OK this isn’t the most flattering pic but first thing in the morning I brush my teeth and wash my face. Makeup and hair doesn’t come in to play until much later.
So, I’m making my way through the complimentary products I received in the Sugar ‘N Spice VoxBox from Influenster.
One of the product lines in the box was Colgate’s new Optic White line. I received the toothpaste, mouthwash and toothbrush (retails from $3-$5).
The toothpaste (Retails for $4.69) and Refreshing Mint mouthwash (Retails from $4-$6)
both contain hydrogen peroxide which aid in the whitening proces.
While I did find that OpticWhite is effective, I have a couple of gripes which I will mention shortly.
Ingredients: Sodium Monofluorophosphate (0.76%) (0.15% w/v Fluoride Ion). Inactive Ingredients: Calcium Pyrophosphate, Propylene Glycol, PEG/PPG 116/66 Copolymer, PEG-12, Glycerin, PVP, Flavor, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Silica, Hydrogen Peroxide, Sodium Saccharin, Phosphoric Acid, Sucralose, Butylated Hydroxytoluene, Water.
I don’t normally brush with commercial toothpaste like Colgate and there’s a reason – ingredients. Just like I don’t use products containing sulfates on my hair or skin, I don’t want it in my toothpaste. I also don’t care for PEG-12 or Propylene Glycol.
OpticWhite Mouthwash Ingredients
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Hydrogen Peroxide, Tetrapotassium Pyrophosphate, Polysorbate 20, Phosphoric Acid, Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate, Flavor, Citric Acid, Sodium Saccharin, Sucralose.
This mouthwash has a very unpleasant taste. It foams up due to the peroxide but the taste is awful. My husband likes it though. Go figure. Maybe this is man’s mouthwash.
Due to the unsavory ingredient list, I find that these products are a bit overpriced.
Containing polishing bristles and little cups that work with the toothpaste to whiten, this is no ordinary toothbrush. I found that it was very effective at brushing and shining my teeth.
Why I Reviewed Colgate OpticWhite Oral Care Products
I realize that not everyone minds products containing artificial ingredients like sulfates. I reviewed these products for efficacy. They are definitely effective and that’s where my review ends.
While my teeth are clearly whiter, I will not use these oral care products in the future nor will I purchase them (except for the toothbrush). It’s too bad too. I’m a coffee drinker and the toothpaste prevented my teeth from browning
So, I guess I have a message for Colgate (oh I tweeted it to them too). Please make a natural toothpaste that does NOT contain sulfates.
Disclaimer: I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.