Thursday, January 9, 2014

Homemade Coconut Mint Toothpaste


I've been experimenting with different toothpaste recipes. I started with making my own tooth soap, and now I'm making powders and pastes. Here's the one I'm currently using, which I originally found a couple of years ago on Pinterest (and then saw on several other blogs). I like knowing what's in my toothpaste, and it's a lot cheaper than most of the natural toothpastes that are available. In fact, these are all ingredients that we keep stocked in our kitchen, so I didn't have to buy anything to make this.

Homemade Coconut Mint Toothpaste

Ingredients:

Directions:
  1. Melt the coconut oil, if necessary.
  2. Add baking soda to the coconut oil and stir with a fork until it forms a paste.
  3. Add the peppermint essential oil and optional xylitol powder. I used closer to 20 drops of essential oil, and about 1/2 tablespoon of xylitol powder (I used granulated xylitol and ground it in the coffee grinder to make a powder.).
  4. Mix all together and store in a covered glass jar. 
Notes: I just dip my toothbrush in this (each family member would have their own jar of toothpaste). If you prefer, you could also keep a popsicle stick or a small measuring spoon near the jar and use this to scoop it out. You can also find tubes that might work to make a toothpaste that would squirt. I haven't tried this yet.

I get my essential oils from Mountain Rose Herbs or Vitacost (That's my referral link. If you order through this link and you've never ordered from Vitacost before, you'll get $10 off your order (of $30 or more), and I'll get $10 for referring you!).

Have you ever made your own toothpaste?
 

13 comments:

  1. Sarah Z1/09/2014

    I've have a similar recipe, but have had trouble with the paste becoming crumbly cuz our house is colder this time of year and the coconut oil solidifies. Does yours do the same? Or do you have any suggestions on how to adjust the recipe to make it work better?

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    1. Mine is like that, too, right now. I figured it's just the nature of working with coconut oil, and I just use it that way. Hmmm. I'll let you know if I ever find a way to make it smoother in the winter! :)

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    2. Sarah Z1/09/2014

      Good to know! I had been putting it in frosting bags to make it more like a tube of tooth paste, (zip-lock baggies tore at the tip too easily) but that only works in the summer. Right now it's so crumbly, more ends up on the counter than on the brush! I'll need to put it in individual jars so more is used instead of wasted. Thanx for that suggestion!

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    3. You're welcome, Sarah!

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    4. Anonymous9/22/2014

      MY mum does this but also adds a bit of olive oil to keep it a slightly runnier consistency. Not sure how much, maybe a tablespoon using the proportions you gave.

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    5. Thanks for the suggestion!

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  2. This is the same way I do our toothpaste! I have recently been adding a bit of bentonite clay to it to draw out any impurities that we may have picked up along the way (flu season you know...) and black walnut hull to whiten our teeth. We love it!

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    1. Thank you so much for the suggestions about bentonite clay and black walnut hull! I think I may have both of those items on hand, so I'll have to remember to add those. Thanks again!

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    2. How much of each other those do you add?

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    3. I don't really have any exact amounts...I just reduce some of the baking soda and add in the other ingredients, getting it the consistency I want. Hope that's helpful!

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  3. Great post! I will have to try this !
    Domi x

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  4. Hi Joy! I've had this recipe made up (just the oils & soda) for some time. I used it a few times as toothpaste, but somehow I couldn't handle the coconut oil in my mouth.
    So, don't laugh...I finally decided to try using it as a face/body scrub! A couple times a week and, oh my, it's wonderful! I just used it up and am now making some more as face scrub using lavender oil.
    Thanks for the toothpaste/face scrub recipe lol
    Sarah from VA

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    1. Lol, that's great that you were able to find a use for it!! I have some family members who didn't care much for this toothpaste, either. :)

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