Mischievous toddler coats herself in charcoal tooth powder

Mother discovers her daughter, three, looking like a chimney sweep after she sneaked out of her bedroom and covered herself in CHARCOAL teeth whitening powder

  • Paula Varty found her three-year-old daughter Amilah covered in black powder
  • Painted herself with charcoal teeth whitener after sneaking into the bathroom
  • Mother-of-five scrubbed Amilah clean but there was still remnants left over 
  • Described how her daughter looked like she had come down the chimney

A mother told of her shock after she discovered her three-year-old daughter covered head-to-toe in charcoal teeth whitening powder.  

Paula Varty, 46, from Bettws, South Wales, was stunned when she found Amilah Varty-Giulletti looking ‘like she’d come down the chimney’ after painting herself with the black powder. 

The mother-of-five thought Amilah was safely tucked up in bed but the toddler had crept into the bathroom, clambered onto the windowsill and grabbed the 99p XOC XPEL charcoal teeth whitener powder.

Despite Paula frantically scrubbing the toddler with shower gel and shampoo there were still remnants in her hairline and under her nails at nursery the next day. 


Three-year-old Amilah Varty-Giulletti looked ‘like she’d come down the chimney’ after she painted herself in the teeth whitening product. Right, Amilah scrubbed clean

Amilah’s mum Paula Varty, 46, from Bettws, South Wales, was stunned when she found her daughter had coated herself in a thick layer of it from head-to-toe

Paula was woken up at 5.30am by the sound of tiny footsteps and walked in to discover her daughter coated in the product and wearing a ‘sheepish’ grin on her face.  

‘She’s quite a cheeky character,’ Paula said. ‘When I thought I heard tiny footsteps coming from the bathroom I was worried what she was up to.


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‘When I opened the bathroom door there she was covered in charcoal toothpaste powder, she looked like she’d just come down the chimney.

‘When I saw her I shouted “oh my god!” She was stood there looking black and sheepish and just laughed. It was a nightmare – all over the carpet and her.’

Paula frantically scrubbed the toddler with shower gel and shampoo but there were still remnants in her hairline and under her nails at nursery the next day

Paula recalled that the playschool staff ‘laughed their heads off’ when she told them what Amilah had done 

Paula put her in the shower and tried to scrub her daughter clean. She said: ‘The more I rubbed at it the worse it got. It says it makes your teeth whiter – but she certainly didn’t go whiter.’

When she went to playschool the next day Paula had to explain what had happened as there was still some black charcoal left under her fingernails and in her hair.

‘The staff were all laughing their heads off,’ she added.

Paula, who lives with forklift truck driver partner Nicky Giulletti, 45, and their sons Harlow Varty-Giulletti, eight, and Myllar Varty-Giulletti, six, usually put the catch on the bathroom door to ensure Amilah can’t get in alone.

Paula, who lives with forklift truck driver partner Nicky Giulletti (pictured), 45, and their sons Harlow Varty-Giulletti, eight, and Myllar Varty-Giulletti, six, usually put the catch on the bathroom door to ensure Amilah can’t get in alone


Paula said that Amilah was ‘quite a cheeky character’ and that it was a ‘nightmare’ to get off the product from her skin

Amilah with her brothers Harlow Varty-Giulletti, eight, and Myllar Varty-Giulletti, six, they all live in South Wales

However someone must have left the door unlocked after a night-time bathroom visit, leaving the path clear for cheeky Amilah.

Paula said: ‘I thought she was asleep in bed. We normally lock the bathroom door to stop her getting in but for whatever reason it wasn’t.

‘I kept the tooth powder above the sink on the windowsill and the lid was screwed tight. I still don’t know how she managed to get up there and open it.

‘When the boys found out what happened they just laughed, I’ve had to remind them to lock the bathroom door behind them.

‘She’s such a character. She’s managed to climb over baby gates before and tipped liquid soap down the loo so we do have our hands full.

‘I’ve got to have eyes in the back of my head.’ 

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