We started our summer off with Tom and I celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and taking a short backpack trip in the Trinity Alps. Our plan is to take a longer trip to either Alaska or Hawaii in the near future. Can't wait!
The rest of our summer was mostly filled with rafting and getting ready for a big show called the Candy Dance in Genoa, NV. Needless to say, my house was filled with aromas of all the different soaps, over 1000 yummy lip balm and boxes of sea salt scrubs, body butters and all the other products. My soap room was literally filled to the ceiling. The show ended up being a ton on fun and there were a ton of shoppers with wagons being pulled behind them as they purchased all kinds of goodies from all the vendors.
Now the toothpaste....
So are you wondering about my catchy title about toothpaste? The reasoning behind this is that the Fall time is a great time to make toothpaste! With a puzzled look on your face, you are now asking "why". I respond with "Because Fall brings cooler weather and cooler weather means that my toothpaste doesn't melt." I know, now you are a bit confused...toothpaste melting??? Well if you haven't guessed yet, I make my own toothpaste with coconut oil which has a melting point of 76 degrees. Thus my house in the summer time is usually around 79 degrees...which means my toothpaste is usually a bit runny. So I have been testing this product for a year now and I really like it. Yes, it is different from toothpaste from the store, but it is better for you and cheaper!
So are you ready to make you own? First, lets look at the benefits!
1. Coconut Oil naturally contains antibacterial/antimicrobial properties because of its high lauric acid content.
2. Baking Soda neutralizes acid loving bacteria in your mouth which is responsible for causing cavities. Baking Soda is known for whitening teeth, removing plaque and maintaining healthy gums.
3. Xylitol is a natural sweetener and contains cavity-fighting properties. From my research, I have read that Xylitol gets ride of the harmful bacteria and raises the pH in your mouth. It can also protect and remineralize teeth by repairing the deep layers of enamel.
4. If you flavor your toothpaste with peppermint, cinnamon or citrus essential oil, all of these oils have antibacterial properties.
Now if you want all of these benefits, but don't have time to gather the ingredients and make it for yourself, The Essential Olive can help, just let me know! Otherwise, here's the recipe!
Mix all ingredients in a mini-food processor and store in jar. Dip toothbrush in and enjoy a natural way to clean your teeth. (If it is too runny or too thick, try adding more water or calcium to get desired thickness. )
Thanks for reading everyone! Hope you enjoy the photos as well as the blog! Till next time!
The Essential Olive...Living
The Essential Olive...Living