Because you asked: my recipe for HOMEMADE TOOTHPASTE
There are a ton of recipes out there, with a ton of variations, but this is mine. I don't actually follow it anymore (because then I would have to find the paper it is written on!) but rather add things until it tastes 'right' and you should do the same. Taste the sweetness and +/- xylitol or stevia. Taste the peppermint oil and +/- the concentration. Start with my base and make it to your liking!
1/2 c baking soda
1 t. salt
1-3 T. of xylitol or a few drops of liquid stevia (many people don't use this, but I think it tastes a WHOLE lot better! And homemade shouldn't equal torture in my book.)
15-20 drops of peppermint oil. (Minty fresh breath is an essential for me. If my toothpaste ain't minty, it just aint' toothpaste. I like my toothpaste VERY minty so I hover around the larger number. When I first began making toothpaste, I didn't know where to find peppermint oil so I tried peppermint extract instead. I used a LOT more of it and it worked ok. Then I found true peppermint essential oil and tried that out and it rocked my world. SO MUCH BETTER. Do yourself a favor and just invest in some essential oil.
3-4 T. Vegetable Glycerin (use as much as needed to make a thick paste!)
Stir it up and use it up!
All ingredients can be found at your local healthfood store or grocery.
* I may try to replace the vegetable glycerin with coconut oil in the future... coconut oil is good for you and your teeth and I happen to have a bunch of it (so I won't have to buy more glycerin)...but in the meantime, I love this recipe just the way it is.