It turns out that Switzerland is exporting something other than chocolate, watches and knives! Weleda, originally a Swiss company, offers an all-natural toothpaste free of fluoride, artificial sweeteners, and any other chemical substances with sentence-long names.
These days we all find ourselves using and consuming products all day long when we do not know or understand exactly what is in them. On top of that, scientific researchers seem to change their minds every year or so about whether a particular chemical we are putting in our bodies or on our skin is harmless or harmful. The idea of using a toothpaste twice a day that I know for certain is perfectly safe, and that I know for certain what is in it, seems attractive, don’t you think?
The ingredients in this the Weleda Salt Toothpaste are all natural substances, including extracts of peppermint, myrrh, chestnut, and fruit juice in addition to the salt. Now, I imagine the next question the average person would ask is, “Don’t I need all those chemicals I can’t pronounce in order for my teeth and gums to be clean?”
So I went and asked the internet.
It turns out that we all just need something to break down the tartar on our teeth and that there are perfectly acceptable alternatives to the chemicals, like salts and baking soda, that many people are using. So I decided to give Weleda toothpaste a trial run at maintaining my dental health!
Even the packaging for this all-natural product seems simple and clean. There is no glitter or glow-in-the-dark neon lettering. Instead, a tame and calm blue and white box and tube. It is slightly alarming to open and squeeze the bottle for the first time! The toothpaste is a brown/orange color, instead of the whites and blues I was accustomed to. It works better to apply it to a dry toothbrush instead of wetting it, as per the instructions, and only a small amount is needed.
The toothpaste smells like peppermint, though it is subtle. After 3 decades of using standard toothpastes, the smell is as different an experience as the color. You can definitely taste the salt, which some people might find unpleasant but I didn’t think it was overly powerful.
You can tell the salt is there in the texture of the toothpaste as well. It gives the toothpaste a gritty feel that was strange at first, but after repeated use made me really feel like the toothpaste was doing something (The abrasive nature of the salt removes tartar from the teeth without harming their enamel or the gums). Again, not much of the toothpaste is required to get the job done.
I brushed like normal, hitting all my teeth and then rinsed. I would say my teeth definitely feel clean, and after a few days, I definitely don’t feel or see any drop-off in its cleaning effectiveness. My teeth and gums feel clean. If anything, I would say my teeth feel smoother.
Some possible issues that folks may have with the product are the taste, which is definitely salty, and the fact that although the Weleda toothpaste cleans nicely, it does not do much to freshen breath. Gum or mints may be required for some users to feel confident about putting their faces close to anyone else’s!
As far as whitening, I have pretty much been let down by all other toothpastes that claimed to whiten my teeth, so I am not too demanding in that department. I do not notice a dramatic whitening effect from using Weleda toothpaste, but my teeth look just as white as they always have.
Weleda Toothpaste Review Wrap Up
Weleda advertises that their products promote “harmony with nature and human well-being,” and the clean organic nature of their products are appealing to many who want to purge artificial foods and substances from their lives and bodies. The Weleda Toothpaste may very well be worth the slightly higher price compared to “normal” pastes. It certainly works as advertised when cleaning my teeth and there is something to be said for knowing it is safe and natural, and is not exposing me to anything that Doctors will decide rots my gums or gives me cancer ten years from now!