Thanks for all the support and commiseration on my Armpit Woes. I was so inspired after sharing it with you all that I decided to experiment more with personal products… and share them with you!
Next up?: Toothpaste
Why, you ask? Why not? I don’t have really strong feelings either way towards commercial toothpaste. I do have strong feelings towards putting things into my body with tons of unnecessary ingredients that were created in a lab.
Here is a list of ingredients from the toothpaste in my bathroom.
Active ingredient: sodium monofluorophosphate
- hydrated silica
- propylene glycol
- sodium bicarbonate
- pentasodium triphosphate
- tetrasodium pryophosphate
- sodium lauryl sulfate
- sodium hydroxide
- sodium saccharin
- cellulose gum
- calcium peroxide
- titanium dioxide
- FD&C blue no.1
- D&C yellow no.10
Okay, so opinions on those ingredients? First of all, flouride is the only active ingredient. I’m not sold on the importance of flouride. I know, I know… dentists say we need it to keep our teeth healthy. Well, doctors and other experts have been telling us to do things for generations and then we find out that it’s not so great after all. So… there’s that.
Secondly, that is an awfully long list of “inactive” ingredients. If they aren’t active, why are they there? To carry the active ingredient, and maybe to make it taste better, since it is going in your mouth? I’m okay with those reasons, but I find it hard to believe there is a need for THAT many. I don’t really like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate…and saccharin?! I refuse to eat that in my foods, why would I rub it all over my teeth daily!?
Sigh. I started searching for a toothpaste recipe that contained ingredients I had on hand. I settled on this one. Here’s how I made it.
Ingredients: Coconut Oil, baking soda, and peppermint essential oil.
The verdict? A little salty, a little minty, overall a win. I’ve only used it twice so far, but I like the way it makes my mouth feel. I’ll keep you posted as I use it more.
The biggest problem I am having now is that the coconut oil is solid. This is easily resolved by brushing my teeth after I take a hot shower, but what if I want to brush at another time? Any suggestions?
This post was featured on Simple Lives Thursday at GNOWFGLINS!