Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil

homemade toothpaste

Recently, I stumbled across an article that talked about toothpaste ingredients and the issues they can actually cause rather than prevent— and it startled me. So I did more research and found more chemicals in toothpaste that I didn’t like.

Two ingredients that have some pretty bad wrap are:

1. Glycerin: It gives toothpaste a nice creamy texture and coats the teeth for “protection”, but at the same time it also stops re-enamalization (so cavities can’t self-heal.)

2. Sodium flouride: A by-product of aluminum manufacturing that is found in rat poisons and industrial pesticides).

Scary stuff, huh? Well, rather than freak out about it every time I brush my teeth, I decided to make my own. And yes— I threw in some wonderful coconut oil.

I am thrilled to have found a replacement that I actually enjoy using and have fun making. I like that I can tweak the recipe depending on my personal preference at the time  (sweeter, minty, fruity, etc— it’s all about what essential oils I put in it). I’ve made a batch with grapefruit oil and it has a citrus-tang to it, which was refreshing for the summer. Now I am using eucalyptus oil and I love the minty taste.


Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil

Clean those pearly whites with this yummy and healthy coconut oil toothpaste. 


6 tbsp coconut oil
6 tbsp baking soda
25 drops essential oil (whatever you prefer— I like eucalyptus and grapefruit)
1 tsp stevia (or more if you like it sweeter)



1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. I used my SmartStick to whip it really well and give it a light creamy texture.

2. Pour into a mason jar and seal it up until ready to use.

Getting it out of the mason jar can be an adjustment. Use a popsicle stick to dip into the toothpaste and spread nicely onto the toothbrush. You can also use a squirt bottle (you will need to cut the pointed tip wider). 


More uses for Coconut Oil:

I use coconut oil on my face, for baking muffins, deep conditioning treatments, and so much more. Not sure where to buy it? I have a few places I recommend based on budget, level of interest and my own personal experience.  You can read all about it here.

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85 Responses to “Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil”

  1. Rebecca Bax 3.12.2016 at 10:03 am #

    Hi All! I decided after researching all the crap in toothpaste even Tom’s Flouride Free products to make my own. I also oil pull, use a bamboo toothbrush with BPA free bristles, and avoid floss- it has Teflon in it. My recipe is modified and in the process of being refined. equal parts coconut oil, sodium bicarbonate, hymilayan salt, and 20 drops peppermint oil stored in glass at room temperature spooned with bamboo. When I make my recipe the next time I will reduce the salt and increase the oil. This recipe called for xylitol, but I avoid corn products because of the high occurrence of GMOs and the imbalance of Omega 3s and 6s.

    I had my first dental cleaning appointment about six months after I started my new regime and both the hygenist and dentist raved about the health of my gums and teeth. First in a long time. I typically have high deposits of plaque on the back of my front and lower teeth where the salivary glands are that requires the electric scaler for removal. I love how my teeth feel and look. Best of luck with your mouth health. Gum health reflects heart health, happy brushing.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.13.2016 at 6:20 pm #

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thank you for taking the time to reach out + share your experience using coconut oil natural tooth paste! Cheers to health, happiness + happy dentist appointments!

  2. Jess 2.16.2016 at 7:05 pm #

    For those looking for a more natural toothpaste, Tom’s is great and fluoride free. I won’t use stevia anything due to the taste and bad things I’ve heard about it. Most toothpaste causes gum bleeding and/or sensitivity of the teeth for me. Coconut oil pulling paired with a natural toothpaste works great for me. Just a suggestion for some 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.17.2016 at 8:42 am #

      Thanks for sharing Jess! We love learning about different natural toothpaste options!

  3. Andin 2.8.2016 at 7:59 pm #

    I tried this recipe, but personally think it (the baking soda) is too abrasive for my sensitive teeth. I can’t really use common toothpastes since they hurted my teeth and made my gum bleed.
    So I experimented by mixing regular toothpaste, salt water, natural oil, and cocoa butter (I don’t have coconut oil in my kitchen so I just used anything I had). Ha! Turned out it works well on me. I have used it for nearly 2 months and my sensitivity has been decreased anf my gums are healthier. I don’t know whether it heals cavities, but I have 3 teeth with it and somehow I don’t feel them hurt anymore.

    The recipe is:
    1 part toothpaste
    1 part salt water
    1 part oil
    1 part cocoa butter

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.9.2016 at 4:26 am #

      Hi Andin,

      YAY! We’re so excited to hear you found something that works for you!

      Cheers 🙂

  4. Mary Bunk 1.31.2016 at 4:28 pm #

    About coconut oil and winter. I’m in Wisconsin. Whip the coconut oil, you’ll need to whip it for about 7 minutes… till soft peaks form. I do this for my face moisturizer. I know it’s easier if you can whip with a stand mixer. I do it by hand.
    My question is how is the best way to keep your toothbrush soft after brushing? It gets hard even rinsed in hot water. Thanks

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.1.2016 at 8:41 am #

      Hi Mary,

      Great question! Need to give your toothbrush some extra cleaning? Try soaking your toothbrush in vinegar and warm water.

      Cheers 😉

  5. Leigh 1.8.2016 at 6:08 am #

    I love coconut oil too and so am interested in this recipe (great post BTW). My potential problem would be the nature of coconut oil, since it solidifies at 76 degrees F. In winter, our house is much colder than that and my coconut oil is quite hard. I’m assuming my toothpaste would therefore be quite hard too. Any experience with this?

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.8.2016 at 9:51 am #

      Hi Leigh,

      I’m up north in Minnesota, so I’m pretty sure my coconut oil is frozen all year. Hahaha. I usually keep my homemade toothpaste in a mason jar with a small spoon and just scoop a small amount onto my toothbrush in the morning. The warmth of your mouth softens the coconut oil very quickly!

      Hope this helps!

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