After a lot of research I have finally given oil pulling a try and I have to say I am a total convert. Minty Coco is a brilliant way to start out on your oil pulling journey.
What Is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling is a fantastic way to naturally whiten your teeth, keep your breath fresh and get rid of all that bacteria in your mouth.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that if you have good oral hygiene you don’t have bacteria – you do. The average tooth in the mouth of someone with good oral hygiene has between 1,000 to 100,000 bacteria living on its surface.
By now, you have probably heard of oil pulling, but if you haven’t, it involves swishing coconut oil around your mouth for up to 30 minutes to remove those bad bacteria from your teeth, gums and tongue.
Oil pulling has been all over social media lately but it’s actually been practised in some parts of the world for around 3,000 years.
How Does Oil Pulling Work?
I’ll be honest, when I first heard of this I was sceptical. I thought it would be another promised “miracle cure” that actually just strips the enamel off your teeth and makes them look whiter. Wrong.
Minty Coco, which is the product I used is all natural. It is basically coconut oil infused with peppermint (the peppermint is to make it taste nice, because surprisingly, coconut oil doesn’t have a nice coconut flavour).
The bacteria in your mouth are covered with a lipid substance, which is a type of fat cell. Fat is attracted to fat so by oil pulling, the fatty substance on the bacteria is attracted to the oil, sticking to it and being spat out with the oil.
And yes, it does work, but more on that later.
There have also been reports that regular oil pulling can improve the look and feel of your skin too, although that remains unproven.
Why Choose Minty Coco?
In theory, you can use any coconut oil, so why choose Minty Coco?
I chose Minty Coco because it’s 100% natural. It comes pre-measured in single use sachets so there is no fuss and no mess. Also, with the infusion of peppermint, it taste quite nice unlike raw coconut oil.
After doing some research on oil pulling, and finding this company, I contacted them to see if they would be interested in me reviewing their product here. They were and they sent me the product to try in exchange for my honest review.
They were a lovely company to deal with, the ordering process was really simple and the product arrived the next day.
Oil Pulling With Minty Coco – A Review
As I mentioned above, the ordering process is really simple and quick and the delivery is super fast.
The product comes with instructions that are really simple – use every day for the first fortnight for 5-15 minutes then every 2-3 days for 20-30 minutes after that. They do say you can use half a sachet if you find a full one is too much. I did find a full one was a lot of liquid to hold in your mouth by the end so I am using a half sachet.
You simply pop the oil in your mouth and swish it back and forth through your teeth like you would mouth wash (when you spit it out, make sure to spit it in the bin rather than the sink as it solidifies at room temperature). After swishing, clean your teeth using your normal toothpaste.
In all honesty, the first time I tried this, I gagged so hard I had to spit it out before I was sick. The word I would use for your first attempt is intense. I tried again, and the second time, it wasn’t so bad, although I would have to say I didn’t enjoy the sensation at all. I did see a noticeable result in the colouring on my teeth (I smoke and drink too much coffee) and my mouth felt so much cleaner. The results were so good I knew I had to try again.
Day 2 was a lot easier. Knowing what to expect made a huge difference and it wasn’t bad at all.
Day 3 – 14
By day 3, I was enjoying doing it and now I am totally converted. I couldn’t imagine dropping this from my routine now. I actually look forward to doing it because I love how my mouth feels afterwards.
Oil Pulling Tips
- Start with a half sachet, it won’t feel so bad and you can always up it if you feel a half isn’t enough once you get used to it.
- Be prepared to waste the first one, but persevere. I am pretty squeamish about texture (I gag at the feel of bananas in my mouth) and I got to love it.
- Until you get used to the feel of the oil in your mouth, run the sachet under hot water for a couple of minutes before putting it in your mouth so it will be liquid rather than solid.
- Don’t just stand clock watching. Set a timer to go off on your phone and read a book, write a blog post or even do some ironing. Anything really as long as you can do the activity and still move your mouth.
- Use Minty Coco alongside your normal oral hygiene routine. Oil pulling is not intended to replace brushing and flossing, it is intended to enhance it.
Oil Pulling With Minty Coco – Conclusion
I love this product. It is worth every penny and more than worth that first weird sensation. My mouth feels so clean and fresh. As I mentioned above, I was gifted a box of sachets for me to review, but I will be buying my own as from tomorrow, which I think says it all about how much I loved the product.
There are no hidden costs and no add-ons. What you see is what you get which I love about any company.
Overall, Minty Coco were a pleasure to deal with and the product is fantastic. Definitely a 5/5 experience.
To get your own Minty Coco, plus free postage and packaging on your first order if you order before the end of May, simply click here. I hope you enjoy it as much as I am.
Have you ever tried oil pulling? Would you like to try it? Let me know in the comments 🙂