Still following #LifestyleChange, I’ve slowly, but surely built up my arsenal of natural/biodegradable/eco-friendly bath and beauty products. I have my hair system and sunscreen down, thanks to some fabulous products from my new favorite store, G-Stuff. My Messy Bessy bath wash still treats me well.
The next natural step would be toothcare.
I recently saw a video of lady who had managed to collect merely a jar-full of waste in two years after, after switching to a more-or-less zero-waste lifestyle. I have a long way to go, but the same lady showed us how to create toothpaste with simple, safe ingredients that you can find in your own kitchen. So, I thought I’d give it a try.
I know for a fact that homemade toothpaste is available at Ilog Maria, which I’ve used it in the past. Unlike others, their tooth “paste” comes in powder form. While it did feel like it properly cleaned my teeth, I wasn’t so hot on the experience; although it tasted nothing like it, its powdery texture reminded me of chalk.
Also, unlike my shampoo, conditioner, hair serum, and bath wash — which I all buy, so far — toothpaste can very easily be made at home. You’re done in less than 5 minutes, selfie-taking included.
I searched for the most basic recipe I could find, and basic, I found. All you need are:
- coconut oil
- baking soda
That’s it. Mix them in equal parts, and finito! My final step was to stuff it into an old, squeezable hotel shampoo bottle that I had cleaned out (obviously), so I’m not double-dipping my toothbrush into pots (gross). I recommend that you do that, too.
Other recipes will recommend that you add essential oils like peppermint, eucalyptus, or tea tree, for their respective flavors and added benefits, such as inherent antibacterial properties, etc. However, I didn’t have any around at the time, so I completely skipped it. I do have a bottle of Body Shop Tea Tree Oil lying around. Although the ingredients seem safe enough, I’m not sure how suitable it would be to put that in my mouth, and I’d rather not risk it. If you do decide to use essential oils, make sure that they are safe for prolonged use and potential trace ingestion.
And how did it turn out?
First of all, I’m not going to lie — it is salty! It tastes exactly like how you would imagine baking soda and coconut oil would taste. Like drinking seawater from a coconut shell. It helps that the coconut oil adds some flavor to the mix, but unfortunately, the force is strong in the baking soda. Again, you’re free to add essential oils if you feel like you need to.
Second, I honestly don’t mind the taste. My mouth and teeth all feel clean afterwards, and I take comfort in the fact that I’m not throwing away one more useless plastic tube after I’m done with it.
Next on the list: bamboo toothbrushes and body lotion!