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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.

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Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes

Description

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


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Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  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.

Notes

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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  1. “Lola” karole

    December 30th, 2017 at 4:14 am

    Hi love making my own products, it’s empowering ! Particularly as I age. I like your recipe I also use clay from herb store (also for face masks) and less baking soda. Please share we’re research regarding pure glicerine and re enamilization. I love sweetness and textureof glycerin

  2. Chris Culver

    March 3rd, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    What is the ‘shelf life’ of this mixture

  3. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    March 7th, 2018 at 10:14 am

    Hi Chris,

    There actually isn’t a shelf-life end date. Well, I’m sure they do at some point, but not for a long, long time. I’m sure you’ll use up the toothpaste long before it ever “expires.” There’s no water added to the recipe, which means there is no breeding ground for bacteria to grow either.

  4. Sarah

    June 8th, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    What brand of essential oil did you use and where did you get it from

  5. Jen Hansard

    June 14th, 2018 at 2:31 am

    I use a variety of brands. I really like Mountain Rose Herbs, Plant Therapy and Ancient Nutrition has a line now too you can buy online. Those are my go-to’s.

  6. Sasha

    August 1st, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Hi,

    I’m planning to make this toothpaste tomorrow and was wondering whether the stevia is a must? Could I make it without any sweetener??

    Thank you!!

  7. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    August 3rd, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    Hi Sasha,

    You can totally leave the Stevia out, it’s just a little added sweetness for your toothpaste!

  8. Dee

    February 24th, 2019 at 3:18 pm

    That’s great! No stevia or sweetners for me either. I practice intermittent fasting and avoid any type of sweetness hitting my tongue during my fasting period.

  9. Robyn

    February 10th, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Awesome! You can also order 10oz jars of coconut oil from brandless.com for only $3!

  10. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    February 11th, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Hey Robyn,

    Thank you for sharing that awesome tip! We hope you enjoyed this recipe for all natural toothpaste 🙂

  11. Liana

    April 9th, 2019 at 7:41 am

    What size mason jar are you using for this?

  12. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    April 10th, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Hey Liana,

    For this recipe we are using an 8oz wide mouth mason jar.

  13. Paulette

    June 22nd, 2019 at 9:15 am

    In summer the coconut oil is like water. What should I use to thicken it?

  14. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 24th, 2019 at 12:34 pm

    I would try either storing it in a cooler area like your fridge maybe? Or you could always add in some extra baking soda to thicken it up.

    Hope that helps!

  15. Lauren

    June 24th, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    I’ve heard it’s unsafe to ingest essential oils, even if diluted with a carrier oil. What are your thoughts? Is there a digestible kind, I have yet to find one :/ also, what about cinnamon oil or peppermint oil used for cooking in replacement to essential oils

  16. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    June 26th, 2019 at 12:11 pm

    Hey Lauren,

    There are tons of controversy when it comes to essential oils and how we should or shouldn’t use them. We here at Simple Green Smoothies know they are beneficial to us but if you are worried I would suggest asking your doctor about it. We love Dr Axe and he talks a lot about essential oils and how great they are for you. He even has his own toothpaste recipe as well. Also, the best essential oils to use in a toothpaste should be antibacterial and they are peppermint, tea tree, spearmint, and clove.

    Hope that helps!

  17. Riana Joubert

    September 14th, 2019 at 6:13 am

    Thank you for the recipe, I plan to try it out. I noticed that you just said “coconut oil” – but that can be problematic, because when brushing teeth at a washbasin (the usual place!) it can eventually give rise to clogged drains. This is something I read elsewhere, so I think it would be better to use fractionated coconut oil, so it would be safe for plumbing.

  18. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    September 16th, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Hey Riana,

    Thank you for your comment! What I do is I spit the toothpaste out in my garbage can. That way I do not have to worry about my pipes. Hope that helps!

  19. Melissa L Claphan

    October 22nd, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I was so excited when I saw this recipe on facebook. For the past 5 or 6 months everything burns my tongue. I can’t use toothpaste because the mint burns the crap out of my tongue. I can’t use mouthwash because of the mint and chemicals. I can’t have anything carbonated, or minty, or spicy, No citric acid, so no citrus fruit or juices. So, I’m definitely making this tonight.
    I found an article by a Canadian scientist. I have something called burning mouth disease. Along with all my other auto-immune crap. He suggested taking Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vitamin B Complex. It actually worked fairly well, but I’m thinking the coconut oil toothpaste will really help! I’m going to try the coconut oil pull too! Wish me luck!

  20. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 23rd, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Hey Melissa,

    Thank you for your comment! I really hope our recipe for homemade toothpaste works for you and gives you what you need without the burning. That sounds so difficult to deal with.

    Let us know what you think once you give it a try!

  21. Marci Pittman

    October 29th, 2019 at 3:52 pm

    Where should we spit coconut oil toothpaste? Should it go down the sink or into the trash? I don’t want to clog my sink drain.

  22. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    October 30th, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Hey Marci,

    I usually spit it into my trash. It isn’t much coconut oil but I wouldn’t risk it spitting it into your sink.

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