Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Homemade Toothpaste: Hardcore and Softcore

Ready for some serious oral (cleansing) action? Let's make some toothpaste!

I have been using Earthpaste for quite awhile now and absolutely love the product. Unlike most commercial toothpastes this is made primarily with salt and clay. No weird foaming agents, glycerin or additives. It's great stuff but almost $9 a tube and I have to drive 20 min to get to the store that carries it. No es bueno. So why not DIY it? Yay!

I ordered some Go Gear Tubes on Amazon for just $10 for 3 tubes. These are those great silicon tubes that can be refilled with shampoo or conditioner for travel. I love the idea of making my own toothpaste, but I really want to keep the experience of squeezing a product from a tube. Frankly at 6am I am not that coordinated and I want easy. This works perfect for toothpaste.

There are lots of articles out there about various things to add to toothpaste for cleansing, remineralizing, whitening, antibacterial action, etc. I don't want to get long winded about it, so if you have an interest in all the science behind the ingredients, Google and Wikipedia away or just click on the ingredients below to get more info. These are the ingredients that are common in many healthy homemade toothpastes:

-bentonite clay
-baking soda
-sea salt
-tea tree oil
-DoTerra On Guard
-coconut oil

I have made 2 versions of toothpaste now. One has salt and baking soda and one does not. I can handle the flavors of both but I know they can get to some folks. The more palatable version I keep for gift giving and for my husband who can't stand baking soda. I enjoy the more hardcore version because I want the extra benefits and can handle the taste.

Hardcore Homemade Toothpaste

1 teaspoon melted coconut oil
1 Tablespoon bentonite clay powder
10 drops each DoTerra On Guard essential oil blend and Tea Tree Oil
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 Tablespoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon xylitol
1 ounce (shot glass) purified water

Softcore Homemade Toothpaste

2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
3 Tablespoons bentonite clay powder
10 drops each DoTerra On Guard essential oil blend and Tea Tree Oil
1/2 teaspoon xylitol
1 ounce (shot glass) purified water

For both toothpastes I melt coconut oil in the microwave for 20 seconds. Then I simply mix all the ingredients together with the exception of the water. I like using a little cheese or butter spreader in a small ramekin to push the clay against the sides and squeeze out any lumps. Add the water in stages as the last ingredient in order to achieve the desired texture. One ounce may not be quite enough, especially for the Softcore version, so just add and mix until it works for you. Store in tube or mason jar.

- since the Go Gear Tubes comes with 3 tubes I have the smallest one for travel and the largest for daily use.
-make sure to mix new batches regularly since there is water in the mix and no heavy duty preservatives
-expect that there is a little getting used to with a toothpaste that doesn't foam and looks like you are brushing with dirt. It's all good
- I am not much for multi-level marketing, but I do love DoTerra's products. If you don't have a distributor locally you can just sub OnGuard for more tea tree oil or another oil that is safe for internal use. If you need a contact for a DoTerra distributor drop me a message and I would be happy to get you in touch with a friend of mine. The OnGuard really is pretty awesome.

Disclaimer: I personally make, use, test any products or recipes I am recommending. Although I have had no problems with allergies, etc, please know you are using this at your own risk. The FDA doesn't evaluate me...blah. blah, blah. Just don't come after me if you aren't happy about something. I am just some lady on the internet who may or may not know anything.

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