Swish now. Slay later. A smile so fine - even the mirror will be jealous; that's the Keeko way.
Have you heard of oil pulling? Have you read my blog post about it? For those of you who haven't, oil pulling is a practice where you take a spoon of oil (coconut or sesame for example) and swish it in your mouth for about 20 minutes. Then you spit it out and brush your teeth normally. This technique is something magical for your teeth, oral health, for your overall body health. It's detoxifying but it also whitens the teeth. For real. You can read all about my experience with oil pulling here. I love it even more than I did when writing the post. But in the last few months I was slacking on the whole thing. That was until Australian brand keeko. reached out to me. They are making the whole oil pulling thing nicer and extra refreshing. How do they do it, you say? Well then just keep on reading.
Keeko. is devoted to Ayurvedic cold pressed coconut oil-pulling practice and it made the experience of it easier and in my opinion also better. Before I start talking like you know how this product looks, let me first describe it. On their website there are a few options to choose from. I went for the so called Lucky Dip*. Naturally, because I wanted to try all three flavours they have. Yes, flavours. Based on coconut oil, each flavour has a blend of essential oils. Each flavour comes in a cute little sachet and in the Lucky Dip you get 14 sachets. They are really handy, super easy to use and yes, they taste nice. Nicer than just you standard coconut oil.
All three flavour have the same base of ingredients - Cold Pressed Coconut Oil and essential oils of Chamomile, Myrrh and Lemon. My favourite of the three is definitely Morning Mint, the blue one. Besides the already mentioned ingredients it also contains Spearmint and Peppermint Oil. Like you would imagine, it is super refreshing and perfect for mornings. Closed second fave is the orange flavour, the Citrus Burst with Lemon Lime and Grapefruit natural flavours. As for the lilac goes, the Sweet Sensation with Vanilla and Cinnamon natural flavours, I have to be honest and say that I wasn't the biggest fan in the beginning. It's sweeter and tastes like cookies. It's safe to say I wouldn't buy the whole "box" of this flavour but funnily enough I got used to it and I quite enjoyed it the more I've used it.
I usually use half a sachet per use. It's easy. Rip off one sachet and simply squish (or pour) the coconut oil into your mouth. In my research into oil pulling a couple of years ago, I've read many times that you can use a tablespoon of coconut oil and swish it in your mouth for 20 minutes, but for me that's just too much. I always go for one teaspoon and half a sachet is more or less that same amount. Like I said, I swish it around for 20 minutes, even though it says on the packaging that you can do it for 5 to 20 minutes. I alaways go for later because my teeth feel cleaner if I do it longer. After that I spit in the bin (not in the sink, because you don't want to clog the drains!) and brush my teeth like I normally do, with a bamboo brush and Auromere toothpaste. Also, the best way to do this is in the morning before eating but I don't usually have the time to do it so I just do it in the evenings.
Now should we talk about the whitening effect? It's strange and I don't know the scientific basis behind it (and I can't be bothered to understand it) but the oil pulling really, really works with that! At first I couldn't believe it but it is magic. I'm very sorry but I don't have any pictures of my teeth before and after. I completely forgot to take them or I remembered when the lightning was bad, and that was also that one time when I was too lazy to take them. You will have to trust me, okay? My friend has been doing oil pulling for a good while now, for a few months, and her teeth are whiter than ever. So yeah, it works. My teeth still need a little bit more oil pulling to be all white and pearly looking, but the difference is most definitely there.
I highly recommend this product. Lucky Dip is the perfect choice if you would like to try all three flavours, but the one I enjoyed the most is the Morning Mint Flavour. I don't think you can go wrong with that. The packaging is also cute and easy to use. Honestly, I wouldn't say you need to use these all the time, but if you would like to start oil pulling or you would like a bit of change in the routine, then I'd say give it a go. I think you won't be disappointed. You can get it here.
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Have a great week!
*sample generously provided