I was recently contacted about a new teeth whitening brand called Carbon Coco which has quickly gained popularity over the last few months and I thought I’d give my personal opinion on whether it really works in case you’ve been thinking of buying it yourself. I’ve been using for the last 3 weeks so I think that’s a fair amount of time to see if it works. Carbon Coco is made from 100% certified organic coconut shell charcoal so its great for the environment too.
So what is it?
It’s a medical grade activated charcoal powder that removes toxins, stains, and plaque from your teeth through a process called adsorption, in which activated charcoal binds with these particles and flushes them out of your teeth and mouth. The super finely milled polish won’t damage your enamel or gums and also contains bentonite clay, a natural ingredient that helps remineralise teeth plus a hint of lemon myrtle, which has gentle and non-acidic antibacterial properties. Sounds good right?
How do you use it?
First you dip the wet toothbrush into the charcoal powder, then brush your teeth for 2-3 minutes, spit the black stuff and then brush as you normally would with the activated charcoal toothpaste. Something which is good – the toothpaste formula doesn’t contain fluoride and even though it’s black, it turns into a greyish foam which has a fresh minty taste. The toothpaste is designed to protect your teeth from further staining throughout the day, so you won’t mess up your results if you love coffee and coloured drinks!
Did it whiten my teeth?
Although I’ve seen loads of positive reviews on the Carbon Coco products I’m going to have to say no. It’s very messy and just gets all over the bathroom sink. I’d recommend that you do the powder brush only at night as it leaves black residue underneath the edges of your gums and this would need a thorough brush in the morning. Although it made my teeth feel a lot smoother, I didn’t see a dramatic difference with my teeth becoming whiter. I took a before and after shot just to be sure and didn’t use any colour enhancing filters. The only difference could have been the different natural light between the before and after photo but I didn’t wake up one day and think damn look at those pearly whites… I mean, this could be due to various reasons such as my teeth not being super yellow to start with as I only have one cup of coffee a day and don’t drink tea. Also perhaps because there was the odd day here and there that I didn’t use the charcoal polish.
The Ultimate Carbon Kit which consists of the charcoal powder polish, the activated charcoal toothpaste and a Carbon Coco toothbrush retails for $44.95 and ships worldwide for free. All Carbon Coco products are vegan friendly and cruelty free.
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