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Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil

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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

Homemade Toothpaste with Coconut Oil

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


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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  1. Viv W

    March 9th, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    I just made this, (using spearmint essential oil)- its quite a strong taste in my mouth, and almost makes my tongue a bit numb! It also sort of fizzes in my mouth! Is this normal??

  2. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 9th, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Have you use spearmint before? How does your body react??

  3. Belle P.

    January 8th, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Did you use xylitol? I have a similar reaction when I use any toothpaste made with xylitol. It could also be the spearmint, maybe try peppermint essential oil instead. Also, try and use an essential oil that says safe for internal consumption.

  4. Sean

    March 13th, 2015 at 11:20 am

    My wife just shared your site with me and we plan on using the recipes. I’m concerned about Stevia; I’ve seen much on it being not so great for you.

  5. SGS Rawkstar Jessie

    March 15th, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Feel free to leave it out. 🙂

  6. mrs miller

    April 7th, 2015 at 10:22 am

    hi its not readily available in uk………..find it here and there Holland and barratt use to have face coconut oil, now that’s been removed, Some stores do it but often they don’t re order …..the oil I get is SOLID……..soft ones not available. So how do u use this on your toothbrush???

  7. SGS Rawkstar

    April 8th, 2015 at 3:45 am

    Hi Mrs. Miller,

    Is the coconut oil hard that you’re coming across, as you would not be able to spoon it from the container?

    Please let me know, and we’ll work on helping you with our homemade toothpaste recipe!

    Cheers 🙂

  8. Jolene

    June 7th, 2015 at 8:51 am

    It softens with touch. Use a spoon or popcycle stick to put it on ur brush.

  9. James Connolly

    May 18th, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    I thought I posted this earlier today, but it doesn’t show. If there are Walgreens Stores in your area, try there. The ones in Anchorage, Alaska carry it in the vitamins/natural supplements area. They sell fairly nice-sized containers for around $8.50. Best of luck!

  10. SGS Rawkstar

    May 19th, 2015 at 8:36 am

    Thanks James!

  11. Michelle

    June 8th, 2015 at 9:52 pm

    How can it be used as a deep conditioner for your hair before you wash it?

  12. SGS Rawkstar

    June 9th, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Hi Michelle,

    For a deep conditioning treatment, massage a couple of tablespoons of the coconut oil into your clean, damp hair + scalp (if your hair is thinner or gets greasy easily, you may choose to skip the scalp as the oil could weigh your hair down). Allow the oil to sit on your hair for 20-30 minutes after application. Because the oil is very heavy, you will need to shampoo the oil out of your hair well after the treatment.

  13. Tabatha Ross

    August 30th, 2015 at 10:56 am

    Whitney is mostly correct. As a former dental assistant with over 14 years experience I’ve learned that toothpaste is a commercial sales gimmick. It’s mostly to freshen the breath, temporarily. Whitney is correct in the matter of the physical action of brushing your teeth with a SOFT toothbrush with or without toothpaste and I’ll add to that…..Your diet, flossing and routine visits to your Dental Hygienist every 6 months are the real preventative measures! They now have manufactured remineralization pastes that have came on the market since I’ve left dentistry so I have no experience as to the validity of their claim. I do know that there are prescription remineralization pastes that you massage onto your teeth that do work so it’s possible that this has been introduced to the OTC market by now. Regarding Coconut oil, it has many wonderful health benefits so I don’t personally see any harm in using it in the mouth but I don’t know exactly how it benefits the actual teeth other than it doesn’t contain the harmful chemicals that may be in most toothpaste. Suggestion: Tom’s All Natural Toothpaste is available at Walmart and most other retailers. Thanks for reading my little 2¢!!!!

  14. SGS Rawkstar

    August 31st, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Hi Tabatha,

    Thank you so much for reaching out and sharing your expertise + experience! We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your knowledge with our SGS tribe! We personally love homemade coconut oil toothpaste because it’s biocidal properties fight against the bacteria responsible for tooth decay, while having no chemicals or foaming agents.

    Cheers to healthy teeth!

  15. dee

    October 2nd, 2015 at 10:55 am

    New to this but can you purchase essential oils at walmart? walgreens? etc thank U

  16. SGS Rawkstar

    October 2nd, 2015 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Dee,

    You might have luck at Walmart! I often pick-up essential oils at Whole Foods or Amazon.com.

    Cheers 🙂

  17. Belle Pickering

    January 8th, 2016 at 12:15 am

    If you are looking for coconut oil in the uk you try other health food stores. I’ve seen it plenty at waitrose or the cultural food section at tesco.

    As far as essential oils you can order them online. I use doterra essential oils to make my toothpaste.

  18. SGS Rawkstar

    January 8th, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Thank you so much for sharing, Belle!

  19. Leigh

    January 8th, 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?

  20. SGS Rawkstar

    January 8th, 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!

  21. Mary Bunk

    January 31st, 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

  22. SGS Rawkstar

    February 1st, 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 😉

  23. 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

  24. 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 🙂

  25. 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 🙂

  26. SGS Rawkstar

    February 17th, 2016 at 8:42 am

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

  27. 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

  28. 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.

  29. 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!

  30. Carolyn

    January 14th, 2017 at 1:18 pm

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

  31. 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.


  32. 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?

  33. 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!

  34. “Lola” karole

    December 30th, 2017 at 4:16 am


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