Making my own toothpaste is something I have wanted to do for a long time. I am slowly trying to get away from as much store bought anything as I can. I don’t like all the chemicals put in EVERYTHING and what it does to our bodies.
We have been put into a vicious cycle. We buy products that have things in them that aren’t good for us, then we get ill, then we go see the doctor ($$$) and he/she prescribes pills ($$) which in turn almost always have side effects and the cycle starts over again.
So this past weekend I finally made some….and I am happy with the results….my teeth feel great!
1 part bentonite clay
3 capsules activated charcoal
1/8 t tea tree oil
7 parts coconut oil ( or enough for your desired consistency)
1 t cinnamon extract
Diatomaceous earth is a naturally occurring siliceous sedimentary rock and the oldest use of it is as a very mild abrasive in toothpaste, metal polishes, as well as facial scrubs.
Bentonite is an absorbent aluminium phyllosilicate, impure clay consisting mostly of montmorillonite (soft group of minerals) which helps it to remineralize our teeth. It forms naturally from volcanic ash and because of its absorbent properties it is used as a mud mask to detoxify the skin. I use it once a week! When it becomes wet the molecules change and produce an electrical charge so it is important to never use metal utensils when mixing. And no, it is not the kind of charge that will give you electric shock so don’t worry
Activated charcoal is a form of carbon processed to have small pores that increase the surface area available for adsorption. It is used as a medication to treat poisonings following excessive oral ingestion of certain medications or poisons. And, no, it won’t turn your teeth black or gray. People actually use it as a whitener & to absorb impurities.
I didn’t add anything as a sweetener so it is a little salty tasting. If you have ever brushed with a paste that has baking soda in it that is what it tastes like…not horrible or anything. It does need more cinnamon so next time I will add a tablespoon of cinnamon extract so there is more than just a hint of it.
The only draw back I have found is that since I used coconut oil it doesn’t rinse off my toothbrush easily and does leave a little oily residue. This normally wouldn’t be so terrible but since my paste is black because of the charcoal it makes my toothbrush look bad.
Do you make your own toothpaste? What ingredients do you use?