Neighborhood Flavoured ToothPix
Toothpicks. Everyone has them. Everyone uses them. Yet, we never really put a lot of thought into them. Well, Neighborhood, a popular Japanese brand, has. As a brand, they love re-interpreting products based on various cultural elements. This includes the always-used, oft-ignored toothpick. Enter Neighborhood ToothPix, flavoured toothpicks designed to freshen your mouth as you dig those pesky food particles out from between your teeth.
ToothPix is available in two flavours: Green Mint and Hot Cinnamon. They’re sold in little plastic tubes with easy to open and close screw caps. You get one case per flavour, with each case containing roughly 12 – 16 toothpicks. The plastic tubes fit easily in purse pockets or pants pockets or anywhere, really. Easy to open screw cap.
Neighborhood ToothPix is marketed as “superior quality” toothpicks. Well, that’s definitely true. Size is typical of a toothpick; the narrowed ends are a bit wider/less pointy than the usual toothpicks but the soft edges mean you won’t cut your gums. Workmanship is excellent, definitely better than run of the mill toothpicks.
But the big question here is how the flavoured aspect of Neighborhood ToothPix plays out in the experience. Well, we tested it out, so here are our thoughts:
Very strong smell, like Kings or Wilhelmina peppermints; taste is subtle – there’s the familiar mint almost-burning sensation when it’s in the mouth but very little flavour. Wood flavour typical of a toothpick is the overall flavour. Most of the experience comes from the scent.
Very strong candied cinnamon smell, reminiscent of cinnamon hearts. Burning sensation is very very strong right off the bat – exactly like cinnamon hearts. Taste is more obvious than the green peppermint. It stays prominent for a bit, then the woody toothpick experience comes through. Just really burns the lips.
Overall, Neighborhood ToothPix leave a fresh feeling in the mouth after use, even though the flavours are subtle. The smells linger on the lips.
All that being said, they are on the pricier side. It’s about $20 per pack of two “tubes”. That’s if you buy them at the store. If you buy them online, you’re looking at a $30 + price tag once you include shipping. A bit pricey for toothpicks and not something the average person would spend day-to-day. A nice, unique experience for sure and something to try if you find yourself with a bit of extra money.