Perfecting My Smile

At the start of the year when I decided to spend a whole year only buying second hand clothes it seemed like the perfect opportunity to direct some of the saved money into finally getting my lower teeth straightened out, as it’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now.

I opted for fixed, white ceramic brackets over something removable like Invisalign, partly for cost but party because I knew I would slack off wearing the aligners and the fixed option would give me a faster result. I’ve had lots of messages asking about the cost. For my treatment plan, the cost is circa £2,500 which I’ve been able to spread out in instalments over the 12-18 months it should take.

Just after I got the braces fitted, Green People got in touch with me and asked me if I’d like to get involved with their natural smile campaign – which seemed like great timing!

Green People are a cruelty-free, certified organic, beauty and skincare site that carry a wide range of makeup, skincare and beauty products. They very kindly sent over their 100% natural Peppermint and Aloe Vera toothpaste for me to try and the Mandarin and Aloe Vera toothpaste for the children to try out. Their natural toothpastes are marine friendly with no micro-beads and are fluoride and SLS free.

I had always just used bog standard mainstream branded toothpastes before, so I had to do a bit of research into the benefits of toothpaste that’s free of fluoride and SLS. Fluoride is added to toothpaste to help you prevent decay. However, I had never realised that fluoride is a pretty harmful chemical and there’s enough in one tube of ordinary toothpaste to actually kill a child should they ingest it. What’s more, an overuse of fluoride can cause a condition called dental fluorosis that actually leaves your teeth stained.

SLS or Sodium Lauryl Sulphate is a surfactant added to toothpaste to make it foam. It’s a very harsh chemical and can cause mouth ulcers and receding gums.

This type of toothpaste definitely takes a bit of getting used to, mainly due to the fact it doesn’t foam in the way a mainstream toothpaste does. The flavour is fresh and slightly medicinal. It’s done a good job at cleaning the staining on my brace brackets (because I could never give up tea or curry) and keeping them nice and white.

I was really keen for the kids to try a fluoride free toothpaste because children don’t always spit and so they can ingest fluoride over time, which isn’t good for them. My biggest decided it tasted “disgusting” and wouldn’t entertain it a second time but my littlest absolutely loves it and points to it to ask for it every time.

Green People were also kind enough to send me their Velvet Damask Rose lipstick and the Enrich & Enhance Lip Primer to add the finishing touch to my smile. I would liken the primer to a velvety, matte textured lip balm. It’s great to use under a lipstick or just on it’s own as a balm. The lipstick is a very pretty peachy toned nude with a sheer but moisturising finish. I’ve been grabbing for it on days when I’m taking the children out to play and don’t want to look dolled up but just want a little finishing touch. I’m really enjoying these products and I’m definitely reaching for them over similar products I have like the Glossier Balm Dot Com and the Glossier Generation G lipstick.

Thank you so much to Green People for sending these over for me to try out.

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