- Good value
- Contain charcoal
- Soft bristles
- Non-slip rubber grips
- 5 in a pack
- Highish buy price
- Plastic construction
- No noticeable improvement in teeth whiteness
- No noticeable reduction in plaque reduction
Please note: In recent times there has been increased publicity and promotion of charcoal based products. Many new charcoal toothpastes and powders are now available on the market. In addition, charcoal bristled toothbrushes now exist also.
Amongst some of the beneficial claims that are made, tooth whitening is one of the most common.
A charcoal product, paste, powder or brush at best can remove external staining on the tooth surface, lifting discolouration and revealing the natural tooth colour. They cannot change the natural tooth colour, you require professional tooth bleaching/whitening for this to happen.
If you’re thinking of buying a charcoal-based product, we recommend first checking out our best charcoal toothpaste article. It contains a huge guide on using and choosing charcoal toothpaste.
We’ve also created an article on charcoal toothbrushes.
AOLEVA charcoal toothbrush is one of the most popular on Amazon at the time of writing, so I thought I would test them out and give you my feedback on them and let you know whether they are any good.
Please note: I refer to the brand throughout this review as AOLEVA and OLEVA as both names are used on the packaging. On retailers websites they are referred to primarily as AOLEVA, but the brush handle actually has OLEVA printed on them.
How much do they cost?
A single pack, which contains 5 brushes costs £5.85 making each brush £1.17 each.
Where can I buy them?
The only available place that I could find the AOLEVA brushes was Amazon. Buy AOLEVA on Amazon.
Charcoal and the use of it in the mouth is supposed to have several different benefits.
One of the most talked about, is its ability to whiten teeth. Now, when I say whiten teeth, it does not bleach or stain the teeth a whiter, brighter colour, it makes the teeth whiter by actually doing a better job of cleaning the teeth.
Therefore removing stains, dirt and other impurities that sit on the teeth to make the teeth giving the appearance of whiter teeth by removing those barriers that hide the teeth’s natural colour.
The porous nature of the charcoal means it can absorb bacteria, including plaque and odours that reside in the mouth. As a result of using the activated charcoal, you may find your mouth feeling cleaner and fresher.
Some brands have now taken this concept of using charcoal and creating toothbrushes that have bristles that contain such and in theory give users similar benefits to if they used activated charcoal as a paste or powder in the mouth.
AOLEVA is one of the most popular brands within this space and have gained many positive reviews (view on Amazon).
At nearly £6 for a pack, the initial cost may seem more expensive, but you do gain good value because there are actually 5 brushes included in the pack, not just one like most manual toothbrushes.
So whilst they have a higher than average buy price when you actually consider what you get they work out much more cost effective than smaller packs containing just 1 or 2 brushes.
4 of the 5 brushes are different colours, with 1 x gold, 1 x green, 1 x purple/move and 2 x red/maroon coloured handles.
Each handle is then moulded with a white rubber grip with raised ridges on the front and back of the handle to help with grip.
The main body of the brush is of plastic construction and with the white rubber looks smart.
Strong, with not too much flex, they certainly feel like they will stand the test of time and have been manufactured to a good standard.
I can certainly confirm that the brush feels solid in hand and at no point when using did my fingers or hands slip, even when the brush was wet.
They are made in China, but the packaging is in English.
Seeing as the bristles are infused with a more natural product, it would be great if the handle of the brush was bamboo or similar to be a little more environmentally friendly than plastic.
What stands out in comparison to most other manual toothbrushes is the black/grey coloured bristles. This is the charcoal bristles. In actual fact is Binchotan, which is essentially the Japanese equivalent to what the west refers to as activated charcoal.
The bristles are synthetic, super fine and very soft. The brush head is also larger than that of an electric toothbrush should you be used to one of these.
I would say the head is a little larger than most manual toothbrushes, but a similar shape.
The larger size may make in mouth movement and positioning a little more difficult for some.
Aside from colour, there would be nothing to tell you that these bristles have a charcoal construction, they look and feel just like any other toothbrush. Run your fingers through them and there is no dust or texture to suggest charcoal.
Although the bristles on the AOLEVA are a little softer, the look and feel is very similar to Colgate’s charcoal infused manual toothbrushes.
I used the AOLEVA brush for a month as part of my normal routine. Used twice a day for 2 minutes each time.
The softness of the bristles was the most apparent thing to me. It was a pleasure to use on the teeth and gums, but I actually personally prefer firmer bristles, that leave me with the sensation of a tougher, deeper clean.
I have no doubt the clean was as effective, if not better than some other manual brushes given how fine the bristles are.
For me, actually noticing an improved clean was not possible. Whilst I might prefer the experience from another brush I have no evidence to suggest either does better than the other.
The main draw here is the charcoal infused bristles.
The brush should be used in conjunction with a toothpaste of any form or it could indeed be used in conjunction with a charcoal based option.
Unlike a charcoal powder that felt and tasted different nothing about this toothbrush felt different.
For me, I have yet to see a charcoal powder or paste whiten, or should I say remove stains from my teeth in any way. Then again I know my teeth are relatively stain free.
However, just the process of using some of the powders for example, left me with the sensation that something more was going on than with a regular paste, despite knowing the fact that this is unlikely.
I believe this is because charcoal tends to have a grittier taste and you get the ‘black’ coloured teeth during brushing and of course the grey spit you are left with.
If the higher concentration of charcoal powder does not make any significant difference to my tooth colour or mouth’s freshness then I can’t see how a brush can? No surprises, I saw no benefit during testing.
Let me be clear the packaging or sales material does not suggest this but is this not implied by the use of charcoal which is said to bring such benefits when used?
If blindfolded I would have had no idea whether I was using a charcoal bristled brush or not.
I did not feel that my mouth was cleaner or fresher than with any other brush used.
Maybe, just maybe there is the smallest of difference being made. The infused bristles are helping capture more plaque and bacteria, but realising this is a near impossibility and I think even a dentist would struggle to tell!
Conclusion, ate the AOLEVA charcoal toothbrushes any good?
I can’t see any benefit in using AOLEVA brushes over any other regular manual toothbrush.
The bristles are super soft and extremely thin. They are well constructed and come in a pack that represents good value.
However, the charcoal bristles to me served no obvious or noticeable benefit in the time I have tried these.
Whilst the activated charcoal toothpaste and powders have yet to do wonders for my teeth, the likelihood or any charcoal based brush doing the same was and remains very slim.
You may like the super-fine and soft bristles and notice a difference, but I think seeing or feeling this will be very difficult for the vast majority.
The biggest incentive to purchase these over most manual brushes would just be the value offered by the pack size.
If you want to try the whole charcoal thing, opt for a powder or a paste rather than a brush in my opinion.
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