08 March 2010

Homemade Toothpaste and Other Products

In October of 2009, after dropping over $80 on facial products at the Body Shop, I realized I needed to make a change. I wrote of my musing about this in a post titled. Natural Products vs. Homemade Products.  Everyone has their opinion on which better. Natural Products, Homemade Products, Unnatural Products.

Is it better to use Neutrogene to wash my face? Yes to Carrots? Or my own Homemade Face Wash?

I can't answer that for you. I can only inform you of why I decided to make my own natural products.

I wanted to decrease the amount of things I purchased.
I wanted to spend less money on products.
I wanted to treat my body better, more naturally, and gently.
I wanted to generate less trash.
I wanted to know EXACTLY what was going in or on my body.
I wanted to take control of my life.
I wanted to live a simplistic life.

Another added benefit towards creating and making my products was a sense of empowerment! That feeling was amazing.

So if you prefer to use products seeping with chemicals and things you can't pronounce, use it. Plenty of functioning healthy people do. If you prefer to use natural products from sustainable vendors, do that. And if you prefer to make your own products...email me so we can swap recipes! Because that's what I'm interested in.

Currently, I am looking for the best recipe for a homemade toothpaste and mouthwash.

I feel as if I've mastered my face wash, toner, exfoliant and mask. After mastering it, now I've been playing around with scents and consistencies and such. More recently, I've been playing around with mouthwash recipes and so far I haven't discovered anything that is amazing. Some of the recipes I've tried were listed in a previous post.

The problem is I can't get the scent that I want. And if I'm going to be swishing something around in my mouth for more than thirty seconds, I need the scent to be pleasant. When I tried making my toner, at first I was taken aback by the smell of witch hazel. Eventually the smell grew on me....essential oils help! (Which by the way, now that i use them for EVERYTHING...I need to find a wholesaler that sells them by the bulk! Any suggestions?)

So with my mouthwash...I can't get the taste right. I want a winterfresh type of taste. Hmmmm.

I've also changed my "toothpaste." Most recently I was using J/A/S/O/N's. That was a switch from a lifelong attachment to Crest. I had tried Nature's Gate, which has amazing hair products, but their toothpaste and deodorant...not so much!

Now I've tried just baking soda dipped in water or mouthwash to brush my teeth. And my teeth seem clean and I'm pretty sure my breath is fresh but I just want more. And perhaps a little flavor..since again, its going in my mouth. I came across a seemingly simple toothpaste recipe that I plan on trying. I found the recipe on  Fat Free Kitchen.

  • Baking soda (5 teaspoons. This serves as your whitener)
  • Salt (1/4 teaspoon. This serves as your antiseptic.) 
  • Vegetable Glycerin (5 teaspoons. This serves as your base) 
  • Peppermint, Spearmint, Pudinhara essential oil (10 drops. This gives you fresh breath)

Mix all the ingredients thoroughly. Adjust the quantity of glycerine to get toothpaste consistency. Store in a wide mouth bottle. 
 This recipe is so simple. It also yields itself towards having the right consistency. And I keep those ingredients in the house readily. Remember my Sustainable Guidelines ? Now while those guidelines are geared towards products I purchase, they can also work for products I make. In addition to those guidelines.....

The homemade products that I make must... .
  • Contains ingredients that I readily keep in the house such as oatmeal and honey and essential oils.(I know I'll have to buy a few things I don't normally keep such as rosewater or glycerin...but there are many other uses that I'll find for them. And isn't that sustainable...to have 100 ways to use oatmeal?)
  • Is simple to prepare. (Five steps or less. I don't want to spend five hours creating a face wash that has forty ingredients. I don't have time for that. Even if I had time, I don't want to spend time doing that.)
  • It eventually works once I use it. (If after trying the homemade recipe the results are not as effective, it's not gonna work.)
 I found another toothpaste recipe to try as well. This recipe came from Christian PF. 

  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Hydrogen Peroxide (Is it really okay to use this? My dentist uses this to whitenen her teeth and it just seems really weird to me. I'm going to have to google this and find out more. Does anyone know?)
  • Peppermint Oil
  • Stevia

  • Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into a mixing bowl
  • Add a dash of salt
  • Add 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide
  • Add 1 drop of peppermint oil
  • Add a dash of stevia (more if you want it sweeter)
  • Mix it all up until it becomes paste like. You may have to add more hydrogen peroxide to get the right consistency.
I am running out of toothpaste now, so I will try these recipes this weekend.

There are a few other products I'm looking to make from scratch.
  • Deodorant. I found a good recipe on SimpleMom I believe.
  • Shower Gel. I cannot find one for this. Yes, I could use soap but I love the texture of shower gel. My mother found a vendor who makes it and is shipping it to me some time soon. The vendor who even made it said a prayer over it and though I'm not a praying woman, I like that my shower gel has been blessed. I think that's holy.
  • Ultimate All Purpose Cleaner. Yes vinegar and castille soap and baking soda and all those wonderful things are great cleaning agents. But what I want to do is make the ultimate perfectly scented all purpose cleaner and I've been playing around with some recipes.
  • Body Butter. I LOVE body butter. Lotion, Creams and Oils don't really do muchf or my skin. But some how my skin has a love affair with body butter. Specifically the Coco Butter Body Butter from the Body Shop. Yes there are a BILLION recipes for Shea Body Butter but I really DO NOT like the scent of Shea Butter. I like the scent of cocoa butter. Any good recipes that you know of.
  • Facial Moisturizer. This is the last thing on my list to make my facial products complete.

Do you know how I can create a winterfresh flavor using essential oils for my homemade mouthwash? What do you use to brush your teeth? Is hydrogen peroxide safe?


solidice242 said...

hydrogen peroxide is safe to use in your mouth if you read the back of it they say you can dilute it to use as an antiseptic mouthwash i dont know how it reacts with baking soda but it is safe to use whenever i have a mouth sore or something similar i was my mouth out with it...


OneSurvivor said...

Interesting. I don't think I have ever seen a recipe for toothpaste. My situation does not really allow for me to make much of anything. Someday, though, I hope to make all our cleaning products...both for body and home...myself. When I do, this blog will be one place I go!

I am curious as to how the toothpaste turns out.

SLY said...

Well, I bought the hydrogen peroxide so we will see what happens.

OneSurvivor, one thing I'm working on is compiling all my recipes I've been making. If you don't have time to make homemade toothpaste, dipping the brush in mouthwash and then baking soda works just as well.

Eco Mama said...

I love the home made toothpaste idea. Thanks for sharing!
Eco Mama

OneSurvivor said...

Thanks, Sheena. Right now, we are well stocked on natural toothpaste, but it is something to consider in the future.