UPDATE: I found the effects of Carbon Coco to be very temporary. If you’re looking for a possible alternative, click here.
One fine day, I was innocently scrolling through my newsfeed when bam! I stopped at a video of people brushing their teeths with black tar.
After some browsing, I discovered that the black tar wasn’t tar, but a natural teeth whitener with activated charcoal called Carbon Coco. Every night for 14 days, you just brush it on for 1-2 minutes and rinse. Then you brush your teeth like you normally would. Ever the adventurer, I decided to give it a go. Blake’s reaction was less enthusiastic: “Nhi, you fell for a Facebook ad?”
Why, yes, yes, I did.
So to cut to the chase, yes, this stuff works. It didn’t make my teeth movie star white, but after 14 days, my teeth are definitely several shades whiter. The before picture below was actually taken after my first Carbon Coco brushing, which means my teeth were even more yellow before. Ack.
Here are my general thoughts/learnings:
- I prefer to floss before using Carbon Coco. Otherwise the black stuff just sticks to gums/food residue.
- You should buy their toothbrush. Otherwise you’ll be sacrificing one to the charcoal Gods.
- Be prepared to be cleaning your sink while cleaning your teeth. The stuff goes everywhere, so try to brush with your mouth closed and watch where you spit.
- Avoid getting the charcoal on fabrics. It stains.
- I loved that I didn’t experience any side effects because of the natural ingredients. Sometimes I felt tingles, but it’s not the pain and sensitivity I experienced with things like Crest Whitestrips.
- I also didn’t get color spotting, which is something I got with other whiteners.
- I noticed my teeth were almost always whiter the morning after a brush, which I loved.
- It did add a good 5-10 minutes to my nightly routine, but I was determined!
- Some experts warn that this whitening method may ruin your enamel, so I won’t be using it too regularly. Still, I think it’s a great way to whiten your teeth in just 14 days… if you don’t mind the mess.