When my husband first started working at his job at the video production company where he currently works (back when we were engaged), one of his co-workers called me “granola.” To be fair, the guy had no idea what that word meant, in calling someone “granola.” I was helping out with a film shoot and holding a granola bar. He needed to get my attention, so he said “Hey, granola girl!” Awesome. Mind you, I was at SMU at the time. (If you don’t know SMU, think Ole Miss.) Not only was I far from granola. But I had absolutely no intention of ever becoming granola. In fact, I wanted to be the furthest thing from granola. But, alas. Here I am. Making my own toothpaste. And loving every bit of it, mind you. God has a great sense of humor.
So you wanna be granola too? Let’s get to making our own toothpaste! Here’s what you need.
- 2-3 T coconut oil (Start with 2, but you may want 3, depending on your desired consistency.)
- 3 T baking soda
- 1-1/2 t sea salt
- Peppermint or spearmint essential oil (10-15 drops) OR if you don’t have this, you can use cinnamon. But keep in mind that depending upon how much cinnamon you use, this means your toothpaste will be brown, which does not affect its effectiveness. Just thought you’d want a heads up though. As for the amount of cinnamon, use as much as desired for taste.
Mix it all together! At once. Yep. The only thing I’d recommend is adding the coconut oil bit by bit until you reach your desired consistency. Also if it’s too liquidy, then I am guessing you are making this in something like the Texas summer. Do keep in mind that coconut oil is more solid in cooler temps and more liquid at warmer temps. So add it accordingly, and possibly store in a cooler or warmer place, depending on the time of year.
And in case you are wondering the purpose of these ingredients…
- Coconut oil is a great natural base for the paste.
- The baking soda is a natural cleaning agent, believed to be harmless.
- The essential oils or cinnamon are for flavoring. Update: Now that I have become more into essential oils, I will also say that many are antibacterial and antiviral, as well as great for preventing cavities.
- The salt acts as an abrasive to clean teeth.
Oh how I love homemade toothpaste! There are dozens of recipes online that I found when coming up with this recipe. See what works for you!
I first started making my own toothpaste a few months ago. For starters, there’s a lot of talk about fluoride being bad for you, and while I do tend to believe this, I am not out to prove anything. While I tried to stay away from fluoride, this wasn’t enough to make me want to whip up my own toothpaste. That motivation came after I had read multiple articles about how terrible sodium laurel sulfate is for you. (FYI, it’s in most toothpastes, shampoos, conditioners, face washes, etc. Yuck. So I’ve been gradually switching over our toiletries to be SLS-free!) I read a book recently that suggested that SLS could be a cause of canker sores. If you’ve ever had a canker sore, you know that you would do pretty much anything to get rid of it. So hearing this, I figured I could either make my own toothpaste, since I had all of the ingredients, or go out and spend $6-8 on a tube of organic toothpaste. Thrifty me decided to make me own! I am happy to report that I have not had canker sores in the last few months! Well, I did have one as a result of biting my lip, but it went away within two days! Amazing. I am thrilled with the results and will never go back to those SLS-filled name brands!
Have you tried making your own toothpaste? Any great results to share?