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Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Homemade Toothpaste - A Natural Alternative + Xylitol Giveaway

Have you ever read the ingredients in your toothpaste you use on a daily basis?  No?  Go take a look.  Do you know what every one of those ingredients are?  Most people do not.  Why would you want to use something that you can't easily define?  The simple solution?  Make it yourself!

Make your own toothpaste?!  Isn't that difficult?! 

Amazingly enough, no!  It's so simple.  You need 4, yes 4 ingredients!

Coconut Oil, Baking Soda, Xylitol, and Peppermint Essential Oil (optional). 

Reading through this simple list you might first wonder about xylitol.  What is it and what does it do? 

Xylitol is a natural sweetener.  It sweetens the toothpaste while also adding it's own cavity fighting properties.  

According to this article, “Xylitol not only rids the mouth of sticky harmful bacteria, it actually promotes the growth of tooth-protective, non-acidic bacteria. Xylitol also raises mouth pH and encourages mineral-rich saliva to flow into the mouth. This can protect and remineralize teeth by repairing the deep layers of enamel.” You can easily buy xylitol on Amazon HERE

Ok, so it's easy huh?  Don't believe me?  

  • ½ Cup Coconut Oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Tbsp Xylitol, blended into a fine powder
  • 5-10 drops of Essential Oils (I like peppermint from Pure Body Naturals)

  • Melt the coconut oil on a low heat.
  • Remove from heat once melted, and stir in baking soda.

  • In a coffee grinder or blender, blend the xylitol into a fine powder so that it easily dissolves.
  • Add the xylitol and Essential oils and stir until all xylitol and baking soda is dissolved.  I will continue stirring until it's thickened just a little. 
  • Then put it in a bowl, or a squeeze bottle with a big enough opening to easily fill the bottle. 

It will be liquified when you fill the bottle.  I shake it off and on in the bottles until it's solidified, or stir it if in a bowl, just to make sure the baking soda doesn't settle. Then put the bottle where the toothpaste settles to the squeeze hole. 

It does harden up, so if you do put it in a squeeze bottle, you will probably want to run it under hot/warm water for a moment to soften it up.  Coconut oil melts at a very low temperature, so it won't take much to soften it.  

The taste takes a little time to get used to.  The Morning Pep Xylitol is a great sweetener to help with the salty baking soda flavor.  The peppermint essential oil from Pure Body Naturals also adds a great minty flavor to the paste, plus freshens your breath. 

Give it a try and tell me what you think!

Now, for the best part!  Enter below to win your own bag of Xylitol!  You can use it for baking, coffee, toothpaste, and any other use for sweetener you need.  

**I received one or more of these products in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.**

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