I looked at the ingredients on Earthpaste: I included everything except menthol (because I didn't have any at the time, and you don't miss it in my opinion).
IMPORTANT: do not use metal mixing things with bentonite clay (bowls, spoons...). It's not serious, but it reduces the potency of the clay. (google for self, it's real)
DIY peppermint Earthpaste
Yield: 9 oz
1/2 cup bentonite food grade clay (I buy this one)
3 Tbsp xylitol granules (I buy this one but you can find in grocery stores)
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
5-7 Tbsp boiled tap water (depending how thick you want the consistency, also distilled would probably be better if you have it- but I don't and it works fine)
20 drops peppermint essential oil
3 drops tea tree oil
1. Using a ceramic or glass bowl (no metal, remember?) add clay, xylitol, salt and water. Mix well with a silicone or wooden spoon.
2. Add essential oils and mix.
3. Scoop out and store in a non-metal container.
The results are amazing. Looks a little lumpy but smooths at it sits. The taste is nearly identical to the 'real' thing. My only wish would be to have it in a squeeze tube. Maybe I'll add this to my next MEC order).
|au natural pic taken after about 2 months of use|
$7.00 for 4 oz (I have seen it higher than this)
This comes to $1.75 for 1oz
Redmond bentonite clay $14.96 (10 oz). Recipe used: 1/2 cup (4 oz) = $5.98*
Xylitol $9.99 (1lb) used 3tbsp or about $0.90
Peppermint essential oil and Tea Tree oil (let's say $0.49 but it's probably lower, depends on the cost of your essential oils)
Salt (I buy in bulk sizes... 1/4 tsp is around $0.01)
Total=$7.38 makes 9 oz
This comes to $0.82 for 1oz
*Bentonite clay must be food grade.
UPDATE: May 10, 2015: I've since ordered the squeeze tubes (these ones). I thought the opening was way too large...but I gave them a try and they work great. I use 7 tbsp (or 1/2 cup water) and the consistency is perfect.
See the soup that started my blog here.