There’s a subscription box for everything these days. Yet while it’s easier to dismiss those for products you simply want, such as new jewelry or trendy clothing items, the model makes particular sense for things you actually need and use every day – like dental care products.
Which is why I was eager to try the subscription box from Boka. But before I get to the practicality of this idea, let me tell you about the fun stuff. Boka specializes in natural products to keep your smile sparkling, including chemical-free toothpaste, an all-natural breath freshener (more on that later), and a beeswax-coated dental floss.
The toothbrush also includes the beauty/skincare equivalent of the cold shoulder trend – activated charcoal. While the American Dental Association has not yet pointed to proven benefits of using this agent in your teeth cleaning regimen, activated charcoal has been cited as reducing odor-causing bacteria naturally, which is never a bad thing. Boka also notes that the smaller head of their toothbrush is designed to more easily reach the nooks and crannies of your mouth. The first time I used it, I instantly realized that the Oral-B Pulsar toothbrush I’ve been purchasing for years barely reaches my back molars. It also uses softer bristles than I’m accustomed to – Boka notes that many of us inadvertently cause damage to our mouths due to over-brushing. Brushing your teeth with Boka’s brush feels like a lovely gum massage.
Also, it’s pretty. Seriously, this is the first set of dental care products I’ve come across that I’ve been excited to share on Instagram. While this isn’t exactly crucial to keeping your teeth clean, if you’re a visual person like I am, enjoying the entire experience can definitely help encourage you to keep up a healthy routine.
Despite all I’ve heard about the importance of using natural beauty/skincare/wellness products, I must admit that I have in no way shied away from including chemicals in my everyday routine. I’m always a bit skeptical of natural alternatives – sure, it might be “better” for me, but will it actually work?
I was pleasantly surprised by Boka’s toothpaste – while it doesn’t have the whitening agents I usually look for in a toothpaste, it has a deliciously minty taste, and keeps my mouth feeling fresh just as long as my typical drugstore brand.
The natural breath freshener I mentioned above, called “Cocorinse,” also intrigued me, largely because it uses the ancient oil-pulling method recently popularized by folks like Gwyneth Paltrow. Oil-pulling essentially consists of swishing oil in your mouth for an extended period of time (like, ten or more minutes) to reduce bacteria that can lead to cavities, whiten teeth and freshen breath without the use of harsh chemicals. Boka’s Cocorinse product comes packaged in smart, single-serving pouches containing coconut, peppermint and spearmint oils. You’re instructed to warm the packet in your hands to help turn the oils into more of a palatable liquid, then squeeze it into your mouth, and swish for ten minutes, ahead of brushing first thing in the morning.
So, I’m glad I had the chance to try this whole oil-pulling thing, but – no offense to the folks at Boka – the overall practice just isn’t for me. While I warmed the product in my hands and under the tap, the oils didn’t fully liquefy before I squeezed it into my mouth, which wasn’t entirely pleasant – though it did turn to liquid fairly quickly shortly thereafter. Also, ten minutes feels like a long time to swish anything around in your mouth, though doing so as I showered definitely helped the time pass. The aftertaste was subtly minty, but didn’t pack that chemically-enhanced, longer-lasting freshness that I must admit I prefer.
Luckily, Boka offers customizable subscriptions, so you can include as much or as little Cocorinse in your every-three-month box as you like. I find the subscriptions to be quite reasonably-priced, at $16 paid each quarter. And the frequency of the deliveries is one of the most genius aspects of this product. It’s easy to keep forgetting to buy floss, or to remember to replace your toothbrush as regularly as your doctor would like. Because Boka’s product is delivered right to your door, it’s like getting a pleasant, pretty reminder to update your dental game.
Have you tried any natural dental care products? If so, what are your faves?