Terrific Toothpaste

There are so many ways to get an accidental dose of sulfites, that I am always on the lookout for natural healthy versions of everything I come into contact with. Toothpaste is definitely on my list – and really, so super easy and cheap that it just doesn’t make sense not to make it.

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup organic baking soda
  • 10 drops essential oil (food grade)

Heat the coconut oil in a small jar in the microwave for about 30 seconds until it is mostly melted. Stir in the baking soda. Add essential oil. Stir again. I typically use spearmint or wintergreen, but go crazy with whatever flavor you like. I use Young Living Oils because they are excellent quality, but I find Mountain Rose herbs makes a fantastic product as well. I find with the minty flavor, my mind “reads” it as sweet, but you could put some stevia in there if you really need the sweet boost. Added bonus – coconut oil is super good for your gums and whitens your teeth. Yep – that is all there is to it!

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10 Responses to Terrific Toothpaste

  1. Donna O. says:

    This sounds like a great recipe for toothpaste…thanks for sharing! I am a little confused though. I’m trying to research which foods contain sulfites and I though that coconut did. Does this mean that the oil is okay?

    • Tracy says:

      Hi Donna –
      Most dried coconut has sulfites added, but coconut itself should be fine. Just be sure you use an organic one with nothing added.

  2. karen says:

    I have intolerance to coconut . Any companies that make a good toothpaste?

  3. Donna P says:

    Happy I found your website! Reading the list of foods to avoid I see lemon and lime juice. Are organic lemons and limes ok?

    • Tracy says:

      I eat them both regularly and have no problem. It is the bottled juice that has added sulfites. I would not take a chance on non organic, either.

      • Anon says:

        I once read that lemons contain a lot of citric acid and sugar. I boiled lemons with sugar, once, and I swear there were sulfites. It turned into something like jelly and I know people use lemons as a pectin aid when making jelly. So I think a plain old lemon is fine but if you boil a lemon and add sugar I would be very careful

        • Anon says:

          Pectin contains small levels of sulfites but enough to pose a reaction for me. Apples and grapes are also high in pectin and sometimes high in sulfites – think of how apple cider vinegar has more than white vinegar and think of how wine has more sulfites than pretty much any alcohol. Some of those sulfites are added when making wine, though.

          • Tracy says:

            Actually, apple cider vinegar is much more easily tolerated by sulfite sensitive people than white vinegar. Alcohol itself does not have sulfites, it is the fermentation process that is the problem (and also that there are naturally occurring sulfites on the skins of grapes)

  4. Anon says:


    I am trying to find sulfite free alcohol to make tincture. I know sake is sulfite free. I would like to know if there is any stronger sulfite-free alcohol, though. And do you know if glycerin ever contains sulfites? Do you know about sulfite-free vinegar? I once read some kind of Chinese black rice vinegar is sulfite free, but I don’t think I’ve seen anything like that sold in stores. Thank you so much! I am very sensitive to sulfites I don’t want any in what is supposed to be medicine.

    • Tracy says:

      I use Absolut myself (and Smirnoff for cleaning, lol!) It works great. You can find regular rice vinegar in the grocery store and that won’t have sulfites. Lots of people have luck with apple cider vinegar as well. Good luck!

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