Lately I have been doing a lot of reading on cost affordable body care items I can make at home. I am always trying to avoid chemically enhanced products, especially because Lyla’s skin is so sensitive. Recently I posted on our new discovery of shampoo and conditioner, I will update soon on how that is going. With Lyla I am currently just using water to wash her hair and on days where it seems especially dirt then I might use the baking soda mixture. One of my favorite discoveries is coconut oil which is so healing for both the inside and outside of your body. I have been using it for my facial lotion and it works great! Coconut oil can be expensive but you only have to use less than a teaspoon for the face. And I figure compared to what I spend on facial products ends up actually being less expensive, which is great! Currently Josh and I have been using Tom’s toothpaste one that rates especially low on damaging chemicals on skin deep. However, I have been working on getting Lyla to brush her teeth and she is always wanting to be a big girl and sees mommy and daddy using toothpaste. So, I obviously don’t want to give her “real” toothpaste because she may eat some, so I decided to make homemade out of edible products.
You will need:
2 tbsps. coconut oil
3 tbsps. baking soda
1 tsp. orange extract (decided against mint because of Lyla)
stevia to sweeten (however, I would rather use xylitol because it is good for gum care, I was just out)
I just mixed this all together with a fork in a small tupperware container. This should keep for a very long time because the shelf-life of these products is very long.
We tried it this morning and I actually felt that my teeth got cleaner with this than anything I have used before! Next time I might try a little less baking soda because it was pretty strong tasting, but other than that I love it!
I got the recipe from http://www.tammysrecipes.com/homemade_toothpaste!