In my effort to change up my everyday beauty and health essentials to organic versions, toothpaste is one of my last holdouts. I find it very hard to give up the minty fresh feeling you get when you use drugstore brands. But drugstore brands have ingredients that can be hormone disruptors and cause canker sores. (Many pro-organic toothpaste users talk about how large doses of fluoride–far more than any of us ingest–can be toxic, but I also know how the use of fluoride has drastically changed people’s oral health when it comes to cavities, so am on the fence about considering it a total nasty.)
Last week I searched out Lebon toothpaste–a French organic brand with many flavors (and gorgeous packaging.) At the moment they only sell in one store in NYC, Want Apothecary at the Nomad Hotel. You are better buying it online. I started using Le White which is a sweet Moroccan mint with green tea and whitening properties, but I think I might need to try Cap Ferrat Mood which is a stronger mint, as Le White is a bit subtle for me. There are other flavors from licorice to pineapple and orange blossom, but I don’t do sweet. The jury is still out–I do like it better than Tom’s of Maine’s mint, but I still don’t get that ‘aaah’ feeling after I’ve brushed. But perhaps what gives me that ‘aaah’ is what’s not good for me, so perhaps I need to get over it and brush with Lebon.