Thursday, November 09, 2006

Toms of Maine - No longer Corn-free

Since Colgate took over Toms of Maine in March 2006, we have been waiting for the product quality to decline as so often happens when big corporations take over quality natural products.

A letter from Toms of Maine confirms our worst fears, and takes another product off our already limited list of safe products.

The letter posted on Delphi Forums - Avoiding Corn states the following:

"Thank you for your e-mail. You would want to stay away from our liquid gel and gel toothpastes as they have sorbitol from corn. Also, our toothpastes with xylitol may be corn derived (it is either from birch trees or from corn, depending on available supply).

That would leave only a couple of our products. Our children's silly strawberry toothpaste or our orange mango children's toothpaste would be your choices.

Thanks for asking! Please let me know if we can be of any further service to you."

As far as we currently are aware, there is no other manufacturer of toothpaste that is corn-free.

The Silly Strawberry and Orange Mango childrens toothpastes are still supposed to be corn-free. There have been a couple reported reactions with the strawberry, but since those persons have other allergies as well we are not certain yet if it is corn-related. If you have any problems with these two products, please let us know.


Anonymous said...

Since I have a child with fruit allergies (including banana and apple) along with the corn allergies, the Silly Strawberry certainly won't work for us (it contains banana flavor). I'm at a loss as to what toothpaste to use.

Anonymous said...

We just use baking soda to brush our teeth with. Wet the brush, dip it into the baking soda, brush, and rinse well with water. If we need a mouthwash, we use peroxide, again rinsing well with water after. Works perfectly well for all of us. We've multiple allergies... this is the only safe way to do it.

So sad that another one bites the dust, but the large corporations simply are not capable nor willing to maintain quality when they buy out good, small companies. *sigh*

Holistic Head To Toe said... has a wonderful DIY tooth powder recipe that me and my kids use!