I have something to confess: I make my own toothpaste. I guess this means I'm officially a "crunchy Betty." That's fine. I'll wear that badge. I've certainly been called worse things.
Actually, this will hopefully be the first of many posts where I share with you the various ways I'm cleaning up my cosmetics and medicine cabinet. A long battle with severe adult cystic acne forced me to look at what I was putting on my body and into my body and years of clear skin later, and I'm still tinkering with recipes for health & wellness products.
One of the biggest offenders in conventional toothpaste (and some "natural" brands too) is Sodium Laural Sulfate. Dudes... This is what makes shampoo, dish soap, and laundry detergent foam. Yuk. I so don't want that in my mouth. Not to mention it's a known skin irritant for most people and it can cause canker sores in people prone to them. No thanks.
I've tried many natural brands, and I really love Earthpaste, so I thought I'd try my hand at making a DIY version. I've been using it for months now and can't see myself going back. Plus, this version is whitening and remineralizing to boot!
A word of caution- if you're not familiar with clay-based, mineralizing toothpaste, it does take some getting used to. First off, it doesn't foam, and it does feel a bit like brushing with dirt the first few times you use it. I assure you though, your mouth is getting nice and clean! And speaking of clean, I now have a true clean feeling after brushing, not that artificial, I just chewed 10 sticks of peppermint gum kind of clean.
Making a batch of your own paste couldn't be easier. Simply combine the dry ingredients with water until it's the consistency you like and then add 10-15 drops of essential oil to taste. I like using peppermint, lemongrass and sweet orange in mine. Cinnamon and clove oils would also make great flavors.
The "parts" in the recipe can be anything you chose depending on how much you want to make. I usually use 1 tablespoon. So 1 TBS = 1 Part
2 Parts Baking Soda (Whitens teeth)
3 Parts Bentonite Clay (Binds & draws out heavy metals and toxins. Plus, it's alkaline and full of minerals.)
3 Parts Calcium Powder (Provides extra calcium to mineralize and whiten enamel)
2 Parts Xylitol* (Inhibits the growth of bacteria and sweetens the paste)
3-4 Parts water (Binder)
10-15 Drops Essential Oil (Flavoring + anti-bacterial agent- depending on the "flavor")
* A note about the xylitol: It's best to use a powdered vs crystallized version. Otherwise, your paste will have a gritty or granular feel to it. This doesn't hurt anything, but most people would find it unpleasant.
Let me know if you try it out- I'd love to hear what you think! (Even if you decide it's not for you!)