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‘Eco Warrior’ are certainly not the first 2 words I would use to describe myself. I do see the appeal — and I know many others do — of using more natural products, rather than ‘man-made’ solutions.
CocoSmile Activated Charcoal Teeth Whitening Powder (view on Amazon) does not get much more natural. From the packaging to the included bamboo toothbrush, this is going to really appeal to those who like to be considerate about the dental products they use and the damage they do to the environment from using modern cosmetics.
Activated Charcoal is not new, but it has undergone somewhat of a resurgence thanks in part to fashion and beauty bloggers who are suggesting that it is the the miracle cure to your desire for white teeth. We have covered it in detail in our charcoal toothpaste guide.
I am here to dispel the myths and tell you the truth about this product and how it compares to others, most importantly letting you know whether it can and does whiten your teeth. Read all about it in our CocoSmile Review below.
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Does it actually work?
Yes and no.
That sounds a bit vague and non committal and not really the answer I would normally want to give.
The problem is that the answer is not that simple to give.
Yes, it can work. Will it work for you is the problem.
My teeth, eating and cleaning habits are different to yours and it is these differences that make everyone’s situations different and in turn the results.
I noticed no real difference before and after use.
Given the time involved, unless you are really looking for that natural product, I would suggest the results would be as equally good from a toothpaste like Opalescence or Nu Skin AP24.
This said, some 78% of customers who have purchased this via Amazon have rated it with either a 4 or 5*
How much does it cost?
£24.99 is the retail price for CocoSmile Activated Charcoal Teeth whitening powder.
I would imagine, like me, your initial reaction is that is expensive, which it is. Whilst it does include a toothbrush that pushes the value up a bit, it can typically be purchases for about £13 for both the whitening powder and the toothbrush.
That is a pretty fair and comparable price to other products on the market.
Where can I buy it?
Via either outlet the price is pretty much the same.
You may find Amazon is slightly cheaper when it comes to shipping fees.
- It can improve teeth colour and ‘whiten’ them
- Smart ‘eco’ packaging
- 100% natural
- Not tested on animals
- Suitable for vegans
- Comes with a bamboo and charcoal toothbrush
- Can appear expensive when compared to a normal toothpaste
- Can be messy and taste a bit dull
- Will not whiten teeth for all
- The true effects on the teeth are not known
- ‘Eco’ packaging let down by plastic tub
Would I recommend it?
Out of the activated charcoal products I have tested to date, I would be most likely to recommend this one for the fact that I feel a little more thought has gone into the product and packaging.
This is not an all guns blazing recommendation of ‘you must go and buy this’, because the effectiveness varies for each user.
If you are keen to try an activated charcoal product, then this is certainly one of the best to consider.
The current surge in demand and popularity for charcoal based dental products comes in part as a result of major brands pushing it within the health and beauty space as some sort of magical formula.
Now, it certainly has its pro’s, with some natural benefits, but some of these have perhaps been overhyped by many on Instagram and YouTube as well as blogs and other social media platforms. That said they have too shown, how activated charcoal can work.
I am sorry to break it to you, but it’s not quite as simple, for most anyway, of just brushing it on, waiting and rinsing off to reveal super white teeth.
But all is not lost, there is more to it than that.
How I tested the activated charcoal
I have highlighted in our charcoal toothpaste guide, how there is a lack of detailed study in the use of charcoal products.
This is by no means a scientifically accurate or professional test, I do not have that luxury to offer. ANd it certainly does not qualify as a clinical study.
However, in the interest of fairness and to try and draw some comparison I have kept a consistent approach over the 3 weeks that I used CocoSmile Activated Charcoal Teeth whitening powder and made no changes to my routine. The same approach was taken with other activated charcoal products I have tested.
Used every day, twice a day, I did not use the provided toothbrush for the full 3 weeks, I used an electric toothbrush, the Genius 9000 from Oral-B.
After each clean with the charcoal I did complete another, quicker clean with water to remove residue charcoal and any greyness left on my teeth or gums by the substance.
I flossed once a day and made no other significant changes in my diet or habits.
When using the activated charcoal, to give it time to work, I brushed for 2 minutes and then left it on my teeth for 2 minutes before rinsing.
I did test the provided toothbrush after the 3 week period was over.
Summary of how I tested CocoSmile
- Test lasted for 3 weeks
- Used Oral-B Genius 9000 electric toothbrush
- Cleaned twice a day for 2 minutes allowed it to sit for 2 minutes before rinsing and brushing with water.
- Flossed once a day
- No changes in diet
Right, so if it’s not already obvious I have not been won over by activated charcoal and the claims, primarily because I have not seen the benefits personally.
Whilst you may; I fear many of you looking for a solution may have already tried other products like me and now switching to activated charcoal is unlikely to revolutionise your whitening process.
This is for the most part, because, like most whitening toothpastes, the powder whitens the teeth by actually doing a better job of cleaning them, rather than whitening them via bleaching or any form of permanent colour change.
Professional whitening offered by a dentist uses bleaches and peroxides to change the tooth colour, whereas charcoal restores natural whiteness by cleaning stains off.
Think of it like a white car covered in mud. Take a soap and wash the mud off and you get a nice white car again. Charcoal and your teeth work in the same sort of way, but instead of removing mud you are removing stains caused by food and drink.
Activated Charcoal is a special formula of charcoal made normally from coconuts. This is not the same as charcoal used on your BBQ.
The natural properties of charcoal is that it is porous and can bond together and absorb bacteria and toxins, therefore helping in the cleanse of the mouth.
To achieve this, you will cover the bristles of your toothbrush with a light coating of the CocoSmile Activated Charcoal Teeth whitening powder and then brush your teeth like you normally would. Before rinsing and spitting out, leave on the teeth for a couple of minutes, then spit and rinse out.
You will be left with a greyish residue on your teeth. You should rinse thoroughly or you may choose to brush again with water or a regular toothbrush to remove this.
Be considerate that such a process essentially doubles, if not triples the amount of cleaning time required compared to regular toothpastes.
CocoSmile is supposed to have a spearmint flavour to it. My nose could smell it but my tastebuds failed to taste it. Sadly the taste instead was a dull earthy flavour and whilst not hideous, there was not that minty fresh pop you get from conventional toothpastes. Not that it need be that obvious, I would have liked to have at least got a bit of minty taste.
The activated charcoal powder is very fine. It is also grey in colour. It looks and feels similar to the product offered by the Pro Teeth Whitening Co reviewed here.
On the face of it the mixture in the tub looks gritty, but actually in the mouth it was very fine and even on the fingertips.
Unlike PROCOAL the covering did not feel as thick and the residue on the teeth and gums is grey rather than black in colour.
The grey colour is as a result of the clay in this mixture.
Unlike PROCOAL this is not 100% charcoal. Whilst it is 100% natural, there are several ingredients. These are:
Bentopharm, calcium carbonate, Activated Charcoal (from coconut shell) , Mentha Spicata ( Spearmint), Mentha Piperita ( peppermint), cinnamomum zeylanicum ( cinnamon), Xylitol
The Bentopharm ingredient is the clay and this helps the charcoal do its job of absorbing.
Calcium carbonate helps with remineralising and making teeth stronger, whilst the other ingredients help with flavouring, freshness and cleansing the mouth when used.
Fluoride free, it is completely natural and suitable for vegans.
No testing has been carried out on animals either, which is good to know.
The 90g tub should last a good few month’s. In fact CocoSmile suggest 4-5 month’s, a little longer than the included toothbrush will last. Downside to the big tub, is that if you travel it is a bit bulky to carry about and it has a shelf life of just 6 once opened.
Where a normal tube of whitening toothpaste may cost £10 and last 3 month’s, you are getting almost double this for not much more, and a toothbrush!
There is also the emotional and psychological benefits that come from the packaging used. It actually comes in a relatively large cardboard outer box, which inside contains the toothbrush in a separate box (just big enough to hold the brush) and the charcoal is inside a plastic tub.
I felt it was all eco packaging until it came to the tub which is plastic. Many other brands use glass, which can at least be recycled.
The bamboo toothbrush with charcoal bristles can and will decompose which is a nice touch, as the statistics on plastics and waste are just disturbing. But to offer an eco brush and not offer eco packaging for the charcoal is a bit of a fail.
To be fair it is not sold like it’s an all eco package but I just feel it could be.
Whilst I failed to see any colour change in my teeth over the 3 week period, what I did feel is that my teeth had a different clean feeling, it may sound silly but they felt clean, but in a different way.
My spit also had a slight hue to it as if it was removing more bacteria and stains, but this is difficult to compare because the light grey colour will show more when compared to the dark colour of PROCOAL or the frothy spit from most other toothpastes, just a small thing I noticed that I thought was worth mentioning.
During my use I did not feel or notice any side effects.
If you do get bleeding or sensitivity then be wary and if it does not subside within a couple of days stop using and consult a dentist.
On the subject of dentists, it is worth noting that most will not advise using a charcoal based product like this. This is primarily because it is an untested method for cleaning the teeth. Despite the countless products and demos online, no clinical trials have been conducted to confirm or deny the associated risks.
Manufacturers like CocoSmile will tell you it is safe, but there is a lack of supporting evidence from either side.
I reached out to CocoSmile and got the following reply from Holly, the founder of the product.
“ I would like to reassure you that our product is different to the other charcoal products on the market.
Our formula is a mix of botanical ingredients formulated to safeguard the teeth.
calcium carbonate is there to help remineralise the teeth and strengthen the enamel
The charcoal is one of 7 ingredients balanced to remove stains but not strip teeth. Can be used safely every day.”
Hundreds of thousands of people appear to be using this and other products with few reported issues, but without clinical research we will never really know for sure. Just be aware.
A final note is that regular toothbrushes may stain from using this charcoal, a good rinse often cleans it, but you may find discolouration of the head and bristles over time.
Summary of Daily Usage
- Cardboard outer box
- Plastic tub
- Contains 90g of activated charcoal – approx 4-5 month’s use
- 6 month shelf life
- Grey in colour
- Fine texture
- Spearmint flavour could be smelt but not tasted
- Biodegradable bamboo toothbrush included
- Brush for 2 minutes and leave for 2 further minutes before rinsing and brushing off
- Whitens teeth by removing stain causing bacteria better, the charcoal absorbs this
- Can be instant whitening effect or may have limited signs of improvement for some
- Can be messy and stain brush heads
- More expensive to purchase, but get more for your money
- Can be often be purchased for less than RRP of £24.99 – often around £13
- Suitable for vegans
Despite 78% of those who have left a review on Amazon suggesting they have seen a difference in their tooth colour, I am unable to confirm this.
My teeth are already at their peek natural whiteness so the likelyhood of this working was small.
Thus I would tend to side with those who have given a more negative review.
But, there is more to it than this and some will see a difference, particularly if you have not already invested in some form of whitening regime.
Conclusion, is CocoSmile Activated Charcoal Teeth whitening powder any good?
If you want really white teeth, just pay for cosmetic dentistry. The professional bleaching process is the only way to get sure fire results.
But, if you would perhaps only like to be 1-2 shades lighter than your teeth are currently and if you are not already using a whitening toothpaste or other product then maybe this is worth a go.
It represents the best value option in my mind of all the charcoal based products I have tried to date, both of which have higher sales rankings.
You get 4-5 month’s worth of charcoal in a tub, plus a manual, biodegradable toothbrush.
Using a charcoal powder will involve more time and it may not be to your ideal taste, but it is a natural product that can potentially improve the colour of your teeth. Those with heavy staining will likely see the best results.
If your time is precious and you are not too worried about all natural ingredients, then go for a traditional whitening toothpaste.
Electric Teeth Rating
- Where can I buy CocoSmile Activated Charcoal Teeth whitening powder?
- What are the ingredients in CocoSmile Activated Charcoal Teeth whitening powder?
- Bentopharm, calcium carbonate, Activated Charcoal (from coconut shell) , Mentha Spicata ( Spearmint), Mentha Piperita ( peppermint), cinnamomum zeylanicum ( cinnamon), Xylitol
- Does it contain peroxides?
- What does it taste like?
- Earthy. There is supposed to be a spearmint taste. Sadly this did not come through, I could only smell it.
- How does it work?
- The activated charcoal absorbs bacteria that forms the stains found on teeth. Absorbing and removing these bacteria helps whiten the teeth by removing what would normally stick and discolour the teeth.
- How much should I use?
- Just enough to coat the tips of the brush bristles.
- How long should I brush for?
- It is advised to brush for 2 minutes like you would normally, then leave in the mouth for a couple of minutes. You should then rinse and brush again with just water or potentially a regular paste to remove residue.
- Does it actually work?
- Yes it can do as explained above in the full review.
- Does it hurt?
- I had no sensitivity, pain or side affects from using this. Should you should gain additional sensitivity or side effects as a result of using it, stop doing so and consult a dentist.
- How long does it last?
- The tub lasts for 4-5 month’s.
- Is it safe? / Does it damage the enamel on my teeth?
- The manufacturer suggest it is safe. When asked they could not provide any evidence other than telling me it was very fine and hardly abrasive. Dentists have concerns over the use or activated charcoal and the long term implications on the teeth and the enamel surfaces are unknown, but no dedicated studies exist to really prove either way.
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Last updated: 2019-01-19 at 11:03 // Source: Amazon Associates