After discovering a bit ago that my Tom’s “natural” toothpaste contains sodium lauryl sulfate (not sure how I missed that before!), I decided it was time to make my own. I found an easy recipe using only 3 Tbsp baking soda, 2 Tbsp coconut oil, a pinch of stevia, and 5 drops each of peppermint and spearmint essential oils.
I combined all of the above except spearmint essential oil (which I didn’t have) and placed it in a small glass jar. As recommended, I “dry-dipped” my tooth brush (since coconut oil is anti-bacterial, etc.), ran some water over it, and brushed away. Although the toothpaste didn’t foam or bubble (due to the lack of chemicals), my teeth felt nice and clean. Since I left out 5 drops of spearmint essential oil, the flavor was slightly lacking and before I use it again I will add either 5 more drops of the peppermint or buy the spearmint.
I think I whipped this up in less than five minutes and it looks like it will last me quite some time. It was much cheaper than Tom’s too, which I think I purchased for $5-6. I also compared it to the Tom’s other ingredients, which were very similar, including the sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) and peppermint oil. Let me know what you think if you try this out!