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Monday, June 22, 2015

Homemade Toothpaste

I have been making my own toothpaste since this past February and I love it! I'm on my 3rd batch now. I've seen a definite increase in whiteness in my teeth and my mouth just feels....good. No toothpaste aftertaste. No ingredients that I can't pronounce. No dyes. I use an electric toothbrush, and combined with my homemade toothpaste, it's a winning combination. 

I even talked to my dentist about my homemade toothpaste and he, as well as the assistant, said it sounded awesome and if it works for me, then to go for it. I know a few other people who also make their own toothpaste, and while our toothpastes have different aspects to them, the basic ingredients are the same. 

I found the recipe I use on Pinterest from Live Simply


Simple Homemade Peppermint Toothpaste



Ingredients:

1/4 cup + 2 TB coconut oil, soft but not melted (I put the coconut oil in a measuring up and heat it slightly over the stove to soften it. Sometimes I do make it more melted and have seen no issue with doing so)
¼ cup good-quality baking soda (I buy mine from Mountain Rose Herb )
½ tsp real salt (I use Nature's First Real Salt and buy from Amazon)
1 tsp bentonite clay (I buy mine from Mountain Rose Herbs)
1/4 – ½ tsp pure liquid stevia (I didn't want to use stevia. I use Xylitol instead and buy the Now-Foods Brand from Amazon. I might even omit the need for this added ingredient all together in the future.)
5-7 drops peppermint essential oil, the amount will depend on taste preference (I prefer Wintergreen Essential Oil and use 8-10 drops. I typically buy all my EO's from Mountain Rose Herb, but the wintergreen EO was given to me and it's the doTERRA brand)


Directions:

1. In a medium-size bowl, combine the coconut oil and baking soda.  Mix thoroughly.
2. Add in the remaining ingredients and mix.
3. Store in a glass jar or for squeezable toothpaste, use GoToob Silicone Squeeze Bottles.


Notes:

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.

The consistency of this recipe can vary depending on the temperature where the toothpaste is stored, due to the nature of coconut oil.

The liquid stevia is used to sweeten. You can substitute for calcium power, xylitol, or omit altogether. It will just taste a bit salty.

Bentonite clay leaves chemicals out of plastic, so do not store in plastic. Store in glass or silicone. All the ingredients are shelf-stable, so I'd say it can last 6 months or perhaps longer. 


LOVE. 

I especially love this toothpaste right now because it's warm out, so the coconut oil is soft, making the toothpaste an actual paste and easy to swipe my toothbrush in. When it's cooler in the house, the coconut oil is more solid, so I do have to scoop some out using a popsicle stick or something like that and then put it in my mouth. Not really a big deal, but it is easier to use when it's warmer out. Either way I love it and I'm not going back to commercial toothpaste. As they kids get older, I will switch them to this toothpaste as well. For now, I get them toothpaste from The Honest Company that they like.


Hooray for another DIY beauty product! 

With love,
Mama Hauck

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