DIY peppermint earthpaste

Have you seen Earthpaste toothpaste? I tried it 6 months ago and immediately was hooked. It was like nothing I'd ever brushed with before. It feels good in the mouth and on the teeth. Shortly after starting to use it, random people started noticing. Strangers told me how white my teeth looked and asked if I get them whitened (I don't!). At the dentist, they said my plaque was lower (and my close together bottom teeth usually get quite a bit, gross).

I switched to non-flouride toothpaste years ago, but this toothpaste was better than anything I'd tried...but better costs lots....Earthpaste is at least $7/tube! I tell you, I made each tube stretch as far as possible. But, in the back of my mind, I knew I had to diy it. Locating food grade bentonite was the only tiny obstacle. But it's on amazon, so there you go.

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

Ingredients
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

Instructions
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
Cost comparison (the best part!!)

Earthpaste 
$7.00 for 4 oz (I have seen it higher than this)
This comes to $1.75 for 1oz 

DIY toothpaste
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.
P.S. This is my 100th published post on the blog!!! See the soup that started my blog here.

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