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Homemade Toothpaste

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Have you ever looked into the ingredients that are in the toothpaste you use? It’s quite an eye opening experience. I had no idea that SLS was in my toothpaste, but it was! The funny thing is, I have allergic reactions to SLS in body products. So, the fact that I was unknowingly putting that into my mouth daily was quite disheartening to learn. Just goes to show you really need to read ingredients on EVERYTHING! Learning about the ingredients in my toothpaste made me determined to make my own, once and for all.

From Wikipedia:
Colgate Maximum Cavity Protection

Active Ingredient: sodium monofluorophosphate (1.1%)
Other Ingredients: Calcium Carbonate, Water, Sorbital, Hydrated Silca,
Sodium laureth sulfate, Sodium Monoflurophosphate, Flavor, Cellulose Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Carbonate, Sodiu Saccharin, Sodium Bicarbonate, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

I had actually seen a video on The Love Vitamin about how to make your own toothpaste some time ago, as apparently many people get acne around their mouth due to toothpaste. I didn’t have mouth acne at the time so i brushed it off and watched more videos, not really thinking I would ever do it. I went back to her immediately when I read those ingredients though, let me tell you!

You can view the video here, or just follow these simple instructions (which I’ve altered slightly):

Homemade toothpaste does not require a lot of ingredients. In fact you MIGHT just have everything you need in the cupboard right now. All you need is coconut oil, baking soda, and xylitol. Some organic peppermint oil would probably make it taste better, but I accidently bought ESSENTIAL oil instead of an edible one so I just left it out.

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Okay, so here we go. Gather up the following:

6 tbsp. coconut oil

6 tbsp. xylitol

4 tsp. baking soda PLUS 2 tsp. baking soda

Water (about 1 cup, warm)

(optional)Peppermint or other organic flavouring oil

  1. Melt the coconut oil in a small saucepan over medium heat until just liquefied. Let cool, but not to the point of re-solidifying.
  2. In a blender combine everything except the extra 2 tsp of baking soda. Let it blend until it all looks emulsified.
  3. Pour the liquid into a container. Anything will do! This is not the final container for the toothpaste. Put it in the fridge and let the coconut oil harden up.
  4. Remove the chunk of coconut oil from the container and transfer to the container you have chosen to keep it in. stir in the extra baking soda, just in case some of it is left behind in the water!! Dump the extra water left behind.017-002025-001

And…Tada! That’s really all it takes. I keep a Popsicle stick next to the container to easily scoop a bit up and plop it on my toothbrush. It doesn’t taste bad and it’s much less irritating to my mouth.

037-001What is xylitol? Xylitol is a sweetener extracted from various natural materials such as birch and corn cobs…which I wouldn’t usually eat. The thing is though, that this toothpaste is getting spit out. So you aren’t really eating it. And apparently xylitol is actually GOOD for your teeth! It is a non-fermentable sugar so bacteria in your mouth can not feed on it. And it REALLY helps cut the salty taste of baking soda. You can read more about it here and make that decision for yourself.

So far I have noticed that this toothpaste works very well. It isn’t gritty and it seems to be doing the job of cleaning my teeth. I took a before photo but I’ve only been using it for about a week, so I will get back to you with before and after pictures later on this month perhaps :) Reducing the chemicals I use on my self on a day to day basis is my goal, and this toothpaste is helping me to get there! It’s cheaper than store bought natural toothpastes as well.

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Before & After Skin Photos

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As you all SHOULD know, I’m running a giveaway right now for Liz Wolfe’s awesome e-book, Skintervention. Check it out to enter! Anyways…this is a bit of a follow up to my review.

I wasn’t planning on doing this, for a variety of reasons, but a reader requested I post before and after photos of my face so here we go. I wasn’t going to, because I am A) a bit embarrassed by them, and B) I still consider myself to be very much a work in progress. I’ve suffered with bad skin for half of my life, since I was 11 years old. It’s just like what they say about weight loss- it takes a long time to get to this point, and it’s going to take a long time to get back from it.

So yeah, I’m still hoping for my skin to continue improving but there have been some major changes too (in my opinion). Also I would like to note that I do think my skins improvement is due not ONLY to the methods I have adopted, but my diet as well. Skin health comes from the inside and the outside. That being said, I know that replacing the chemicals in my skin care with natural products that don’t irritate my skin anymore has made a HUGE difference.

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As you can see, I have a problem area. My cheeks are where I get the majority of my blemishes. The cheeks tend to be big and red, with active acne and scarring as well. I also used to get zits right on the edges of my lips, which have not recurred since switching to paleo (4 months).

My cheeks have definitely seen a great improvement. One of the things that may be doing it is that I no longer use shampoo, so any chemicals that I may have been reacting to are no longer rubbing up against my face all day. You can see that a LOT of the redness and broken out parts are gone now. I still have a lot of scars to fade though, huh? I need to go read back what she suggests for that one.

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Pre paleo, this is what I was living with everyday. and I considered this ‘good’, much better than when i was a teenager.

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changing my diet allowed me to get a bit of clearance as you can see here, but it was still not great by any means.

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Now, I’m still dealing with breakouts but the quality of my skin is WAY better, and you can see that a lot of that irritated redness is gone.

I just want to thank the commenter who asked for these photos. Thanks Meg. I have realised from doing this just how far I have come! Amazing!!!! I’m so happy :) I can’t wait to see how I look six months from now!

So, after seeing those pictures I bet you are wondering:

What did I do? What do I do now?

BEFORE: I used to use ‘natural’ shampoo, NON natural conditioner, and a ‘vegan’ 3 step face wash. Random moisturizers for the body and normal toothpaste.

AFTER: I wash with coconut oil, moisturize with coconut oil again or tamanu oil. I wash my hair with baking soda, condition with Apple cider vinegar and sweet orange essential oils. Moisturize my body with coconut oil. And I just switched to coconut oil and baking soda toothpaste yesterday! Don’t worry, I took before photos of my teeth guys. I’ll post those when I have an ‘after’.

If you are curious, fellow blogger heyheyhoneybee has also posted her results. Check them out, they are pretty awesome! I WISH my skin looked like hers.

So, has this convinced you to enter the giveaway?

Everything I know I’ve learned from Skintervention, Liz’s website, and The Love Vitamin (check her out!). Thank you ladies for improving my life.

No poo Experiments

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(my hair after not being washed for 4 days)

Hello lovelies! Guess what! I’m here to talk about something other than food today! Hehe. I’m guessing you all have heard of this phenomena before…the no poo movement.

No poo, simply put, means not shampooing your hair. This really appeals to me because I have multiple in sensitivity issues and am allergic to most soaps and detergents. SLS gives me hives…etc. So I’ve always been kind of light on the washing of my hair. Before stopping the shampoo, I would wash one day and then just leave my hair the next. The problem was, I found washing my hair left it really dried out. And then I would want to condition. And then my conditioner would start clogging up my sinuses as I was rubbing it in. i wanted this cycle of allergic reaction to stop! Continue reading