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Pure Beginnings Fresh Mint Toothpaste Review

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This is the very first toothpaste I've ever reviewed from South Africa. It pays to have friends from all over the world. My buddy Gary and his wife Lori normally live in a suburb of Cape Town. They kindly sent me this wonderful tube to add to the Toothpaste Museum. We've known each other since our firstborn kids sucked in their first breath of air in Nairobi, Kenya. His daughter arrived something like six months sooner than our son. Both attended the same school during our second shared set of years there. Both went on to get master's degrees. (Our son is also second in starting that rite of passage, but only because he elected to get some "real world" job experience before diving into academia.) But this is a blog about toothpaste. Pure Beginnings Organic Care Fresh Mint Toothpaste is lovely. The taste is subtle and mild. The mint flavor is balanced and not overwhelming. I love the natural beige color, knowing that it comes from using no bleach or dyes. Sadly, l

Colgate Miswak Toothpaste Review

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Miswak is a historic method of brushing teeth - reputed to have been used by Muslims over 7000 years ago ( Wikipedia ). Hundreds of years ago, Muslims conquered parts of the world, just like the Europeans. With their domination came spreading Arabic culture. Muslims on Lama Island, off the coast of Kenya, built beautiful buildings with similar architecture to some parts of Morocco, thousands of miles away. Miswak toothpastes are found in the north of England , India, Pakistan and other places around the world. This one's from Turkey. Colgate-Palmolive is a huge multinational corporation based in New York. And obviously, they have factories in Turkey. They sell Misvak toothpaste there but not in the USA. (Companies must adapt to each local market to make money.) Note that the Turkish spelling of miswak is "misvak." This toothpaste has a strong flavor - somewhat anise-like and very clean tasting. It's not as mild as many of the European toothpastes I've reviewed. K

Marvis Classic Strong Mint Toothpaste

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The Marvelous Mrs. Marvis. This is truly the crème de la crème of toothpastes. Or in the correct language, Italian, it would be something like "ultimo primo." (I should ask my son who speaks Italian, but I’m too lazy.) Marvis is made in Firenze, Italia... about an hour and a half from the home of Ferrari. I bought this tube in Italy, and I saw it languishing in the museum (a drawer in my house) and realized that If I didn’t use it, it would dry up and be worthless. That would be a huge shame, since this is such a great toothpaste. Classic Strong Mint is maybe their most popular flavor - and for good reason. It’s wonderfully balanced and not too strong. The paste itself is white and pure. No color dies here! And I’m happy to report that it has fluoride. You can buy Marvis online from several retailers in the US. I’d recommend that you give it a go. You'll enjoy their website . And finally, I reviewed a couple of their other flavors previously. Enjoy!

Albert Heijn Tandsteen Toothpaste Review

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  Albert Heijn Anti Tandsteen Toothpaste has a mild minty flavor. Like so many other European toothpastes, the flavor is milder than America's mainstream toothpastes. Anti Tandsteen is a pure white chalky paste. It's one of their basic budget offerings - among the least expensive toothpastes they sell. Just like Albert Heijn's Extra Mint Toothpaste , it's almost cheaper than any paste you can buy in the USA. (Sadly, since I purchased it in February 2019, they discontinued the product.) Albert Heijn  is a Netherlands-based supermarket chain that carries a typical amount of toothpaste. I bought this tube while I was visiting my sister Amy, who lives near Antwerp, Belgium. There is an Albert Heijn store within bicycling distance from her house. Just like their Extra Mint, it has fluoride - which always makes me happy. The illustration behind the big white tooth depicts white rays destroying a purple brick wall. And for those of you who don't speak Dutch, tandsteen mea

Ecodenta Papaya Toothpaste Review

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It's always gratifying to buy a product that is both good for you and good for the planet. Ecodenta , a company based in Vilnius, Lithuania, makes a stand for health. And in the case of their Papaya Organic Toothpaste, it has 99% natural ingredients. The main feature of this toothpaste is its natural whitening action. Papaya extract is supposed to whiten your teeth without any degradation to the enamel of your teeth . I can't vouch for its effectiveness, as my teeth are hopelessly stained with tetracycline as a kid and excess coffee use as an adult. The package is very distinctive. You have to buy the toothpaste to discover that the box is green inside. I appreciate that attention to detail by the package designers. The flavor is very subtle. I honestly can't taste any papaya. And I love that it has flouride. Sadly, it's only available in the USA at a rather steep price. I am thankful to my sister who lives in Belgium... what a wonderful surprise i

Albert Heijn Extra Mint Toothpaste Review

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Albert Heijn Extra Mint Toothpaste is a very strong, almost medicinal toothpaste. It's among the strongest flavors I've ever experienced in a European toothpaste. It's green with little white stripes. It's one of their basic budget offerings - among the least expensive toothpastes they sell. In fact, it's almost cheaper than any paste you can buy in the USA. (Here's a link to this toothpaste , which will not work if they discontinue the product.) Albert Heijn is a Netherlands-based supermarket chain. My sister Amy, who lives near Antwerp, Belgium, gave it to me as a gift. And shipping it to me made it a very expensive toothpaste. (Thank you, Amy!) I'm happy to report that it has fluoride. I love how the graphic is an illustration of a white tooth floating over an Arctic landscape with an igloo in the background. Eskimos would probably freak out if they saw a giant white tooth floating toward them. Americans might think it was a hot air balloon.

Brandless Fluoride Free Peppermint Toothpaste

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Brandless is another company that was founded on a few good ideas and just hasn't worked out - because it cost more to be financially viable than was expected and the products cost more to produce than they were selling for. Updates:   On February 10, 2020, Brandless closed down . In August 2021, they got $118M of funding to start back up! I bought this tube of Brandless Fluoride-Free Peppermint Toothpaste for $3, plus shipping (along with a few other products) in early 2018. Now it's selling for $5. The concept is that you aren't paying for a big brand's marketing and advertising, fancy package design and added unhealthy chemicals. Another benefit to buying from Brandless is that every time you check out at Brandless, they donate to someone facing hunger through our partnership with Feeding America . (But the Brandless website doesn't say how much they will donate per order - it could be one cent.) A priceless irony is that "Brandless is a brand