DIY Mineralizing Toothpaste Recipe + Body Care Debate
So you’re interested in making your own toothpaste? Although this recipe is relatively simple, it marks a big step in the direction of self-efficiency and awareness regarding the quality of products you use on or in your body. Each ingredient I use plays a role in maintaining oral health, and I seek the highest quality that is available and I can afford – but you should use your own judgement with your selection because toothpaste is generally considered an internal supplement, and not a cosmetic. If the people who will be using it are children or otherwise not able to control swallowing, I strongly suggest that you use strictly food-grade ingredients which specify applications for internal use.
There is also a wide difference between external and internal product facility, manufacturing and labeling requirements, which also preclude me from making this available for sale on a small scale. Because of this controversy, I’ve done a lot of my own research and since I’m not a scientist by trade (I’m a soapmaker with philosophy and art degrees who has worked in a lot of bike shops), I won’t claim to prescribe this product for any condition. The information in this post is geared towards helping the consumer become informed and empowered to do their own research – hopefully for all body care products!
Without further adieu, here’s the recipe:
Remineralizing Toothpaste recipe
*use organic, food-grade ingredients whenever possible
5 oz or 2/3 Cup Bentonite Clay* (I recommend Redmond Clay)
2 oz or 1/2 Cup Distilled Water
2 oz or 2 Tbsp Organic Coconut Oil*
1 oz or 2 Tbsp Vegetable Glycerin* (if not available, increase coconut oil amount)
0.1 oz or 1/2 tsp Real sea salt*
0.2 oz or 1 tsp Xylitol *
20 drops Essential Oils peppermint, ginger, orange or lemon (you could also infuse your coconut oil with fresh peppermint leaves, orange/lemon peel if you have time)
(+ 1 drop each of rosemary, myrrh, neem and tea tree oils for gum health)
Optional: ¼ tsp Activated Charcoal for whitening/detoxifying
1. If available, use a scale, measuring everything out in advance by weight not volume and tare each time you add a new ingredient. Each of these ingredients varies in weight per volume, but I’ve listed the volume for my particular brands of ingredients (pictured).
2. Only use glass and plastic or silicone spatulas – no metal. Bentonite Clay’s detoxifying properties include magetism to negative ions, which aluminum has a lot of, so quality would depreciate if you use metal in the mixing process.
3. Use a glass/pyrex measuring cup to melt coconut oil, as a double boiler in (tap) water bath. Discard this water when oil is liquefied and remove from heat. Let the coconut oil cool for a little while, but not reharden. This will make it easier to mix and less prone to separation. I like to add the essential oils when the oil has cooled a bit, so that it is consistent throughout the toothpaste.
4. Warm the distilled water and stir in glycerine, salt and xylitol until dissolved. Keep xylitol on hand to sweeten to taste, depending on your flavor preference. I’ve also heard of people using Stevia, but I don’t care for it.
5. Stir clay and press the sides of plastic bowl with the spatula until no clumps are left. Keep stirring until the product is well-mixed at room temperature, resembling a playdough. Store 1-2 weeks’ worth in a plastic container (a yogurt cup with lid is good), label and refrigerate remainder for refills.
6. Use it: Now that you’ve made your toothpaste, it’s time to try it out! If you haven’t used natural toothpaste before, it may take some getting used to. I’ve been using it for a couple years now and I’ve found it works best when applied as a pea-sized amount on a dry toothbrush, and them directly onto your teeth. It doesn’t foam like many other toothpastes with Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and other toxic ingredients that can lead to poor oral health – so maybe you don’t need foam after all? Similar to oil-pulling, I found no need for rinsing either. The product thins out as your natural body heat warms it, so you can just spit out the (slightly brown) dissolved clay as you are ready. Many kids might like the flavor combination you made so much them might eat it, so double check that your ingredients are food-grade when you start your process if concerned.
And if you can’t find the ingredients in the quality you’d like local to you, you can order a professionally made product here.