Of all the different DIY projects out there, making your own toothpaste is one of the most fun. It’s versatile, there’s plenty of room for error, and you have so many options to make it tailored specifically for your needs and taste. This particular recipe has fast become a favorite. It whitens better than any other toothpaste we’ve used, helps support happy gums and lasts a long time.
You will need:
- Coconut oil (preferably warm, soft and easily mixable}
Essential oils of peppermint, frankincense and/or tea tree
Small bowl for mixing
Spoon for mixing
Container for storage (small mason jars are our favorite)
If your coconut oil is hard, melt it slowly over the stove. Or, you can place it in a warm place ahead of time—like a warm windowsill or even in a shallow sink of hot water--and let it soften. When your coconut oil is ready, place 1/8 to ¼ cup in your mixing bowl. Follow with 2 Tablespoons of baking soda, 2 of clay and 3 capsules of activated charcoal. Add to that 10-20 drops of your essential oil(s), then thoroughly mix. Once mixed, you can check the texture as well as the strength of the essential oils in the toothpaste. Remember that activated charcoal, clay and baking soda are abrasives that will polish your teeth so be mindful of how hard you brush as well as if you really do want to add more into the mixture. If you find you would like the essential oils to be stronger, or if you want to add another one, go for it. When you’ve reached a consistency and smell that you’re happy with, transfer your toothpaste into your little jar and store in a cool dry place. You will probably also find that you don’t need to use a wet toothbrush before brushing your teeth because of the coconut oil.
Feel free to play around with this recipe and change the amounts of essential oils, clay, baking soda, etc. to find a formula that really works for you. And be careful what other surfaces you get the toothpaste on since activate charcoal can stain (it won’t stain your teeth). Brush gently, and if your experience is anything like ours, your mouth will feel clean, teeth white and gums nice and happy.