Thursday, January 8, 2015

DIY Toothpaste

This recipe uses ingredients I have around for other purposes. I use bentonite clay mixed with a little water as a face mask. Coconut oil has a plethora of uses. By making my own toothpaste, I can eliminate waste and packaging while customizing for taste, texture and health benefits.

2&1/2 tablespoons coconut oil (organic and fair trade)
2 tablespoons baking soda
a pinch of fine sea salt
1/2 teaspoon bentonite clay
20 drops essential oil (peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, clove, tea tree, myrrh, sage...)

In a glass or ceramic bowl, gently heat the coconut oil in a double boiler or water bath until soft and stirable (not liquidy). Add baking soda, salt, clay and essential oil and stir (with plastic spatula or wooden spoon) to combine well. Pour into the small glass jar with a tight-fitting lid. Makes about 1/2 cup.

Organic ingredients can be found at OB People's Organic Market

Adapted from Live Simply