About five years ago, I really started paying more attention to what I was putting in my body. I got a membership to Melaleuca and started switching out all of my household cleaning products and doing a better job of looking for organic foods and items that didn’t have artificial ingredients.
But while I’ve made an effort in some areas, I will admit that I could do a much better job when it comes to makeup and skincare products. I am slowly making an effort to buy things that are better for my body, and likely for the environment, too.
I will be the first to admit though, that I blindly purchase products from Melaleuca, thinking they are totally safe. And while I’m sure they are safer than many things from the store, they have fooled me a few times.
A couple of months ago, my mom told me she was on the hunt for toothpaste without fluoride in it, because a medical specialist told her it was bad for the brain. I hadn’t heard that, but it didn’t surprise me much. The toothpaste I’d been using from Melaleuca had fluoride in it. Ugh.
So, my mom bought all of the different options from Schmidt’s.
Schmidt’s Oral Care
She sent me some of the flavors, along with one of the mouthwash varieties. I got their Activated Charcoal with Wondermint toothpaste, Wondermint toothpaste and Coconut and Lime toothpaste, and the Wondermint mouthwash.
My mom got the Charcoal as well, and the Vanilla Chai toothpaste and the Jasmine and Spearmint toothpaste. Unique flavors, huh?
I’ve been using all of the different flavors for awhile now, and I can say that I definitely enjoy the mint flavors the best, but part of me wonders if that’s just because that’s what we’re used to.
The charcoal toothpaste is black in color, but whitening, which I like because I have never been able to use artificial whitening products — my gums and teeth are very sensitive.
The Coconut and Lime toothpaste is very subtle in flavor, so it doesn’t taste weird, it’s actually pleasant and I like using it in the morning. Here are my mom’s thoughts on the products she’s tried:
- The Wondermint mouthwash is mildly minty and refreshing, and seems to last a while. The consistency is slightly milky.
- The charcoal paste is flavored with wondermint and has the same mildly minty and refreshing flavor, with no unpleasant aftertaste. My teeth seem to have stayed whiter longer than usual between cleanings.
- The jasmine spearmint has a lovely slightly floral smell and taste, along with the mild spearmint.
- The vanilla chai is a delightful surprise – tastes just like it says – a little treat – and is not a very minty paste. It is caramel colored.
- All of the pastes are a nice consistency between a paste and gel, not gritty, and have a little foaming with brushing.
- My mouth tastes clean and refreshed afterward. These are the first pastes I’ve ever used that made me actually look forward to brushing my teeth!
Schmidt’s also sells kid’s toothpaste, and additional flavors of mouthwash, including Tea Tree and Ginger, and Coconut and Aloe.
Schmidt’s Signature Stick Deodorant
Deodorant is yet another product that Melaleuca tricked me with. I’ve been using it for years, but was really starting to annoy me — when I was in yoga, it would ball up and get on my yoga mat. Gross!
I wanted to try a natural deodorant anyway, so after I’d been enjoying thr Schmidt’s toothpaste and mouthwash, I wanted to try their deodorant. After all, Schmidt’s was started by a female, and that’s another thing that I want to focus more on — shopping from female-owned brands, or brands that support a cause, increase fair trade, or are good for the environment.
Schmidt’s was actually started in a house and sold in jars at farmer’s markets in the Portland, Oregon area. They still sell the jar formula — it’s their signature formula — so if you come across it, it’s like a little piece of history!
TJ Maxx always has loads of Schmidt’s deodorant, and the last time I went, they had so many different options: Charcoal and Magnesium, Bergamont and Lime, Cedarwood and Juniper, Moonflower, Waves, Water and Wood, Lily and the Valley, Lavender and Sage, Ylang-Ylang and Calendula, and fragrance-free!
I got the Rose and Vanilla, although it was a difficult decision. Online, i see they have sensitive formulas as well, which I would like to try.
I’ve been using the deodorant for a few weeks now, although I have been using the Melaleuca at night just to use it up (I hate to throw it out, but I casually saw that it has ALUMINUM in it!). Ugh.
The Schmidt’s doesn’t ball up and honestly, this is the first natural, herbal deodorant I’ve ever used and it feels just like any other kind I’ve tried. I love the way it smells, too!
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