Whoa! I can’t believe I’ve been here for over 5 years and have just heard about this now! Seriously! You might think “what the hell, Simon? Bro do you even dentalcare?” to which I’d respond “Yes! I take great care of my teeth! I brush and floss twice a day! FLOSS! YES I FLOSS! People say that they floss when they want to lie to their dentist so they don’t get scolded when their gums are all bloody but I actually floss! I just always bought mint toothpaste. I didn’t even look at the other stuff. There was no point in looking at the other stuff.

It’s just like how I shop. When Martina and I go shopping I’ll walk in a store and in 30 seconds I can say “nothing here for me. Let’s GTFO,” and she’ll say “no look at this!” but I’ll already have scanned the store and processed all the incompatibilities. For toothpaste my brain is like “locked on target. All other peripheral data is irrelevant.”

So, you might say, “How, Simon, did you get this toothpaste, then?” and the reason is simply because we were in a bind for toothpaste, so we went to a convenience store, and that was their only option. That is when the mind-trip occurred. We knew we had to do a WTF on it.

I think my reaction to the toothpaste was a bit strong, though. It wasn’t really terrible. Not like Ginseng-Candy terrible (I WON’T apologize for not liking Ginseng Candy!). I think it was like when we first came to Korea, and we tried some stuff that we never tried before, and were grossed out, but then after a while grew to love, like cereal milk. This was the first time in my entire freaking life that I had non-minty toothpaste. You can see how my worldframe got shattered. Yes “worldframe” is a word!

I feel totally shocked about the similar tingly sensation I got from the bamboo toothpaste, though, because I only attributed that tingle to mint. Mint makes your mouth tingly and cool. Nothing else in the world ever can do that. But to think that bamboo salt does the same thing? INCONCEIVABLE! THE MINT IS A LIE! Mint doesn’t tingle. Chemicals in dental care tingle! The mint is just an extra flavour. I feel like I just woke up from the Matrix.

Side note: in case you didn’t see that old video in the corner, you can check it out here in its entirety:


Anyhow, sorry this video came a day late! We’ve got ten days to get ready for going back to Canada for Christmas, and we’re working on the EYKAs and putting up new stuff in our store, and yesterday we were on the set of a music video shooting! Woot! It’s top secret though and we’re not allowed to talk about it at all. BUT IT LOOKED GREAT! Oh man we’re such teases. You should subscribe, if you haven’t already, just in case we upload something pertaining to that video, which I doubt we’ll get permission to do but MAYBE JUST MAYBE…

  1. I bought this in New-Jersey at HMart :D but it was pine salt. It’s interesting hehe We need a HMart in Montreal!! D':

  2. The brand I tried years ago was not salty. The salt is not pure salt but some kind of mineral salt, and used as abrasives not as taste. If anything it was kind of dull tasting.

  3. or it might be saccharine. Some tooth paste is loaded with it.


  5. but but… your not supposed to brush your teeth directly after eating, because the surface of your teeth is softer then and more easily damaged! Especially if you’ve eating something sour like kimchi. This is the “odontological truth” if Finland at least… The home of xylitol~ 휘바휘바! Hyvä hyvä! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHYaX9bsf6Q

  6. love the mint toothpaste (minty toothpasters unite!!!), but i hate that inability to taste sweetness!!!! i can never drink water in the mornings cause it actually makes me nauseous. Thanx for that trivia… now i know i’m not weird..lol… i just thought i was the only freak that happened to.

  7. I actually tried that toothpaste. I went to a convenience store, picked the first toothpaste I saw and went back to my dorm.
    It was totally surprising when I first tried, I mean, that thing is salty, for God’s sake! And yeah, even though I didn’t like it at first because it wasn’t what I expected at first, I kept using it (I wasn’t going to throw it away, it costed moeyz). After a while I get used to it and even started liking it, it’s pretty nice and still makes your mouth tingly… oh, good times :’)

  8. gah!really? REALLY?! you leave us hanging on “the set looked great!’???

  9. “Bro do you even dentalcare?” I feel like this is going to become my new comeback

  10. Do I sense a cartoon in your future?

  11. Ummm this is gonna sound super weird and maybe slightly pervy >.> But seeing as this episode was bathroom themed, I was wondering if you guys could do a tl;dr on the bathrooms? I’ve heard that they have squat toilets and no toilet paper so I was just wondering how that works? And are the squat toilets everywhere or can you find “normal” ones too? >..< x x x

  12. haha that stuff is everywhere in china D:

  13. I used to use bubblegum flavored toothpaste when I was a kid and I loved it, but now I can’t stand the fruity bubblegum taste. Mint only works for me now lol.

  14. Simon has the same shopping tactic as me! That’s why it’s always better if I go shopping alone because if I go with my friends I’m done after 1 quick wiz around the shop. I then proceed to follow my friends around and bug them til we leave :P (not on purpose, I just get bored).

  15. My brother tried cola toothpaste when we went to Hong Kong.

    There was a good reason we threw it out after a day’s use…

  16. small neem tree branches were used for cleaning teeth in India, so now they have neem flavored toothpaste. I have never tried it so I don’t know how it tastes.

  17. lol I am the same most of the time –> ‘…I’ll walk in a
    store and in 30 seconds I can say “nothing here for me. Let’s GTFO,”…I’ll already have scanned the
    store and processed all the incompatibilities.’

    wow tooth care culture in Korea looks sooo good, I don’t know if I could do that. I grew up in a different environment, but habits can always be changed!

    ohh set of a music video…I was thinking MFBTY haha. I didn’t know about them before your interview actually, but I personally think their interview is the most hilarious interview by you guys to date =DD.

  18. I’m wondering when you guys go home for the holidays are you going to have any meet-ups?

  19. Let Soozee try mint toothpaste lol

  20. One of the many unwritten laws of dramas: One may not brush their teeth while in a good mood.

  21. After reading about all these flavors in the comments…. I feel like my hometown is really lacking in variety. haha but it sounds like that might not be a bad thing?

  22. If the music video shoot was for MFBTY and Simon ACTUALLY got to be in it (aka hip thrust in it, lol), that would be the BEEEST!!!!

  23. I’ve been reading about chaebol lately. If say, for some kind of reason, you were to try to avoid buying/using any kind of chaebol product in Korea, could you be able to do so? Or would that be like the hardest thing since they do litterally anything and are everywhere, from kitchens to bathrooms?

  24. I’ve tried CILANDRO mint toothpaste once because I didn’t look carefully before buying it. It’s really really weird. I think I would prefer bamboo toothpaste over cilandro…

  25. I’ve had orange before. I think it’s kind of sick! It reminds me too much of the dentist.

  26. I would try it. Oh god, would there ever be a toothpaste fight though. I am a mint paste person. My boyfriend’s mom is a cinnamon tooth paste person, and we do not agree. I think I would get stuck with the bamboo tooth paste. XD I wonder if it has any special benefits to use though?

  27. After reading all current comments, I am amazed that nobody has yet to mention Simon and Martina’s top secret project. I understand all the talk about toothpaste, but why is nobody else excited or freaking out about it? Only explanation I can think of is that it is only mentioned at the end of the post. *goes into corner and freaks out in anticipation by herself*
    Simon and Martina thank you for all your hard work (and the crew’s) and have a wonderful merry Christmas with you family.

  28. WHOA!!!!! i didn’t know Korea brushed so much!!
    and at school???
    it’s good though!!

    i’ve used some weird asian toothpaste before!! i hated it!! we all did except my dad!!
    can’t remember what flavour it was though!

  29. this seems like baking soda and salt toothpaste. My dad likes that. I hate it with the fire of a thousand Suns. It’s very salty.

  30. I hate HATE mint toothpaste! But I’m lucky; I can have alternative, cinnamon toothpaste! Soooo much better! I don’t know though if it sells everywhere in Canada or the US though or even Korea…? Anyways, it does have the tingly sensation like you described, Simon.
    Also, the faces you were doing guise, I don’t think I’ll try this particular one!

  31. I do it exactly as martina. I think it make my toothbrush cleaner before brushing my teeth

  32. I think maybe “gross” was too rash a reaction for me. I was just really weirded out by it. It wasn’t terrible. Just wasn’t…I don’t know…wasn’t what I felt it should be like, after never trying any other toothpaste in my life, you know?

  33. Hahaha I dunno. I’ve been living in America my whole life but my parents are pretty Korean. They used to use that toothpaste when I was little and I didn’t think much of it. I don’t particularly “like” it though. But I thought everyone knew that brand. It’s in like almost every Korean store. I didn’t think it’s weird. It’s salt and salt is known to be good, right? lol There’s that arm and hammer or something baking soda toothpaste or whatever.

  34. So I imagined that thought would be reminiscent of salt water…I feel like I may not have been to far off. Lol.

    Also, spearmint is my favorite toothpaste flavor. Not too much tingle like peppermint although I do like the cooling effect of peppermint afterwards.

    Thanks for teaching me a new kind of toothpaste! And dental fun!

  35. Does it taste the similar bamboo shoots? o 3o If it does, no way in the world am I ever trying that toothpaste.

  36. Apparently bamboo is good for bleaching and also strengthtens… the toothpaste makes sense now.

    Great work guise! :)


  37. The second I saw the title, I was just like, gross that’s gotta be nasty! My family always has the same toothpaste that we buy and it’s been like that since I was 3 or younger, so anything else just feels weird. I got some bubblegum toothpaste when I was little, hated and went straight to get the normal one.

    • Your pharmacist probably flavors children’s medicine to taste like bubblegum because s/he thinks that children will take it if it doesn’t taste like the actual medicine.

      • It’s actually just a ruined flavor for me because of a specific bubblegum flavored medicine (not all medicine tasted like bubblegum) I used to take when I got sick as a child. It was nasty. Now anything bubblegum flavored just disgusts me to no end.

        I also probably just don’t like the flavor itself, lol.

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