19 Feb 2017

DIY NATURAL TOOTHPASTE



Today, I'm talking about toothpaste. I’ll tell you the basic important things you should know about its ingredients, but, maybe more importantly, I’ll show you how you can make your own natural and chemical-free toothpaste!




First of all, let’s go back to the toothpaste story. Go and grab your tube of toothpaste if you will and let me sum up some ingredients. Look for these on your packaging.


Fluoride (often sodium fluoride)
Although fluoride is considered to be good for your teeth, it can be toxic if swallowed. Being an adult, this shouldn’t really be a problem, but fluoride is especially dangerous for young kids.

Diethylene glycol
If you see this ingredient on your toothpaste, please please please ditch the tube immediately. Around 2007, several toothpaste brands were taken out of stores for using this toxic compound.

Triclosan
If triclosan combines with the chlorine in your tap water, it can form chloroform. Chloroform is considered to be carcinogenic, modifying hormone regulation in our body.

Sodium lauryl (dodecyl) sulfate
SLS has been linked to aphthous ulcers (also known as white sores). It is added to toothpaste because of its foaming properties, but doesn’t benefit your teeth in any way.


Look, to be completely honest with you, I don’t know how good or bad commercial toothpaste is for you. I’m not an expert, or a scientist, or a dental health student. I don’t know and I’ll never know the full truth. But what I do know is that these types of industries (cosmetics, I mean) mainly care about one single thing. You guessed it: money. And some potential, possible, plausible or probable health concerns aren’t going to stop them from adding a nice artificial flavour, a bright colour, an abundant foaming agent or unnecessary fillers to their product. That’s one thing I do know for sure. With that being said, I’d rather be safe than sorry!

Now, I’m not telling you all of this to scare you and tell you to never use commercial toothpaste again. It’s just important that you gain some insight into its harmful ingredients and how you can avoid them. Awareness is always the first step. ;)

Don’t worry though, there’s a solution for every problem. And in my case, it’s a super simple and quick DIY! And, I mean, why wouldn’t you make your own products? It’s cheap, easy, safer and healthier and you know what you’ll be putting in and on your body.
Oh and I tried something different today and added a video instead of photos! Just to mix it up a bit. :)


Let’s get started!

You’ll need:
  • Coconut oil
  • Baking soda
  • Essential oil of your choice (This is optional!)
    (Peppermint would be perfect, but I used grapefruit for this one!)


Combine two tablespoons of coconut oil with three tablespoons of baking soda. Mix until combined. Add in 10 to 15 drops of your favourite essential oil and mix again.
Store in an airtight container and indirectly apply to your toothbrush using a spoon or chopstick or something like that (rinse with water after every use). Just don’t dip your toothbrush in the paste, for hygienic reasons. ;)


*Notes
  • If you’re into zero waste, all of these ingredients can be bought in bulk! This way, you’ll never produce any ‘toothpaste waste' ever again!
  • Depending on the climate where you live or the temperature of the environment, the coconut oil varies in consistency. I haven’t had any problem with it though, since I keep the toothpaste in the bathroom where the temperature is always around 19 – 20°C.
  • Also keep in mind that this toothpaste will not taste nice the first few times you use it. It’s quite salty because of the baking soda. You’ll eventually get used to it though! If you really really can’t stand it, you could add some stevia to make it taste sweeter. 
  • Lastly, this toothpaste doesn’t foam up like the ones you’re used to, but that’s fine! It’s not supposed to foam up anyways. :)


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Good luck trying it out!

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