How it works
How do toothpaste tablets work?
It's easy! Just pop a tablet, lightly chew to activate, brush for 2 minutes with a wet toothbrush, spit and smile.
How do mint lozenges work?
Simply pop a mint, chew or let it dissolve in your mouth, and swallow. We recommend using your mints after brushing your teeth with toothpaste or using mouthwash.
How does a tablet become toothpaste?
Our tablets mix with your saliva and (plus any optional water you may like to use), and start breaking down as soon as they enter your mouth. After a few light chews, our tablets are designed to quickly generate into a foamy paste.
How many tablets should I use?
We know our tablets seem small, but one is all you need! Our tablets are portioned to generate the exact amount of product you need to get a whole mouth clean. That said, there is no harm in using 2 tablets at a time if you prefer.
What to expect
What do Mintly tablets taste like?
Minty! We use natural flavors from - you guessed it - natural mint plants. For our first products, we use the oils from mentha piperita (peppermint) and mentha arvensis (wild mint). Our flavors might seem slightly muted versus traditional options, but only because we removed all artificial sweeteners.
Are toothpaste tablets chalky?
When you first try tablets, they may feel a bit powdery or chalky compared to traditional paste. But as we like to say, texture is temporary, and after ~5 seconds or so this feeling will be gone. Tablets may take a few tries to get used to, but stick with it - Mother Earth will thank you!
What volume of toothpaste should I expect from tablets?
Since most people use more toothpaste than needed (>2x more!), the volume generated from our tablets might feel like less than you’re used to. Try adding a splash of water if you prefer. In general, our tablets are portioned to give you the exact amount you need to brush. Plus, they reduce overuse and wasted product.
How do Mintly toothpaste tablets compare to traditional toothpaste?
Experience wise, some people note tablets create less volume of paste (that’s ok – they’re portioned correctly!), and have a more powdery or chalky texture (also ok – and can help with plaque removal). That said, our tablets provide top notch oral wellness, and avoid sticky, sometimes messy nature of classic paste!
What exactly is an oral care tablet?
Tablets are the pressed version of the toothpaste powder, toothpaste's original form. This means that we don’t need to add ingredients like thickeners or humectants (which retain moisture) to create a paste consistency. Some research has suggested that powders can be more effective at controlling gingivitis and removing surface stains and plaque versus paste.
Do Mintly tablets expire?
Our toothpaste tablets have a shelf life of 30 months, and our mints have a shelf life of 18 months. All expiration dates are printed on the bottom of our jars, so you never have to keep track of time! We recommend using all of our products within 6 months of opening your jar or refill pouch for best results.
How do I store my Mintly tablets?
Mintly tablets should be stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and protected from excessive moisture. Check out our labels for individual product-level details.
What if my tablets change color?
We recommend keeping Mintly tablets in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight and protected from excessive moisture. If the tablets are exposed to certain elements like heat or moisture, they may slightly change color (think a tan or light yellow color, sometimes with speckles). But don't worry, the tablets are still totally safe to use!
Where are Mintly products made?
Our toothpaste tablets are made in Germany, and our mint lozenges are made in the USA. These products are packaged, stored, and shipped from the USA. Our toothbrushes + floss are made and packaged in China, where eco-materials like bamboo grow natively (fun fact: China has the most abundant and diverse bamboo species!).
What are your toothbrush bristles made from?
A little-known fact is that bristles are super tricky from a sustainability standpoint, so we did a ton of research here. We chose what we believe is the best option for oral health + sustainability, which are soft, biodegradable bristles made of nylon 4 with infused charcoal to aid in freshening breath and whitening. Nylon 4 means we have soft but sturdy bristles for a gentle, effective clean, and the material biodegrades (or deteriorates naturally over time) in 3-4 months in the right conditions, e.g., activated sludge, specific compost, or seawater. That said, we still advise removing the bristles with tweezers or pliers so the base and heads of our eco toothbrush can be safely composted.
Because bristles are a hot topic in the eco-world, we also wanted to note the other bristle options we considered and highlight why we didn’t choose them. The only fully compostable bristles available today are made with boar hair; because we are proudly cruelty-free, this was a non-starter for us, plus this material can be stiff and irritating for teeth and gums, and makes it easier for bacteria to grow. We also explored plant-based bristles made from castor bean oil; the big challenge here is that the oil itself is processed so many times to get it into bristle form that the process requires excess resources and energy, making manufacturing super environmentally unfriendly and leaving you with bristles made from bioplastics that still take years to break down (and are very far from a castor bean).
All in all, we chose what we think is the best option available today, but know there is a still a lot of work to be done to make a truly eco-friendly bristle.
What is your floss made from?
Our floss is made from natural corn straw and plant-derived candelilla wax, and flavored with peppermint essential oils.
How do I manage my products at the end of their life?
Toothpaste tablets + mints: once you’re through your toothpaste tablets, you have a few options – you can remove the label and recycle your glass jar and metal cap, reuse your packaging for other purposes, or refill it with more tablets (our personal favorite option!).
Eco toothbrush: the base of our toothbrushes is made from sustainable Moso bamboo which can be composted. For the bristles, even though they are made from biodegradable materials (meaning they will deteriorate naturally over time), we recommend removing the bristles with tweezers or pliers so that they can be disposed of separately, and so that your bamboo toothbrush handle and head can be safely composted.
Eco floss: our floss is made from natural corn straw and plant-derived candelilla wax and can be composted after use. For the glass jar, you can either recycle it, reuse it (great for small items like paper clips, safety pins, or even mints + toothpaste tablets!), or refill it with refill floss spools.
Are Mintly products safe for kids?
Our toothpaste tablets are a fun and mess-free way for kids to clean their teeth, and our eco toothbrush has soft bristles that are gentle on children’s teeth and gums.
For children under 6 years of age, make sure to instruct and advise on good brushing and rinsing habits to minimize swallowing. Because oral health is so important, we always recommend checking with your dentist or doctor on specific oral care needs for your children, and when to start things like flossing (can be anywhere from ages 2 to 6). We also recommend supervising children as necessary until they are fully able to care for their oral health without supervision.
PRO TIP: to make sure kids don’t accidentally swallow a toothpaste tablet, try placing the tablet on a wet toothbrush and dampening it with water, then letting it soak and soften for 30 seconds.
Are Mintly products safe for pets?
No! We love pets more than life itself, but some ingredients in oral care products are no good for Fido and his friends. This is particularly true of xylitol, which we use for its natural sweetness and many oral health benefits, but which is unfortunately toxic for dogs.
Can I use an electronic toothbrush with Mintly toothpaste tablets?
Of course! Any toothbrush will work, though we have a personal bias towards Mintly's eco toothbrush :)
Shipping + returns
Do you offer free shipping?
For orders over $25, our products ship free.
For orders under $25, shipping fees will be applied at checkout.
When can I expect my order?
Please allow 1 to 2 business days for us to receive and process your order. After that, we expect it to take 5-7 days for you to receive your shipment. We don’t do express shipping because its harsher on the environment; simply put, fast shipping means more trips with more trucks that are less full, leading to more carbon emissions!
What happens if there is a delay with my order?
Should there be a delay for any reason, we will contact you. As soon as your order is shipped, you will receive a shipping confirmation email with full details. To receive details or update on your shipment status, please click tracking information in your shipping confirmation email.
What is your return policy?
We know how important your oral health is, that’s why we exist!
If you aren't satisfied with the Mintly product(s) you purchased, please let us know or visit our Returns Page to get started. We will issue a full refund and cover the return shipping cost for requests made within 30 days of the purchase date. Feel free to message us at email@example.com with any questions.
When we receive the returned Mintly product(s) from you, we will process your refund via your original form of payment.
What if my products are missing or damaged?
Life happens! If your Mintly package was damaged during shipment, save the box and merchandise and notify us immediately at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide a pre-paid shipping label for you to return the damaged package and product(s), and the damaged items will be replaced.
If your Mintly package is missing, please look around your property and ask your house members to see if it was tucked away out of sight. If the package is still not found, we will work with our shipping partners to track down your package or provide a replacement shipment. This process takes approximately 3-5 business days.
Where did the idea for Mintly come from?
Our team has deep roots in the consumer products world, so we are super familiar with the sustainability challenges plaguing the oral care industry. Non-recyclable tubes! Plastic packaging everywhere! We knew there was a lot of room for improvement, to say the least. From there, we geeked out on oral health to come up with better solutions, for people and the planet. And we're still constantly learning and evolving to bring out the best oral wellness options possible!
Who is Mintly's founder?
It’s me, Katie! After spending several years in the world of consumer health and wellness, oral health stuck out as a category prime for a revamp. For something almost everyone does several times every day, it didn’t seem to have modernized the same way as other personal care and lifestyle categories. In a world where even luggage and mattresses have evolved, this didn’t seem right. So I started diving into the world of oral wellness to figure out how to create something that worked that was also innovative, sustainable, and fun – a combination of words that don’t usually come to mind when people think about oral care.
And so sprouted Mintly! I transformed into a full-fledged oral health nerd and have been working ever since to create an approach to oral wellness that is efficacious, impactful, and exciting. From the early days of throwing potential brand names past friends, to sealing samples in my kitchen with a hair straightener, it’s been a journey and a dream. I'm so excited to share Mintly with you and change the game in oral health and wellness!
When were you founded?
Mintly officially launched in 2021! That said, the idea for Mintly dates further back and was born in 2020, and while that wasn’t the best year in history, it’s the birth year of the brand idea so we can’t totally hate on it.