If you follow me, you will know I try where I can to reduce the amount of plastic I use. I have a short set of sustainable swaps on my Instagram highlights if you want to check it out. If you’re not convinced by going plastic free or just want to see what this is all about then there are some great documentaries like A Plastic Ocean, Chasing Coral and Mission Blue, all can be found on Netflix. Now although I am an advocate for plastic free living and try where I can I am also aware that it’s not always the most friendly on the purse and that actually the saving isn’t always immediate but more over a period of time.
In my research on plastic free living one thing that is clear is that there are plenty of ways for you to make your own lotions and potions whether in the bathroom or kitchen. I thought I would start off easy with making my own toothpaste, all you need is a few simple ingredients. The end result however will be different to the types of toothpaste you are used to unless you have tried a natural toothpaste before which feels a lot more like a thicker paste. It is not foamy like regular toothpastes and can feel fairly dry in the mouth. I used Georganics toothpaste as my introduction to these types of toothpaste about a year ago so I knew what the texture might be like based on experience. However I still think the satisfaction of making your own paste and knowing you are reducing your plastic intake is worth it. After a bit of research over the internet I decided on a simple recipe of:
- Coconut Oil – 2 tbsp
- Bicarbonate of Soda – 1.5 tbsp
- Dried Peppermint – 1 tsp
- Essential Oils (of your choice) – a few drops
Method: Melt the coconut oil on a low heat and then add all other ingredients. I used a hand blender to try and reduce the size of the peppermint leaves but perhaps it would have been better to have ground the leaves instead. Pour the mixture into your chosen container to keep it fresh and germ free (I decided on a glass jar). The trick is once it cools or is cooling to constantly stir the mixture so that the oil and soda do not separate. Once it’s solid all you need to do is give it a try! This whole process took around 15mins and probably would be quicker next time now that I know what I am doing. A nice addition to this toothpaste is a bamboo toothbrush. I bought a pack on Amazon and they are great and completely plastic free.
There are loads of recipes out there and different things you could use like activated charcoal for whitening, or cacao nibs for remineralising. I think next time I may use other spices like cardamom or fennel which are often used in Ayurvedic pastes. Let me know if you have ever made your own toothpaste or if you try out this recipe. I think I may try making my own body lotion or scrub next!
Let’s try and stay this beautiful planet we call Earth.