Throughout most of our posts you will pick up on our undying desire to know what is in our beauty products and food. That is why we check and question ingredients and ultimately make everything we can. We also try to grow as much food as we can organically (from organic seed).
Toothpaste has been our latest product to go DIY. This switch has greatly put my mind at rest and my teeth and gums have never reacted so positively.
After learning about how flouride is actually a poison that is used in 95% of toothpastes sold in the U.S. and how scary triclosan (another active ingredient in Colgate) is, it has given me all the more reason to keep on making my own. Cancer and poison hidden in my dental hygiene regimens? I don’t think so.
We recently had a dentist appointment for a cleaning and as usual, they sent us each home with a toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss. Until I started reading the ingredients again, I was actually considering using the mini tubes of toothpaste while traveling. Somehow, I had forgotten how ‘scary’ most store bought toothpastes are. When I read carrageenan as an ingredient, it just further sealed the deal. Carrageenan is something I have avoided in our almond milk and creamer for years. How had I forgotten how bad this stuff was?
Nevertheless, I am beyond thrilled to not only be making my own, but to know exactly what is in it. Plus, I’m saving dollars along the way. Shwing (as we say around here)! And have I mentioned how happy my teeth and gums are? The dentist even seems to agree about the improvements in my dental health.
Interested in making your own? Get the recipe here:
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/3 baking soda
10-15 drops peppermint essential oil
10-15 drops thieves essential oil
Mix all the ingredients in a container (I have been using a small 6oz Ball jar). That is it, you’re done. When you are ready to brush your teeth, wet your toothbrush and scoop a liberal amount onto it. Ryan had a good idea by using one of the jars like my mom bought for the hand scrub. With the little spoon, each person can scoop their own portion out without dipping a used toothbrush into the entire toothpaste mix.
Coconut oil became very popular last year with all its sweet benefits (we confessed to being oil pullers here). Using baking soda has been something I’m sure we all heard of once or twice before and for good reason. It does a number of amazing things for your teeth. It not only whitens, but it also helps to prevent bad breath, discourages the formation of plaque, and helps to prevent gum disease.
Go ahead and call me hooked. I am a couple months in now and can’t see myself going back. Not even
wild horses good ol’ Tom’s toothpaste could drag me away.