Monday, February 13, 2017

Dabur Red Toothpaste Review

Not for the faint of heart!

This paste has a very strong flavor - cloves with a hint of mint. The flavor is so powerful that it lingers in my mouth a full ten minutes after brushing.

Interestingly, it seems to be packaged for family use, judging by the smiling family photo on both the tube and box.

Dabur Red came in a large box containing a 200 g tube (7.2 oz) and a bonus translucent purple toothbrush - labeled Binaca. Americans will know Bianca as a brand of breath spray. In India, it's a toothpaste brand, manufactured by Dabur, the company that made this red toothpaste. Or I should say Red toothpaste.

Our friends that curated a post on Binaca over at Wikipedia also identify Binaca as an undergarment brand that is marketed in India and owned by Kiran Textiles.

As you can see, the paste has a light brick-red color - quite a bit less saturated than the packaging seems to indicate. But that's good - the package's bright color red would not seem as healthy as the more natural red of the paste.

Dabur is a very large Indian company that is even listed on the India Stock Exchange. I've reviewed several of their toothpastes, as they are widely available around the world. I bought this tube at Indian Bazaar in Irving, Texas, which is conveniently located near my sister's house.

Another fascinating thing about the package is that it does not tout any health benefits for using the toothpaste. Visiting the Red Paste page on the Dabur website provides a bit more information, such as how the ingredient Pudina Satva helps prevent bad breath and toothaches.

I asked my daughter Rachel to try Dabur Red: "It tastes like India. It tastes like culture."

Monday, November 21, 2016

Naturado Pampelmousse Toothpaste

Yes, Grapefruit toothpaste from France.

Surprisingly, it has a very subtle flavor - grapefruit is almost hard to detect. The taste is fresh and clean - as a toothpaste should be!

Provence Argile is the creator of this lovely paste. They also manufacture a wide variety of health and beauty products.

Not only does this toothpaste taste good, it is healthy - and organic - 99.4% of the ingredients are natural. (Of course, I wondered what ingredient was not natural.)

The container is a handy stand-up plastic dispenser, which is helpful for conserving space in small European washrooms. (In the States, we would say, "bathrooms.")

The consistency is very natural - lightly transparent with a touch of orange color.

As you might expect, flouride is not on the list of ingredients, so it will not become my main daily paste. (But as some readers know, I am not restricted to flouride pastes - I always have at least three toothpastes on tap.)

I love that it's not too sweet, since it was not designed for American tastes. (My taste is not the typical American's.)

Special thanks to my sister Amy, who gifted me with this wonderful different paste.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Neem & Pomegranate Toothpaste

This is my favorite toothpaste box of all time.

Organique is a special brand of Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, which is based in India. Neem & Pomegranate is a refreshing and healthy toothpaste that is sadly not available everywhere. (My sister Amy sent it to me from Belgium - thanks Amy!)

In the USA, you can buy it via the Himalaya Herbal Healthcare website. After I discovered that, I'm now motivated to try some of their other flavors.

I've reviewed a more standard offering from Himalaya Herbal Healthcare, which was good but not nearly as distinct and unique as their Neem & Pomegranate. I'd guess that Organique is a boutique line of toothpastes for Himalaya Herbal - kind of like Lexus is to Toyota.

Back to the toothpaste - it's off-white colored (no dyes) and left my mouth feeling very clean. The pomegranate aspect of the flavor was very subtle - adding just a tiny touch of sweetness. Using the language of modern toothpaste, mint is the primary flavor.

Neem is reputedly the cure for all manner of ills. It seems to be the center of a majority of Ayurvedic products. (Ayurvedic medicine is one of the world's oldest holistic [whole-body] healing systems.) I can't vouch for the validity of its effects, but I do like the taste! Being the curator of the International Toothpaste Museum means that I can rarely give one paste several months' of devotion - or in this case, I might start to feel its positive effects.

Back to the box - besides making the product enticing, it serves as a voice for Himalaya Herbal approach to green manufacturing - it's made with 100% recycled material, is chlorine-free and was printed with soy-based inks. I almost wanted to take a bite. And it's one of the very few boxes that will reside in the museum's permanent collection. (I usually recycle the boxes.)

Saturday, April 2, 2016


blend-a-med is a wondrous blend of a white and a gel paste. But that's not what the blend refers to; I am assuming the paste creators were referring to a delicate blend of medicinal herbs.

Sadly, the box is in every language except English. (Well, I do know that the world has 6,000-ish languages, so I am kidding...) Interestingly, the tube itself is in English. And as you can see, the paste tackles 7 common oral problems: root cavities, tooth cavities, gums (or gum problems, I assume), stains, breath (presumably bad breath), plaque and tartar. And the tube has an illustration of a two-sided capsule with "PRO" on one side and "M" on the other ("mineral").

It is a rare herbal toothpaste in that it has flouride. So I can attest to the fact that it does indeed contribute to oral health, at least when used regularly!

For my test of blend-a-med, I brushed twice in a row. (My first photo of the paste itself was be out-of-focus... thus a necessary second squeeze and second shot happened.) Double-brushing allowed my mouth to feel truly fresh. Its flavor is the usual minty-blend. (Sorry - I had to write the word "blend" once more.)

blend-a-med comes from Germany and is produced by perhaps the largest toothpaste producer worldwide, Procter & Gamble. This particular tube came to me via Belgium, where my sister Amy, the very kind contributor, purchased the paste.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Star Wars Toothpaste

Yes, Star Wars toothpaste.

As you might guess, it's designed for kids. The label prominently displays the target demographic, "7+." I'd say 5+. Anyone five years or older could appreciate the action and excitement of any Star Wars film. (Undoubtedly, lawyers are concerned that anyone younger than seven might want to eat the tube's contents in one go.)

This flouride toothpaste made in Spain but made in Italy. My friend Jim Kok brought it back from a trip to the land of Da Vinci and espresso. (Thanks, Jim!) The package has ingredients in five languages: Italian, Protuguese, French, Dutch and Spanish. Interestingly, the only English words on the tube or the box are: "Star Wars" and the manufacturer's slogan, "Healthy gums, healthy life."

GUM is a brand of the international oral healthcare company, Sunstar GUM. Their aim is, "to improve overall systemic health by helping people of all ages have stronger, healthier teeth and gums." If packaging a toothpaste with Star Wars branding will help kids brush their teeth more, I'm all for that tactic. However, the medicinal bubble gum flavor might be difficult to get past.

The paste is a curious bright orange gel. My wife pointed out that the light sabers of the dark side use an orangey-red. Maybe blue would have been more appropriate.

GUM brand toothpaste is not available in the USA, except online from international sources. However, GUM does sell Crayola-branded neon marker toothbrushes (!). I dunno - a kid might decide to color his teeth with the wrong end, if he was half asleep.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Ginseng Toothpaste from China

Not only is this toothpaste from China, it's from The People's Republic of China. (I kinda thought that ended when capitalism started marching in.)

It's great. I love the taste mix of ginseng, mint and a slight hint of bubblegum. After brushing, my mouth felt fresh and my teeth smooth.

As always, I cannot vouch for the claimed medicinal qualities ("strengthening of the gum and good for the health"). Panaxin, a ginseng extract, is mentioned on the box. A Google search yielded a wide variety of positive claims related to its effects.

The tube is aluminum with a very retro turned-stepped area that enters the cap. The paste has a nice off-white color that must be natural.

I could not find this toothpaste on Google (beyond the first page results). I'm sure that if I could read Mandarin, the company that made this paste would have popped out at me on the package. My very kind sister, Amy, sent it over from Belgium. (The European marketplace gets a lot of stuff we don't in the USA - and vice-versa.)

Go ginseng!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Active Fresh Toothpaste from Nepal

This healthy toothpaste came to me from the foot of the Himalaya Mountains - Kathmandu. The official population of that city in 2011 was just over a million people. Americans who have never been tend to think of it as the launching pad for expeditions up Mount Everest. That's true, but it's a very small part of what happens in Nepal's capital city.

My friend Jon Swanson journeyed to Nepal recently to serve people there by helping to set up an internet cafe - that will assist Nepalese people to do much more than just access the internet. (You'll have to read about his adventures on 300 Words a Day.) And Jon very kindly brought back a tube of a minty green toothpaste he purchased in the big city.

Himalaya Herbals is the manufacturer of Active Fresh. Interestingly, they do not list this toothpaste on their website. A similar paste on their site is "Mint Fresh." Also of interest is that Himalaya Herbals is located in the heart of Bangalore, India, which is 2,350 km (1,460 miles) from the Himalayas.

Active Fresh does indeed have a fresh taste. It's a light green gel - lighter than most American green gel pastes (with more yellow in the mix than blue). There's just a hint of citrus flavor in the mix. My favorite part of the label is the phrase, "Gum Expert." (In America, that would mean someone who is an expert in all things chewing gum.)

The ingredients include several things such as are common to most toothpastes - saccharin and sorbitol (sweeteners) and sodium lauryl sulphate (an organic cleaning chemical). It also does include some herbal ingredients, such as eugenia caryophyllus bud extract, otherwise known as clove.

The box touts its ability to provide 12-hour protection from germs. Brush everyday at 7 am and 7 pm, and you will never get sick! (The latter is my interpretation of what this toothpaste will provide.)

Unusual for most non-American internationally-oriented toothpastes, the only language on the box and tube is English.

Brush up today!

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Just as I was writing this, a huge earthquake took place in Nepal - killing hundreds. My hearts and my prayers go out for the families affected by this tragedy.