Using yourself as a lab rat is only acceptable in very few situations. Sure we see it in movies, and who has read “Flowers for Algernon”, but realistically it’s frowned upon. With that being said I’m going to use myself as a guinea pig to try new things before subjecting my family to them. Don’t worry, I’m only talking about homemade toiletries and anything else I feel I could make myself instead of buying.
Personal experiment number one is making my own toothpaste. Now I can only imagine what you’re thinking because we all follow such strict rules when it comes to personal care products, but hear me out.
This is my first time brushing my teeth with something other than toothpaste in my entire life. Over the years I have tried some of the more natural and/or fluoride free toothpastes as well as the big names you see everywhere, all the way down to the cheap stuff at the dollar store. No complaints other than the cost, and I don’t just mean the fancy stuff. Conventional toothpaste is not cheap either; and I tend to buy mine on clearance at some of the larger retailers as they are clearing out the shelves.
Backstory: I have becoming increasingly unhappy with my toothpaste options, and eventual choices, over the past year. As recently as a month ago, I decided it was time to change my toothbrush, only to find it was as troubling an experience as the toothpaste shopping. After two brushes proving inadequate for several reasons, I moved on to the third. Despite the third also being a disappointment, I stuck with it because I ran out of room in the toothbrush holder (I can’t just throw them away, especially since they were only used once). Even though I like my teeth to be clean I consider brushing them to be daily required self-care. Also, something that should be important to everyone. However, I couldn’t keep going with what I was doing. This brings me to now; finally making the change I’ve been thinking about for two years.
I looked up some recipes and found quite a few that sounded like just what I was looking for. Unfortunately, the really great sounding ones had some ingredients that I could not procure easily, and that led to a wrench in the gears of motivation. Instead of beginning a search for alternate recipes or where I could get such rare ingredients, I stopped looking and became angry twice a day when I brushed. Sounds like a great plan!
Enough of the nonsense already, time to make something happen. So, I did! I stumbled upon this mixture of coconut oil and baking soda. It was too simple to make any excuses, and I already have both in my home all the time. If you’ve ever tasted baking soda then you can imagine how it tasted. The coconut flavor is noticeable, but not overpowering. I like coconut so this isn’t a bad thing. The overall flavor is slightly sour, with a weird popcorn flavor I can’t quite place, most likely from the strange combination. A nice experience that would be even better with a stellar toothbrush to go with it. That will be the next part of the puzzle as I’ve purchased three more choices. I’ll admit that I’m worried what will happen if neither of these three work out, look out world!