I’ve always been fascinated by at home teeth whitening products, and have naturally approached them with a hint of skepticism. Maybe it’s because the person marketing them to us has often had teeth so blindingly white it looks like someone fixed them up with Tippex. But I’ve always wondered if it’s a bit gimmicky and preying on our desperate desire for pearly whites or if they do actually work. So, when Carbon Coco offered to send over one of their Ultimate Carbon Kits, I’ll admit I wasn’t so sure what to expect! Was this going to help remove some of the natural discoloration from coffee, wine and the like or not?
If you’ve never heard of Carbon Coco before, they offer 100% natural ingredients to safely whiten and polish your teeth as well as strengthen their enamel and detoxify your mouth. Their products are also free from any harmful chemicals or additives. Their teeth whitening product is made from 100% certified organic coconut shell charcoal with a hint of Bentonite Clay and Lemon Myrtle.
Firstly, two mega bonus points in my opinion:
- They offer free shipping worldwide
- They are cruelty free
Wanting to find out a bit more about how these Carbon Coco products work?
As taken from their website: “Our medical grade activated charcoal powder 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.”
So what do I receive in my Carbon Coco Kit?
If you purchase the Ultimate Kit from Carbon Coco (usually $89 *Australian dollars* but on a half price special at the moment) you receive the following:
I like that the toothbrush has bamboo bristles!
So you start off by brushing your teeth with the Activated Charcoal tooth polish. Even though one would think it is going to taste gross, it actually has zero taste or smell. The texture is a lot smoother than you’d think – it’s almost like just brushing your teeth with nothing. Don’t be alarmed when you look in the mirror though! Your smile will be very black! You’ll also have some black around your mouth too!
Initially this black mess all over everything was a little frustrating for me! However I’ve learnt now to keep it strictly in the bathroom to avoid it messing over anything. Once I started using it more often and saw some lightening in my four middle top teeth (quite a detailed explanation!) I realized the benefits do outweigh the messiness. You just need a good system and try not to mess:)
Secondly you brush your teeth as normal with the activated charcoal toothpaste. It’s black when it comes out the tube but immediately turns white as soon as you start brushing. The toothpaste helps to protect your teeth during the day from coffee, wine etc. This is a good thing for people like me who stubbornly refuse to give up caffeine!
It is recommended that you use before bedtime to allow residue (if any) to dislodge overnight. I would definitely concur with this statement because the first few times I used it I had some black charcoal residue in my gums. But don’t be alarmed, it naturally dislodges within a few hours. But probably best to do it at night to allow for this to fall out, otherwise you’re going to look pretty strange at work!
I could definitely see that my teeth were a few shades later. The result isn’t dramatically different but you can definitely notice a difference. I personally don’t think you can get your teeth looking like snow without having them done professionally. BUT products like this help so much to get your teeth a few shades lighter and getting rid of coffee stains. I am happy with the results! I even got my hubby to try it and could see a difference too. 🙂
Any negatives about the products?
I only have two comments here and they’re more like disclaimers actually. The first one is like I mentioned previously – it can be messy! I’m only saying this to advise maybe don’t use this in your silk blouse before work. Rather put on a comfy shirt you don’t mind getting a few dark flecks on and only use in the bathroom where you can wipe down any mess.
The second disclaimer is that these products are not miracle workers. While you’ll definately see your teeth lighten by a few shades. but, they will still be your teeth and only dental cosmetics can get them absolutely perfectly white. All I’m saying is have realistic expectations when using products such as these. They are fantastic for seeing improvements but you might not have snow white teeth after use. One can hope I guess!
All in all, I must say I am very pleasantly surprised by this product and can definitely say that I’ve seen some improvements in the coloring of my teeth. This is especially after using this product for a few weeks as per the instructions as well. Added in the fact that it is all natural and good for your oral health too, I’m pleasantly surprised by this product! Yay for Carbon Coco