Until a few years ago, H was a hardcore mint lover. He’d happily have an extra strong mint with us in the car and toothpaste was usually minty. Then somehow, something changed and now he doesn’t like mint. He often says something is minty when he doesn’t like it, even if it isn’t particularly minty. Minty foods are fairly easy to avoid, so that’s no big deal, but toothpastes are often minty and this has proved a much bigger problem.
It is possible to buy some toothpastes that aren’t minty, but there aren’t many no-mint toothpastes around. We were using one from Sainsburys which was strawberry I think. It had pink packaging, but it was a bright, vibrant pink and H seemed ok about it. Then it disappeared from the shelves and the only one Sainsburys stocked was a Hello Kitty one. This was ok in terms of taste, but H pulled a face at the packaging (I knew he would) and it isn’t really the sort of thing I could send him with on a sleepover.
Big Green Smile recently got in touch about their range of children’s toothpastes and I was pleased to see that they offered a number that weren’t mint. There was actually a choice of brands and a choice of flavours. So H has been using a couple over the last few weeks to see what he thinks of them. Both are made without using chemical nasties like sodium laurel phosphate and neither contain fluoride. The two we have been trying are:
I’ve tried both myself too as a 7-year-old doesn’t always give you all the information you are looking for when you write a review. H found the Jack n’ Jill toothpaste to be his least favourite of the two. It’s a clear gel toothpaste with a very subtle flavour. I’d say that the flavour isn’t strong enough really. It might be that it’s difficult to have a stronger flavour and stick to your principles about natural flavourings, etc. though.
The Green People’s Mandarin and Aloe Vera scored higher with both of us and won H’s vote of approval. It’s a more traditional toothpaste: opaque and just a little chalky. The taste of the mandarin is much stronger and you could easily identify the flavour as orange in a blind taste test.