Are you interested in natural skin-care and personal care products? I’ve been using natural, commercially made products for a while, but except for soap-making, I’ve been slow moving towards making my own. A spa-night with friends where we made our own skin-care products began the change, but Heather Dessinger’s ebook DIY Natural Beauty Recipes has been the real impetus I needed.
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Heather has given me permission to share her recipe for the Tooth Soap that she developed. Her book also has recipes for tooth powder, toothpaste, and an amazing recipe for whitening teeth using activated charcoal.
Mommypotamus’ Tooth Soap
- 1 T. castile soap (where to purchase)
- 4 T. melted coconut oil (where to purchase)
- 2 T. olive oil (I purchase directly from this farm)
- 1 t. water (I will leave this out next time as the soap is a bit runny)
- 20 drops essential oil* (I used this)
- 1 T. raw honey or a few drops of stevia extract (optional – I didn’t use any and it’s fine)
* Cinnamon, peppermint, spearmint, anise, fennel, sweet orange and clove are recommended. Sweet orange is best for toddlers who have not yet learned to spit after brushing. The number of drops will vary based on the strength of the essential oil. Clove is very antiseptic but only a few drops should be used in combination with another oil due to the potential for gum irritation.
In a bowl, mix water, honey and olive oil until well blended. Add remaining ingredients and whisk thoroughly. Pour mixture into a vial with dropper or soap dispenser and store out of direct sunlight. Put a few drops onto your toothbrush and brush. Shelf life is about 3 months. Note that the honey will settle to the bottom. Stir a bit with the dropper before using.
Do you make your own toothpaste? What recipe do you use?