2 tablespoons of Coconut Oil
1/2 teaspoon of Bentonite Clay
1/4 teaspoon of Bicarbonate of Soda (Baking Soda – not the same as baking powder!!)
10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
Honey, to taste
Fill a pan with a few inches of water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat so the water is left simmering gently, and then place a Perspex jug (or bowl) in the water to create a double boiler.
Tip the coconut oil, bentonite clay, and bicarbonate of soda into the jug. For the clay, make sure you use a plastic or wooden spoon to measure it out, as some weird science stuff goes on when bentonite clay comes into direct contact with metal. Nothing explosive or anything like that, but I’m told the quality of the clay can be affected.
Let the ingredients melt slowly. Add the essential oil and stir well. I use peppermint essential oil as it’s what I’m used to from using commercial toothpaste all my life-but, of course, there are plenty of other refreshing essential oil out there as options to choose. I’m thinking of experimenting with cinnamon or even lemon in future toothpaste batches!
At this point you are basically good to go, (wahoo) but… If I were you, I’d taste it, and then quickly add honey to mine, as I want to actually enjoy the experience of brushing my teeth – and the flavour at this stage in the process is not even slightly appealing…
You could go for stevia if you’re avoiding sugar, or vegan, or under six months old or something, but honey does have the sneaky added benefit of being antibacterial too. I always use cold-processed honey when I can. which is a admittedly more expensive than the mass produced clear honey you see on most supermarket shelves, but I do believe that it really is better in terms of being less processed, unfiltered, and just so much more delicious! Mass produced honey that has been heat-treated also has a shorter shelf life than unprocessed honey- it’s basically been reduced to a thick sugary syrup you being heated, lacking the antibacterial traits of its original form. Using pure and cold-processed honey will therefore keep your toothpaste fresher, your gums healthier, and your taste buds much happier.
And that’s it!
Pour into a suitable container (I use a glass jar and like to scoop it out, but you can also use any kind of refillable squeezey bottle) and let it cool completely. Do pour while it’s still warm, as the toothpaste will solidify into more of a paste as it cools to room temperature. If you do find it’s still a little runny for your liking, just warm it gently once more and add some more coconut oil to thicken it.
Well, for starters, it’s delicious, and certainly leaves that minty fresh feeling in the mouth. It keeps well at room temperature and I know I’m getting calcium from the mineral rich bentonite clay. The bicarbonate of soda acts as a gentle abrasive, removing plaque that can stain teeth, and the fats in coconut oil are believed to help ‘draw out’ bacteria from between your teeth in those harder to reach places. I find that using coconut oil also leaves my mouth feeling cool and refreshed, as the oil acts as moisturiser, and this helps me stay hydrated, and so prevents bad breath later in the day. It also helps with cracked lips of course. The texture is satisfyingly paste-like, and, when it cools, it a creamy white in colour.And finally- we have that glorious honey, a natural antibacterial, as explained above.
So, all in all, I’d say I’m pretty chuffed with how it has turned out. And now that you know how easy and satisfying it is, you can give it a go too!
I’ll keep updating as I expire the world of homemade toothpaste further… But for now, feel free to comment below, and enjoy.
I hope you’re all really well,
Stay breezy with your shiny whites 😁