Crap Products and Tried & True Swaps ...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

So since I have been couponing I have tried out a bunch of products that I have found deals to make them cheap and/or FREE. Here are some products that aren't even worth free ...

The Oral B battery operated toothbrush only rotates on one section of the toothbrush head; however, when you push down to brush your teeth the force stops it from rotating so at that point it is just making a loud buzzing noise with no actual results.  Also, if you push down softer - it just sprays toothpaste all over your mirror - NO FUN! 
The Colgate toothbrush with whitening pen is good in theory; however, the toothbrush is too bulky because the whitening pen is stored inside the base of the toothbrush, so you can't store it in a normal toothbrush holder and then it just lies around on the counter or in a drawer ... YUCK!  As for the whitening pen, I will say it works "a little" - if you put it on your teeth and try not to close your mouth it whitens - there is nothing holding to your teeth.  It is good for a quick touch up but it's not portable because essentially the top to the pen is the toothbrush and believe me you don't want to be lugging that massive thing around with you all day.
Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Razors are horrible.  {I gave the other razor head to my sister to try ~ she had the same results.}  Basically, the outer foaming/shaving cream area does not work.  It doesn't lather up ~ it just becomes gooey.  Also that extra stuff area makes it impossible to get the razor on your skin without pushing down and then knicking/cutting yourself to death.  PASS!
Crest 3D White has a money back guarantee but just skip it.  It's a great toothpaste but doesn't really make that much of a difference with whitening. 
Caress Daily Silk Body Wash (Silky Orange Blossom) doesn't really make your skin feel any softer after use.  I had two bottles of this stuff.  I used practically the whole bottle felt no results on my skin and gave the other bottle to my sister to try.  She had the same results - no silky feeling.  Also, I picked this scent because it was the least offensive one they made.  This scent isn't really that appealing either.  So again ... PASS!!
So here are some swaps that definitely work well {which I have also gotten on a deal for cheap and/or free}!

Colgate 360 toothbrush is awesome ~ the toothbrush head is perfect size for my teeth and it cleans great.  It also has a tongue scrapper on the back; but, I cannot even do that {too much gag reflex ... LOL}.

Arm & Hammer Whitening Booster Gel ~ this stuff is amazing!  You have to use it with toothpaste because it has no actual teeth cleaning function it is just for whitening.  Also, I tried it on its own and it tastes HORRIBLE so def use some toothpaste.  What I also like about the Colgate 360 toothbrush is that the toothbrush head is big enough for this whitening gel and toothpaste.  The whitening is amazing ... you can tell a major difference after one use.  The box states to use once a day but if your teeth are not sensitive I think you could probably get away with using it twice a day.

Crest Complete with Scope ~ average toothpaste but I love this container.  It works well to apply a thin coat of toothpaste beside a thin coat of the whitening booster.  So if you want to try the booster just get a toothpaste in this container - I think Colgate uses this bottle as well.  So just get whatever normal toothpaste you like.

Schick Hydro Silk ~ I got one of these in a Birchbox once and LOVED IT.  This is the best razor!  The Hydro area really works ~ you can shave with just water knick free.  Also the area lasts and the razor itself does not get dull quickly. 

Softsoap Citrus Splash & Berry Fusion Body Wash ~ I love Softsoap products.  They have tons of different scents and they even have creamy body washes.  This one smells great and the exfoliating beads help to get your skin clean and soft.

What's one product you deem as crappy and what do you recommend instead?


  1. Gillette Venus Spa Breeze Razors are TERRIBLE!! I was so disappointed in them. I so need to try Arm & Hammer Whitening Booster Gel. My teeth so need it. haha

  2. This is a great list that will warrant me checking out.
    My Hubs is the coupon king in the family!! Hot stuff!! LOL
    The coupons have been a little lackluster lately, no?


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