Toothpaste is the one product I’ve always had difficulty finding not tested on animals, natural and that actually works. I’ve usually returned back to Colgate after a month. None seemed to leave my teeth feeling clean or remove plaque.
I thought I’d found earlier this year finally a toothpaste that was natural, not tested on animals and brightened. It worked for the 1st tube, but then I noticed my teeth starting to appearing yellowish, but not yellow colour you’re thinking. I switched to well reviewed whitening toothpaste by the same brand. Again it worked for a little while then back to not so white. A trip to the dentist revealed my teeth had plaque! Aside from a tendency to over brush, I look after my teeth. I floss, oil pull, drink coffee through a straw or did.
I mentioned it to P and he said it’s probably the glycerin in the toothpaste making the teeth yellowish or dull. Glycerin can add a film over the teeth which can stop salvia from doing it’s remineralising thing.
I won’t lie. I like white teeth. If I could get them professionally whitened I would. That I have to save up for. It’s also no secret I love anything coconut. I already oil pull most mornings while I wake up, feed the cats with coconut oil. I know coconut oil has many magical uses. Google has many magical recipes! A quick search after the glycerin news, I came across Lucy Bee’s coconut oil whitening toothpaste. Sold at coconut, deal done at whitening with most ingredients already at hand.
I wasn’t sure if it would work, so instead of using tablespoons, I opted for teaspoons.
Mix together until a paste like consistency:
5 tsp coconut oil
5 tsp bicarb soda
Optional drops of edible essential oil: peppermint, citrus, eucalyptus, whatever floats your boat. Amount of drops optional!
A jar. I opted for a plastic pot. In a rush I can be clumsy. I’m surprised the jar of coconut oil in the bathroom hasn’t meet the stone floor already.
There’s no need to melt the coconut oil if it’s solid. The friction from the spoon mixing the ingredients melts it. In the summer months, probably store in the fridge due to coconut’s ability to be liquid at higher temperatures. Depending on how you are with others germs, you might one to consider 1 pot person. You dip the brush and scoop unlike a tube you squeeze from!
Verdict? My 1st batch was without essential oil and it wasn’t so bad! My teeth felt clean and looked clean. I’ll point too that I’ve hardly had any coffee, a number 1 teeth stainer for 5 weeks since I was sick after a bad cup. Hot lemon in the morning and peppermint tea has replaced my afternoon cup. My teeth feel cleaner and look a little more whiter. Coconut oil contains 50% lauric acid making it antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal. Bi carb soda also neutralises cavity forming bacteria as well as being a mild abrasive restoring ph levels and help keep them white. Essential oil in for taste. I added in the 2nd batch eucalyptus oil as it’s also an anti bacterial agent and gives a refreshing taste! Grapefruit oil’s up for my next batch! It’s a lot cheaper than conventional toothpaste. Aside from the essential oil, all ingredients were to hand and it lasted me about 2 1/2 months. Coconut oil’s notorious at blocking drains due to it being a solid at cooler temperatures. The amount of oil in the paste’s negligible for blocking drains or rather the sink. But ask me that in a few months! Oil from oil pulling goes into the bin.
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When I saw the coconut in the heading, it was a must read for me, as I am getting more and more into the stuff. Coconut water for recovery from my runs, and am also oil pulling alternating coconut and sesame oils.
I still have been using the traditional toothpastes, but this is really worth trying. You have me interested. I appreciate you sharing! 🙂
It’s amazing stuff! Did you know that fresh coconut water was used as substitute blood, during blood transfusions during in WW2! Lemme know how you get on if you try the toothpaste 🙂
Wow, I did not know that about the coconut water. That is incredible.
Just read another article on coconut oil as a toothpaste, so this weekend am going to start. Biocarb soda is indeed what we call baking soda.
Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂
In the UK I think we call it Bicarb soda and in Spain, I just go with what they call it and that’s what it’s called! I believe however there is a difference with a pre mixed acidic ingredient: http://www.aww.com.au/how-to/expert-qa/baking-soda-bicarb-soda-baking-powder-what-is-the-difference-13045. Flour in the UK comes with the bicarb raising thing (self raising flour) or without (plain flour) but in Europe I have to add it to the flour like in N America. And there’s some Tuesday trivia for you!
Thank you for the link. Very easy to understand. And interesting about the flour. Never knew there was such a thing as self rising flour. Thank you for sharing this! 🙂
Use a lot of coconut oil. Live in the desert.
One of the things I really embrace about it is the fact it will not harm me.
So I am free to see just how many uses it has.
I love it! At the moment I also use it for an eye make up remover and a hair mask in the summer! I love that it’s so multi purpose!