Being Weird: Part Two (Natural DIY Toothpaste)

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In my previous Being Weird post, I talked about the benefits of using honey as a face wash. I’ve been using it since then and I love it! It’s less drying than soap and I can buy it in bulk from Costco. Plus it only has one raw ingredient: honey.

Our bathroom might be mistaken for a kitchen right now because we have several other food-based DIY products. In another blog called Nothing Yucky Here, my friend Melissa and I shared a natural deodorant recipe I’ve been using for almost a year (I use recipe #2). It works great for both my husband and me, and it’s made from natural ingredients (only coconut oil, baking soda, and arrowroot powder).

So in this next installment of Being Weird, I’ll share the toothpaste we’ve been using for the past nine months. I’ve only tried a recipe from Wellness Mama (she’s my go-to for DIY health products because her primary goal is health for her family, she researches and experiments before she posts, and she provides other links for further information. I kinda wanna be her! And my older and much cooler brother got me her cookbook for my birthday…I highly recommend it!).

Making toothpaste is super easy; my two-year-old daughter even helped. (And when I wasn’t looking, she poured in extra xylitol to sweeten it up! Smart kid.) The hardest part for me was getting the calcium carbonate powder, which consisted of ordering this one on Amazon. In terms of price, this toothpaste seems comparable or maybe cheaper than buying toothpaste, but I haven’t calculated the exact cost versus regular toothpaste.

So here’s how I make it:

  • 5 Tablespoons calcium powder (this remineralizes your teeth)
  • 2 Tablespoons baking soda (this makes the toothpaste taste a little salty)
  • 3 Tablespoons xylitol (this is optional but it sweetens up the toothpaste)
  • 5 Tablespoons coconut oil
  1. Mix the first three dry ingredients.
  2. Melt the coconut oil and mix with the dry ingredients.
  3. Store in a container.

Note: coconut oil is liquid at 70ish degrees and above, so when our house is warm (hasn’t happened since we’ve been in Alaska), then apply with a spoon. Since our toothpaste usually hardens, we cut it up into chunks and use it that way.

The texture is a little weird because whether it’s liquid or hard, it never really gets to that paste consistency (here’s a squeezable option, but I haven’t tried it). With the texture, I just try to be open-minded and think about what’s more important for me: a healthy option with a different consistency or other toothpastes with the right texture but lots of additives that I’m not sure about putting in my babies mouths….that’s an easy answer for me.  And if you can’t get past the texture or taste, here are some one-ingredient options (except I don’t feel comfortable orally ingesting essential oils yet because I haven’t done enough research about how safe they are in our mouths).

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Being Weird

I call myself weird a lot, but I don’t really think I’m that weird. It just makes me feel a little better if I call myself weird first rather than hearing it from another person. I guess that’s a little weird too. Anyways, I thought I’d blog about one of my newest experiments and that’s washing my face with honey. Raw honey, actually. I have oily skin, which I keep hearing is great since my skin will look younger as I get older. But I don’t like the greasy feeling that goes with it. So I read a post about washing with honey from one of my favorite bloggers, The Wellness Mama. I was pretty hesitant, but I love it! It’s been a week and I don’t have more pimples than usual and no new pimples have popped up. And I really like the way it makes my skin feeling moist after I’m done. Soap usually makes my skin feel a little dry or itchy.

I guess honey is anti-bacterial and has enzymes and probiotics that are healthy for skin. Sounds good to me. I just know that it feels better than any soap I’ve used. Plus, it only takes less than a teaspoon to wash and Costco sells local (kinda) raw honey, so it’s not super expensive. I’m going to keep trying it and I’ll post again on how it’s working out.

**Update 11/26/14: It’s almost a month later and I’ve been only washing my face with honey (except for yesterday when I accidentally washed my face with regular soap…I’m not so great as a scientist), and I still love it! My face feels more moisturized and I didn’t notice any more pimples; actually, I noticed less. And one that did pop up (around the time it usually does each month), went away in a day, which is very unusual. So, I’m going to keep using raw honey.