Have you ever looked at the ingredients in your store-bought toothpaste? Yeah, I didn’t either until I started caring more about what I put in and on my body.
The ingredients listed below that I am most concerned about are the sodium laurel sulfate, carrageenan, “flavor,” and sodium hydroxide
According to this article in the U.S. National Library of Medicine, sodium hydroxide is found in many industrial solvents and cleaners, including flooring stripping products, brick cleaners, cements, and may also be found in certain household products, including: aquarium products, drain cleaners, hair straighteners, metal polishes and oven cleaners, etc. Interesting…why is it in our toothpaste?
Over the weekend, I ran out of toothpaste. I need to save money, so I figured I’d make my own. I found a recipe on Pinterest and tweaked it a little bit to my liking.
You simply mix all of these ingredients in a bowl, scoop it into your container, and you’re done! Tada! My, my, that is some tasty-looking
frosting toothpaste. It is about the same consistency as store-bought toothpaste.
1/4 cup + 2 TB coconut oil, softened
1/4 cup aluminum-free baking soda
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp bentonite clay (I used liquid bentonite)
½ tsp liquid pure stevia
10-15 drops peppermint essential (see note in red below)
5 drops thyme essential oil
5 drops of myrhh essential oil
In a medium bowl, combine the coconut oil and baking soda. Mix thoroughly. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix. Store in a jar or a squeezable bottle. (Note: When mixing bentonite clay, please use a wood or plastic spoon. Bentonite clay should not come in contact with metal because it deactivates the clay’s detoxifying properties. Bentonite clay isn’t necessary for this recipe, it is an added benefit).
So, how simple is that?!
UPDATE: Since I started using this toothpaste, my mouth and teeth feel cleaner, my teeth look whiter, and my lips aren’t so dried out. Usually, I apply chapstick as much as 20 times a day! But, I feel that the coconut oil provides the needed moisture. I am loving this toothpaste – my husband even loves it!
DISCLAIMER: Not all essential oils are created equal. Most oils are adulterated, and contain fillers and/or contaminants. I use oils from a company that gives full disclosure pertaining to each plant’s country of origin, testing and third-party testing, to guarantee absolute purity. 100% pure essential oils will provide higher therapeutic benefits. Please do not ingest any essential oils before speaking with a Certified Aromatherapist like myself, or someone with extensive knowledge of essential oils.
and Member of the National Association
for Holistic Aromatherapy