Before any travel, it’s necessary to go through everything I own and make sure I love it enough to bring it with me in my 65L backpack. With this thinking comes creativity. I need to carefully consider everything I can leave behind, and in turn, my “needs” have become strong “wants”. My once full make-up bag(s) and products began to dwindle, and I’ve also started thinking more about what I really need, and what is good for me mentally, physically and in terms of my overall health. Quality over quantity, everyone.
After doing my research, I found that, as we all likely know, the products stocking our shelves contain a lot of **** I would rather not have on or in my body. This is where toothpaste comes in. I just kept buying these massive plastic tubes of chemical, not really knowing what it contained but knowing it was the norm. Once I heard about the benefits of oil pulling and the possibility to make your own toothpaste, I had to try. So, a friend and I got together, pooled our ingredients and it turned out well! It can take some getting used to, but I got accustomed to it rather quickly. Now if only I could find a bamboo toothbrush in Chile somewhere (any leads?).
Here is how to make your own DIY toothpaste and say goodbye to unwanted, unnecessary chemicals in your daily routine.
3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 tablespoon on baking soda
3-5 drops of mint essential oil – to preference
3-5 drops of stevia – if tastes to bitter, to preference
- Pick your vessel. I chose a glass jar with a lid to seal.
- Spoon coconut oil into the jar. If the oil is fully solid, pop it it over a flame or in the microwave for a couple of seconds to soften.
- Spoon the baking soda into the jar and mix well, this should be very evenly distributed.
- Add Mint essential oil (edible) and Stevia drops to your liking. After trying the mixture without stevia, I added a few drops which really helps the toothpaste taste more like the product you’re used to.
- Scoop out a small amount using a spoon – avoid using your toothbrush directly in the mixture – and brush away as usual!
Have you tried making your own DIY toothpaste or other DIY products? How did it go?
x – Jenn, The Redhead Abroad