DIY, fluoride-free toothpaste

I remember reading some research and a mention in there that a toothpaste doesn’t have to foam in order to clean our teeth properly. However most people have some expectations as of how certain products should look and behave if you will. And most people expect toothpaste to foam. That’s why companies making most brands currently available add chemicals to it to satisfy those expectations. It has been a longer while ago and I can’t remember where I read it but today I will share a simple DIY toothpaste recipe that requires only four ingredients.

I am quite funny when it comes to things I eat or go into my mouth. I won’t eat anything I don’t like the look of (especially if it has tiny eyes looking at me, like prawns!) or or I don’t like the texture of. I tried oil pulling twice so far and I’m not sure I will try it again. So I was a bit sceptical when it came to making my own toothpaste the first time. I think I expected it to taste horrible but decided to give it a go. It was a very good decision as it tasted of peppermint (hello! I added peppermint oil to it) and my teeth haven’t felt this clean for ages. You know that feeling when you run your tongue on your teeth to check if they’re clean? Well, mine felt perfectly clean.

As I said you only need four ingredients:

  • 20g kaolin clay
  • 10g powdered chalk
  • 30 ml vegetable glycerine
  • 15 drops peppermint essential oil (feel free to substitue the oil for tea tree or clary sage or anything else with antibacterial properties)

You will also need a glass bowl, a digital scale, measuring spoons, a spatula and a clean, glass pot with a lid.

Start by measuring all the ingredients and putting them into the bowl.

And then start stirring until it is all combined to look like this:

It will take a while so be patient. Once it’s all mixed place it in a pot and it’s ready to use. Now, as this recipe doesn’t contain water there is no need for a preservative but make sure not to get any water into it while using it or it won’t last as long, not to mention might become dangerous as bacteria love water. I usually just dip my dry toothbrush in the pot first and then wet the brush. Use as if you would a regular toothpaste.

Now, why bother making your own if the shop bought ones come in such a variety and are fairly cheap? As I mentioned before this toothpaste cleans your teeth really well. It also doesn’t contain any unnecessary ingredients just for the sake of it. And it is FLUORIDE-free.

You might ask why fluoride-free when all you’ve probably been hearing since you were a child is that you need fluoride to keep your teeth healthy? For years fluoride was being added to our water and toothpaste so what happened? Based on this article majority of the Western European countries don’t add fluoride to their water anymore and this had no negative impact on tooth decay. It was noticed that the tooth decay rates actually lowered. Strange, right? Also too high doses of fluoride may cause fluorosis, a condition leading to permanently brown-stained teeth. Too much exposure to fluoride may also be linked to osteoporosis, thyroid problems and cancers, according to this article. My personal opinion is that the use of fluoride in water and oral hygiene products was simply overdone as it happens in a lot of cases. It’s a bit like with all the harmful additives in our food for example. They don’t cause any problems straight away so people continue using them. I am going to stick with my DIY toothpaste for the time being. What is your choice?

 

P.S. This post contains some associate links which means I am earning a small commision on the products you buy through my links however, these are products I use myself and I would never recommend anything I don’t find of good quality.

Hand cream

I love myself a good hand cream. I think I started using hand creams regularly since the age of about 13 if I remember correctly (yeah, that was a long time ago). And by regularly I mean pretty much each time after I wash my hands. For some reason I suddenly started hating that feeling of dry skin on my palms. I bet many of you can relate. Now, when I was growing up, there weren’t that many hand creams available. My favourite one was a lemon, glycerin hand cream. It made my skin feel so soft and moisturised. Until now I keep looking for the exact same feeling when I apply a ahnd cream. I hate those ones that quickly sink into your skin and your skin still feels dry.

I was so silly not that long ago and when I run out of my work bag cream I decided to buy one instead of making one myself. To be honest I didn’t have much time to make my own and as I couldn’t go without I just bought one. What a mistake! I went to a more posh if you like shop and chose one of their so called natural hand creams. I can’t even remember now if I even looked at the ingredients or if I was blinded for a moment. I hated that cream from the minute I started using it. My hands felt horrible and it kept smearing on my hands rather than spreading and sinking in. And once it did spread eventually, it left this feeling of dryness I so much hate. Nedless to say I qickly just chucked it in the bin (!).

So, today I will share the recipe I have been using for a good while now. It was inspired by the hand cream recipe you can find in Karen Gilbert’s book but I have made a few changes to it, even though it was perfectly fine to begin with. I think it was actually the first recipe I adapted instead of just following it step by step. I have since adapted it again for my daughter because her skin cracks in winter and needs very special treatment. But I will share that on a different occasion.

There are quite a few ingredients you need to make this cream but it is worth it. All my friends I have ever gifted it too love it.

It might seem a bit complicated if this is your first go with cosmetics with the oil and water phase but give it a go. I think you will be as impressed as I was the first time I made it 🙂

INGREDIENTS needed for the OIL PHASE:

Put all these ingredients in a heat proof jug and melt. I simply boil half a pot of water and then place the jug with the ingredients in it, and stir until it all melts. Keep it on the hob while you quickly get the water phase ready. I usually do it while the oil phase ingredients are melting.

INGREDIENTS for the WATER PHASE:

  • 55 ml boiled filtered water (it should be about 75 degrees Celsius)
  • 5 ml vegetable glycerin

Now, the important thing is to make sure that both phases are the same temperature when you mix them. So what I usually do is I measure the tempareture of the oil phase and the water phase, using a food termometer. If they are roughly the same I slowly pour the water phase in as I’m stiring it with a milk frother like this one (yeah, I know) still keeping the mixture in the double boiler. Keep stirring for about 1 minute, take it off the heat and now it’s time to cool it down. I do that by placing the jug in a bowl of cold water and stir for another minute. I then leave it to cool down until the temperature reaches just below 40 degrees Celsius.

At this point I add the remaining ingredients one by one and stir after each one. I have notice that sometimes if I add everything at once I don’t end up with the texture I want. It actually looks like it went off and I am not quite sure yet why so now I add one ingredient at a time and stir. So here we go:

  • 5 ml St. John’s Wort oil
  • 20 drops of preservative (I buy the Eco preservative from aromantic )
  • 15 drops of essential oil: lemongrass, sweet orange, whatever takes your fancy really or whatever additional benefits you want to achieve.
  • I sometimes also add 20 drops of vitamin E oil.

The last thing you need to do is to put it into a pot and VOILA!

 

P.S. This post contains some associate links which means I’m earning a small commission on the products you buy through these links. However, I would never recommend any products I don’t use myself.