Reviewing my own homemade toothpaste may not seem credible, but I intend to be an honest critique here. After all, there’s nothing at stake really. I’m not selling it, and I made it myself, so I can lambast it without hurting anybody.
For those of you who missed the article on homemade toothpaste making, please head over to this photo-tutorial post. And to recap, here is the recipe:
- 3 parts baking soda
- 1 part virgin coconut oil
- 1 part hydrogen peroxide
Procedure: Just stir everything until smooth.
Now on to my homemade toothpaste review:
You’re in for disappointment here. My homemade toothpaste does not have that cool, chilling, minty feel that we are all accustomed to. It is salty and raspy because it’s baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. The absence of pleasant flavor is because it has no essential oils of peppermint or mint. But that’s okay. If it comforts you, that menthol-y, peppery taste of commercial toothpastes is really just artificial, there’ s no peppermint extract in there, just artificial peppermint flavor which means these are simply lab-produced chemicals which taste like peppermint.
My homemade toothpaste would again fail in this category as it does not foam up and fill your mouth with what seems like superb tooth-scrubbing bubbles. Truth to tell, it has a raspy, coarse texture which you might never fall in love with. Also, this homemade toothpaste is watery and might drip down your mouth despite all your epic efforts to hold them in. But that’s okay, for it means it has no sodium lauryl sulfates and laureth sulfates and other oddly-named foaming agents which are linked to various reproductive and hormonal problems.
Why should color even matter in toothpastes, really? Well, when I was a kid, toothpastes of a translucent gel blue or fiery red hue would enthrall me. Then there were those white swirls and glittery speckles. Well folks, my homemade toothpaste is a basic, boring white and would miserably pale in comparison to most toothpastes in grocery shelves. But that’s okay, it simply means it has no artificial dyes, and artificial dyes have no business getting inside our bodies anyway.
Another disadvantage my homemade toothpaste has is that it does not come in squeezable tubes. It has no flip-top cap. You have to open a jar, scoop out a pea-sized amount and top it on your toothbrush before you can begin brushing. And so it might make you lose precious seconds during the morning rush. But that’s okay again. Sometimes, we have to sacrifice convenience for the sake of health.
My homemade toothpaste trumps all other toothpastes in the cost department. For a volume which would probably last me 2 weeks, I think it just costs me less than 10 pesos or a quarter of a dollar. Now that’s okay.
So who still wants to try making my homemade toothpaste? I do. For all its faults, it does a good job. It cleans my teeth. I run my tongue around my teeth after brushing (I know you do that, too.) and I can feel it’s really working. I know this toothpaste kills germs without harming good bacteria in the oral cavity. I’m also pretty positive that this will whiten my teeth in time, if I could cut back a bit my coffee and tea and cocoa habits. Best of all, it has none of those artificial flavors and colors and foaming agents. My homemade toothpaste tops. And I’m gonna enhance it sometime with natural essential oils. Stay posted!
My homemade toothpaste is okay!