Sunday, March 10, 2013

Brush your teeth with dirt?

35 weeks, 4 days

First of all, you will wonder why I don't use normal toothpaste, why am I such a hippie all the time?

It is sorbitol.  It is in all major toothpaste brands (although they don't list ingredients, you have to do some digging).  I hates it.  It disagrees with me LARGELY.  (TMI - gas!  ugh!).  I actually find all the sugar alcohols really creepy and stay away from them totally.  It is a rule for me.  Prevents some junk food - also prevents chewing gum, but I can deal.  I bend lots of other rules (hello, gluten!), but this one is pretty fast to give negative results, I don't break it.

Finding my local store out of my fav hippie toothpaste, I randomly bought some Earthpaste.

Then I read about how glyerin (in my previous hippie toothpaste) prevents remineralisation of teeth.  Yikes.  I had been using that for years.  My teeth are ok - but certainly not bright and shining.

I loved the Earthpaste!  But ladies, it is like a million dollars a tube.  I can't stomach it.  So I decided to make my own.

Here is my toothpaste making adventure to date:

Clay Toothpaste 1.0
  • 4T bentonite clay
  • 6T boiling water
  • 1/4t sea salt
  • 25 drops Stevia
  • 12+ drops wintergreen essential oil
I used a hand mixer to mix it.
Summary:  Gross.  Gritty - which scares me I was hurting my enamel.  Too salty!  But I still used it for several weeks, just making sure to REALLY rinse it out.

Today I had some time to try making
Clay Toothpaste 2.0
  • 4T bentonite clay
  • 8.5T boiling water
  • 1/8t sea salt
  • 15 drops Stevia
  • 6 drops wintergreen essential oil
  • 10 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 6 drops tea tree essential oil
  • 1/3T coconut oil
This time I used the food processor.  And given the volume was so low, I really had to scrape down the sides and run it a million times.  It does seem smoother - we shall see!  The 1.0 version had started to dry out on me.

I have an adorable little glass jar with a tiny glass spoon that is perfect for dishing out homemade toothpaste.

I will update you with any findings!  :)


  1. Hi, just passing by. I make this same toothpaste for my family, and I love it. I even teach classes so other people can learn. But I wanted to let you know that wintergreen essential oil is toxic, and shouldn't ever be used in toothpaste or anywhere else on the body. Peppermint is fine :)

  2. We were made from dirt. Dust from the ground to be more exact.


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