Manufacturer: Pearlie White

Country: Singapore

Packaging: plastic tube, card box

Colour: plain white

Base Flavour: mint

Tasting Notes

The Real Red toothpaste has a mild, peppermint fragrance, with notes of spearmint on the nose and a slightly stronger mint taste, but overall is a low to mid-strength flavoured toothpaste, with no great mint kick.

The consistency of the paste is verging on the thin side, meaning it has high bristle penetration and it dissolves quickly once in the mouth with the addition of water.

Real Red’s thinish consistency allows for faster bristle penetration

On the palate, there’s a pleasant freshness to it, which will appeal to those who prefer the milder end of the menthol spectrum; mint-o-philes however, may be left craving a stronger hit.


Realtiviely little of the sodium barcarbonate coming through so lacking the strong post-brush smoothness found in other pastes with heavy NaHCO3 content, although teeth feeling slightly polished.

Aftertaste is pleasanly minty, fading within a few minutes and perhaps lacking somewhat in minty punch compared to more menthylated toothpastes.


Packaged attractively with its stylish ‘Merlion’ logo, The Real Red is a no-nonsense, standard tasting mild-mint toothpaste. The mild taste would be forgiveable, and perhaps even a plus point for those who like less mint on their brush, but my gripe is that each time you use it, some paste is left around the entrance hole of the tube, which then dries to a chalky residue.

This then tends to break off when you next squeeze some paste from the tube, resulting in a slighly unpleasant texture of little lumps of old, dry toothpaste mixed in with your freshly squeezed bead.

And this is Real Red’s downfall; futher work on the recipe of Real Red is needed before it will be winning any toothpaste awards from The Toothpaste Review.

The Real Red’s tendency to leave a chalky residue around the hole after each use lets it down


Not highly. I was slighly dissapointed with this toothpaste, and was hoping for more. Although the flavour is perfectly pleasant there’s little here to excite hardcore toothpaste fans, and the tendency for the paste to dry on the rim then contaminante your next brushing can lead to an unsatisfactory brushing experience.

Real Red is likely popular with patriotic Singaporeans, being one of the few (if not only?) toothpastes to be made in the ‘Lion City’ but on the global market, this toothpaste will have limited appeal to toothpaste enthusiasts, and is likely to remain little more than an exotic curiousity for all but fans of mild, thin toothpaste varieties.

Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Water, Sorbitol, Potassium Acesulfame, Mint flavor, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Silicate, Sodium Monoflourophosphate, Sodium Barcarbinate, Xanthan Gum, Cetylpyridium Chloride, Xylitol.