Tuesday, November 9, 2010
A number of months ago I ran across an idea on the internet that intrigued me. There are people who believe that commercial toothpaste is unhealthy for us. I guess it makes sense, since the toothpastes are not made out of safe ingredients. You can buy "Tooth Soap" online, but it is rather expensive, so I looked for a recipe and found several. The one I used is made of all safe, nice, gentle ingredients. I found the recipe here. I chose the recipe called "Flavorful Tooth Soap Recipe."
Above is a picture of my ingredients ~ Dr. Bronner's castile liquid soap , extra-virgin coconut oil, extra-virgin olive oil, orange essential oil and peppermint essential oil.
I measured out all the ingredients in the recipe (see below) into a small bowl and mixed it all up thoroughly with a fork:
After mixing it looked like this:
It was too thick at that point to flow at all, so I ended up adding 1 more teaspoon of the extra-virgin olive oil, and a Tablespoon of water. Then I used a funnel to put it into a small, very clean liquid hand soap dispenser that I bought just for this purpose.
I had to tap the funnel on the bottle to get the paste to go in, but it did go in and will last a long time, so the tapping was well worth the effort.
The thing to do is wet your toothbrush, apply a small amount of the tooth soap and then brush and rinse as usual.
The recipe is called "Flavorful." That is odd, because I think I would be more inclined to call it "Flavorless." It has almost no taste at all and is very easy and pleasant to use. And I am pleased with it. It does a good job and it seems to me that my teeth feel cleaner longer, and even after a night's sleep, I don't have that feeling in my mouth when I get up that is urging me to brush as soon as possible.
Here is the recipe:
Flavorful Tooth Soap Recipe
1 Tablespoon of Dr. Bronner's castile liquid soap (the best price I found was on Amazon.com - I bought the kind for babies that has no scent or anything strange added to it.)
5 Tablespoons of coconut oil
1 Tablespoon of olive oil
10 - 12 drops of orange essential oil
10 - 12 drops of peppermint essential oil
Blend the ingredients together thoroughly. If the consistency is thicker than desired, more olive oil or water can be added until it reaches a pourable texture.
Store in a clean soap dispenser.
I recommend it!
I am sharing this post at Wardeh's Simple Lives Thursday over at GNOWFGLINS