Our first baking soda toothpaste review is for the product we are currently using, Jason Sea Fresh.
As this site progresses, I will be telling the story of how we came to be believers in fluoride-free baking soda toothpaste. However, I figure that a lot of people will find our blog before I am done telling the story and wonder “where are the toothpaste reviews?”. So, here is a review on the product we are using at the moment (we rotate between a few, as you will find out later).
We kind of stumbled upon the Jason brand of baking soda toothpaste after running our of our usual favorite, Tom’s of Maine w/propolis (link brings you to Amazon*). My wife was shopping at Trader Joe’s and picked up this brand we had never heard of. That always makes me nervous, because these days you can never be sure where your cosmetics are coming from. I was happy to find out that this company has been around since 1959 and practices ethical testing of their products (i.e. no animal testing). Their Sea Fresh toothpaste is fluoride free and also gluten free (which I’d think would go without saying, but there it is).
My first thought upon looking at the box was, “Is there seaweed in this”?? Yes, but I’m happy to say, it doesn’t taste like it! The Jason toothpaste has a fresh minty taste that stays with you for an hour or so. However, it is not overly sweet like some formulations. It’s closer to what you’d taste if you chewed on a mint leaf–fresh and “herby”!
Where I feel Jason’s Sea Fresh really excels is in what the experts call “mouth feel”. Some baking soda toothpastes have a gritty, sandy feel, at least until they dissolve a bit. However, the Sea Fresh feels more creamy, a bit like homemade butter. Some other brands we’ve used also go on the brush watery and runny, but this one stays where you put it, like conventional toothpaste. We found that it did a fine job of removing minor stains and build up, leaving your teeth feeling like they were just cleaned at the dentist. That’s one of the key things I like about baking soda toothpastes, it feels like you just got back from the dentist, every time you brush! The smooth feeling on your teeth lasts for hours.
Here’s the complete list of ingredients for Jason Baking Soda Toothpaste, linked to Wikipedia, so you can check them out yourself:
- Calcium Carbonate
- Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate (couldn’t find on wiki–so here’s a Tom’s of Maine link)
- Mantha Viridis Leaf Oil (Spearmint)
- Carrageenan (seaweed based gelling agent)
- Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Gel (Aloe Vera Gel)
- Bambusa Arundinacea Stem Powder (a kind of bamboo)
- Parsley Extract
- Citrus Grandis (Pomelo) Seed Extract
- Chlorella Pyrenoidosa Extract (interesting medicinal qualities)
- Perilla Ocymoides Seed Extract
- Stevia Rebaudiana Leaf/Stem Extract (sweetener)
- Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda!)
If you read through the ingredient list, you’ll see a lot of things like grapefruit seed extract and parsley. This might make you think that you’ll taste these things, but I can assure you that all we tasted was the mint. There is also very little of the “salty” taste that some people notice when they first switch to a baking soda formulation. We may have a new favorite in the Jason brand and have already set it up on our Amazon Subscribe & Save in case we can’t find it locally again. That seems to be an issue with a lot of the baking soda toothpastes; they are produced in lower volumes and you can’t always find them. So, we set them up in our Amazon account.
For someone making the decision to try a fluoride-free or baking soda toothpaste for the first time, I would strongly suggest trying Jason Sea Fresh. I think it’s actually a better first time experience than the Tom’s of Maine brand and it is easier to identify on the shelf (not all Tom’s products are fluoride free and you can easily pick up the wrong one). Give it a try!
If you want to purchase this product and can’t find it locally, it IS available on Amazon:
* Through these pages, you will see product pictures and if you click them, they take you to Amazon:
Here’s the deal. These links will bring you to fluoride free baking soda toothpastes that we’ve personally used. If you decide to buy the product, IT DOES NOT COST YOU A PENNY MORE, but we will get a few pennies to help us run this web site. If you find our webpage useful and you want to support it, you can click the link before buying something on Amazon. It does not increase the price, but Amazon will send us a tiny part of the sale. Thank you for your support!