Winner of Tropical Traditions Honey
And the winner of last week’s honey giveaway is… Jenny! E-mail me your mailing address and I will ensure that your honey arrives at your door.
Today happens to be Jenny’s birthday, so Happy Birthday 🙂 But I think Jenny would have won the giveaway regardless; her honey-mustard recipe and summer cocktail recipe sound so good. I am looking forward to giving those a try. Thanks to all who entered! I enjoyed everyone’s thoughtful, informative, and recipe-filled comments very much. Keep them coming!
Colgate Smile Campaign
Having a healthy mouth is imperative to a healthy body. Our teeth, jaw, gums, lips, and tongue all require continual maintenance to ensure that they stay in peak condition. The Colgate Smile Campaign is a fun way for everyone to learn more about oral care. It’s about taking everyday oral health issues and trying to understand them so that we can improve our health whilst increasing our knowledge.
I know that many people find it a chore to brush their teeth, but personally I love it. To me, having clean teeth is akin to sleeping in a bed with freshly-laundered sheets. It just feels great. I religiously brush two or three times daily and floss once or twice a day. I have to be a bit more careful these days, however, because my dentist informed me that in my enthusiasm I’ve been brushing too vigorously. Those gums are delicate!
There are some great articles on the Colgate website full of all kinds of information for oral care. It’s a very user-friendly system, with videos and interactive guides to accompany the articles. Before checking out the website, I had no idea that diabetes increases the risk of gum disease, for example. Fascinating.
Colgate sent me a whole box full of different products to try – toothbrushes, two kinds of toothpaste, and miniature “wisps” (travel brushes). I loved the regular toothbrushes. They come equipped with a gentle tongue scraper on the back, and the bristles themselves are very soft with a section of round bristles in the centre. Living Healthy in the Real World-approved, for sure.
I was a little disappointed with the Colgate Cavity Protection toothpaste. I find that it had very little flavour and I lost the wonderful minty taste mere seconds after brushing. The Colgate 2 in 1 Icy Blast Whitening Toothpaste & Mouthwash (how’s that for a “mouthful”? ;)) was much better. It takes a little bit extra toothpaste to work up a good lather, but the minty freshness has definite staying power.
The wisps are an especially interesting little brush. It’s for single-use, and it requires no water or rinsing. The bristles already have a “freshening bead” in them which acts as a toothpaste. The end of the toothbrush peaks into a soft pick in case you like to use toothpicks, too. A great innovation for the traveller, whether you’re on your way to New York City for a BlogHer conference (me!), backcountry camping (me!), or if you are kind of obsessive about brushing and like to have a toothbrush and paste in your purse for emergencies (umm… yeah, that’s also me).
I am not well-versed in ingredient lists of non-food products (yet, anyways), so I cannot comment much on them. However, I did notice that there’s “blue number 1” in some of the toothpastes, and I do not approve of artificial colours such as that. The wisps also contain sucralose. So that’s too bad – perhaps something that Colgate can consider doing in the future, though, is to make products which are made of more natural ingredients. All in all, I was pleased with the Colgate products.
Colgate sent me a huge pile of toothpaste in the care package which I am happy to send in all directions so that you can also have the opportunity to try out some of the company’s products! To enter to win, leave a comment below to describe your dental hygiene regime, your favourite brand of toothpaste, your secrets for a healthy smile, or anything related to teeth or gums! You all know the drill by now: winners will be picked via the random number generator unless someone leaves a particularly clever/insightful/witty comment, in which case I’ll play favourites 😉 Three different winners will be announced next week on Wednesday, August 18th.
Disclaimer: I received Colgate products for free but did not receive compensation for this review; the opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.