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November 21, 2012

Whiter teeth on a Student Budget: Pearl Drops, Arm and Hammer and Beverly Hills Formula

I’ve been using a trio of tooth whitening products for over a month now to see if it is possible for people on a student budget like me to get brighter, whiter teeth. I know a month may sound like a long time to those who want instant results, but a lot of the more affordable whitening options work gradually so these are the ones I’ve been trialling.

I've mentioned Pearl Drops Beauty Sleep before and I've actually been using it ever since I wrote that post. It is essentially a minty gel that you rub onto your teeth and gums right before you go to bed and you leave it on overnight for maximum effect. You can, however, just leave it on for half an hour if you’re not a fan of sleeping with it on. This product is great because it’s easy to use, it isn’t obnoxiously minty and it is very purse friendly costing £3.49 for 30 days worth of product. I’d highly recommend this product and I’ve actually bought another tube already as I've really enjoyed using and have definitely noticed the difference it has made to the appearance of my teeth.

The second product that I’ve added into my routine is Arm and Hammer’s Advance White Baking Soda Toothpaste Booster which is a bicarbonate of soda toothpaste ‘top up’. Celebrities such as Julia Roberts have said that their Hollywood white smiles are a result of using bicarbonate of soda on their teeth so this is a brilliant affordable way of using a celebrity trick for a purse friendly price. All you have to do is use your regular toothpaste and add a small blob of this on top of it before you brush your teeth. This way you get all the whitening effects but you can buy whatever toothpaste is on offer/any free tube you manage to pick up when you go home! This is incredibly mild tasting so it’s perfect for those of you out there who dislike strong minty tastes. Arm and Hammer's Advance White Baking Soda Toothpaste Booster costs £3.49 and is available in Superdrug or Boots and will last you quite a while (definitely longer than the other two products). 

Lastly, I’ve been using Beverly Hill’s Formula Total Breath Whitening Mouth Wash. This is my least favourite of the three products as it has an incredibly strong mouthwash taste which I’m not partial to. You only have to use this for a minute at a time so it doesn’t cost you much extra time but it is another very affordable addition to your daily routine that could help you whiten your teeth. This costs £3.49  from Superdrug and will last you a month  or so.

So together these three products would cost you a maximum of £10.47 (but keep an eye out for half price offers as these products are often reduced in price), and I can honestly say that after over four weeks of using all three together my teeth have whitened considerably and my smile looks a lot brighter because of it. My teeth were quite white before hand as well as I’m not a coffee, tea or red wine drinker so if you have stained teeth anyway I can imagine these products will make a great deal of difference.

Hope this is helpful for those of you who are considering picking up any gradual teeth whitening options! If you know of any other affordable tooth whitening gems then please do let me know about them in a comment :)




  1. I like the sound of the Pearl Drops (I already use their toothpaste) and Arm and Hammer products. I have to say though, I was put right off Beverly Hills products after using their toothpaste for a few months - it made my teeth horribly sensitive and also turned them slightly yellow!? My friend had the same problem. Not a fan. A good whitening mouthwash I'd recommend that actually tastes quite pleasant is Colgate Plax x

    1. Aw thank you for the recommendation :) The Pearl Drops Beauty Sleep is a great product, and so cheap (especially when there's an offer on!) xx


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  4. What a great post! I am always looking to make my teeth whiter (but not spend an arm and a leg on it)! I really want to try the pearl drops beauty sleep - looks great! Thanks for the recommendation!

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