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Update: Whitening teeth with activated charcoal


Hey y’all! I’m not even going to apologize for being a slack blogger again…what can I say, LIFE happens! Anywho, I wanted to share an update of sorts. Months ago I wrote about whitening teeth with activated charcoal. I’m excited to share that I’ve mastered not making a huge mess! The secret? Dip wet toothbrush in charcoal and then squeeze a dab of toothpaste on the brush. That’s it! 

And also, just be mindful of how you brush, and no more messes! The mess is actually what kept me from using it more often! 
As a reminder, here’s what I use and it was purchased on Amazon. 

While my teeth aren’t super duper white, I’m happy with the results. 

I brush with the charcoal a couple times a week. I also notice how more clean my teeth feel after brushing with the charcoal. I’ve never asked my dentist if this is safe or not, so don’t come for me. I’d suggest asking a dental professional about this if you’re concerned. 

Have you guys tried this yet? And, any other whitening tips that you’ve come across? 


Whitening teeth with activated charcoal


Hey y’all! If you’ve been following my blog for awhile, you know that I’m a sucker for a cheap beauty treatment! A few weeks ago I saw a blog about using activated charcoal to whiten teeth. I’ve been trying to whiten my teeth for years, so of course I had to try it! My teeth aren’t horribly yellow, but they’re not dazzling white either. I also love gas station cappuccino so my teeth get a little dingy looking from time to time. I do rinse with peroxide everyday and use a whitening toothpaste, so I’m sure they could be a lot worse. 

So, I ordered my charcoal from eBay and it came super fast! Yay eBay. I paid around $7 for the 1.5 ounce container. 

Let me start by saying, I’m not a dentist, I didn’t ask mine before using, so use at your own risk! From my research this isn’t anything new and this is an all natural product, so I felt comfortable using it. So far I’ve used it twice. The first time I mixed with coconut oil thanks to a tip from my cousin but it was very messy. 

So the next time I just used it on a damp toothbrush. Less messy but still messy. 

Be very careful because this stuff makes a huge mess and can stain surfaces. And it does look a little scary seeing your teeth black! 

As you can see there’s just a smidgen difference after 2 uses so you’ll have to do this more than a couple times to see results. Results are very gradual. 

To use, all I did was dip my wet toothbrush in the charcoal and brush for 2 minutes. If you want to mix with coconut oil first you can, coconut oil is also a natural whitener. I think I’ll try to let it sit a little longer on my teeth next time to see if that makes a difference. 

I also took a pic in different lighting just to see, and they do look pretty white. The other pics are in my bathroom. 

As I’m typing this I’m also sitting here with charcoal and honey under my arms to see if it lightens as good as I’ve read about. To be continued! 

Have you guys heard of this or have tried it?

Empty box report: Crest noticeably white whitestrips 


It’s spring, so why not extend spring cleaning to your teeth! I’m a teeth person, a smile is the first thing I notice when meeting someone new. 

I’m a sucker for white teeth and I’m always looking for the next best thing to whiten my teeth. It’s been awhile since I bought whitestrips because I’ve been using peroxide, which seemed to be keeping my teeth pretty white, but a few weeks ago I noticed my teeth weren’t so white anymore! So, it was time to change that! 

Normally I buy the Target brand because they’re a lot cheaper, but the day I went, they just happened to be on sale, making them even cheaper, so they were out. Bummer! So, I ended up getting the Crest ones. 

Back in the day I remember you had to use the top and bottom strips separately, and twice a day, so it would take a gazillion days! But these only took 10 days and you can now use the top and bottom together, yay! 

So, do they work? Yes! Now, you won’t see a dramatic difference, only a few shades, but these are great for maintenance. Do you have any teeth whitening tricks?