DIY: That Time We Made Toothpaste

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Our office is a little bubble full of health-nutty experimenters so when we heard Rachel raving about her honey’s homemade toothpaste we all jumped at the chance to make it!

You’re probably thinking something like, “making your own toothpaste? Really? That’s pushing it a little bit with the DIY stuff,” but it’s actually really easy! Though you could definitely pick up an empty travel tube if you wanted to, we were excited to find another way to reuse our full-size mask pots.
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What’s the Deal with Toothpaste?

You’ve probably guessed that most people on our team are vigilant about the ingredients in everything from our food to our skin care; that same vigilance extends to what we use to clean our teeth. Our mouths are one of the most absorbent parts of our bodies so when we’re using chemical-laden toothpastes, our bodies are soaking up all of the chemicals that we’re putting into our mouths via pea-sized dollops of scrubby-paste.

We’ve written about some of the chemicals that are found in a lot of the mainstream toothpastes already. Things like triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate, and propylene glycol are on our ingredient watch list, but Dr. Mercola talks about a few more ingredients that you don’t want to put into your bloodstream. We don’t like any of that and when we’re up against something synthetic or potentially precarious for our health, we either find a company doing it right or we make our own—often times we do both just to have all the healthy options (yes, our cabinets are full). This time we thought it would be fun to make the product and the product spotlight of the day is toothpaste.

Here’s the recipe that we used for this crafty little get-together. It’s simple and though the up-front cost seems high, it does save money over time. We’ve all been using it—and we have a little jar in the office for work-hour brushing during our work-hour skin care pamper sessions.

ingredients

Siamac’s Toothpaste Recipe

  • Redmond Bentonite Clay: 2 TBPS
  • Activated Charcoal Powder: 1/4 TBPS
  • Veriditas Essential Oil 5-10 drops (to preference)
  • Trace Minerals: 5 Drops
  • MCT Oil: 1 TBPS

All you have to do is mix the ingredients together and you’re ready to brush!

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We know it feels strange using a black paste to clean white enamel, but we promise that it feels amazing! I was excited when I spilled a little bit onto my white ceramic sink and when I scrubbed it off, the sink was sparkling clean.

Of course, you can use whatever essential oil you want your breath to smell like when you’re done. We think peppermint or cinnamon would be a classic here but sage, eucalyptus, or rosemary would be great too! As usual, when you’re working with essential oils you want to be careful that you’re not using too much. They’re very powerful, especially when you’re using them internally (remember when I said that our mouths are super absorbent?) so just use enough to give your breathe the scent you like.

*Note that if you have enamel loss or have had work done on your teeth where your root is exposed, please consult with your dentist prior to using charcoal.

Do you make your own toothpaste? Share your recipe below!

Sources

Dr. Mercola – Toxic Toothpaste Ingredients You Need to Avoid

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  1. Barbara Marie Steele says

    Thank you for this gift! I’ve seen recipes on the internet, but this one I will definitely mix up and use.

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