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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. Andin

    February 8th, 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

  2. SGS Rawkstar

    February 9th, 2016 at 4:26 am

    Hi Andin,

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

    Cheers 🙂

  3. Jess

    February 16th, 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 🙂

  4. SGS Rawkstar

    February 17th, 2016 at 8:42 am

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

  5. Charmin Skaggs

    December 14th, 2017 at 3:59 am

    Hi Jess, I was wondering you said this coconut oil toothpaste helped with your teeth being sensitive I’m in need of help I’ve tried everything possible for my teeth and nothing seems to work for the sensitive can you please help me out with your best recipe for sentive teeth or if you just use the one posted on this website. I would greatly appreciate your help.

    Thank you Charmin Skaggs
    charminskaggs@gmail.com

  6. Rebecca Bax

    March 12th, 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.

  7. SGS Rawkstar

    March 13th, 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!

  8. Carolyn

    January 14th, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    I was wondering what the ph level is of your homemade toothpaste?

  9. SGS Rawkstar

    January 18th, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    Hi Carolyn,

    I’m not 100% sure on the total PH level, but I do know that baking soda has a pH of 9 to 11 (alkaline), so it helps to neutralize acids while not being too abrasive to teeth.

    Want to check your homemade tooth pastes PH level before brushing? Pick up pH strips from Amazon to test the acidity of any homemade toothpaste. Anything you make and use should ideally have a pH of 7 (neutral) or higher.

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00PI6SNKA

  10. mila

    October 29th, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    how about tee tree oil? and given how “potent” it is, if used, I presume I’d use less of it?

  11. SGS Rawkstar Amanda

    December 18th, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Hi MIla,

    Looking to use a different essential oil? Definitely adjust the amounts to meet your personal preference!

  12. “Lola” karole

    December 30th, 2017 at 4:16 am

    Hi

  13. “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

  14. Chris Culver

    March 3rd, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    What is the ‘shelf life’ of this mixture

  15. 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.

  16. Sarah

    June 8th, 2018 at 5:33 pm

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!!

  19. 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!

  20. 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.

  21. Robyn

    February 10th, 2019 at 4:38 pm

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

  22. 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 🙂

  23. Liana

    April 9th, 2019 at 7:41 am

    What size mason jar are you using for this?

  24. SGS Rawkstar Carissa

    April 10th, 2019 at 1:45 pm

    Hey Liana,

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

  25. Paulette

    June 22nd, 2019 at 9:15 am

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

  26. 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!

  27. 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

  28. 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!

  29. 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.

  30. 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!

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