Hello Everyone! As you might already know, I love everything that has to do with cooking and baking. Recently, one of my friends asked me if I ever tried any charcoal teeth whitening products for comparison purposes. Unfortunately, I haven’t, but it got me thinking about doing this test myself.
So here we go: the first thing you need to be prepared for is the fact that most of those toothpastes or powders don’t taste very good or they simply taste horrible. The only way around it would be using a whole bunch of mints after brushing your teeth so your breath doesn’t stink anymore haha! But despite all that, let’s get down to business and see what Blackwood Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste has to offer us.
Is Splat Blackwood Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste good for your teeth?
What Splat Blackwood toothpaste can really do and all the reasons why you’d be better off using other teeth whitening products
Splat’s Blackwood toothpaste is one of the “black toothpastes” and promises to whiten teeth naturally with activated charcoal.
- The toothpaste fulfills your purpose through the contained activated carbon.
- However, it is not suitable for everyone. Especially with sensitive teeth you should look more closely.
- In addition, I have other points of criticism: For example, the toothpaste does not contain fluoride.
What the Splat Blackwood Whitening toothpaste can really do in detail and whether it is worth buying, you can find out here in my test.
In addition, I will tell you comparable, or in my opinion, better alternatives to get your teeth white.
If you do not have time for a comprehensive article and just want to quickly pick up the facts about this toothpaste, you can find my short conclusion in advance.
Blackwood toothpaste in quick summary
Blackwood toothpaste promises whiter teeth through activated charcoal, just like other black toothpastes
Splat Blackwood Whitening Toothpaste
- Natural whitening toothpaste without fluoride and peroxide.
- Natural whitening of the teeth.
- Without fluoride.
This effect is indeed given, however, this turns out to be less strong than our own wishful thinking and advertising lead us to believe.
- If teeth whitening is the goal for you, then you are better off with alternatives such as strips, peroxide creams for application or professional teeth whitening.
- The toothpaste also does not contain fluoride, which means it will not help protect and strengthen your tooth enamel.
- Not yet clearly classified as a concern, parabens used in Blackwood toothpaste may negatively affect hormone balance.
- For sensitive teeth, the toothpaste is less suitable due to the RDA value of 70.
The Blackwood toothpaste gets your teeth reliably and noticeably clean and you can use it to get back your natural whiteness.
Furthermore, even activated charcoal cannot replace professional methods like teeth whitening.
Your teeth won’t become brilliantly white with Akitv charcoal; other whitening procedures are needed for that.
Because it lacks fluoride, which is so important for tooth enamel, I don’t think Blackwood is suitable as a mainstream toothpaste for daily use.
Whitening with Blackwood toothpaste thanks to activated charcoal
The main selling point of Splat Blackwood – as with all other black toothpastes – is the activated charcoal it contains. This is to bind dirt and discoloration and thus eliminate.
With this, the manufacturer promises that your teeth will become bright white again.
Activated charcoal processed into toothpaste is said to whiten teeth.
However, there is a problem with this, which I also explain in more detail in the article on black toothpaste – but here is the brief summary again:
Activated carbon binds particles like a sponge, making it easier to remove these particles from the body, for example.
For this reason, activated charcoal is also used in respirators or to remove toxins in the stomach, among other applications.
- The absorption capacity of activated carbon is limited – In a respirator mask, the filter must be changed regularly.
- In toothpaste, this means that the charcoal already absorbs numerous particles from the toothpaste itself before it even reaches your toothbrush.
- The activated carbon is so already for the most part “saturated” and can only conditionally absorb dirt or pigments from your teeth.
Bottom line, the carbon in the toothpaste actually brings an advantage – however, this is absolutely minimal and far from the advertising promises.
Info: Read why activated charcoal is a risky method for teeth whitening
In addition, this is a natural teeth whitening method, which means it only whitens the teeth by removing existing discoloration.
The effect with Splat Blackwood Whitening Toothpaste is small.
However, it will not make your teeth “super white”, you can only regain the original color. If you really want excellent results, then only a professional teeth whitening offers itself here.
As a product for teeth whitening in your own 4 walls, I do not recommend the Blackwood toothpaste to you.
Here you can better reach for special products that fully specialize in teeth whitening. For example, Lovely Smile’s White Strips:
Lovely Smile whitening strips for teeth whitening
- 28 strips for teeth whitening, 14 each for upper and lower teeth
- Visibly whiter teeth in 14 days.
- Without peroxide – Complies with EU Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009.
You can find everything you need to know about bleaching strips or home bleaching in my other articles.
Criticism: Blackwood toothpaste without fluoride
Next problem is the absence of fluoride, which is so important for tooth enamel.
Fluoride strengthens and protects tooth enamel and helps remineralization. This makes fluoride one of the main players in preventing tooth decay and periodontal disease.
To take the best care of your teeth, I always advise using toothpaste with fluoride.
While there has always been heated debate as to whether fluoride is helpful or even harmful, recent studies suggest that the positive effect of fluoride on tooth enamel is clear.
Info: Why toothpaste should contain fluoride, I explain in the post Toothpaste without fluoride.
Because Blackwood completely eliminates the addition of fluoride, I personally cannot recommend it as a toothpaste for daily use.
Blackwood toothpaste contains parabens
Current studies are still inconclusive on the extent to which parabens in toothpaste are of concern, however, parabens have hormonal effects and can negatively affect your hormone balance.
It has not yet been clearly proven whether parabens are a concern. Nevertheless, I advise caution.
Until studies come out clearly in favor of or against parabens in consumer products, I would therefore like to bring this point to your attention.
How clean do teeth get?
Important for any toothpaste is how well it cleans the teeth.
Blackwood does well here, as it contains all the important ingredients (apart from fluoride)
- Blackwood has an RDA of 75, putting it within the usual spectrum.
- For sensitive teeth, you should use toothpaste with an RDA value of 20-30. Such toothpastes are marked with “sensitive” or similar designations.
- The Blackwood is rather less suitable here, because the abrasion can lead to toothache with exposed necks of teeth.
The toothpaste has a slightly firmer consistency than comparable toothpastes, this may feel a bit unfamiliar to you at first, but it foams up quickly and makes brushing a “liquid affair” again.
The teeth feel fresh and smooth after brushing. True, they do not immediately shine in a dazzling white. However, it reliably removes existing dirt and lighter discolorations.
Conclusion: choose other products for teeth whitening
Blackwood Whitening Toothpaste offers you the same features as other manufacturers’ black toothpastes – by adding activated charcoal, natural teeth whitening is supposed to take place.
- The whitening is not as effective as the advertising promises. Here you are better advised with products specifically for teeth whitening.
- It does not contain fluoride, which for me is mandatory in a good toothpaste. A value of 1000 to 1500 ppm fluoride protects the tooth enamel optimally.
- Be generally careful with toothpaste that contains parabens. Activated carbon is also not completely harmless, which is why I advise against this method.
The Blackwood toothpaste provides clean teeth and can actually help (albeit minimally) with whitening. As a product with this goal in focus, however, black toothpastes are generally rather less suitable.
I therefore advise you to use home whitening strips or even special electric toothbrushes with whitening mode, such as the Philips Sonciare Diamond Clean.
If you want to avoid fluoride in toothpaste (contrary to the advice of many experts), Blackwood toothpaste is definitely an effective alternative that will keep you feeling clean and your teeth shining.