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I've been buying <a href="http://www.tomsofmaine.com/about/Colgate.asp" target="_blank">Tom's of Maine</a> toothpastes for my family, but now that they've sold out to Colgate, I'm not sure I want to continue supporting them. What other options are there?
 

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My son loves Burt's Bees children's toothpaste. It is great. We use the Burt's Bees too. I think it is great stuff. You don't get the bubbly "cleaning" action you get from Colgate and some of the other brands because it doesn't have sodium lauryl sulfate in it. You just have to get used to the difference.
 

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Colgate owns Tom's now? What rock have I been under?
 

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No rock Kewb. I just read about it on the News and Current Events forum at MDC this morning.
 

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We can easily buy it here, and I know I've seen it sold on Ebay. We like it, kind of clovey tasting.<br><br>
This is the Thailand website, but I'm pretty sure I've seen other sites with more info on it. <a href="http://www.twinlotus.com/twinlotus_new/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.twinlotus.com/twinlotus_new/index.html</a>
 

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I buy Tom's because I can get flouride-free. If I use a flouride toothpaste I get horrible exzema. So I'm looking for suggestions for alternative flouride-free toothpastes.
 

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Nature's Bliss<br><br>
no sls, no flouride, nice ingredients, good ethics and it's a small canadian company!
 

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Ack! I didn't know Tom's sold out to Colgate! That would explain why Wal-Mart sells their stuff now, I guess. I don't particularly like their toothpaste and neither do my kids, but I'm sticking with their deoderant anyway since I can't find anything else that works during the day.<br><br>
We've been using Spree toothpaste that we found at the local HFS. It that bad?
 

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Weleda has a great toothpast for kids. DD loves it and it's flouride free! As soon as I run out of the Tom's of Maine we just bought I'm switching to Burt's Bees or Weleda.
 

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I just bought a tube of Nature's Gate toothpaste today. It's flouride-free (in fact, all of their toothpaste I saw at the HFS is flouride-free), cruelty-free, and I already e-mailed them and they don't do any testing involving foreskin. I bought their henna conditioner recently and I like that a lot, too, so I figured I'd give their toothpaste a try.
 

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*grumbles* yet another brand I can not use...I liked Tom's!! I have a<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue"> cherry toothpaste that is flouride free/ organic /etc that dd likes but oldest dd does not. can't remeber the brand, we also use burts bee's but again oldest dd does not like those.
 

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I'm very disappointed in them. My ds loves Tom's strawberry toothpaste. I guess I'll be switching to Burt's Bees. Heads up, Burt's Bees site has the kids toothpaste on clearance.
 

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we *Love* eco-dent (teenager and adults) i actually bought a bottle (it is a toothpowder that foams (a lot!) with salt & baking soda & myrrh & mine is mint flavored) for everyone in my family.<br>
the kiddies also love weleda.<br><br><a href="http://www.eco-dent.com/" target="_blank">http://www.eco-dent.com/</a>
 

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Note that Burt's Bees was also sold to a large company as well (I can't recall to who) and is not an independent company anymore. There was actually a story on NPR yesterday about the Tom's story. I was initially put off by the news as well but the story changed my mind. Tom & Kate Chappel will remain at the helm and nothing will change. I'm keeping an open mind. I still Ben & Jerry's!
 

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We use Burt's Bees..no flouride <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
It is possible that Tom's will stay natural, as PP said...You never know!
 

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I would check out <a href="http://www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep" target="_blank">www.ewg.org/reports/skindeep</a> for alternatives if you are boycotting Tom's of Maine. I've used TOM toothpaste since I was a kid (I'm now 40) so I don't plan on switching now unless their business changes. I think it's great that they have expanded into the mainstream market because it gives everyone a chance to make a healthy choice. Even Burt's Bees is everywhere. I'm going to try and give the Chappel's at TOM the benefit of the doubt that they are not compromising their ethics by selling out to the man.
 

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I'm feeling a little bit conflicted about this- for now at least, the ToM product line will remain the same but many of the profits will be going to Colgate/Palmolive. Should I stop buying the products because I don't want to support Colgate/Palmolive, or continue buying them because they're good products, and by purchasing them I'm helping to keep natural personal care products available to the rest of "mainstream America?"
 

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ugh! i feel conflicted like you ruthla... just when i think we have settled on one product and i can focus on another this happens! and burt's got sold too?? where have i been? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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I noticed recently that Trader Joe's has their own line of Tom's-like toothpaste. I didn't buy any, so I can't vouch for the taste, but I do love my Trader Joe's.
 
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