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So….what have I been up to? Learning so much at the moment.  I’ve been making my own natural products, like my own natural toothpaste (pictured here) without all those harsh chemicals. I’m really loving the journey of becoming self-sustainable and less dependent on big corporate companies. There is something quite wonderful about creating something by hand with herbs, the natural elements, and essential oils. The best part about it is…..I love challenging myself!

Here is the Recipe I used for my Vegan, Natural, and Sustainable toothpaste.

I am a big fan of Uncle Harry’s toothpaste, so I’ve used up a few glass containers and I’m reuse one of them to make my toothpaste.  The great thing about Uncle Harry’s toothpaste containers is that they come in glass jars, which makes for a great no waste journey.

You will need:

One a small glass jar, or reusable container.

Baking Soda

Coconut Oil

Peppermint Essential Oil (for a minty flavor and helps support gums)

(Optional)

Bentonite Clay (for detoxifying effects and minerals)

Black activated Charcoal (For Natural whitening)

Arrowroot Powder (for sensitive teeth and gums, also used as a thickening agent)

Directions

So go a head and fill the jar half way up, then start to fill the baking soda the rest of the way.  Continue to mix until you get a paste like mixture.  If have sensitive teeth and gums I would start to mix 1/2 arrowroot powder with 1/2 baking soda.   Optional: If you have and want the benefits of Bentonite clay you can add 1/4 tsp to the mixture and 1/4 tsp of the black charcoal.  Lastly, you then add 5-6 drops of the peppermint essential oil and violá.  There you have it!  Never buy toothpaste again, no harsh chemicals, all natural, cut out the waste of the tube left behind.

I hope you enjoyed me sharing this with recipe with you and I hope that you join me on this journey of cutting back the waste that gets left behind with toothpaste tubes and tooth brushes in landfills.

“One Billion toothbrushes which take hundreds of years to decompose, end up in landfills every year”as quoted on the website:(yourmarkontheworld.com).

Try switching to Bamboo toothbrushes, that is compostable.

Review

Since using my DIY toothpaste I’ve seen my teeth much brighter, and cleaner for a longer amount time.  I still enjoy the invigorating scent and tingling feeling I get from the peppermint essential oil.  My wallet has thanked me too!  I enjoy the simplicity that comes with it.  It feels great to be self-sustainable with less dependence on large companies.  It also has inspired me to do more DIY’s so look out for more.

 

Here are some great related articles to read about dental and gum health, take a look:

http://www.organiclifestylemagazine.com/heal-gum-disease-and-cavities-naturally-step-by-step

http://www.yourmarkontheworld.com

Here is a video from one of my favorite Zero Waste You Tubers known as BlueOllis:

 

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