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Carrageenan + Fluoride Free Toothpaste: Desert Essence Activated Charcoal Toothpaste Review

November 23, 2018

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Toothpaste is one of the basic essentials we use each day but may not put much thought into it’s ingredients. Many conventional toothpastes are loaded with unhealthy ingredients, some of which can even be toxic. For this reason, it’s super important to read labels and be sure your toothpaste contains only the necessary ingredients to keep your teeth clean and healthy.

Desert Essence has become a new favorite company of mine for their natural and toxin-free personal care products (check out their hair care line!). The company’s inspiration and ingredients for their products draw from the desert as “a model of pristine balance and sustainability, where limited resources, if used responsibly, offer the body and spirit untold benefits.” Using nutrient-rich desert botanicals revered in native cultures for their healing properties, Desert Essence’s body, skin, and hair care products work in harmony with the body to soothe, nurture, and restore. Their new carrageenan free dental care line is no exception and a welcome addition to my daily routine. Among their new line of dental care is Activated Charcoal Toothpaste. This toothpaste is unique from others in the same category because it is infused with an exclusive blend of Country Life Vitamins© Activated Coconut Shell Charcoal. This formula uses sustainably sourced ultra fine charcoal powder and the color is charcoal gray rather than black.

Product Features

The ingredients in Desert Essence Activated Charcoal Toothpaste are targeted to keep your mouth fresh, clean, and maintain optimal health*. Created in the USA with globally sourced ingredients, the toothpaste is vegan and free of sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), fluoride, carrageenan, and gluten. Some additional ingredient highlights are listed below.

  • The antioxidant COQ10 combined with a botanical blend of oils + extracts provides complete care for your teeth and gums.
  • Baking soda and sea salt effectively and gently clean teeth.
  • Zinc citrate helps reduce buildup.
  • Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil helps defend against sugar acids.
  • A fresh burst of Mint keeps your breath fresh and clean.

My Thoughts

After using this toothpaste for a few weeks, I have definitely noticed a difference in how bright white and clean my teeth look. Having tried a couple other natural charcoal toothpastes, Desert Essence stands out because it’s smooth formula provides an overall fresh and clean feeling without an unwanted aftertaste or leftover residue. The freshness withstood my day and I love that it is carefully formulated with plant-based natural ingredients for a clean mouth.


A full size tube of Desert Essence Activated Charcoal Toothpaste typically retails for $6.99. Desert Essence Activated Charcoal Toothpaste is available to purchase at Sprouts Farmers Market, Raley’s Supermarkets, The Vitamin Shoppe, Pharmaca, Earth Fare, Natural Grocers by Vitamin Cottage, and on To find a store near you, visit You can find this product in the oral care aisle.*Follow the packaging guidelines for use and storage of Desert Essence Activated Charcoal Toothpaste. For best results, use twice daily.

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