Blue M Toothpaste Review

Blue M toothpaste is clean, fresh, and very minty.

My sister Amy sent Blue M to me by mail, and as I opened the package, the fresh minty smell reached my nostrils - which is very unusual. My sense of smell is very muted, due to a childhood sinus infection that wiped out much of my olfactory nerve center.

But back to Blue M... it's blue, as you might expect. The paste falls loosely into the gel category.

As you can see from the package, it's fluoride free, which is great if you live in a place that has a high natural concentration of fluoride in the water supply. I went to college at Texas Tech, in Lubbock. Water in the Texas Panhandle does have a high concentration of fluoride. Local natives who have lived there their whole lives and haven't undergone teeth whitening sometimes have slightly brown teeth - a strange side effect of too much fluoride. But presumably, they have strong teeth!

But back to Blue M... it's from the Netherlands. Their unique approach to dental h…

Lion Clinica for Kids Toothpaste Review

My friend Ted A. visited Japan and brought me back this fun kids' toothpaste. Joy!

Lion is a company based in Japan that produces health, beauty and cleaning products. Their corporate philosophy is based on much more touchy-feely stuff than American companies would delve into: "Our corporate slogan: 'life. love.' encapsulates the meaning of our corporate message. We chose the word 'life' for all its meanings: the natural force of life, the day-to-day experience of living and the journey that is a lifetime. Similarly, 'love' evokes a range of meanings, such as compassion, caring and tenderness."

Since the package is entirely in Japanese, except for the words "Lion" and "toothpaste," I am not able to interpret what this particular toothpaste aims to do - other than to get kids to brush their teeth. Lion's toothpaste listings web page wasn't very helpful either.

Its strawberry flavor is fairly straightforward. Interesting…

Zendium Toothpaste Review

Zendium is a European toothpaste that promotes a healthy bacterial ecosystem in our bodies.

Bacteria are both beneficial and detrimental to our health. If we live in an environment that is too sterile, our bodies cannot fight off the unhealthy bacteria.

Some toothpastes apparently kill off both good and bad bacteria. But not Zendium (or at least that's the claim).

The fascinating thing to me, an American, is that this bacterial-health toothpaste is made by a multinational company, Unilever. In the USA, such products would be sold by small independent companies that have really tiny budgets.

So yeah, bring Zedium to the USA, Unilever! (In contrast, one example of the kinds of toothpaste sold here by Unilever is Closeup - pretty mainstream.)

You can read more about the bacterial benefits of this toothpaste on the Zendium website (in German, but your browser should translate it for you).

Back to the toothpaste... it's white, clean, refreshing and not too sweet. Of course, it'…

Thieves Aromabright

It's a truly rare event for an American toothpaste to make it to the International Toothpaste Muesum. America is a part of the world, but the intent of this website is to review toothpastes that are not widely available at the average American supermarket or Walgreen's.

But sometimes a toothpaste needs to be reviewed here.

Thieves Aromabright is exceptional in more ways than one:
The flavor is delicious. A subtle blend of peppermint and Spearmint essential oils, along with lemon, make a toothpaste that is extremely enjoyable. If it weren't for the demands of having to review so many toothpastes, I'd happily use this one every day for months.Essential oils are healthy. Young Living makes a point of processing the plants that their oils are derived from as little as possible - so you receive the healthy benefits that each pure plant provides.You know that you're not ingesting unhealthy unnatural dyes and flavorings. The paste has a light yellowish-beige color that you …

Tonigencyl Flour & Citrate de Zinc

One of the joys of international toothpastes is words.

"Tonigencyl" - amazing. It sounds like a medical condition - maybe something related to a tonsil disorder.

This toothpaste turns out to be the tenth-most popular toothpaste in France. Surely the marketing powerhouse of its creator, Colgate-Palmolive, has something to do with its popularity. When a company throws lots of money at getting the public to be familiar with its brand, that works. (Case in point - compare the popularity of McDonalds to your favorite quick-food restaurant.)

This toothpaste is not available in the States, for whatever reasons the overlords at Colgate-Palmolive predetermined. You may have to visit Europe to buy a tube. (Special thanks to my sister Amy, who very kindly sent a tube for my birthday. She bought this tube in Belgium, where the bilingual Dutch-French packaging perfectly fits that country's needs.)

So, what's it like? The paste is white and has a slightly medicinal flavor - with …

Kobayashi Charclean Charcoal Power Toothpaste

Japanese charcoal toothpaste.

As you might guess, the paste is black.

This toothpaste has a unique flavor - unlike Bamboo Charcoal from China. This one is a bit more antiseptic. It certainly left my mouth feeling clean. And atomic black bowling balls (invisible to the naked eye) are what cause this toothpaste to be so effective... see illustration from the box.

Since I can't read Japanese, I'm very limited in my understanding of what the package says. So these micro-bowling balls might actually be micro-whiffle balls.

Seriously, apparently, charcoal toothpastes are all the rage in Japan, at the moment, according to my friend Katrissa. (She very kindly brought me the paste from Japan, where she was visiting relatives... thanks, Katrissa!)

I do enjoy the flavor. It's very hard to categorize. If I were versant with wine terminology, I could perhaps describe it better. But since I'm not, here's a lay perspective: fresh, not sweet, slightly medicinal and definitely not…

Pasta del Capitano Toothpaste

Pasta del Capitano Placca e Carie (plaque and cavitives) is a mild white minty paste from Milan, Italy.

The manufacturer's website handily translated automatically into English, and the translators were above average.

The package - less so. In their instructions: "The Period After Opening is expressed in months and concerns the product correctly kept and in normal, foreseeable usage conditions." (The caps are theirs.)

Farmaceutici Dott. Ciccarelli s.p.a. makes more than just toothpaste... makeup, for example - see this 10-second television commercial. Their history dates back to 1821. (Match that, Colgate Palmolive!)

The toothpaste itself has a refreshing mild mint flavor. Unlike most American toothpaste, there is no strong aftertaste.

The packaging prominently boasts of the organic origins of the mint used. Thanks to the integral sodium fluoride, this is a paste that I would not hesitate to use every day. And it was a very affordable 1.40 euro (about $1.60). I picked up…