Minty Toothpaste

Nov 13, 2012 by

Minty Toothpaste

One thing I love about essential oils is that you can use them to make so many homemade staples. It’s difficult to find a truly natural toothpaste as so many options are either ineffective or contain ingredients that we wouldn’t want to put in our bodies. This simple tooth cleansing option features breath freshening peppermint oil, calming lemon oil, and cleansing clove oil.


3 T baking soda
1 T fine table salt (kosher or coarse salt won’t work)
1 T xylitol
2 T coconut oil
1 drop peppermint essential oil
2 drops lemon essential oil
2 drops clove essential oil

These ingredients are specifically chosen for maximum effectiveness. While the general scientific consensus may still by in favor of conventional flouride-containing toothpastes, this natural alternative contains ingredients that have been found in various scientific studies to prevent tooth decay and fight oral bacteria. Because the oils will be used in dental care, it’s important to ensure that the essential oils are organic and of excellent quality.

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  1. Mrs. Cricket Wood

    Where do you get the xylitol? Can’t you just do without it, like we used to do when I was growing up? Is it just for the taste? Or does it add something to strengthen the cleaning?
    We have agave or something like that other than sugar and splenda. Would that work?

  2. Crunchy4Life

    Umm, table salt is banned at my house, we use Celtic Sea Salt…the kind with minerals still intact & xylitol is a by product of birch…a tree, we use stevia

    • jhawkins

      These ingredients were chosen because they each contribute to the cleansing power. The salt is for abrasion and won’t be ingested, so the extra mineral content does not play a significant role, but more expensive salts are just fine if you prefer to use them! The xylitol can be replaced with other sweeteners, but it was chosen because many have found it to contribute to dental health. Stevia helps sweeten but doesn’t have that added benefit. Thanks for reading!

  3. Katrina

    Just made it now, thanks Jessie! I didn’t put any sugar in so hoping it’s still ok. Been meaning to make some toothpaste for a while.
    Not sure if the comment above is saying xylitol is bad? Not sure on that one, but I do know stevia has been found to cause reproductive issues particularly in men so we steer clear of that in our household too. (Maybe that’s why Jessie also used xylitol?)

    • jhawkins

      Thanks for reading Katrina! Yes, there are issues with any sweetener, especially if used in excess. So in my books, I always advocate for a balance among sweeteners to help prevent those issues. The risk/benefit analysis of each sweetener plays a key role in why I choose the specific ingredients in each product I develop. But, without sweetener, the formula will still be great! Glad you enjoyed it!

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