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Figuring out Lush’s Toothy Tabs

When Lush launched their Toothy Tabs I was keen to try them out. They’re environmentally friendly and portable.

That being said, it did take me a few days to get my head around the idea of using a solid toothpaste. It was a doddle though and to my great surprise, not weird at all.

The packaging is dead handy. I left one on the side of my sink and threw another in my handbag with a travel toothbrush for use on the go. The box reminds me of those edible sticks they used to sell when we were little in the match box.

Dirty Toothy Tabs are my favourite. They’re made with spearmint to freshen your breath and foaming agents to scrub your pearly whites clean in the morning. It did just that. They come in a variety of flavours – Dirty, Aquatic, Ultrablast and Sparkle.

How to use:
1. Pop a Toothy Tab into your mouth.
2. Crunch it up.
3. Start brushing with a wet toothbrush.
4. Brush your toofy pegs with the foam.
5. Do it for a good 3 minutes to get them extra clean.
6. Rinse your mouth out.

I didn’t love the taste but they are very convenient, didn’t make my teeth sensitive and really gave my teeth a good clean. I did need to rinse my mouth out a few times after use to get rid of the residue but that’s not a problem. They seem to be doing a good job of keeping my teeth white too.

They’re £2 per box (according to the UK site – I’ll check the price in Lush shops in Ireland and update the post). I’m converted.

General, Teeth Whitening

Woo Hoo for White Teeth – Crest Whitening Strips (Before & Afters)

I have finally completed my 20 day treatment of Crest 3D White Strips. I have tried the Vivid strips before and found the results a little disappointing so I was delighted to have the opportunity to try the Professional Effects.

There are 20 days worth of treatments in the box, with an upper and lower teeth strip in each packet.

On first opening a packet, I found that the strip had come away from the plastic backing and was stuck to the side of the wrapper. It was a little tricky to remove…maybe the postman left the package out in the sun before delivery. This didn’t happen with any of the other packs. I also found it a little tricky to apply the strip to my bottom teeth without it curling. After a little frustration I managed to find a technique that worked for me after a few days.

Compared to the Vivid strips, these stay on much better. They don’t move or slide around. I even found that I could still talk whilst wearing them (with a little slurring).

Here are the results:

Day 1

Day 20


I hated posting these images – I need Invisalign stat! Ah well, at least my teeth are brighter.

I was delighted with the results. They started to work immediately – my family commented on my teeth after only one treatment although most people need to wait a few days to see results. I assume this is down to my tea addiction!

The gel itself tastes like toothpaste although I’m not fond of the mouth full of whitening gel after I remove the strips. Regardless, it’s completely worth it.

I was going to fork out a few hundred for Zoom whitening but read quite a few reviews where people complained about sensitivity. I had no sensitivity with these strips. That being said, I have never had sensitivity with any teeth whitening treatments in the past. If you suffer from that problem, then you possible feel some sensitivity. I used Sensodyne toothpaste, which has a high level of flouride, to keep sensitivity at bay.

I highly recommend these strips!

They were quite hard to find in Ireland in the past but they’re available from Frownies for €48.90.


* I have not been sponsored by any of the brands mentioned above


Give the illusion of Whiter Teeth

If you don’t fancy heading down the laser whitening route or start dabbling with bleaching treatments there are few things you can try to make them look whiter:

  • Avoid brown, orange and coral shades of lipstick. These warm shades bring out the yellow tones in you teeth.
  • A cool toned red lipstick will make your teeth appear whiter then they are.
  • Pink gloss is a softer option Continue Reading