.
So as I already established, there’s no SLS, which means there isn’t any foaming or frothing that we’re all familiar with when using toothpastes. After a few uses you forget about it and it becomes pretty normal. I think we’re just tied to the assumption that foam = clean, and that’s not necessarily the case. My teeth have felt perfectly clean since using BOCA.
The toothpastes arrived in a little box and the tubes are more like the tubes that you would get lotions in as opposed to toothpaste, which definitely makes it feel like a luxury product. You can save the planet AND feel glam, what a time to be alive!
This is one is where some might be sceptical, it’s £13.99 for one order of both the day and overnight toothpaste, which compared to your £3 tube from Tesco, does seem like a big jump. However, if using products that don’t have harsh chemicals, and are environmentally safe, is important to you, then I think you will agree that where possible it’s better to pay slightly more. Remember too that it’s £13.99 for both tubes, so roughly £7 per tube. It’s really a personal preference when it comes down to this, and some people simply may not be able to stretch, but for a lot of people, who’s priority might be quality, I can see this not being an issue.
Bottom Line – Will I Continue Using This?
Yes! I have been really happy with the product so far, I feel like my teeth look whiter after using this when I brush my teeth, and I haven’t noticed any negative differences since switching. There’s a lot of research about using toothpastes that don’t contain the harsh chemicals, and BOCA seems to be mentioned everywhere as one of the better toothpastes to use. So to summarise, it tastes good, it hasn’t got the same harmful ingredients as your regular toothpastes, it doesn’t have microbeads in it so no poorly fish, and whilst it’s a bit pricey, it’s not too expensive. It’s also really interesting to note that using toothpastes without things such as SLS can actually really improve how you feel, when I was doing my research for this post, I found an article about a woman names Joanna Brindle who was advised to use BOCA toothpaste by a colleague, as her regular toothpastes were making her sick when she was undergoing chemotherapy, she said that when she used BOCA toothpaste instead, she was absolutely fine! You can read the article here.
See more about BOCA here.
What are your thoughts? Have you tried any alternative or luxury toothpastes?