I have heard so many great things about oil pulling but the idea of swishing oil in my mouth never appealed to me. That is, until I noticed my friend’s extremely white teeth and asked what toothpaste she had been using. She happily told me that she had started oil pulling so I immediately looked into it. To be honest, when it comes to cheap beauty trends, I am always happy to give it a go at least once.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that requires you to swish a tablespoon of oil in your mouth for around 15 – 20 minutes. This is meant to remove the toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health. The reported benefits of oil pulling are whiter teeth, prevention of cavities, stronger teeth, healthier gums, fresh breath and surprisingly, improvement in skin problems and headaches.
After researching, I was pretty much sold, so I was happy to find this Minty Coco kit.
It arrived in a really nice and professional looking box with 14 sachets of oil (enough for 2 weeks use) and an information booklet. The booklet was really useful as it explained the ingredients, how to use the product and it had some FAQs.
The sachets are really great as they can be easily taken with you anywhere due to their size. They fit perfectly in your hand so if you need to warm up the oil, it is really easy to do so and the rip off feature was really simple. One thing to note, if you haven’t warmed the oil enough in your hands, it can be a bit difficult to fit the oil through the small hole. Coconut oil is a solid at room temperature but a little bit of warmth easily melts it.
So how do you oil pull? You empty the contents of the Minty Coco tube into your mouth and swish it around your mouth like you would with mouthwash. I would advise that you do it slowly and gently because you have to do it for 15 minutes. You don’t want to end up with a stiff achy jaw. Also, be sure to spit the oil into some tissue and throw it in the bin as it will block your drains if you spit it down the sink.
The first time I used the oil was very weird and strange! The sensation of the oil in my mouth was bewildering but I got used to it. It did feel a bit gross at first and made my tongue feel icky. I am not a fan of even eating oily food as it makes me feel sick but the mint flavouring really helped me to keep the oil in my mouth for 15 minutes. At first your jaw does get really tired as 15 minutes is quite a long time but over time, it gets easier. I find that doing it whilst in the shower makes it easy to forget that I have oil in my mouth.
I preferred oil pulling at night as I had the 15 minutes to spare and I enjoyed going to bed with an extra minty fresh mouth.
Since using this product (7 days) I have to say that my teeth have actually become slightly brighter and I have faith that with continuous use, they will be noticeably white. According to my boyfriend, I have been waking up with pleasant morning breath so that is definitely a plus (haha). I also tend to suffer from sensitive teeth whenever I eat something sweet. My dentist has said that my teeth do not product enough fluoride. Since I have been oil pulling, I have not had a sensitivity issue so I can enjoy eating chocolate again.
Some people will say that £20 is very expensive for this kit but I actually think it’s worth it. I know a few people who spend hundreds on salon whitening so I would definitely recommend this kit plus it is natural so not harmful to your teeth at all.This kit is also cheaper than others that I have seen.
A lot of reviews that I have read about oil pulling talk about taking a tablespoon of oil and putting that in your mouth but as I previously mentioned, I hate the taste of oil so having a flavoured oil is perfect for me!
If you’re interested in trying the latest health and beauty fad, you can purchase the kit on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Oil-Pulling-Kit-Formulated/dp/B016L0Y4CW/ref=pd_sim_sbs_121_1?ie=UTF8&dpID=51oXBXiK1yL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR160%2C160_&refRID=1VE9H9K9MJKBB675AH4D