DIY Beauty Project: Activated Charcoal Toothpaste

I’ve used quite a few store-bought Activated Charcoal Powders for Whitening Teeth, you know the one’s that come in the little pots and I’ve always been a big fan of them. Activated charcoal is a highly absorbent substance which is very helpful for changing the pH and health of the mouth, and is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis. It is a natural solution to promote healthy teeth and gums without any toxic ingredients and contains no synthetic additives, preservatives, foaming agents, fluoride, flavours or artificial colours. It helps to remove toxins from the mouth and teeth, freshen breath, as well as whitening and polishing the teeth.

I’ve found a way to make own Activated Charcoal Toothpaste for much cheaper and it lasts longer too.


You will only need three ingredients for this DIY and they are: a toothbrush, of course, toothpaste and one activated charcoal supplement.


Activated Charcoal Supplements can be bought at most healthcare and vitamin shops, I got mine from Amazon UK right here for just under £15 from Nu U Nutrition and there were 365 capsules in the bottle, which is enough for a whole year, probably two.



If you haven’t got any activated charcoal supplements lying around then go out and get some or order yourself some online and wait for them to arrive.

Carefully open one of the activated charcoal supplements over a piece of paper.


Apply toothpaste to your toothbrush and then dip it into the activated charcoal powder so it fully covers the toothpaste. (You could also skip the toothpaste and just use the powder instead.)


Brush your teeth for around 1-2 minutes, and enjoy having black teeth for a couple of minutes, ha ha, I thought it was pretty cool.

Once done, rinse out your mouth a couple of times.


Using the charcoal powder too often, such as daily, may cause wear on your tooth enamel so I recommend using it about once or twice a week for best results.

Remember, activated charcoal can be a bit messy, so make sure you do this in the bathroom. I would advise you NOT to use an electric toothbrush as the charcoal will fly all around the room, splashing all over the walls and floor. (Took me ages cleaning my bathroom, ha ha) Your toothbrush will be stained after using the charcoal powder but it’s easily removed using a bit of hot water.

Possibly the easiest DIY I have ever done and it really works!






Review: Peroxide Free Teeth Whitening Strips by Whiter Smile



Hey sexy ladies,

I’ve another teeth whitening product review for y’all, this time it is some teeth whitening strips which I’m relatively new to as I always favour my whitening gels and tend to use them the most. The whitening strips I have been using are from a company called Whiter Smile and there is 14 sachets included in the box and each includes an upper strip and a lower strip in each foil packet. After reading the instructions and placing the strips over dry teeth – they should then be left on for 30 minutes.


 Before applying, I had to make sure my teeth were bone dry so the strips would stick to my teeth, first time I used them I forgot to wipe and dry them and the strips would not stick so I had to open a new sachet. I found them very easy to use and apply with the trickiest part being keeping my teeth dry from saliva before applying them. Everything else, no probs.


The strips don’t taste bad at all and they have a slight minty taste when they are on the teeth. After using the strips twice a day for one week my teeth are noticeably whiter by a shade or two. The strips are gentle on enamel and peroxide free so I did not feel any tooth pain, sensitivities or gum irritation whilst using and after using. Because they are peroxide free they don’t work at whitening teeth as quick as peroxide based gels although they do work and I found them to be much gentler on teeth, enamel and gums too which makes these strips perfect for those with sensitive teeth or those who don’t have heavily stained or discoloured teeth who are looking to go a shade whiter.

5555555555555555555555555555555555555The strips gently and gradually whiten teeth compared to the very fast whitening results and often enamel damaging that peroxide gels have. I was actually surprised at how well these worked and I would defo buy them again. I think the strips would come in handy when you’re in a rush or on the go as they are quite transparent and invisible so can be worn whenever and wherever so I love them for that reason alone. I seen slight results after the first results but by day 2 and 3 I saw a huge difference. My teeth are quite white anyway but as I have ran out of my usual gel they were in need of a top up and I was happy with the results of the strips. I will be buying my gels again but I will certainly use these strips again when my. Teeth need a little brightening so my enamel doesn’t suffer from unnecessary damage.


So, finally I would recommend these for those with slight discolouration as they have made my teeth appear clean, glossy and white but if you have heavily stained or really yellow teeth I recommend Denivit toothpaste and Dr Collins Whitening Gels as I don’t think these strips would give you the results you want. Alongside the strips I have been using Denivit anti-stain and whitening toothpaste as well as brushing my teeth and pulling with activated charcoal so I think all three have worked amazing together.

If you’d like to buy these whitening strips from Whiter Smile you can do so by clicking here.

Read my Denivit Anti-Stain Toothpaste review here. Best. Toothpaste. Ever.

For those who are curious – I buy my Dr. Collins 22% Peroxide Whitening Gels from Dentstore.

Love Yas,

Kate xo

Disclosure: These Tooth Whitening Strips were sent to me by Whiter Smile for review purposes. All opinions are my own.



Review: Laila London – Activated Charcoal Tooth Whitening Powder

The fab company, Laila London kindly sent me some of their Charcoal Tooth Whitening Powder for me to try out and I have used it for a whole week straight, once in the morning and again before bedtime. I have lost count of how many teeth whitening products I have used over the years but I have never tried a charcoal tooth whitening powder before, so I have been extremely excited to give it a whirl and I’m pleased to confirm it hasn’t disappointed.



What Laila London say:

A natural solution to promote healthy teeth and gums without any toxic ingredients normally used in toothpaste. Contains no synthetic additives, preservatives, foaming agents, fluoride, flavours or artificial colours, and no abrasive baking soda. Uniquely formulated to clean and safely polish teeth, improve gum health and freshen breath.
The main ingredient in Laila tooth powder is Coconut Shell Activated Charcoal known for tooth whitening and removing impurities.
⦁ Activated Charcoal is a highly absorbent substance. It removes toxins. Activated charcoal can be helpful in changing the pH and health of the mouth, and as such is effective in preventing cavities and killing the bad bacteria present in tooth decay and gingivitis
⦁ White Kaolin Clay is high in calcium, silica, zinc and magnesium. and it helps to whiten and polish teeth. even those with very sensitive teeth can use this 2x a day without sensitivity issues.
⦁ Calcium Powder provides extra calcium and magnesium to provide minerals and whiten.
⦁ Cloves is naturally antibacterial and gives a great taste.
⦁ Cinnamon is also antibacterial, tastes great and helps discourage bacterial growth in the mouth.
⦁ Ginger is an extremely effective solution in the fight against toothache pain.
⦁ Peppermint tastes great and is soothing to the gums and freshens breath.
⦁ Lemon powder – For fresh breath


The charcoal powder comes in a small amber brown glass jar with a screw top lid and the powder inside is a very light grey colour which has a pleasant and mild spicy scent with the slightest hint of natural peppermint. This powder should not be used as a substitute for toothpaste, the powder is fluoride free so you will still need to brush your teeth with toothpaste to protect from cavities. The 60ml jar is only small but there is quite a bit of powder within it and a little goes a long way so I reckon this will last a good while. It’s also 100% completely natural and it is suitable for vegans too.



To use you simply pour a little of the powder into the palm of your hands and dip your wet toothbrush into the powder. After emptying a little powder into my hands to dip my toothbrush into the powder went everywhere, so I would advise using a little scoop of some sort so there is no product waste. I used a teaspoon. I wouldn’t advise dipping your toothbrush into the jar as this can cause the bacteria growth within the jar, so make sure to pour it into your hand.


When I began to brush my teeth and gums with the powder I was alarmed when all of my peggies turned dark grey almost black as I really wasn’t expecting that to happen. It was cool having black teeth, ha ha! At first it felt and tasted a little powdery and chalky but after the powder mixed with my saliva the chalkiness soon disappeared and the powder melted. I brushed for about two minutes each time I used it and rinsed my mouth out with water a couple of times afterwards until I was spitting clear water. It left a mild, sweet spice aftertaste in my mouth once I had finished although it didn’t taste bad at all. My toothbrush was stained afterwards but a good rinse under the hot water tap sorted it out.

After the first use I could definitely see a difference. My teeth looked super glossy and polished and although my teeth were already white before I began using the charcoal powder I could definitely see they had lightened a little bit more and  they looked a-lot cleaner and smoother. My teeth were left clean and polished and the appearance of my teeth and gums had improved  even after the first use. After a weeks use my teeth are looking amazing as are my gums and there has been no damage to my tooth enamel, I’m happy that this powder is replacing all the lost minerals from my teeth through bleaching thus making them stronger and hopefully with longer use, the powder will maintain my white smile.

Would I buy again?

I would buy it again, yes. I think it is great value for money at £8.95 and it is much safer and gentler on my teeth than whitening gels are. I got mine here. You can also pick up a jar at your local Boots.

This is the first time I have used a Laila London product but I will definitely be trying out some of their other stuff, their Rose Coconut Body Scrub sounds too lush and their Lip Butters and Honey & Coconut Herbal Face Mask are on my wish list too.
Check out the website –

Disclosure: This was gifted to me by Laila London for review purposes.

14 Day CocoTox | Little Sachets Of Coconut Oil Pulling Kit from Nutrient Wise – Review

Hey hey,

I was approached by the fab company Nutrient Wise a few weeks ago and I was asked if I would like to try out their Cocotox ‘Little Sachets Of Coconut Oil’ Pulling  Kit so I have been oil pulling like mad these last two weeks and ditched the peroxide gels.


The Little Sachets Of Coconut Oil come in a resealable foil bag and there are fourteen 10 ml individually sealed sachets included which works out as one a day for two weeks. Oil pulling maintains teeth and gums keeping them in a clean & healthy condition, helps to remove plaque, toxins and bacteria from your teeth, gums and tongue and it helps to reduce build up on teeth as well as fighting stinky, bad breath. Oil pulling also reduces & soothes any dryness in your mouth and it can soothe chapped lips too.



Nothing but natural ingredients.

Virgin Coconut Oil, Peppermint Oil. (Free from gluten, wheat & dairy)

How to use?

Take an individual sachet and cut or tear the sachet along the dotted line, squeezing the oil into your mouth. Swirl the oil around your mouth for 5-15 minutes and spit out, rinsing your mouth.


Thanks to the peppermint oil, the contents in the little sachets smell minty fresh, it is a very refreshing, mild and pleasant scent and it is a bit similar to how toothpaste / chewing gum smells. Before tearing open the sachets, the oil may not be completely melted at first and it may still be in its solid form in some areas but it melts easily. It is a clear and transparent in appearance and it has a runny, oily consitency once it has melted. I have oil pulled before using just virgin coconut oil from a tub and I never added peppermint oil. Personally, I would actually prefer these if they didn’t have peppermint oil but it does and it has helped to freshen my stinky breath so I really can’t complain. I love how it tastes when I first put it in my mouth and I dont mind the peppermint whilst pulling but once my twenty minutes is up I have to rinse my mouth straight away with water as I’m not a fan of the peppermint aftertaste.


After the first go my teeth looked so much cleaner and by the 7th day I was suprised at how whiter my teeth appeared, they looked glossy, clean and polished and my gums looked a healthier pink colour and my stinky breath improved, according to the boyfriend!

At £19.99 the kit is expensive and you could probably buy yourself a tub of virgin coconut oil which will last longer than 14 days and much cheaper to buy but I have found the sachets have come in handy for me, especially when travelling or whenever I’m on the go. I’m now on my last sachet right now but I have vowed to take up oil pulling daily as my oral health is so much better now than it was two weeks ago and I really do recommend it.


You can buy your own 14 day CocoTox from Nutrient Wise right here.


Katie x

Disclosure: This Coconut Oil Pulling Kit was gifted to me by Nutrient Wise, all opinions are my own.


Smile Kit – DIY Teeth Whitening Kit From Smile:Now

Ola Amigos!

Two weeks ago I was sent a peroxide-free teeth whitening Smile Kit from Smile:Now to review and I have been using the kit for about 12 days now. I am a smoking, coffee drinking, coke addict so my teeth are very prone to staining and discolouration so I often rely on whitening products to keep my teeth looking clean and white. I use Denivit daily, (best anti-stain and whitening toothpaste, EVER), as well as whitening my teeth with Dr Collins’ All White 22% Carmabide Peroxide gels whenever I feel the need. I thought I would give the Smile Kit a whirl as I hadn’t bleached my teeth in ages and I was due a top-up!



The contents come in a expensive looking presentable box that looks very professional indeed, there is an instruction manual included too. Here’s what’s in the box:

3 x 5ml Teeth Whitening Gels13891857_10209833472897836_1240257527224242219_n

1 x 5ml Remineralising Gel13895487_10209833472857835_2554309233195924766_n

1 x 6 Bulb UV Whitelight13887098_10209833461777558_3821059811207402407_n

1 x Mouth Tray Box and 2 Mouth Trays (One For Top, One For Bottom)13872755_10209833461857560_5901625161061580959_n

A Shade Guide13669190_10209833475617904_2873582241772029811_n


How to use?

Compare your teeth with the shade guide and jot down the number closest to your shade.

Place mouth tray in boiling water for 10=15 seconds and place in your mouth over teeth and sucking to create a tooth impression on the tray. Rinse with cold water to set and repeat for the bottom mouth tray. Trim any excess rubber of the trays if you desire a perfect fit.

Put some whitening gel along the length of the trays and place in your mouth.

Take out the plastic piece from underneath the UV light battery and after turning it on, place the light over the mouth trays for ten minutes.

Remove the light and keep the mouth trays in for a further 30 minutes then rinse your mouth out and the trays.

Put some remineralising gel along the length of the mouth tray and put the trays back over your teeth for ten minutes then rinse again..

Compare your results using the shade guide to see if your teeth are whiter.


I am one of those ‘serial label reading lunatics’ and I check the ingredients list on labels and research each ingredient before using a product so I was a little disappointed when I couldn’t find the list of ingredients on the box or  on the website. The only information given is, ‘peroxide-free’, nothing else. So I haven’t a clue what the gels are made from!

I had trouble with the bottom mouth tray and my teeth didn’t make a good impression as much as it did with the top tray.

Although my teeth did whiten a shade or two, it took much longer to see any results compared to my Dr Collins gels which gives me instant results. I only began to see a difference after the fifth day of using daily.


The kit looks the part, it looks very expensive and I think it would make a fabulous gift.

They are peroxide free so they are much gentler on enamel and don’t cause any sensitivity compared to peroxide gels.

I didn’t see any improvement until the fifth day but after using for 12 days my teeth had whitened by a shade or two.

If you email the company with your order number and feedback you will receive 3 more whitening gels and another remineralising gel completely free. So basically, you can get two kits for the price of one just by giving honest feedback!

Would I buy again?

I probably won’t buy the Smile Kit again as I prefer my Dr Collins 22% Carmabide Peroxide gels over the Smile Kit gels. I see quicker results and I don’t have to whiten my teeth as often. I know peroxide based gels can be harmful if overused but because I only use them now and again I doubt I’ll do any harm to my enamel.

If I ever decide to replace my peroxide gels with gentle peroxide free ones, I would definitely try the Smile Kit again but until then I will continue using my Dr Collins whitening gels.

I don’t recommend this kit for heavily stained teeth, I advise you speak to your dentist before using any whitening gels and ask for a deep cleanse and polish for your teeth before using whitening gels for best results. If you have periodontal disease or gum disease it is important you speak to your dentist before using any whitening products on your teeth as you may do more harm than good!

Where to buy?

You can get yourself a Smile Kit by clicking here. A Smile Kit is £29.99 to buy.

If you would like more information on Dr Collins Carmabide Peroxide Teeth Whitening Gels click here to read my review or click here to visit Dentstore.

Lots of Love

Katie x



Arm & Hammer | Extra White Care | Gentle Daily Whitening With Fluoride | Toothpaste With Baking Soda | Review

Hey there everyone!


Welcome to my blog! 😊


Today, I’ll be sharing my review of Arm & Hammer – Extra White Care Daily Whitening Toothpaste with Baking Soda and thought I’d let everybody know what I thought of it and if it worked for me. I’ve been trialling it for a whole 7 days to see if it does the job it’s supposed to! It cost me jus 99p from my favourite bargain store, Home Bargains. I think Arm & Hammer toothpastes are more expensive in other stores as the brand is very popular.


I’ve always been a fan of Arm & Hammer, I love toothpastes that contain baking soda and I actually see them as one of the best toothpaste brands out there along with Denivit, Listerine and Oral-B. I’ve never been a fan of Colgate and it baffles me how they are probably the best selling toothpaste brand out there and the most popular toothpaste in the UK. I have seen much better results with the three listed above and I thought Colgate didn’t match up or whiten my teeth and remove stains as the other three have.

The last few years I have been a devoted Denivit user, I absolutely love the stuff, it whitens my teeth so well and it has an amazing anti-stain formula. Although one tube of Denivit doesn’t last as long as a normal tube of toothpaste. Another thing is the breath freshness. Although I love my Denivit, I’ve found it doesn’t freshen my breath as well as other toothpastes but nonetheless it’s still my favourite toothpaste. I have stopped using it for a whole week so I can trial a new one – not because I’m disappointed with it, I genuinely believe Denivit Anti-Stain & Whitening toothpaste is the best one I’ve used, hands down especially for whitening my teeth. I’m not trying to find a better toothpaste but instead a similar one that I can use alongside Denivit to freshen my stinky breath.

 Product information:


I’ve searched the internet high and low for information and for reviews on this toothpaste and I’ve had no joy whatsoever, not even on Arm & Hammer’s website. There is literally no information anywhere on Google about the Extra White Care toothpaste from Arm & Hammer which I think is a little strange, but never mind Katie Rose has got it sorted love! The info I do have about this toothpaste is printed on the packaging.

Here’s what it says…

Baking Soda Toothpaste Extra Whit Care Gentle Daily Whitening With Fluoride (125g)

|Cleans & Whitens: Baking soda cleans in hard to reach places.

|Incredibly Effective: Baking soda particles dissolve to gently clean & whiten teeth.

|Freshens Breath: Baking soda neutralises odour-causing compounds for intense breath freshening.

|Deep cleaning for extra white teeth.

|Fluoride cavity protection.

|Intense breath freshening.

Contains Sodium Fluoride (1100 ppm F)

Why I’m Using It

I’ve been using this baking soda toothpaste as it’s well known that baking soda, (or bicarbonate of soda as it is known in the UK) has great whitening and stain removing ability. I’m a heavy smoker who drinks about 20 mugs of strong coffee each day and I’m also a self confessed coke addict, (the drink, obvs!) LOL! So I think I am the perfect guinea pig for this toothpaste, wouldn’t you agree? 😊 After years of whitening and bleaching my teeth with peroxide whitening gels and carmabide teeth whitening kits, it’s safe to say my enamel is not as strong as it used to be, so my teeth are very prone to stains, discolouring, coffee breath (eurgh!) and ciggie breath (double eurgh!!) My anti-smoking boyfriend finds me so attractive! Ha! (I really should quit smoking!)

My main reason for using this: to freshen my breath.


Day 1: First time I used this, I thought wow! It’s a very intense feeling. I had a burning/tingling sensation on my lips, gum and tongue, although it did wear off after a minute or so. The toothpaste has a smooth white texture, a thick consistency and I found the flavour to be similar to those powerful XXXS mints as well as smelling like a packet of strong mints too. It’s a very, very strong mint flavour both scent wise and taste wise and it leaves a sweet peppermint aftertaste in the mouth. I’ve gotta say, it definitely does freshen the breath. No change in whiteness just yet but teeth do look and feel cleaner.


Day 7: The surface of my teeth feels so much smoother, almost like I’ve just had a professional clean & polish off my dentist. Old stains look a little bit lighter in appearance and no fresh/new stains have appeared. Breath is definitely fresher and because they look clean and polished they appear to be a little bit whiter.

I must add that this toothpaste can be used by children under 7 years of age – I personally don’t recommend this toothpaste for children as I think the tingling/burning sensation might be too much for their little mouths to handle. So this has passed the breath freshness test. I will be using this alongside my Denivit to make my teeth feel clean and polished and for helping my breath to smell ‘kissable’, minty and fresh.

The boyfriend will be happy, hey!

What’s your favourite whitening toothpaste?

Spill the beans! 😊


Katie xo

Review of Dr. Collins’ 22% Carbamide Peroxide Teeth Whitening Kit.

I’ve always hated my teeth. As a heavy smoker since I was 13 (naughty, I know) red wine drinker and fizzy drink addict (especially Coca Cola) – my pearly whites have never been ‘pearly’. Envious of celebrities and their ‘Hollywood Smiles’ and massive bank balances, I thought I had no option but to soldier on with ugly teeth.

Regular toothpastes had no effect, pennies were limited and I basically couldn’t afford the £200+ my Dentist had quoted. I even tried rubbing strawberries on my teeth, my boyfriend thought I had lost the plot, LOL.  I also bought bottled 0.10 % Hydrogen Peroxide solution from Amazon UK and mixed a little with bicarbonate soda and salt and brushed my teeth twice daily with it. Although some of the unsightly stains were lifted and kept at bay, I didn’t reach my desired shade of BRIGHT WHITE which I wanted so bad…

So, I took to GOOGLE and after searching the internet for a quick fix and a cheap one too, I came across Dentstore’s website – if you guys want to check it out 🙂

My teeth are now sparkly white after using for one month and and is definately my number one beauty essential. I’m so happy I found this website as teeth whitening gels are hard to find in UK.

Dr. Collins is an excellent value gel, 15ml in each syringe with upto 30 full mouth treatments if not more. It has a low sensitivity formula and gentle on teeth and gums. It is also used in over 100 Dental Practices in UK.  It has a thick formula that sticks to teeth and this prevents it from leaking onto gums as well as whitening teeth upto 16 shades lighter 🙂

The kit can be purchased in four strengths (10%, 16%, 22%, 30%) I found 22% was perfect for me and seen an improvement after the first treatment which lasted an hour. Custom made mouthtrays are also available to buy from you just pop them in hot water from the kettle for 60 seconds then put in your mouth to create a mould of your teeth. The gel is then applied inside the tray.

Dr. Collins can give you whiter teeth in a short amount of time. Delivers within two days and FDA approved.

You can buy here or just take a look at Dentstore’s website. They have a huge range of teeth whitening products. Dr. Collins is my favourite –

Would be great to see you on my Facebook page with your results, please share your thoughts, dont be shy 🙂 –