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Proud to be Natural Mouthwash Glass
A “Proud to be Natural” shotglass is the perfect campaion to our Mouthwash Crystals.
Add one pinch of mouthwash crystals and fill the shotglass half full with water. Now, you’re all set for zerowaste gargling!
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If you want to pre-mix, you can mix enough for a week, and store in the refrigerator. This is to prevent any potential bacterial development from a high water environment. We recommend mixing a single portion, just before brushing. By the time you’ve spent your 2 minutes brushing all of the crystals are dissolved and you’re ready to swish and gargle.
Yup! It’s all 100% compostable and suitable for backyard composting!
Mouthwash crystals are packaged in two sleeves. The inner pouch is glassine (a supercalendered paper)that’s moisture and oil resistant). The outer sleeve and labels are paper.
Products labeled with a temperature-sensitive notice are designed with ingredients that melt around body temperature. Especially in the summer months or in hot climates, these products can change in texture and consistency while in transit.
- To protect your natural products in the early spring, through summer and late fall, select “Temperature Sensitive Shipping” at checkout. Your order will ship in our 100% compostable padded shipping insert.
- If temperature-sensitive products arrive melted, we won’t be able to replace or refund them.
- Once temperature-sensitive products arrive, keep in a cool spot away from direct sunlight.
For Mouthwash Crystals:
Mouthwash crystals are sensitive to temperature and humidity. They may solidify in hot or high moisture environments. Our compostable pouches are suitable for retaining their intended consistency in average room-temperature environments, but they are not plastic! This means they are a bit more sensitive when shipping and storing.
If your Mouthwash Crystals solidify, yes, you can bang them apart with a mallet. We highly recommend that you use this opportunity to work out some frustrations and enjoy smashing them apart!
To prevent your Mouthwash Crystals from solidifying: store in an air-tight container and avoid excessive humidity and heat. We recommend storing a 1-2 week portion in a 2oz mason jar with a sealed lid (we use the silicon lids from Mason Jar Lifestyle, our favorite local mason jar company!)
Natural Oral Care
Yes! After washing or brushing your teeth, any bacterium that was present on either the soap or your hands/teeth is washed down the drain.
When you use a bar of soap (or Tooth Suds) the oil attracting end of the soap molecule picks up the grease and oils on your skin. When you rinse, the water-attracting end of the soap molecule follows the water, rinsing the soap and any impurities down the drain when you wash it off (or spit it out).
After washing or brushing your teeth, any bacterium that was present on either the soap or your hands/teeth is washed down the drain.
Yes, you can! Here’s why we brush our teeth with Tooth Suds:
Yes, you can! Here’s why we brush our teeth with Tooth Suds:
Promoting remineralization with an alkaline PH: In an acidic environment, teeth begin to demineralize, which puts them at risk for cavities. In a more alkaline environment (like that of Tooth Suds), teeth can become stronger and remineralize!
Naturally clean teeth with no added sweeteners, no added glycerin: A clean mouth is a key to good oral hygiene. Soap is a great cleaner, and Tooth Suds is formulated to clean teeth without tasting like soap. With no added glycerine or sweeteners there’s no residue left after you finish brushing. And, our charcoal bar also helps reduce staining from our beloved sips of coffee and tea.
No more goopy toothpaste tubes, messy powders, or fiddly shreds: Since it’s a solid bar, you don’t need a plastic container to hold it, it travels well, doesn’t spill like tooth powders or shreds, and (while it’s a fun childhood memory for some) you can’t squeeze it all over the bathroom sink.
Want to read some more? wrote up an article that has a bit of history and more information about brushing with tooth soap. You can read it here.
Once you get your first bar, you’ll soon be doing a happy dance every time you brush.
We wouldn’t recommend sharing with a house guest, but sharing with anyone you kiss should be perfectly sanitary. Simply wash the bar with water first. This allows you to rinse off any germs or dirt that may be on the bar prior to use. The same goes for any bar of soap, simply rinse, then enjoy!
If you or your Tooth Suds partner have a highly contagious disease or your doctor has recommended not to share any hygiene products, do not share.
Want to know more about why tooth soap isn’t dirty? Here’s an article that explains it all.
No, there is no lye in our soap. However, all true soap is made through the saponification of oils with lye—either sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. Once saponified none of the lye remains, and the oils are turned into soap. You can read more how soap is made, cured, and cared for in these articles:
- Is Handmade Soap Better than Commercial Soap?—Find out the real deal between handmade soap and commercial soap. Here’s a hint… one’s not really soap.
- How do YOU clean YOUR skin?—Exploring soaps, detergents, glycerin, and lye products used for cleaning skin… busting a few myths along the way too!
Alō products are made in a private kitchen, with clean and sterile equipment and quality ingredients. In fact, many of the ingredients are food grade…but please don’t eat your soap or body butter!
Like traditional toothpaste, kids can use Tooth Suds too. You’ll still want to supervise them (kids do the darndest things after all).
- Make sure they don’t eat the soap or swallow the lather (which they’re less likely do to than with toothpaste since there are no added sweeteners)
- Make sure they brush their entire mouth, including their tongue
- And, teach them to brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time.
- Also remember to replace their toothbrush approximately every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed.
Yes, this is a bar of soap, formulated for washing your mouth and teeth. It’s a very gentle formula that makes a wonderful facial bar too.
Oh, and did we mention that it’s a great travel companion? No TSA liquid limits, nothing to spill, and nothing to goop out of tube an onto your clothing!
Our soaps are packaged in organic cotton bags. You can reuse them as tea bags (please wash them first though!), or soap sacks. To use as a soap sack, place the small ends of soap bars into the sack until you have a small stash. Then, wash with the soap sack as a washcloth. They also make great garden soap sacks (just hang from the spigot).
Our Mouthwash Crystals are packaged in kraft eco pouches, lined with PLA (Polylactic Acid), a bioplastic material made from renewable resources such as corn and sugar with an ALOX (Aluminium Oxide) Coating. ALOX is compostable and helps keep the crystals dry.
Our Tooth Suds and other boxes are made from 100% recycled content, are 100% recyclable and compostable.
Conditioner bars, facial powders, and travel bars are packaged in glassine bags. Glassine is a smooth and glossy paper that’s made air, water, and grease resistant through a process called supercalendering. They are not waxed or chemically-finished during manufacturing and are fully recyclable, compostable, and biodegradable.
Our hair tea is packaged in biodegradable cello bags made from wood cellulose fibers sourced with sustainable forestry principles, certified biodegradable, compostable, and made carbon zero. Each bag meets ASTM D6400, EN13432 standards for CA and other states.
Our labels are printed on recycled label stock.
Herbal salves are packaged in a reusable and recyclable metal tins.
We ship with sustainable materials too!
- Smaller orders are shipped in sustainable paper padded envelopes and boxes (made from recycled materials, recyclable & naturally biodegradable). If more suitable, your package might arrive in one of our reusable, recycled, and recyclable plastic pouches too.
- Larger orders ship in USPS flat rate packages that meet Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) or Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification standards. And, they are fully recyclable (including the padded shipping mailers which are made from #4 recyclable plastic).
Next to “what does it taste like” this is probably the 2nd most popular question we answer about Tooth Suds. No, Tooth Suds does not contain fluoride, but that’s OK! If you need fluoride and yet want to be natural and zero waste with your oral care, Tooth Suds will still work for you – you don’t have to get fluoride from your toothpaste! Many people do not need fluoridated toothpaste (fluoride is common in our daily diets).
What the heck is Fluoride anyway?
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water, and has been proven effective in fighting tooth decay and development of cavities. It is a base mineral on the periodic chart, F for fluorine, NaF is sodium fluoride; this is what helps our teeth, is added to our water, etc.
Throughout the day, minerals are added to and lost from a tooth’s enamel layer through demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost through demineralization when acids formed from sugars and plaque bacteria in the mouth attack the enamel. Minerals such as calcium, phosphate, and fluoride are redeposited (remineralization) to the enamel layer from the foods and water consumed. If you have more demineralization than remineralization, it can cause tooth decay.
Fluoride helps make teeth more resistant to acid attacks from sugars and plaque bacteria in the mouth which prevents tooth decay and it also reverses early decay. You may be getting enough naturally and may not need it in your toothpaste.
What are the sources of Fluoride outside of toothpaste?
Fluoride dissolves into the groundwater that we draw on for our drinking water, just like iron and calcium. When there is not enough fluoride in the water, local operators add just enough to ensure the perfect level to protect our teeth. The fluoride is pulled from natural calcium deposits in phosphate rock and then purified. And just like iron and calcium, we benefit from minerals that have countless additional applications throughout our lives.
Grand Rapids, Michigan was the first community to start adding fluoride to their water supply in 1945 to prevent tooth decay. Fluoridation became an official policy of the U.S. Public Health Service by 1951. If you want to know how much fluoride is in your water supply, contact your dental professional. If your water does not contain fluoride, your dentist may prescribe fluoride tablets or drops to help protect your teeth from cavities.
- Fluoride is found naturally in some fresh water sources like lakes and rivers, and even some ocean water contains fluoride.
- Fluoride is found naturally in some foods, such as spinach, avocados, potatoes, grapes, raisins, and wines. However, these are very low levels of fluoride and may not be enough on their own.
- Fluoride is also found in some supplements, and even low cost versions of green, oolong, black, and jasmine tea. There is also fluoridated bottled water available.
Another source is Fluoride Mouthwash, which is very effective in the control of dental decay especially in those that are wearing orthodontics. These are also popular with teenagers and young adults who are more prone to frequent snacking on sweets and drinking acidic or sweet drinks between meals. Fluoride mouthwash is not recommended for children under 6 years old.
Should everyone use Fluoride toothpaste?
If a person’s teeth are naturally resistant, meaning their teeth already have high fluoride content, they may not need fluoride toothpaste. Or, they may be getting enough fluoride from their water, food, or mouthwash. It is very important to visit your dentist regularly so this can be monitored.
The CDC (Centers for Disease Control & Prevention) recommends that children under 6 are monitored closely for their fluoride intake due to those years being important for tooth development. Overuse of fluoride at this point can result in enamel fluorosis, which is a developmental condition where the tooth enamel appears as white lines or spots on the teeth. Children under 6 should use only a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste. If you live in a community where the natural fluoride levels are high in your water, you may not want to use fluoridated toothpaste at all for your children under 6.
Additional Resources on Fluoride:
Let’s start with what is DOESN’T taste like — washing out mouth out with soap. That’s right, it doesn’t taste like soap. About 1% of our customers report that they have a slight “soapy” taste the first few times they try it, but they don’t notice it after using it for a few brushes.
Tooth Suds are not “flavored” with artificial flavors, but they do contain essential oils (at safe dermal usage rates), giving them a mild flavor.
First, we recommend that you try our Tooth Suds with a travel bar. You’ll be able to try it for 2-3 weeks to see if it’s right for you.
Tooth Suds is technically a bar of soap. This means you can use it to wash your skin (or hair) too! If you don’t like brushing with it, enjoy a super silky and gentle wash with the bar. We use it as our go-to travel bar… one bar to pack for all of our washing needs while on the go!
For safety and hygiene reason we cannot accept returns for our all-natural skincare products. However, if something doesn’t seem right when you receive your order, please let us know right away. Your satisfaction is incredibly important to us, and we truly believe that you’ll love our products.
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