There are many reasons why you may want to choose a non mint toothpaste – perhaps you don’t like the taste of mint, or you may find mint too overpowering.
Some people find mint can cause a burning sensation in the mouth and wish to avoid this.
Mint is the traditional flavour of oral care products, in part because mint is known for its antibacterial and fungicidal properties, and because of its perceived refreshing flavour.
But companies are now reaching out to those looking for a mint free toothpaste. On this page I include various options for you to consider, and my comments about them.
This page contains a list of what we understand to be non-mint toothpastes.
We are aware that some toothpaste is labelled as ‘non-mint’, but does still contain mint alongside the main flavour that is listed. In this situation, mint is not always listed in the ingredients.
Should you have any allergies to mint, we advise contacting the toothpaste manufacturer to clarify before using.
As time goes on, we hope to build a reliable list of toothpastes that are truly ‘non-mint’.
If you have tried a non-mint toothpaste, please leave a comment to let others know how you found it.
4 good non-mint toothpaste options
These are by no means the only good toothpastes that come without mint flavouring — there are various other options.
But to keep things simple, I have listed 3 good choices below. I also include other options later on in the article.
The toothpastes that have made it into this list:
- Contain fluoride. If non-fluoride is what you are looking for I have these covered in the list below.
- Avoid mint flavours (but may still contain traces of mint)
Hydrophil Toothpaste Tablets in Sage
Hydrophil is a company aiming to produce sustainable and natural products. Their tablets have made it to this list as the only toothpaste tablet option that comes with fluoride and without mint.
Note, they do a non mint flavour in a toothpaste version, but sadly this does not contain fluoride.
Kingfisher Fennel Toothpaste (With Fluoride)
Kingfisher fennel toothpaste with fluoride is available from most health shops and online.
It is approved by the Dental Health Foundation.
It is vegan and not tested on animals.
The Humble Co Toothpaste in a Jar Kids Strawberry with Fluoride
This Swedish Company has a real focus on sustainability and natural products. Their toothpaste in a jar is one of a few products they provide that are aiming to reduce plastic waste, but I have chosen this one as it is totally plastic free whilst also being a good product and a fair price.
They are also an ethical company, and each purchase helps the Humble Smile Foundation, which helps prevent suffering caused by oral disease.
This toothpaste in a jar comes in a strawberry flavour, and whilst targeted at kids there is no reason that adults can’t use it too.
The Humble Co has a wide range of other non-mint toothpastes, available in a traditional tube which may also be of interest to you (and which are slightly cheaper too). Those flavours include Coconut and Salt, Ginger, or Cinnamon, and all contain fluoride.
- Cruelty free
- Plastic free packaging, FSC approved
- Contains fluoride for protection against cavities
- Strawberry flavour
- SLS free
- No Parabens
- Only available online with a couple of retailers
Where to buy
- 50ml jar
- Approx £5 per jar
Oranurse Unflavoured toothpaste
This toothpaste has rave reviews on Amazon and Facebook.
What makes this one special? It is the only option I could find which is completely unflavoured toothpaste.
This is ideal if for those who have very sensitive mouths, whether that is because of autism or a wide range of oral diseases.
- Completely unflavoured.
- SLS free – also non foaming.
- Two different fluoride levels available.
- Suitable for a wide range of medical conditions.
- May be difficult to get hold of due to production and supply issues.
Why go for a non-mint toothpaste?
There are a number of reasons that make non mint flavoured toothpaste preferable to some people:
- Personal preference — some simply don’t like the taste of mint. In particular, adults and children with learning disabilities can prefer a more bland tasting toothpaste.
- Mint may cause a burning sensation in the mouth.
- Certain oral conditions may make mint toothpaste uncomfortable in the mouth, for example:
- Oral Lichen Planus sufferers.
- Head and neck cancer patients after radiotherapy.
- Burning mouth syndrome.
- Sjögrens syndrome
- Behcets disease
- Allergies or intolerance to mint.
In addition to these reasons, there is some debate about whether you should avoid mint if receiving homeopathic medicines. Whilst the advice seems to be that you don’t need to avoid mint during homeopathic treatment, it is your choice – and hopefully this list of non-mint toothpaste will help you.
Some toothpastes do not list mint in their ingredients
Non-mint flavoured toothpastes may still contain mint, even though it isn’t listed on the packaging.
So while a toothpaste could have a non-mint flavour, it may still contain mint.
This means it’s important to double check with the manufacturer if you are allergic to mint.
One example is toothpaste from Colgate. Previously we had listed some on this page as being non-mint, but have since discovered that they do contain mint. We contacted Colgate about this to double check, this was its response:
We do not currently have a mint-free toothpaste in our range. The flavours we use in our toothpaste products are made up of both natural and manmade ingredients, of which mint may be a component. We understand that this is information consumers like you want to see on the packaging so please be assured that your feedback will be passed onto the relevant team.
Can adults use kids’ non-mint toothpastes?
Generally speaking, kids’ toothpastes are more likely to be fruit flavoured than an adult toothpaste. But it doesn’t matter whether it is marketed at children or adults, as long as it has the correct amount of fluoride in it.
Children’s toothpastes may contain lower concentrations of fluoride, especially if they are targeted at children under 6 years old. Over this, they may well have the same concentration of fluoride as an adult toothpaste.
The take home message here is that as long as the toothpaste contains at least 1350ppm fluoride you will get a good level of protection, regardless of whether the flavoured toothpaste is marketed at children or adults.
Fluoride-free non-mint toothpastes
Fluoride is a vital ingredient to toothpaste, and only toothpastes which contain fluoride will normally be recommended by dentists.
To still get the anti-cavity benefits of your mint free toothpaste, make sure it still has fluoride in its list of ingredients.
The recommendations in my more general best toothpaste article all contain fluoride.
As a dentist, I don’t normally recommend fluoride free toothpaste, as you miss out on the known anti-cavity properties of fluoride, but I do respect that some people may still wish to avoid toothpastes containing fluoride.
In which case, there are two main options available to you:
In which case, there are two main options available to you:
- A non-mint fluoride free toothpaste that contains no fluoride and no major source of remineralising agent. Whilst ingredients like xylitol have a small anti-cavity effect, it would not be enough to be remineralising in the same way as fluoride.
- A non-mint fluoride free toothpaste that contains no fluoride and which does contain an alternative remineralising agent. Calcium phosphates (such as hydroxyapatite) help re-harden the tooth surface in a similar way to fluoride. These ingredients are newer than fluoride and are still undergoing long term studies, but are showing a lot of promise. They are normally more expensive than fluoride, but there is lots of evidence supporting their effectiveness.
I’ve rounded up a whole list of non-mint toothpastes below, and you can see which ones don’t contain fluoride below. Some popular options include:
- Biomed toothpastes – which contain an alternative remineralising ingredient.(view on Amazon)
- Kingfisher toothpastes – which have a variety of different flavours. (view on Amazon)
- GC Tooth Mousse – has an alternative remineralising ingredient, is great for sensitivity, and has a wide range of flavours. (view on Amazon)
Other mint-free toothpastes
In case the toothpastes in the lists above don’t fit your needs, I’ve included some more options below.
As a dentist I do recommend choosing a toothpaste with fluoride in it, but have included some non-fluoride options below.
We are in the process of updating the table below to specify whether toothpastes are truly non-mint, or if they still contain traces of mint. For any paste that contains a question mark in the ‘contains traces of mint?’ column, we are awaiting manufacturer feedback for confirmation.
Please note: We aim to recommend only pastes that are truly non-mint. As per our disclaimer, we advise you still check the packaging & consult with the manufacturer as some ‘non-mint’ toothpastes can still contain traces of mint.
|Name of product||Anti-cavity protection||Flavour||Price Range||Contains traces of mint?|
|Lush Toothy Tabs||No||Boom (aniseed and cola)||££||?|
|Radius USDA Organic Toothpaste||No||Clove Cardamom|
|Auromere Ayurvedic Toothpaste||no||Classic Licorice|
|Himalaya Botanique Complete Care Toothpaste||No||Simply Cinnamon|
Neem and pomegranate
|Dr Bronner’s All-in-One Toothpaste||No||Anise|
|Jason Healthy Mouth® Tartar Control Anti-Cavity Toothpaste||fluoride||Tea Tree & Cinnamon||££||?|
|Jason Simply Coconut||no||Coconut Cream|
|Marvis toothpaste||yes||Amarelli Licorice|
Other flavours with a hint of mint
|Hello kids toothpaste with fluoride||fluoride||Blue Raspberry|
|Tom’s of Maine Antiplaque and Whitening fluoride free toothpaste||no||Fennel||£||?|
|Tom’s of Maine Children’s fluoride toothpaste||fluoride||silly strawberry and outrageous orange mango||£||?|
|Tom’s of Maine Children’s Fluoride gel||fluoride||fruitilicious||£||?|
|Tom’s of Maine Whole Care® Toothpaste||fluoride||Cinnamon Clove||£||?|
|Tom’s of Maine Children’s Toothpaste Fluoride Free||no||silly strawberry||£||?|
|Colgate Kids||fluoride||Natural Fruit Flavour||£||Yes|
|Kingfisher Fluoride free||no||Fennel|
|Kingfisher Natural toothpaste with Fluoride||fluoride||Fennel||£||?|
|Green People Organic Toothpaste||none||Fennel and Propolis|
Citrus and Aloe Vera
|Green People Organic Children Mandarin and Aloe Vera Toothpaste||none||Mandarin and Aloe Vera||£||?|
|Hydrophil Sweet Herbs Toothpaste||none||Sweet herbs (cloves and aniseed)||££||?|
|Hydrophil Toothpaste Tabs Sage||fluoride||Sage||££||?|
|The Humble Co Toothpaste in a Jar||fluoride||strawberry||££||?|
|The Humble Co Toothpaste||fluoride||Coconut and Salt|
|Georganics Mineral Toothpaste||none||Eucalyptus|
|Georganics Toothpaste Powder||none||Eucalyptus|
|Georganics Toothpaste Tablets||none||Eucalyptus|
|Boots Kids berry toothpaste||fluoride||Berry||£||?|
|Ecodenta Pineapple Mornings and Bilberry Nights toothpastes||fluoride||Pineapple|
|Biomed Superwhite Toothpaste||HAP||Coconut, cinnamon & thyme||£||?|
|Biomed Propoline Natural Toothpaste||HAP||Honey||£||?|
|Biomed Sensitive Toothpaste||HAP||Fruity||£||?|
|GC Tooth Mouse||Calcium phosphate Ions||Melon|