3 January 2006 | Jo
By making your own toothpaste you can not only save landfill waste you will also avoid using chemicals such as Sodium Fluoride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Glycerin which is normally a palm oil derivative.
Here's how I made my homemade toothpaste:
6.5 tbsp coconut oil, organic virgin is best
2 tbsp bicarbonate of soda
Xylitol to taste - Xylitol is an all-natural alternative to sugar. You could use stevia instead.
Three curly mint leafs
I added the coconut oil, bicarbonate of soda into my stainless steel tin.
Then added the Xylitol to taste and mixed well.
I heated the mixture through in a pan with some curly mint leafs I had in my garden. Most recipes use essential oil but I didn't want to ingest this so I used mint leaves instead. You could also try grating some orange peel. Although you do not have to use a flavouring at all.
Then I removed the leaves and placed the toothpaste back into the tin and allowed to cool.
You need to get used to this new taste but it does give me a clean mouth feel, so thumbs up. Why don't you give it a go...
You can find these biodegradable bamboo toothbrushes here the stainless steel tin here and the bamboo tablespoon here.
You can also purchase a natural toothpaste here.