If you’re into making natural personal products, chances are you’ve had to convince some family members to try things they weren’t crazy about. My sister-in-law recently made our tooth powder recipe and informed me that our nephew was all but disgusted with the flavor and texture of the product. I took this as a challenge.
Last year I started making my own version of Earthpaste (a great commercial brand of natural toothpaste). Their paste only contains a few ingredients – all of which I normally keep around – so concocting my own was simple. In the past, I had only used peppermint and vanilla to flavor my batches. I loved it, but started looking at my essential oil collection for a more kid-friendly flavor combination.
I finally came up with… sweet orange + vanilla = orange cream (just like a Creamsicle®)! Perfect for kids, with its sweet fruity flavor and the creamy texture of the clay-based paste. You’ll want to make a batch for yourself, because it’s perfect for adults as well!
What to expect with this homemade toothpaste
The best part of this DIY paste is that you’re NOT going to get fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate, artificial colors, artificial flavors, or any of the other chemicals and additives that are added to commercial toothpaste.
Instead, you’re getting only natural ingredients that are beneficial for oral health. Bentonite clay is one of the most important ingredients in this paste, creating a nice smooth consistency and giving your teeth things they need. Bentonite clay is high in several minerals that are good for teeth, like silica, calcium, and magnesium. It also has the ability to bind to and absorb toxins in the mouth.
Even though it’s more kid-friendly, this DIY paste still might take a little getting used to. It doesn’t contain foaming agents like commercial pastes, so you won’t have bubbles when brushing with this. Tell your kids this is a good thing! It also has an off-white color due to the clay – not the bright white (or blue or red) your family might be accustomed to.
Orange Creamsicle Toothpaste Recipe
- ¼ cup bentonite clay powder (find it here)
- 2 teaspoons non-GMO xylitol (find it here)
- ¼ teaspoon unrefined sea salt (we use this)
- ½ cup filtered water (we use and love these filtration systems)
- 10 drops sweet orange essential oil (find 100% pure sweet orange EO here)
- 5 drops vanilla essential oil (find 100% pure vanilla EO here)
- In a glass or wooden bowl combine bentonite clay, xylitol, and sea salt. Note: Bentonite clay loses some of its beneficial properties when it comes into contact with metal, so always choose non-metal bowls and utensils when mixing this toothpaste.
- Pour ½ cup water over dry ingredients and mix with a plastic, rubber, or wooden utensil until it forms a smooth paste. Add essential oils and mix well.
- Transfer to a small glass jar or squeeze tube with a tight-fitting lid. Label well.
If storing in a jar, simply dip a toothbrush into the toothpaste and brush as normal. You may want to provide each family member with his/her own jar so germs aren’t shared. These squeeze tubes are easy to fill if you prefer having a tube of toothpaste.
Note: Be sure kids do not swallow large amounts of this toothpaste since it contains essential oils.
If orange cream isn’t your thing, feel free to experiment with other flavors. Try peppermint, spearmint, cinnamon, or vanilla mint. (In some cases, less of these essential oils should be used since they can be strong.)