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Confession: I am a toothpaste snob.
I fell in love with Earthpaste last year, after using it only once, and the whole family has been happily brushing their teeth with grey clay toothpaste ever since.
However, our supply of Earthpaste began to run low about a month ago and unbeknownst to the family, I started to panic.
You see, I was so in love with all-natural Earthpaste and so against conventional toothpaste (because of the glycerin and fluoride), that I never wanted to go back and use the old stuff again… So last year, just one week after introducing Earthpaste to the family, in a moment of temporary mom-gone-too-crunchy, I threw all of the old toothpaste away.
Yikes! I totally did. I completely wiped out every last box and tube of toothpaste in the stockpile closet. Even the tiny samples were gone!
Don’t get me wrong – I’m SO glad we’ve switched to all-natural toothpaste. But without a backup in the closet, when the toothpaste was gone – it was gone!
I haven’t seen Earthpaste in any of the local stores I shop at, and I’d probably pass out at the price tag at Whole Foods. Ordering online meant at least a few days before delivery, but then there’s the underlying issue of available funds in the grocery budget… Sheesh.
Cutting the tips off the ends of the tubes stretched what we had, but I had to come to terms with the inevitable: A day would come when the tubes would be completely empty and we would officially run out of toothpaste.
That day came just over two weeks ago and I was forced to make a decision: Either fork over the money for more Earthpaste, or try to make it myself with what I already had on hand.
Pssh, as if there’s an option in this frugal crunchy house.
I thought it would be super cool to make toothpaste with coconut oil, so my first batch included it plus clay, peppermint essential oil, salt and tea tree oil. The flavor wasn’t bad, but it made for a really weird brushing experience.
Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, so you can’t just dip your toothbrush into the jar. I had to scrape some out first and then put it on my brush… but even in my mouth it felt like little pieces of hard-ish clay were floating around until the heat from my mouth finally melted it… and then my mouth become oily and minty and I wasn’t really sure if I was actually brushing with it or if the melted toothpaste was just hanging out under my tongue…
Let’s just say it was weird. Too weird in my book and if it’s weird to me, it’ll definitely be weird to the rest of the family. And who wants to feel weird when they’re brushing their teeth?
On to Plan B and what should have been Plan A: Replicate what I have loved from day one - Earthpaste.
The list of ingredients on a tube of peppermint Earthpaste is pretty simple and straightforward: water, clay, xylitol, peppermint essential oil, menthol, real salt and tea tree oil. Lucky for me, I already had everything in my cabinets.
Well, everything except for xylitol and menthol. Xylitol is a sweetener (with some beneficial properties for teeth), but the stevia I had would do the job for now. Menthol is often used for it’s breath-freshening qualities, but the tea tree oil and peppermint oil would suffice. Neither were deal breakers in my book – we still needed toothpaste, remember?!
My second batch of toothpaste included water, clay, stevia, peppermint essential oil, real salt and tea tree oil. Dare I say, it was eerily like Earthpaste?!
I got brave and branched out beyond peppermint, mixing and matching the essential oils I had with the flavors of stevia in my pantry. In the end, I was able to create three flavors of all-natural toothpaste that replicate Earthpaste so much so that the family can’t even tell the difference!
A drumroll please for all-natural, homemade toothpaste (that’s just like Earthpaste) in three flavors: peppermint, lemon and orange!
Wait a second – did you know that Earthpaste had an orange flavor?
That’s because they don’t. ;) But if they did, it would be the BEST THING EVER because the orange flavor tastes just like an orange tic tac!
Brushing your teeth with solid coconut oil = weird.
Brushing your teeth with clay toothpaste that tastes like an orange tic tac = totally awesome!
All three flavors are Mr. Crumbs and kid approved, verified by eating AND brushing. (The Boy is actually the one that said the lemon flavor wasn’t lemon-y enough!)
- To make peppermint flavor, combing combine 1 Tbsp of water with clay in a non-metal bowl and mix well using a non-metal spoon (the clay should never come in contact with any metals).
- Add tea tree oil, stevia and 10 drops of peppermint essential oils. Mix well.
- Add pinch of salt, mix well and taste. Add additional stevia and/or peppermint essential oils to taste, one drop at a time.
- The flavors will meld together over time, so wait 48 hours before making significant adjustments to the flavor.
- Store toothpaste in a glass or plastic jar with a lid.
- The toothpaste will dry out over time if left uncovered. To rehydrate, add water 1 tsp at a time until desired consistency is reached.
- See notes for lemon and orange flavors.
** To make orange toothpaste, reduce tea tree oil to 2 drops, substitute wild orange essential oil for peppermint essential oil and substitute orange flavored liquid stevia for unflavored liquid stevia. Follow the method above
Let’s talk numbers – is it worth the cost to make homemade toothpaste?
The best price on Earthpaste I can find is through Azure standard, where you can get one tube for $4.20. The next lowest price is at Amazon for $6.25 per tube. Since not everyone has access to Azure, let’s use Amazon’s price of $1.56 per ounce for comparison purposes.
The recipe above will yield approximately 1.5 ounces and here’s the breakdown of the cost of each ingredient:
- Clay: $10.38 for 10oz –> $0.60
- Water: $0
- Tea Tree Oil: $6.58 for 1oz –> $0.05
- Peppermint Essential Oil: $6.72 for 1oz –> $0.18
- Liquid Stevia: $9.39 for 1oz –> $0.08
- Real Salt: $11.50 for 26oz –> $0.01
Total cost of all-natural, homemade toothpaste that’s just like Earthpaste: $0.61 per ounce. That the same as $2.45 for one 4oz tube, or a savings of over 60%!
Using and Storing the Toothpaste
We use this toothpaste by simply dipping our brushes in the one jar. However, if you’d prefer everyone to have their own containers, here are a few options:
- Mini Plastic Pots: These are about the size of a single eyeshadow container and take the issue out of sharing one bigger jar. One batch will fill 2-3 pots, depending on how well you pack it in.
- Reusable Plastic Tubes: These allow you to squeeze the toothpaste out, instead of dipping into a jar. Each holds 3oz, so roughly one batch of toothpaste per tube.
- Small Glass Jars: Each jar is 4oz, so one batch of toothpaste fills each about halfway. This is what I use personally, since each jar can serve many functions beyond the bathroom.
- Mini Glass Jars: Similar to what we use, except that each jar is only 2oz and comes with a plastic lid. Perfect for those concerned about the clay touching metal, and traveling!
So far, the only downside I can see from making your own toothpaste is the up-front cost of ingredients. However, one 10oz tub of bentonite clay can make over 34 batches of the recipe above and each 1oz bottle of essential oil will make over 37 batches. To say you’ll have enough ingredients on hand to make toothpaste for awhile is an understatement!
Are you a toothpaste snob? Would you fork over the money and pay for toothpaste, or would you try to make it yourself? What flavor would you make?
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