Product Review: Dr Organic Aloe Vera Mouthwassh
I am gradually trying to move across to natural/organic based beauty products as I run out of my old products. My first change was to move from Dentyl PH mouthwash to Dr Organic Aloe Vera Mouthwash.
The main active ingredient in the product is tea tree which is a natural anti bacterial agent but it does also include several other natural ingredients. It is not clear what the pH of the product is though. Bear in mind an acidic pH may cause erosion of the teeth.
The product tastes dreadful and heavily of anti-septic. It is by far the worst tasting mouthwash I have ever used. Unfortunately it is also not suited for gargling as it bubbles up in your mouth when attempting this.
However, it does seem to be very effective at freshening the breath for many hours. I have not noted any significant changes in dental health after using it for one week.
What About the Non Natural Ingredients?
Apart from the natural ingredients here are all of the non-naturals:
- Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate – Modified fatty acid “[which is] safe as used in rinse-off products, and safe for use in leave-on products at concentrations of 5% or less. The data [in the study] were insufficient to determine the safety for use in products where the sarcosines and sarcosinates were likely to be inhale” Cosmetic Ingredient Review. This product is will be used orally although not drunk. However, the ingredient is not believed to be toxic.
- Sodium Benzonate - Widely used food preservative. Generally regarded as safe but “Benzene can form at the parts per billion (ppb) level in some beverages that contain both benzoate salts and ascorbic acid (vitamin C)” FDA. Benzene is a known carcinogen, which may be linked to cancers. Ascorbic Acid is not included in this product.
- Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate – Another preservative. It is in a class of chemicals known as formaldehyde-releasing preservatives. Formaldehyde is a known carcinogen. Furthermore “Studies on SHMG in animals have demonstrated potential for sensitization and dermatitis” University of California
- Potassium Sorbate – Yet another preservative used to inhibit mold. Generally recognised as safe and has the same toxicity as table salt.
- CI 75810 - Chlorophyll, this is found in almost all plants. Typically used as a colouring and is regarded as safe.
All the non natural products are used to preserve the products and all the ‘active ingredients’ are natural. There is little we can do to avoid preservatives as without them the product would degrade in a couple of days, which is obviously not practical. However, the Dr Organic Website claims “Only the highest grade broad spectrum naturally derived preservatives are used”. Based on my research none of the above ingredients are naturally occurring so I am a bit baffled by this claim!
Rather unhelpfully Dr Organic do not list levels of the above ingredients.
Will continue to look elsewhere for an organic mouthwash, particularly for one without Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate and Sodium Benzonate.