Urtekram Tea Tree Toothpaste – 75ml (£3.95)
Whilst pottering around a natural health food store in the east end of London, I happened upon this unusual looking tea tree toothpaste from Danish company Urtekram. Urtekram make a wide range of natural products, not just toothpaste. This toothpaste does not contain any SLS (Sodium laureth sulfate), no fluoride, no synthetic colourings, artificial flavours or preservatives.
The base and biggest ingredients are chalk, water, vegetable based glycerine and xanthan gum, which is a natural thickener. Then we find organic aloe vera leaf extract, organic tea tree oil, myrrh oil and magnolia bark extract. In total, 22% of the ingredients are from certified organic farming.
So putting the toothpaste to the test. When you squeeze it out of the tube, you’ll notice it has a slightly off-white, almost grey colour. Don’t be put off by this, as this toothpaste doesn’t contain any synthetic colourings, unlike your regular supermarket bright white toothpaste.
The paste sits steadily on the brush head, not attempting to run off. I used this paste with my Philips Sonicare toothbrush, which incidentally is the ONLY toothbrush on the market to be Del Brown Approved!.
As the paste doesn’t contain any foaming agents, you can brush all you like and the paste just will not foam up. Being used to a foaming toothpaste from an early age, this is a tricky one to get your head around. You almost feel like something is missing or it’s not doing its job properly. But, I encourage you to have patience and persevere. I brushed my teeth for the recommended two-minute cycle and rinsed. My mouth was left feeling clean and with a very mild taste and smell of tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil is mother nature’s very own antiseptic, antiviral, anti everything! So if you’re gums aren’t in the best condition or you’re feeling run down and suffering a mouth ulcer, then brushing regularly with a tea tree toothpaste could be just the ticket.
Whilst driving to work a short time later, I happened to notice in the rear view mirror, just how shiny and polished my teeth were looking. It was honestly really noticeable. That is thanks to the chalk, the first and therefore biggest ingredient in the tube. Chalk, yes the same stuff your teacher use to write on the blackboard with, is mildly abrasive. When used in a toothpaste, it buffers the surface layer of the teeth, gently removing stains caused by tea, coffee and nicotine, leaving them looking shiny and polished.
Now on the subject of fluoride, this toothpaste does not contain any. There’s an on going argument about the pro’s and con’s of fluoride. In some parts of the country (UK), fluoride has or even still is, being added to our tap water, as the government boffins say it has a positive effect on the nation’s teeth. Whilst others claim fluoride is a bad thing, that we should not be consuming. You decide.
This toothpaste also carries the ECOCERT is the European equivalent to the soil association, an official body whose symbol is widely recognise and respected to confirm organic standards and status. The leaping bunny, cruelty free ECEAE organisation against animal testing and the Vegan Society, confirming no animal derived ingredients.
So to conclude, most of us continue to use the same brand of toothpaste we’ve used since childhood. Full of 100% synthetic ingredients, foaming agents, colourings and synthetic minty aroma. To suddenly swap onto something like this will take guts and determination. You’ll convince yourself your mouth just doesn’t feel clean, you’ll detest the tea tree smell and taste and crave your old toothpaste back. BUT, if you can persist and fight through the rocky honeymoon period, you could come out the other side with a fresher, healthier and a synthetically chemical-free mouth, teeth and gums. Fully Del Brown Approved!
(INCI) Ingredients: Calcium carbonate, aqua, glycerin**, xanthan gum, aloe barbadensis leaf extract*, melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil* (aroma*), commiphora myrrha oil, magnolia officinalis bark extract, limonene. ( *= ingredient from Organic Farming, ** = made using organic ingredients).
* = ingredient from organic farming. ** = made using organic ingredients