Colgate has introduced a new line of organic, vegan, and gluten-free products with no preservatives, artificial flavors, sweeteners, or colors. Colgate-Palmolive announced its Colgate Zero line, it includes toothpaste, including one specifically for children, as well as mouthwash and toothbrushes.
The launch which appears to be aimed at the same younger, more health- and eco-conscious demographic that buys from niche, smaller competitors like Tom’s of Maine and Doctor Bronner’s. It may also help colgate better compete with its largest competitor, Procter and Gamble, which makes crest oral hygiene products. P&G owns Burt’s Bees Purely White and Native Toothpaste, which is a natural brand.
Colgate has unveiled a line of vegan, gluten-free products that have no artificial flavors, sweeteners or colors. It may sound like part of the latest natural food trend … but the products are toothpaste, mouthwash and toothbrushes.
The new Colgate Zero products are clear in color, which the company believes will signal that they are free of artificial ingredients. The Colgate Zero toothpastes for adults and children are preservative-free.
The company also introduced alcohol-free mouthwash. The ingredients may be different, but the company said its products deliver “all the protection you have come to expect from Colgate.”
Colgate did not respond to a request for comment on how removing preservatives from toothpaste will affect the product’s shelf life. The health benefits of using organic oral hygiene products is also unclear: The Colgate Zero toothpaste for kids ages two to six has earned a stamp of approval from the American Dental Association, but the group could not confirm if organic toothpaste is any better for a person’s oral health than traditional cavity-fighting toothpaste.
Consumers have rebelled against artificial ingredients in recent years. Food producers, including Kraft Heinz, and restaurants, such as McDonald’s, Burger King and Panera, have pledged to free some of their food from preservatives and artificial flavors. Colgate’s new line of toothpaste suggests the trend is making its way to non-food products as well.
Colgate-Palmolive recently announced its plans to acquire Hello Products LLC, a self-described “natural-friendly” oral care company that emphasizes its use of organic and eco-friendly ingredients in its marketing.
Last year, Colgate released recyclable toothpaste tubes into the marketplace after developing the product packaging for five years. The company’s leaders said they want to become a sustainability leader in the consumer goods.