I’ve been handmaking toothpaste for awhile now, and today I finally nailed a (natural) version similar to store-bought one. Yay! (Is it weird I get excited about toothpaste?). A lot of my other handmade toothpastes were really thick and clay-like, or tasted so awful that it was a hard chore to brush more than two seconds. But this new recipe squeezes out like ‘toothpaste,’ has a similar texture to ‘toothpaste,’ foams like ‘toothpaste,’ and even tastes pretty good. My teeth feel smooth and clean after a brush, and my breath spearminty with therapeutic-grade essential oils.
What’s even greater is that I know my paste is free from toxins such as sodium lauryl sulfate, triclosan, artificial colourings and flavourings, preservatives and fluoride (fluoride is actually an essential nutrient in the body, but too much if it can become toxic, and we get far too much of it in our water supplies and toothpastes).
If you still use commercial toothpastes, I’d urge you to switch to a natural one – purchased from a conscious-minded store or company, or make it yourself. A really simple recipe to begin with would be 2 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp baking soda and 15 drops essential oil – mix all together and store in a jar. Peppermint is a classic oil to use, but you can use your imagination with any food-grade essential oil! All oils are highly antimicrobial and will kill off the bugs in your mouth You can get a bit fancy and add things like bentonite clay, turmeric or activated charcoal which all help to whiten and clean teeth (beware it may be messy!).
If you want my super smooth, frothy, fresh-tasting toothpaste recipe, you’ll have to come along to my new DIY Toxin-Free HYGEINE+SUNCARE Workshop at the end of January! We’re still finishing off our Happy Biome studio, so date is still to be confirmed