To date, the coconut oil face scrub is the most popular post on Vegan Housewives. This makes me so happy because that stuff literally changed my life. While I was making a new batch a month or so ago, I thought “why not try making my own toothpaste too?” Well, I did. And I’m obsessed. So I wanted to share it with you.
This recipe is nothing complex and I’m sure hundreds of other folks have made it without my input. But that being said, if there are one or two people reading who HAVEN’T tried it, this is for you.
Note: Since the amount you make will vary, I’m not going to give precise measurements. This way you can gauge it based on the size of your jar.
- coconut oil
- baking soda
- peppermint oil
- a small, glass jar with a top (I used this kind, but even an old baby food jar would work)
- optional: a few drops of liquid vanilla stevia
- Fill your jar with a heaping scoop of soft (but not melted) coconut oil (about 1/4 to 1/2 way full if you’re using a tiny jar). If your oil is super solid, you can place place the jar in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes.
- Sprinkle the baking soda on top (about 1/2 the amount of coconut oil) and stir well.
- Add your peppermint oil to taste (you want it to leave the freshly brushed taste in your mouth)
- Test it. It should pretty grainy, paste like (creamy, not hard), and leave your mouth feeling super fresh. If you can’t feel the grain, add some more baking soda. If it feels crumbly, you need more coconut oil. If you don’t feel the freshness, add some more peppermint oil.
- Add a few drops of stevia to sweeten it up a bit if you choose
- Keep tightly sealed between brushes.
How to use it:
This may sound like common sense, but apparently it isn’t: DON’T dip your tooth brush in the paste. That’s gross. Really gross. While you could use a popsicle stick or baby spoon, I just use a freshly washed pointer finger. Dip some out, place on your tongue, THEN scoop it up with your tooth brush and go to town on those chompers (and don’t forget the tongue).
I have a 14 month old that doesn’t sleep in longer than 2 hour stretches at night. And I work from home during the day, so naps aren’t an option. Why am I sharing this? Basically, because this means I’m a black coffee (and red wine) drinker. Maybe even a mama-drink connoisseur of sorts. However, apparently my teeth wouldn’t tell you this.
I brush them once a day (in the mornings- don’t judge me). However, since I’ve been using this coconut-oil-baking-soda-toothpaste concoction, I’ve had several people stop to ask me if I whiten my teeth. I don’t. I swear. This is the only thing I use (I should probably floss, but again…don’t judge me).Aside from aesthetics, my teeth (and mouth) feel cleaner than they ever have and my breath stays mentos-fresh all day.
Not only does this stuff work wonderfully, but it’s cheap and I’m comfortable with my whole family using it. I don’t even have to monitor how much Judah swallows before I wonder if he has fluoride poisoning.
Have you ever made your own toothpaste? How did you like it? What ingredients did you use?