As soon as your tot pops a few pearly whites, it's a good idea to start giving her a good cleaning and make brushing teeth an enjoyable experience. Go natural with a toothpaste that not only gets your lil one's teeth sparkly clean, but is also healthy for your tot. Choosing an organic or all-natural paste means there are no artificial ingredients or additives in your child's mouth right before bedtime or first thing in the morning, helping to create a happy and healthy mouth. Here's a selection of all-natural toothpastes that are made with kids in mind — and parents, too.
Get ready to have your worldview realigned, because Lush just introduced these awesome toothpaste tablets dubbed Toothy Tabs ($4). Just think about how much space you'll save in your designated gels and liquids bag at the airport. Plus, instead of throwing away tube-style toothpaste packaging that will never biodegrade, all you have to do is recycle a tiny box.
To use, simply chew the tablet up and then start brushing. They're made with the same foaming agents as regular toothpaste, so it works exactly the same way. What do you think? Will you give these guys a go?
Last week, Rembrandt sent over a box of its Deeply White toothpaste and mouthwash duo (about $7 each). It just might be the fastest whitening product I've ever tried. After using it for the first time, my chompers were gleaming. "Wook!" I cried out to my boyfriend as I swished the mouthwash. "Ome wook at my eef!"
"Your eef?" he responded.
"My teef," I said, spitting out the mouthwash and showing off a much whiter smile.
Sometimes I think I'm imagining improvements through product use, but my beau was similarly blown away by the change. He decided to try the toothpaste, too. A few minutes later, we were both staring into the mirror, marveling over how quickly the whitening duo had worked. If people were to see us, they'd think we were crazies — crazies with really white teeth. So if you demand drastic change in very little time, this might be the ticket.
Cloves are one of those distinctly holiday aromas; spicy and a little sweet with a hint of nose-numbing chill. And since scent is one of the easiest ways to relax and brighten your mood, it follows that making the most out of wintry smells is a good way to avoid the cold weather doldrums. If you love the taste of cloves, try Burt's Bees Medicated Lip Balm With Clove Oil ($4) or Tom's of Maine Cinnamon Clove Toothpaste ($7). If you're a fan of warm home scents instead, this Diptyque Orange Spice Candle ($68) is a gorgeous, though pricey, option. And if you'd just like to smell like mulling spices all day, try Lush's Hot Toddy Bath Bomb ($7) or the warm, smoky scent of Puro Puro ($95).
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A wise man once told me that he didn't believe in the walk of shame, because there's nothing for which to be ashamed. And while I agree with his sentiments, sometimes there's no avoiding feeling a little less than put-together after a fun night out. Since "unshowered and stale" isn't the kind of Facebook status update you probably want to have, I've put together a clever kit of products, all in sizes small enough to stay inconspicuous without cluttering up your purse. To find out more about these goods, just wave your cursor over each one.
Besides "What's your favorite color?" or "What type of food do you like?" perhaps one of the most-asked celebrity questions, particularly of the Tiger Beat persuasion, is, "What items would you bring to a deserted island?" In honor of Lost's final show on Sunday, as well as to pay tribute to the aforementioned age-old question, I've gathered together my top five favorite desert island beauty essentials. Check out the list now, and be sure to tell us yours at the end, too. (And no, it doesn't include a box of Dharma red wine, but perhaps it should, particularly for the antioxidant benefits, no?)
Out of silver polish? In a pinch? You can use white toothpaste to clean the tarnish off your silver instead! Just run the silver under warm water and work the paste into a foam and then rinse it off. Since the toothpaste is more abrasive than polish, a little goes a long way — you don't need to use much. And, if there are any stubborn black spots in nooks and crannies, you can actually use a toothbrush (an old one) to get rid of them.
A few weeks ago, I ran out of toothpaste. I'm not sure how it happened, but when I went to grab a new box from my toothpaste stash, it turned up empty. (I'll blame it all on Mr. Bella.)
Whatever the case, I didn't have time to go out and buy a new tube right then and there, and I had already cut it open to squeeze out the last remnants the night before. I ended up making a homemade paste from basic ingredients in the kitchen. Find out what I used, along with some more ideas for cleaning and freshening sans paste, when you read more
Do you have a cast-iron sink that's plagued by scuff marks? Don't give up hope — or turn to expensive products. Try using a little toothpaste on that mark. Scrub gently, and the offending spot should come out. Just remember to use toothpaste, not a gel, for best results.