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Beauty Review: Listerine Whitening Strips

by The Budget Babe's Beauty Expert
I was really excited to try those new Listerine Whitening Quick Dissolving Strips because I thought that the concept was great—after all, who wants to have to take out that spitty strip of plastic post-whitening? But after trying the product, I'd have to give it a thumbs down.

Overall I would have to say I was really disappointed with this product, to the point where I dreaded using it (and often skipped sessions because I really couldn't force myself to do it.)

Let me tell you why. First off, getting the strips out of their wrappings was a PAIN! The thin, clear, delicate strips stick to one side of the metallic silver packaging and have to be peeled off (if you manage to see the strip, or haven't already torn it in half trying to open the package). Putting them on is standard, however what happens next made me cringe just thinking about it. The strips tasted vile—they're extremely bitter and just all around gross.

And then there's the whole "dissolve" thing. The package claims they dissolve and are gone in around 5 minutes. Hours later I still found myself picking out from between my teeth what looked like mini jellyfish and had the irritating properties of corn stuck in your teeth, yuck!!!

The combined taste and then tooth-picking really grossed me out. Not to mention I have to admit I'm a little afraid of something that completely dissolves and I'm consuming, how healthy can that be?

And the icing on the cake? I wasn't even impressed with the whitening. I can honestly recommend any other whitening strip on the market over these (and I have tried them all).

If you want whiter teeth without getting them professionally cleaned, opt for an electric toothbrush and some Arm and Hammer toothpaste. Combined, they create and maintain the whitest smile you've ever had on a daily basis—and on a budget.

Listerine Whitening Quick Dissolving Strips are available at; $26.99 $23.99
i couldn't stop laughing at your description. if you're going to diss a product, that's the way to do it!
mini jellyfish - ha ha ha
#1 maggie z on 2007-09-28 15:12 (Reply)
Why thank you! lol! We try our hardest here at the Budget Babe to be honest with our dear readers, and we don't want any of our fashionable ladies picking mini jellies from their mouths! :-D
#2 Budget Beauty Babe- Miss BBB (Homepage) on 2007-09-29 12:21 (Reply)
I agree with you 100%. The strips are terrible and the fact that they disolve in your mouth. I got a stomach ache from these darn strips. They're really gross and I got to the point where I couldn't bring myself to even use them.

You hit the nail on the head with your review!
#2.1 Lisa on 2007-11-12 20:00 (Reply)
Sorry to hear about your experience, but thanks for sharing! Very valuable input.
#2.1.1 The Budget Babe on 2007-11-16 12:23 (Reply)
You complain that you don't know how safe ingesting the resultant is.

It's hydrogen peroxide. H2O2. H2O2 dissolves into H2 and O2. Do these sound familiar? Hydrogen and oxygen. Do you get upset about drinking water or breathing? That's the same stuff you're ingesting from this.

This is why women shouldn't be able to vote.
#3 Jeff Greensburg on 2007-10-25 05:16 (Reply)
Actually... you're only partially correct. Hydrogen Peroxide in low concentrations is relatively safe, however higher concentrations are quite dangerous since it does exhibit corrosive properties. At very high concentrations (70%+) it can be used as an explosive and as propellant for torpedoes, etc. Hydrogen Peroxide gas is well known to combine with hydrocarbons as well. Hazardous reactions ranging from ignition to explosion have been reported with alcohols, ketones, carboxylic acids (particularly acetic acid), amines and phosphorus.

Hydrogen peroxide, if spilled on clothing (or other flammable materials), will preferentially evaporate water until the concentration reaches sufficient strength, then clothing will spontaneously ignite. Leather generally contains metal ions from the tanning process and will often catch fire almost immediately.

Concentrated hydrogen peroxide (>50%) is corrosive, and even domestic-strength solutions can cause irritation to the eyes, mucous membranes and skin. Swallowing hydrogen peroxide solutions is particularly dangerous, as decomposition in the stomach releases large quantities of gas (10 times the volume of a 3% solution) leading to internal bleeding. Inhaling over 10% can cause severe pulmonary irritation.

You are why men shouldn't be able to speak (or type).
#3.1 FishNiX on 2007-10-25 09:35 (Reply)
i find your comment insulting to women. grow up.
first of all, in this case, it doesn't DISSOLVE, it DISSOCIATES.
H2O2 forms an equilibrium with H2O (water) and from this equilibrium there's a dissociation from which hydrogen is evolved; so it does not dissolve, as you say.
if your theory is so intelligent, why don't you just drink hydrogen peroxide straight from the bottle? because if it would break up into hydrogen and oxygen, the hydrogen would make you explode. duh. and didn't you learn in high school chemistry that H2O2 is not the same as H2O, just as there's a big difference between O2 (oxygen) and O3 (ozone)?
so be nice.
on this blog we don't go around saying bad things to people.
#3.2 pirate jenny on 2007-10-25 09:37 (Reply)
hey FishNix - we were writing at the same time! so it might appear that i was replying to you and not to Jeff.
just to set the record straight - you're smart!
#4 pirate jenny on 2007-10-25 09:41 (Reply)
ummm.... first off I'd like to know what you're interests you most about this site, the discounts you find at Forever 21? or maybe a new shade of Nail Polish? Or do you just visit Budget Beauty and Fashion sites to leave ignorant comments?

Do I really even have to point out the irony in the situtation? "women shouldn't be allowed to vote" says the man leaving comments in a budget beauty forum *rolls eyes*-

and who says the issue was the hydrogen peroxide? Hey Mr. Smarty pants, do you really think you can just open up a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and pour out a dry flexible strip ready to adhere to your teeth? uh... I think not. Lots of other things are added to create a STRIP (not just hydrogen peroxide) Regardless, you are clearly the one that should recheck his facts. There is a reason theres a warning on the back of the hydrogen peroxide bottle that reads "if accidentally ingested call a poison control center" must just be the air and water right?
#5 Peaches (Homepage) on 2007-10-25 10:15 (Reply)
methinks mr. jeff has heard what we REALLY think. as my husband pointed out, "why's this guy reading a girlie blog anyway??"
#6 maggie z on 2007-10-25 12:53 (Reply)
for the record, JEFF, air consists of roughly 21%oxygen 79% nitrogen, and a small quantity of other gases. you didn't do very well in chemistry, did you?
#7 pirate jenny on 2007-10-25 12:56 (Reply)
Has anyone noted tooth nerve sensitivity after using these strips (any brand)? I used the Crest strips and one other brand that I can't remember the name of now, and each time after I used them several times, I couldn't eat ice cream or anything cold because of the pain, which I never have a problem with when not using the strips. Thanks for your feedback.
#8 Diane on 2007-11-25 02:07 (Reply)
I didn't know this website even existed until I searched for a coupon for this product...what a time & money saver! Thanks for your research and valuable comments. Looks like I won't be wasting my money!
#9 cindy on 2007-12-03 14:04 (Reply)
k i'm in 9th grade right now and i know more than this jeff guy in science. its really sad that you said that because i actually brought this up in my class and we did this whole experiment on hydrogen peroxide.

and just so you know, i find it very insulting that you feel the need to say women shouldn't vote. for your information, women have done many great things in the world, including science. so if i were you, i would keep my mouth shut on the matter.

oh btw thanks for the extra info. my uncle asked me what the dangers were of swallowing it at christmas but i didn't know then.
#10 emily on 2008-05-29 18:17 (Reply)
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