Well, I promised you that I would start making our own household supplies once the current supplies ran out. And so first up: toothpaste.
I really wanted to try out the toothpaste recipe because I have a huge jar of coconut oil taking up space in my kitchen cabinet. I got it one day because I heard that a little bit of coconut oil helps ease water retention, and then I decided that was an old wive's tale.
I wanted to try out the facial cleanser because I was fascinated by the LACK of ingredients. And I thought Tsh of SimpleMom.net had a good point: using so many chemicals on our skin will strip our skin of its natural oils.
So the other night, I took these common household items...
...and started mixing!
2 tbsp. coconut oil
2-3 tbsp. baking soda
1/4 teaspoon Stevia powder
Mix all ingredient together thoroughly.
So I mixed...
...and the verdict:
Ok, I don't know what temperature YOUR bathroom is at, but OUR bathroom is definitely above the melting point of coconut oil (about 75 degrees). This means that the toothpaste is liquid. My housemates and husband recommended putting it in the fridge, but it's a bit of a hassle to go to the fridge every time I want to brush my teeth.
But hey, I'm not that stubborn. So into the fridge it went.
And out of the fridge it came.
Turns out freezing coconut oil makes it way too solid. So it appears there will be no happy medium until it's cooler aka October.
The other thing is that it's extremely salty. Once we get out to a natural food store, I'm going to get some essential peppermint oil. If you're not used to weird-o natural-type stuff (ahem- husband, I'm taking about you!), you'll definitely want some sort of essential oil in the toothpaste (Tsh recommends peppermint, lemon, clove, lime, cinnamon, eucalyptus, or licorice, as not all oils are safe to ingest internally). The Stevia powder does nothing to make it palpable.
But overall, my teeth got super clean
and there was no awful aftertaste.
No, but seriously, we need peppermint oil for this one.
So I give this recipe 3 out of 5 stars.
(points taken off for taste)