DIY Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Today’s post comes from my friend and new contributor, Megan.

DIY Coconut Oil Toothpaste - super easy to make and keeps teeth nice and clean.

In learning about natural living, you tend to learn about all the nasty stuff in our everyday products. Like toothpaste. Yikes. So I decided to make my own, because why not?

I didn’t look up any recipes, I just went with it. My base is coconut oil, because of its antibacterial properties. Also, because if you ingest it, that’s totally OK!!

There’s LOTS of vasculature in our mouth, plenty of opportunity for nasty things to seep into our bodies even if you’re SURE you don’t swallow any traditional toothpaste.

The only other thing I added was essential oils (I’m considering adding bentonite clay to my next batch – I’ll let you know how that goes).

Brushing with coconut oil does feel different from anything I’ve ever used, but my teeth do feel clean, there’s no nasty after taste, and I know that I didn’t ingest any scary chemicals. Ready to make your own?

DIY Coconut Oil Toothpaste

Melt the coconut oil in a small pan, or a metal tin you can store the finished toothpaste in. Once the oil is melted, carefully stir in the essential oils. If using a pan, pour the blend into a small container (I prefer metal tins) and let it cool to harden. Store in a cool, dry place.

Why these oils?

  • Peppermint mostly for flavor, though it’s good for your mouth and fresh breath.
  • Melaleuca (tea tree) because of it’s antibiotic properties.
  • On guard for overall health and protection, as well as flavor.
  • Oregano for its immune boosting properties.

I used so little of the oregano because it tastes awful and it should be diluted when used topically (no this is not a topical application but it’s not internal either). If the flavor is a too strong for you, just add more coconut oil, a teaspoon at a time to calm it down.

(I use doTERRA‘s essential oils because they’re high quality and I can use them all over my house, whether for cleaning, healthcare or DIY recipes. Read how to use my top ten essential oils here.)

It tastes really good in my opinion. My mouth feels fresh and clean, and I like knowing what I put into my body. The recipe is so small because it was my trial run, but I found out you don’t need much – this lasted me at least a month. (I was the only one using it.)

I put mine in a tin and just dipped my toothbrush in the semisolid oil, but if you’re not comfortable with that, I’m sure you can put it in a container of your choice.

Do you make your own toothpaste? What do you use?

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  1. says

    Hey – great recipe. Just a tiny word of caution. If you are going to use betonite clay, don’t put the toothpaste in a metal tin. The clay is powerful and will draw in metals :)

  2. tess says

    coconut oil has all that on its own I just whip some up and pull then brush pearly whites i have :) and a clean mouth

  3. lesa says

    baking soda……….. & coconut pulling.. with the B-s alone my dentist said my gums are PERFECT , after years of swollen gums :-)

  4. Katherine says

    I make a similar recipe but add baking soda or REAL salt as well. My kids love the salty taste and I think it cleans a bit better. I live in Idaho though and it was such a stiff paste with our cold weather that I just made a new batch with all the same ingredients but also added an equal volume of food grade bentonite clay + distilled water and now have a creamy version that everyone still likes and which has a more traditional “toothpaste” texture.

  5. Lori Barbour says

    I use Spry, from The Vitamin Shoppe. No sodium laurel sulfate. it’s main ingredient is xylitol, a know anti-decay anti-viral ingredient used in Europe for years in gums and mints. Can be found in mints, gum and Xlear nasal rinse here also. Tastes good, teeth feel and look good. I’m a registered dental hygienist (since ’93) so I can say my tissue’s are healthy and know that they are!

  6. Lori Barbour says

    Forgot to add I just started Oil Pulling with organic coconut oil to reduce the biofilm. That’s where that battle for oral health begins!

  7. Megan S. says

    Pagan- I don’t think it’s a lot, but if you didn’t want to use that much you absolutely could cut back. Even with what I put in the flavor is very mild.

  8. Megan S. says

    Tess- I know coconut oil is amazing!!! I have a terrible history with my teeth, from prescriptions I used to be on and allergy induced dry mouth(can’t breathe through my nose when I sleep), so I like the extra protection. Though when I run out and don’t give myself time to make more I do use plain coconut oil :)

  9. says

    i just use organic baking soda and once a week i dip my brush in peroxide and then baking soda. i have gone to the dentist for a cleaning and been sent home without it because she said i didn’t need it.

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