Happy Sunday from freezing and rainy Baltimore. This week was great, and honestly pretty easy. I didn't buy anything new (obviously), but I really wasn't even tempted to. I spent money on beautiful ingredients for food that made my body and heart happy, but I didn't feel an ounce of struggle to buy anything new. Instead, I really focused this week during my meditations on adopting a mentality of deep gratitude and peace. I found that once I began learning to control my perspective, gratitude and appreciation became a discipline rather than a "feeling".
ANYWAY, I've got a fun fact for you.
It is estimated that 400 million plastic toothpaste tubes are thrown away each year in the United States alone. WHAT!? That's crazy! Straight into landfills. But the good news is, you can do your part to avoid wasteful tooth brushing.
I found myself having an absolute great time while I was listening to music and making my DIY toothpaste recipe for the week. A few of my friends have asked me about it, so I decided to make my post about it this week! Full disclaimer, and I know this is shocking: I'm not a dentist. I also don't know what's best for you. If you're a fluoride person, more power to you! And if you're not a DIY person, that's totally okay. I'm happy to link some more AWESOME sustainable/zero-waste options for you below.
THIS option doesn't contain fluoride, but I've gotta say- it works pretty dang well. It's also helpful if you're in a pinch, so it's just good knowledge to have. Okay! HERE WE GO!
Here's what you'll need:
2 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 heaping tablespoon of baking soda
18 (ish) drops of essential oil- I used peppermint for ultimate freshness
A container to store your toothpaste in
ALRIGHT! STEP ONE.
Add your baking soda to your coconut oil. Like, this recipe is really easy. You barely need these instructions.
Add your fun essential oils. You can literally do whatever you want (I hear spearmint is good), and if you want some aromatic herbal ones, that would probably be cool too! Mix and match. Go wild. This is your life. Live it up.
Mash and mix it all until it becomes your desired texture. I really like mine to be as similar to OG toothpaste as possible, so I really dig in.
And when you're DONE mixing away, you'll be so proud of yourself. And you'll know when you're done, because after it's all blended together you should have a paste that looks kinda like this:
Remember how when you were a kid, grownups would teach you to watch the way you speak to one another by using this example? "It's easy peasy to squeeze the toothpaste OUT of the tube, but it's not quite so simple getting it all back in. Make sure you don't have to try and take back the words that you say!" Or something like that. I may have gotten the quote wrong, but the lesson is true to 👏this 👏day 👏. Getting toothpaste back into a container is notoriously annoying, and don't be freaking rude to people.
LISTEN. THEY WERE RIGHT. It's the worst of this whole process, but you gotta do it. Use a fork or a butter knife.
Scoop it all into a jar or a container, and congratulate yourself the whole time on how sustainable and eco-friendly you are.
Here's how mine turned out.
Cutie patootie. SO FUN! I usually make this a little over once a week, so it stays fresh. And to use it, I just take my (compostable) bamboo toothbrush and scoop some out. If you're sharing with a partner or you feel like that's gross- I validate you. Use something else like a spoon or a chopstick to scoop your paste out of the jar and onto your toothbrush! Couldn't be easier.
I hope this has been a fun read for you. This toothpastes tastes *exactly* like Tom's All Natural, but without the wasteful tube and packaging. If you try it, let me know what you think! Leave a comment or shoot me a message. Imagine how fun that would be for me.
Alternatively, if this is totally not your thing, consider trying out the following:
May your week bring you joy and peace. See you next time! (Love you.)