With a few basic ingredients, you can make your own beauty products that are plastic free and completely natural.
The toothpaste you use can have a huge effect on your health, the health of your family and the health of the planet.
Many commercial toothpastes contain ingredients that we know a lot of you try and avoid: artificial colours/dyes, synthetic flavours, artificial sweeteners, triclosan, palm derived glycerin, sodium lauryl sulfate, fluoride, microbeads, just to name a few…
So we have put together a homemade natural DIY toothpaste recipe with help from our mates at Biome, using simple, natural ingredients, many of which you will already have in your pantry. These include:
Coconut oil – known to help boost the microbiome in your gut (gut health begins in the mouth), and naturally prevent candida in the mouth.
Bentonite clay – a natural polisher, rich in minerals that isn’t too abrasive. It is also alkaline, helping to reduce acidity in the mouth.
Bi-carb soda – another alkaline ingredient, that will help to neutralise acids from the foods we eat, without being too abrasive
This is a very simple recipe, and very cost effective. Here is how to make it.
DIY toothpaste recipe
- 1/4 cup aluminium free bi-carb
- 1 teaspoon bentonite clay
- 2 teaspoons coconut oil
- Distilled water or cooled boiled water
- 6-8 drops peppermint essential oil
- 3 drops of stevia liquid to taste (optional)
- In a small 120ml glass jar, combine the bi-carb and bentonite clay and mix with a wooden utensil (a metal utensil will react with the clay).
- In a separate jug or jar, melt the coconut oil by sitting it in a saucepan of water (double boiler method).
- Carefully pour the coconut oil into the bi-carb and bentonite clay mixture to make a paste. Mix in some water, a little at a time to help create your desired texture. Add more coconut oil if needed.
- Add 5-6 drops of peppermint oil to the mixture
- Add one drop of stevia liquid at a time to taste (optional).
- Store out of direct sunlight and use within 6 months.
How to use
Using a small non metallic spoon or utensil, scoop a small amount of toothpaste onto your brush. Brush as normal and rinse your mouth with water.
Brush 2-3 times a day, combined with flossing, tongue scraping, a healthy diet rich in vegetables and lots of water.
* Please note, Pip Magazine is not authorised to provide medical advice so please speak to your dentist before switching to a natural DIY toothpaste.