Many of you have reached out and requested this recipe. (As captured in a previous post, as one part of my bride’s efforts to move us toward healthier, natural, and largely homemade household products, she has begun producing toothpaste from a recipe that was developed by a dentist and posted online (besttoothpaste.net)). Our family of six has made the great toothpaste conversion and, like Martin Luther, has parted ways with the prevalent faith of the day. We have also saved a few shekels in the process.)
Before passing along the make up of this wonder of alchemy, a word of caution: You will become addicted to this stuff. You will find it hard to go back to store-bought paste (even if you are a convert to the more unconventional wares, like Tom’s of Maine, of which I have long been an acolyte…I mean, really, how can you go wrong with a ginger mint variety of anything?).
I will also note that you should be prepared for a different cleaning experience. Foaming agents (like the carcinogenic sodium lauryl sulfate), largely added for mouthfeel and to give a psychological feel of cleanliness, are absent here. Once you get started brushing, you will have a slurry to work with, not a mouth full of thick, foamy, bubbles. You will quickly get used to the change. You will also not have any “toothpaste sludge” in your sink that occasionally must be encouraged to move along down the drain.
½ Cup organic virgin coconut oil (not hydrogenised)
2-3 Tablespoons baking soda (**we found 3 to be a bit much)
Xylitol (from American birch, not the Chinese variety drawn from corn) to taste, depending on how sweet you like your paste
15-20 drops of organic peppermint essential oil
Soften coconut oil with gentle heat
Add ingredients and mix well
Place in a glass jar (**we use a BPA free, food-grade plastic container, given the volatile mix of kids, glass containers, and bathroom tile floors)
Allow to cool (**we have found it helpful to scrape the hardened paste with a popsicle stick to create a pile of “shavings” that you can easily scoop up with your moistened toothbrush)