What drove for a passion to make my own toothpaste is a personal story about issues with my teeth. I've had many ongoing issues with the health of my teeth over the years and now I understand what the cause may have been from. Using a fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride Is, in my opinion, is the # 1 enemy for your mouth. If I would have known the importance of using only natural toothpaste years ago, I believe I would have prevented the issues I have now. Don't make the same mistakes I made. Educate yourself before it's too late.
It's easy enough to make your own and will ultimately save your wallet in the long run. Who doesn't want to save money right?
To start off you'll need a few things. Coconut oil, either Bentonite clay or Kaolin clay, Calcium Carbonate (food grade) powder, a few essential oils and Ideally trace mineral drops.
For equipment, all you need is a bowl glass or plastic if you're using bentonite clay you don't want to use anything metal with this clay or it will counteract its benefits.
Mix together about a cup of Coconut oil, about 4 TBS of Calcium powder with 1 TB of clay. You can add 1 TB of baking soda ( aluminum-free ) as well if you wish. Totally optional.
I decided to leave it out but in small amounts, it does provide a gentle abrasive that helps clean your teeth. I find the clay does a good enough job. I also found that when I've used baking soda in the past and mixing it in a liquid formula if left in a warm environment, it will expand. This isn't too pleasant when you open your bottle of toothpaste and it explodes. The first thing that came to mind, when this happened was. It has to be the baking soda. Not a necessary ingredient anyways, so I leave it out now.
Add 10 drops of trace minerals
Adding your essential oils. This can be a little tricky and if you're new with using EOs please learn more about how to safely use them first.
Knowing what note each essential oil is can be very helpful when combining them. Some notes will diminish in mixtures quicker than others. Learning what notes compliment another is also important.
There are three notes. Top, middle and base. A base note or fixative will be the dominant oil in a given mixture and will be the strongest long-lasting scent. But before I get to caught up in explaining this I suggest just experiment and have fun for now. It's the best way to learn.
There are many different essential oils you can try for toothpaste, each giving similar benefits. You can read about some of them and their benefits here Earth Paste
The ones I use are Peppermint, Sweet Orange, Clove, Myrrh, Cinnamon and Tea Tree. I have yet to experiment with others in toothpaste.
Try adding 3 drops of Peppermint ~ 2 drops of Tea Tree and 2 drops of Cinnamon, in my experience it creates a sweet minty taste.
As of yesterday I just introduced a new sweet orange citrus flavor toothpaste in my Etsy shop!
Creating your own concoctions is a lot of trial and error before getting it right. Unless you're a natural chemist, which I'm not. So be patient with yourself, Rome wasn't built in a day.
If you'd like to see me working on my toothpaste recipe for my Etsy shop, you can check it out here. You will see that I definitely encounter a lot of trial and error.