Ever looked at the ingredients list on a packet of biscuits, or a cake wrapped in plastic, or a MCDONALDS BURGER (!) and thought, well shit… I don’t know what that is. My money is on YES. Because obviously you would check- you’re putting this stuff in your mouth, using it to fuel you’re body; you probably want to be sure of exactly what it is.
But what about toothpaste? You use it twice a day- or you should (I met some people once who were very braggy about the fact they only brushed their teeth once or twice a week- I didn’t share my food)- and it goes in your mouth. It has a list of ingredients I can’t even begin to fathom, and it warns on the tube that it ‘must not be swallowed’. Ummmm… what?
Toothpaste is one of those things you grow up using, once you’ve been on earth for ten or fifteen years, you probably stop thinking about it. It’s toothpaste, it’s necessary and that is all.
So today I’m shaking up your toothpaste knowledge. I’m adding a new necessity to your life (because who doesn’t want that?!!). I’m changing things about and I’m doing it in a very simple way. I’m doing it with three ingredients and a few minutes of mixing.
Let’s make toothpaste! Toothpaste that you can swallow (although it probably won’t taste thaaaaat great), toothpaste that only has three simple, natural ingredients, toothpaste that is home-made and package free.
(This simple toothpaste recipe comes via this nifty blog.)
Here’s what you need:
a vessel with a lid (a glass jar a la the one in my picture is pretty ideal)
a chopstick (or a regular stick, providing you like bark in your toothpaste)
essential oil (choose your own adeventure: clove, cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint…)
Here’s what you do:
Plop two tablespoons of coconut oil, one tablespoon of bi-carb and around twenty drops (although use your own judgement here) of you oil f choice in your jar. Using a chop-stick, mix and mix until everything is happily combined. It will look like white, creamy toothpaste.
You’re done! Store in the bathroom and use as you would your old tube of Colgate. But be warned: this toothpaste is a bit saltier than what Colgate has to offer and it doesn’t foam up. But you get used to it after a day or so.