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Charcoal Toothpaste – Just About The Worst Thing I’ve Seen All Week

Charcoal Toothpaste – Just About The Worst Thing I’ve Seen All Week

Charcle Toothpaste (Images courtesy Michael Surtees)
By Andrew Liszewski

While the packaging might make it look slightly appealing sitting on a store shelf, I wouldn’t touch this Korean-made black toothpaste with a 10-foot toothbrush. The magic ingredient that makes it black is of course charcoal, or should I say ‘charcle’ based on the packaging? Either way, if it’s good enough to filter the impurities out of water in a Brita filter, it must be great in a toothpaste right? Not so much according to DesignNotes:

This morning I tried it for the first time, the experience ended up being less pleasant then I first thought it would be. I was fine seeing the black stuff on my brush, it wasn’t until it went into my mouth when my stomach started to turn. Near the end I barely could brush my tongue and when I spit it out to rinse I felt a bit queezy. In the end though my mouth did feel clean, but I’m not sure if the weirdness that I felt would be something I’d want to do again.

Given the choice I’ll stick with Colgate, Crest or just living with cavities thank-you.

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  • Tim

    This is not as daft as it seems. my grandfather ended up living in an ex WW1 tent on the beach at south shields around 1920 with his 12 year old brother and 8 year old sister for years with nothing but an old flea ridden rug to rap them selves in to keep of the frost. If they couldn’t get salt to clean their teeth they’d use soot. he still had most of his teath when he pegged it in his late 80’s !!

  • Andrew Liszewski

    Oh I don’t deny that it works as advertised. The reviewer even admitted their mouth felt clean afterwards. I’m just saying I would have to be in a very dire situation before I would even consider using something like this.

  • Tim

    ps’ no tooth brush, just a finger………….

  • John

    I really think that DesignNotes review is a bit over the top, sounds like it’s the kind of person who probably wouldn’t try ‘weird’ Korean food in the first place, so I think I’ll wait until someone else has a go, or if I see it in a shop here.

    If it was really that bad, I don’t think the person would have finished!

  • Anonymous

    Just needs orange stripes, and there’s your halloween hot seller!

    I’d try it. But as a vegetarian, I’d first like to know what kind of charcoal they use. With my luck, it’s probably bone char made from slaughterhouse by-products. Would make sense, because it may give better cleaning properties when compared with plant coal, due to its porosity and calcium content.

  • Misheel

    I bet if the reviewer had just finished a good serving of authentic Korean kimchee, he might appreciate the toothpaste more. What a weeny! Besides, he can’t even spell “queasy” correctly.

  • marii

    Actually I made homemade toothpaste out off charcoal for my investigatory project the toothpaste was not successful because of the taste but it is almost perfect because it smells like a commercial toothpaste and based on my research charcoal can be a toothpaste.

    ( im just a student ) 🙂

  • marii

    Actually I made homemade toothpaste out off charcoal for my investigatory project the toothpaste was not successful because of the taste but it is almost perfect because it smells like a commercial toothpaste and based on my research charcoal can be a toothpaste.

    ( im just a student ) 🙂

  • Charcoal should make a very effective toothpaste because of it’s excellent absorbing qualities. Usually these things take a while to grow on you. 

    It took ages to get used to bicarb… but my gums and teeth have never been better.

    I’ve tried salt on and off for years and can’t stand it… but I’ll keep trying.

    The reason it’s worth keeping on trying is because all the older people who still have their teeth are brushing either with salt or with bicarb. 

    I suspect charcoal also comes in there somewhere… although I hear about it less often. 

    I’m keen to give it a go.

  • This is the real beauty of charcoal in toothpaste. It is a natural whitener. Not to mention it removes bacteria that causes gum disease.

  • sure! stick with the fluoride. it keeps you a dumb-downed obedient citizen slave. ditz!

  • Ian Harbison

    I brush with charcoal all the time. It might not taste like sweet, minty gel designed to appeal to children, but since I’m a full grown adult I can handle it. In fact the taste of charcoal is fairly neutral (I can’t vouch for Charcle) and as I brush my teeth my mouth turns black, which I find amusing. Just a good rinse and my teeth are pearly white!

  • Gary

    Just the fact that it originated in Korea is enough for me to give this toothpaste a try. Most people don’t know that our own FDA approves cancer causing ingredients in foods and other products we ingest, and Flouride (also a carcinogen) in American made toothpastes. Has anyone ever looked closely at a toothpaste tube and seen the warning Do Not Swallow? Or read the list of ingredients? Compared to all the harmful things deemed safe here in the US, I’d try remedies from other countries in a heartbeat.

  • Zack

    Rather daft & extreme ‘review’. Like with ANY other toothpaste your’e not supposed to ‘swallow’ even a tiny bit of the stuff! It’s known for centuries that charcoal is 1 of the most effective natural cleansers in the world!

  • Chris Petrescu

    the ‘review’ sounds very biased indeed based on someone that visually dislikes the colour or the way it looks when applying it… 0 facts for science… thanks, now I’m even MORE inclined to try it.

  • ??

    This toothpaste isn’t korean its japanese lol

  • Catherine le Fay

    islanders have been using charcoal to clean and keep mouth organisms healthy for ever,,You sound like you have ingested too much fluoride!

  • EnabledVet

    Yeah, I’d rather brush with Good Ol’ American rat poison as well…….

  • Magnus Roe

    It’s probably bamboo, they use it in everything.

  • Hrnsly

    I think it is a great idea to put activated charcoal in toothpaste. Activated charcoal removes toxins from your body, so if you ingest it, it is good for you. I doubt you could put flouride in it, as flouride is a toxin. If this toothpaste does what it claims, there will be a toothpaste revolution. Imagine how much you could save not having to have your erroded teeth filled.

  • TaraNicole

    ..

  • EnabledVet

    Look on the back of your toothpaste, Einstein. There’s a warning to call the poison control center should you swallow too much……

  • Shay Bailey

    Charcle is also Japanese not Korean. It was invented by Dr. Kazue Yamagishi to help fight problems with tooth decay.

  • mluberti

    Yah, what corporations want to sell you is always better than something natural, LOL. Stick to your Crest. Don’t read the ingredients label.

  • Paul Val

    so somebody in designNotes didn’t like it and for that reason ALONE, you declare this toothpaste is not worth it? No science to back up or debunk this toothpaste, just someones own personal experience and opinion.
    In other words this article is not worthy any credibility whatsoever.
    Charcoal is a GREAT alternative to TOXIC POISONS LIKE FLOURIDE!
    FLOURIDE KILLS, CHARCOAL DOES NOT. Charcoal whitens teeth and ABSORBS TOXINS, COLGATE and ALL fluroide toothpastes DO NOT absorb toxins!! Whoever wrote this and whomever published it are NOT CREDIBLE SOURCES