Since not everyone can physically visit the International Toothpaste Museum, it arrives via the wondrous internet. (The museum is quite large and more types of toothpaste are regularly added.) It's a completely green museum; you cannot use any fuel to visit. And the price of entry is right - free! Curated by Paul Merrill.
This is the tiniest tube I have seen yet. Two brushes' worth - probably enough for a trans-atlantic flight. (It came from a British Air courtesy pack - part of a self-contained toothbrush kit.)
Parodontax is a lovely pink paste from England, by way of Belgium. It has become my new favorite paste. The salty flavor, similar to a baking soda paste, is refreshing without being sweet. (I get so sick of really sweet American toothpastes.) And I appreciate its flouride. The manufacturer's website states that it: "contains natural herbs such as rathania, chamomile, echinacea, mirra, mint and salvia."
It's made by GlaxoSmithKline, a giant global pharmaceutical corporation. However, it's not a global brand for the mega corporation. The only place to get it in the US is from obscure importers like Smallflower.
The package is completely in Dutch and French. The only English is "Parodontax is a registered trademark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies."
Helpful information from the inside of the box:
Plaque is an important cause of irritated gums.
- Healthy gums don't bleed while brushing
- Irritation of the gums is primarily caused by bacteria in …
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 natura…
Regular visitors to this website know that international toothpastes provide a glimpse into how global cultures relate. Although I am American, I think it's fair to say that many cultures follow trends started by the USA and England. One small evidence is Splat toothpaste. Although Russian is the primary language and Russia is the primary market for this toothpaste, English is the second language featured in the packaging and website for this toothpaste. And the slogan is in English, even on their entirely Russian website: "Professional oral care" - as well as their marketing phrase: "Idea. Quality. Result."
Not all ideas translate directly. If the Splat marketing team spoke English as their mother tongue, they may have said, "Idea. Execution. Result." (I invite you to browse their English website to see how some ideas don't translate directly.) Does "professional oral care" mean a toothpaste that is suitable for dentists to use when cl…