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Wednesday
Jun202012

My Homemade Toothpaste

As I continue to find cleaner beauty products for me and my family, I realized one thing was still missing. Good toothpaste! I've been on the hunt for a quality, clean and completely natural toothpaste for a loooong time now. I did find a great salt-based one at Whole Foods but it was WAY too expensive for toothpaste so I decided to channel my inner Martha Stewart and embark on making my own. I emailed Dr. Silkman, my totally brilliant holistic dentist, for suggestions, did some research online, and started experimenting.

The results? I'm a VERY happy camper...and so are my teeth : ) Here's the wicked easy recipe: 

Here's what my toothpaste looks like.Organic Toothpaste

Indian Healing Clay (which you can also use for facials! A steal at about $6...SCORE!)

- Organic Vegetable Glycerin (softening agent)

- Organic Peppermint Oil

- Organic Tea Tree Oil

- Organic Cinnamon Powder

- Organic Tumeric Powder

No need to measure anything either. What?! All you do is start with the clay and vegetable glycerin and get the mixture to a paste consistency. Then add as much or little of the other ingredients as you like. We even added turmeric to our toothpaste! As I learned from Kimberly Snyder in her book "The Beauty Detox Solution (page 213), "turmeric is an Ayurveduc spice that has amazing antioxidant properties. It inhibits oxidation and protects us from free radical damage, and also helps us clean up metabolic waste. It also suppors our liver."

My homemade toothpaste in a recycled glass jar.

Other natural oils that would be good to flavor your homemade toothpaste are clove, oregano, basil, ginger, lavender, cardamon, and lemongrass. Experiment and have fun with it! I was thinking a Christmas toothpaste with peppermint and pine oils would be fun : ) It's Christmastime in your mouth! Ha! That sounds kinda dirty but you know what I mean.

Btw, I recycled one of my Himalayan salt glass containers to mix and store my new toothpaste in.

Happy Brushing!  

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How long does this paste last? Have you seen an improvement in your teeth and overall oral health (such as teeth whitening and total bad breath elimination)?

September 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. Wilson

I was directed here my MNN.com and since they lack quality on anything they write (some articles are just down right stupid) I was intrigued by a former Miss USA making her own toothpaste however I don't see any ingredients that actually help your teeth here....? I've done a lot of research and baking soda is pretty much the best thing to brush your teeth with (just don't brush your gums solely with it). I don't understand the addition of cinnamon either.

I make my own toothpaste but it's a mixture of baking soda, coconut oil and peppermint (or spearmint). I have not perfected the concoction as if yet but it does the trick. I like it much better than regular toothpaste though. I might try the turmeric for whitening purposes solely. If I can recommend any homemade product it would be deodorant. This is my first week using it and I have no complaints. I smell good all day long and it works a lot better than Tom's of Maine.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Emily,
I also read the MNN.com article. How about posting your exact recipe for both toothpaste & deodorant. What do you store the stuff in? Do you just mix it all together in a bowl? I'm intrigued.

March 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJames Bauernschmidt

Are you still using this recipe? If so, how is it working for you? :) Still happy with it?

February 2, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAlina

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