Zero Waste Toothpaste

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Since my obsession with Lauren Singer, Bea Johnson and all things zero waste, I have wanted to try making my own toothpaste.  This is something I would never have even contemplated a few months ago, switching to natural toothpaste when I was pregnant was pretty big in itself.  

You could say making my own toothpaste puts me well on my way to fully fledged tree-hugger status but after finding out that it is quickly becoming a common homemade product, I was intrigued enough to give it a go.

The benefits speak for themselves - it's cheap, better for the environment, better for your body and with no plastic packaging to throw away it helps with my zero waste goals.  Mine would only be truly zero waste if I bought the coconut oil and baking soda in bulk but since I had some in the cupboard anyway I thought i'd better to use them up first.

I found a brilliant article by an actual dentist about why using a homemade toothpaste is so much better for you here.

Here I show you how to make it and I even try it for the first time on camera so you can see my honest reaction and have an immediate review.

3 tablespoons of coconut oil
1.5 tablespoons of bicarbonate of soda 
30 drops of organic peppermint essential oil
Small jar to keep it in, I use a Kilner jar.

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