Since we started testing bamboo toothbrushes three years ago, we have also been using (and making) natural toothpaste.
We are your human guinea pigs!
Initially we started with coconut oil on its own. Then we tried mixing it with bicarbonate of soda and essential oils and later moving onto activated charcoal powder (quite messy). Finally we teamed up with Barcelona Natural* and created our own recipe that has been ecologically certified.
Our charcoal mint flavour whitening toothpaste is suitable for daily use. Each tube is 100ml and should last over two months with daily use. Apply a pea sized amount and gently brush for one or two minutes around teeth and gums. Rinse your brush well then brush again for half a minute with water.
Our toothpaste is 100% natural vegan friendly and suitable for the whole family. We have done our upmost best to reduce the amount of plastic we use in the packaging, in fact, only the screw top is made of plastic. If you know of a metal or biodegradable solution for the screw top let us know! We have not been able to find one.
Here's the ingredients of our toothpaste and some health benefits:
Activated charcoal (high in toxin-binding properties as it's not absorbed by your body, shown to improve kidney function) Water, Taraxacum officinale (great for the digestive system and to treat infections, bile and liver problems) Aloysia triphylla (used to boost immunity and reduce inflammation) Laminaria japonica (great source of iodene to promote thyroid health and can be used in the treatment of antibiotic-resistant nosocomial infections) Mentha piperita (used for natural flavouring and is also a natural pesticide) Passiflora incarnata (traditionally used to treat insomnia and anxiety) Moringa oleífera (great source of iron and traditionally used to treat malnutrition) Uncaria Tomentosa (anti viral and anti inflammatory, often used as a supplement for people with rheumatoid arthritis) Schinus Terebinthifolius (traditionally used to treat colds, respiratory and urine infections, as a disinfectant and to stop bleeding)
Our toothpaste is also free from: triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), artificial sweeteners, fluoride, propylene glycol, microbeads and diethanolamine (DEA)
*Developed in collaboration with Barcelona Natural and made by Dr. Andreas Messaris at MLAB Barcelona.