in yet another way i’ve gone completely chemical-less with my beauty routine, i’ve been using homemade toothpaste! i’ll admit, it does take some getting used to, but the fact that i’m not pumping chemicals into my mouth is completely worth it!
i threw together this little toothpaste recipe. i thought i was making a small batch, but once i whipped it up, it expanded and filled the entire “soap” dispenser i bought.
- 5 tbs dr bronner’s peppermint liquid castile soap
- 3 tbs coconut oil
- 1/2 tbs powdered/crushed mint leaves (and of course i forgot to add this. oooof course.)
- 20ish drops of peppermint essential oil, 1/2 tbs xylitol* (mostly depends on taste), 1/2 to 1 tbs baking soda* (please add the oil at least!)
- put everything in a bowl you can mix in
- using a hand mixer, mix all ingredients together until mixture gets “fluffy”. you’ll know!
- funnel into container or dispenser. i used a soap dispenser (clean of course), and snipped the corner off a plastic baggie to pump my toothpaste into it. it got messy… but i snipped my corner too large! and please do NOT use a plastic dispenser. the chemicals in the plastic can leach out and get into your toothpaste and into your body. nobody wants that! (i have a post about plastics lined up in the post queue!)
- use that bad boy just like regular toothpaste!
the exact mixture and ingredients you choose really just depends on your taste. i didn’t add a natural sweetener (like xylitol, which has it’s own downfalls), baking soda, or essential oils. next time i’ll definitely be adding in peppermint essential oil. and since i forgot to add the crushed mint leaves, i just lightly dip my toothbrush in it. seems to work okay!
this homemade toothpaste does have a kind of “soapy” taste to it. i bet you could get rid of it by adding the natural sugar. i’ll just deal with it for now. and i personally can’t taste any trace of coconut. idk if that’s good or bad, haha. personally, i think my teeth are whiter. idk if they really are. i should’ve done a before/after thing. and i also think my morning breath is better! again, idk if it really is, but i sure do think so 😉
i’m not crazy about the taste of this in general though… i feel like i can taste the gunk in my mouth and it kind of makes me gag (tmi?) i am POSITIVE it’s because i didn’t add peppermint essential oil or xylitol though. absolutely positive. so do NOT forgo adding those! (well, maybe not the xylitol…i’ll probably post about that one later). i want to switch to a tooth powder next. i can’t bear to waste what i’ve made! lol.
WAIT, i thought you need baking soda for homemade toothpaste?
short answer – nope. not needed.
longer answer – it’s been my personal choice to forgo adding baking soda, and i encourage you all to research why and make a decision on what’s best for you. baking soda is slightly abrasive to teeth enamel, so being used twice a day (as recommended to brush your teeth) will erode enamel over time, leaving teeth more sensitive and vulnerable to cavities. no thanks. i already have sensitive teeth and don’t need to make it any worse. i’ve heard and seen people use it a couple times a week to whiten… idk about that guys. i’m just really protective of my teeth…lol.
WAIT AGAIN – what about fluoride?
ohhhh, fluoride. the ever growing debate on whether it’s good or bad… i could do an ENTIRE post on fluoride… (actually, i’ll start working on that!)
well. verrryyy long story short, i don’t plan on letting fluoride near my teeth anytime soon. well, except for my tap water (eeeek, i know, i know!! i already knowww). why? i think this article best sums up my outlook on fluoride. (i obviously encourage everyone to do their own research, talk to their own dentists, and make their own educated decisions. the fluoride debate is a pretty big one, and this is just my personal stance)
if there’s a warning label like this on toothpaste with fluoride – “WARNING: Keep out of reach of children under 6 years of age. If you accidentally swallow more than used for brushing, seek PROFESSIONAL HELP or contact a POISON CONTROL center immediately.” … i don’t want any part of it. YES, i realize the copious amounts you’d have to consume at once. but seriously people, is that the line you really want to debate??
and if you’re not convinced… fluoride used to be an industrial waste product that was used exclusively as rat poison. again, no thanks.
ANYWAY. after this batch, i really want to try a remineralizing tooth powder. i’m still busy researching different variations, ingredients, and their benefits. i’ll come up with one that works for me after i use up what i’ve made and i’ll let you guys know!
i’m pretty excited about it all and i love learning about new ways to be all natural 🙂
(i’ve had a lot of comments about natural make-up… it’s in the post queue, promise!)
and SORRY i haven’t gotten to your comments as quickly as i normally do! matt & celebrated our 2 years yesterday cuz of work today. and look what he had planned for us when we got home last night–
HOMEMADE TERRARIUMS! gah, he is the ONLY man for me 🙂 he couldn’t be anymore perfect.