Disclosure: Hello Products has provided me to with product to facilitate this review, along with compensation for my time and effort in creating this content. As always, all opinions are my own.
When my family and I embarked on this journey to make our lives as green as possible, there were a lot of things we changed. We switched to reusable shopping bags (though I admit I forget them in the car. A lot.) We ditched paper towels in favor of actual towels and cloths, and switched to toilet paper made from 100% recycled paper. We switched our cleaning and personal care products to ones made with fewer artificial ingredients. But one of the products for which we continued to buy a “traditional” version (as opposed to a “green” version) is toothpaste. This is not because there are no natural toothpaste brands. On the contrary, we tried a couple. But none of them stuck, because none of them tasted as good as what we were used to or felt as effective.
When Hello Products reached out to me about their full line of “Naturally Friendly” oral care products, I admit I was skeptical at first. Because I’ve been there before with natural toothpaste and even toothbrushes. But I figured what the heck. What could be the harm in trying them, right?
Well, I’m absolutely glad I did. Hello has managed to change my mind and my family’s morning routine, and now I can brag that even my toothpaste is eco-friendly.
So what’s so special about hello and their products? Well, here’s a brief list:
- It’s free of triclosan, dyes, and artificial sweeteners. All sweeteners are naturally derived, and the corn-based sweeteners are made from non-GMO corn.
- Their toothpaste tubes are BPA- and phthalate-free. Plus, they’re just well-designed and really pretty.
- Their boxes are made from recyclable paper sourced from FSC-certified sources and printed with soy based ink.
- Hello is made in the U.S., though a small amount of their packaging is made in Canada and Italy.
So how does all of that translate into finished products? Well, I love their toothpaste.
We received a variety flavors to try:
- Supermint and Mojito Mint with fluoride
- Pure Mint extra whitening toothpaste
- Kids’ blue raspberry and bubblegum fluoride toothpaste
- Kids’ natural watermelon and natural sweet mint fluoride-free, SLS-free toothpaste
I know what you’re probably thinking. That’s a lot of mint flavors. Don’t they all just taste the same? Well, they actually don’t. Mojito Mint has a kick that I imagine is similar to what an actual mojito would taste like. What? I’ve never had one, so I don’t know for sure. Pure mint is just that: Made with just mint. And it tastes like it. Supermint is actually my favorite flavor. It’s made with mint, spearmint, and peppermint.
What all three flavors have in common, though, is that they leave my mouth feeling extra, like extra, extra, clean when I’m done brushing. In addition to the minty freshness, my teeth feel really smooth — much more noticeable than when I use traditional toothpaste. Which means I have no desire to use traditional toothpaste again.
And I love that there’s a fluoride-free option for kids. At 2 years old, Juliza loves brushing her teeth all by herself. The problem is that she still hasn’t quite gotten the hang of spitting out the toothpaste. Since we don’t want her swallowing fluoride, we need something she can use until she gets the hang of spitting. And she loves the flavor. Now, she’s only too eager to brush her teeth. Which I consider a big win.
Hello has already changed our mouth care routine for the better — so much that I’ll be working with them for the next few months to share how they’ve made our lives friendlier. In the meantime, you can find hello products at Target and Target.com.