Me , my teeth and I try Carbon Carbo …

If you’ve got big teeth , you might as well have big white teeth don’t you think? Unless I try and file mine down [ even I’m not that silly ] I figure I’m kinda stuck with them for life. I therefore might as well make the most of them. Embrace them even.

Have I ever told you that I really don’t like my teeth … like my skin I have a love / hate relationship. Children can be so cruel, they pick up on your insecurities and use them to inflict their evil. Horsey, goofy , Bugs Bunny and Cilla [ as in Black] where names often thrown at me on a daily basis throughout school. The names stick in your head and even to this day they can still hurt.

I quickly grew a thick skin. Mum used to tell me I was beautiful and that my teeth made me, me BUT if I wanted they could look into me having a brace fitted. Daft as it sounds and despite my hatred for them I refused …my complex 14 year old head insisted that this would only draw more attention my way !

Gradually over the years I’ve grown to accept my big teeth. I still lust over little perfect front teeth [ the all American smile I call it ] and I’d love  a brace on the bottom set to straighten up my teeth which are all over the place. I figure when I can afford it I will have my bottom teeth ‘sorted’. However I’ve lived with them like this for 47 years, I figure I can wait a while longer.

Anyway I’m digressing …

When the guys at Carbon Coco got in touch to see whether I’d like to try their charcoal teeth whitening system I practically snapped their hands off. They have got a massive following on instagram. Surely all these people can’t be wrong?

Had I known how bloody messy it was, I might not have been so eager!

My white bathroom sink is mostly a mucky-looking shade of grey and I’ve learnt to brush my teeth before I get dressed. I’ve ruined numerous outfits before I’ve even left the house by brushing my teeth and getting flecks of black charcoal everywhere!

So how do you use it?

You basically take your tooth brush [which is included within the set above] wet the head , dip it into the charcoal powder and brush your teeth. I’m not joking you look like something from ‘The Walking Dead’ …

After 3 minutes you rinse your mouth and  follow up with a second clean using the charcoal activated toothpaste. Brush for a further 3 minutes.

Now I’m not saying you can’t tell a difference after brushing with Carbon Coco because temporarily my teeth maybe looked slightly whiter and they felt extremely clean. However being an avid coffee drinker this is short lived. To ensure whiter teeth for longer I would also have to cut down on my coffee intake and to be honest I don’t think I want too.

Life’s too short.

Another little ‘bug bear’ was that black bits of charcoal would sit in your gum line and didn’t rinse away which is hardly attractive. You had to scrub at your gums which is something I would never recommend. Ouch!

To conclude :

If you can cope with a mucky sink most of the time [the older I get the more I realise how much I sound like my mum!] and all the ‘phaff’ I’d say if your intrigued , go for it.

Would I personally purchase it again?

To be totally honest


I would save and have my teeth professionally whitened. I can buy a whitening toothpaste, that’s a lot cheaper and just as effective without all the mess. I also like my coffee [ which is renowned to stain teeth] too much to quit.

Sorry Carbon Coco its a no from me…

Have you used Charcoal toothpaste before and did you see a difference? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Until next time,

Tracey x

  • Carbon Coco kindly gifted me the set in exchange for an honest review. All words, photos and opinions are strictly my own. Thankyou for the opportunity.

8 thoughts on “Me , my teeth and I try Carbon Carbo …

  1. Oralia says:

    Thanks for your insight. I’ve been tempted to try it; now that I know this is very messy and worse, it stays caught up in the gums, I will instead stick with my Crest White Strips!

  2. beereaderbooks says:

    Very interesting, off white teeth is one of the least of my problems with my teeth after ongoing wisdom tooth hell but I see a lot of teeth whitening products and always think they seem overpriced for the effect they can provide realistically without professional intervention. I think like you said sometimes the ingredients (bleach, abrasive particles etc) can do more damage to gums and enamel that will cause bigger issues. It’s like the charcoal face masks etc they just seem a lot of mess & faff to me. I’ve got kids that make my bathroom messy enough without me adding to my workload 🤣

  3. Best Before End Date says:

    First off your teeth and your smile are fabulous.

    As discussed on social media I reviewed this, too and had very similar thoughts in the post I wrote. The mess just doesn’t outweigh the effect. I thought it was maybe me who was messy but could to realise its not.

    Man I got so sick of the clean up!

    I did like the effect and it did get noticed but it wore off quite quickly. Sharon xo

    • lizandtracey says:

      Sharon ,
      Thanks for popping across … firstly Thank-you your too kind . Secondly what a bloody messy phaff ! I’m glad it’s not just me who couldn’t cope with the messy sink xx

  4. carterfamily4 says:

    I’ve tried this myself at work, a few samples left by reps but I totally agree with you nothing that can be bought over the counter can whiten your teeth in the true sense. I think these products can prob make the teeth appear whiter, cut down on staining maybe. But if you want whiter teeth I agree Tracey save the money and have them whitened professionally with a dentist.

  5. lindahobden says:

    Interesting review – I have always been put off by the look of the charcoal! The powder part reminded me of a tooth powder I used to use to get off coffee/tea stains – it was pink though – it was calked Eucryl Smokers Toothpaste Powder. I never smoked but it was brilliant to clean stubborn tea stains. The dentist told me to use it sparingly as it will scrub off the enamel eventually. I don’t know if it is still available as I haven’t used it for years.

    • lizandtracey says:

      Thanks for popping across.
      It’s just such a messy time consuming phaff around for not great results. And the mess 😩 yes i have heard some of these whitening toothpastes cause more harm than good that’s why I’m always cautious

  6. Joanne says:

    👏👏 thankyou for leaving your true thoughts in your feedback and not just what is expected of you! Xx

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