How to Make Your Own DIY, Natural Toothpaste

Updated on November 15, 2019
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I enjoy sharing DIY recipes for beauty and hygiene products, including toothpaste, bath scrubs and bath bars.

I get what you're thinking. "Why in the world would there be a need for homemade toothpaste? Store-bought toothpaste is perfectly fine and so minty fresh that it tingles your teeth-y bits."

At one point, I had the exact same question and answer as you. However, after hitting up the old Google and doing a bit of research, I was alarmed to find that there were so many nasty chemicals in toothpaste that should not be there!

That was the turning point for me, and so I turned into a detective and tried to hunt down recipes and ingredients that I could use to make my own toothpaste. Well, that, my friends, was more difficult than having a two-minute brush with Colgate!

There was very little information in the way of recipes and, certainly, even less in the way of recipes that did not require a harsh abrasive. So I figured I would try my own and wing it. Armed with my little knowledge, I marched into the kitchen and began making and testing. By the end of it, I looked like a mad scientist who had decided to lather himself in coconut oil and cacao powder! However, the day had not been wasted as I had found the recipe that worked for me. Because I like to spread the natural joy of creation, I have the recipe below for you.


  • 2 tbsps. of cacao nibs (fine ground)
  • 4 tbsps. of raw coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of Himalayan salt


  1. Finely grind the cacao nibs in a pestle and mortar. You want a texture that is slightly more coarse than cocoa powder.
  2. Then, transfer this to the bowl and enjoy the whiff of pure cacao! (It's like sticking dairy milk up your nose but less painful!)
  3. Add the coconut oil to the bowl along with the Himalayan salt. Give it a good mixing. It should end up looking like chocolate paste.
  4. Lastly, transfer this to a sterilised container. Voila! You have your very own toothpaste.


I must admit that while this toothpaste personally tastes divine (I mean, come on. A toothpaste that tastes like chocolate is every child's dream!), the toothpaste does take some getting used to in both taste and texture.

As there are no nasties or foaming agents in this recipe, the toothpaste glides across your teeth rather than foam and leaves you with a clean-tasting mouth, not a minty one. If you feel like you need a minty taste to help you adjust, then simply add one or two drops of peppermint essential oil. This is something I do not do as I prefer to use my essential oils to fragrance and clean the house.

Well, there we go! You are now one step closer to a greener, more natural, lifestyle. Not much can be better than that.

Let me know if you have any other recipes of your own or if you have tried this in the comments below.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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        2 years ago

        Tried this it is good

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        2 years ago

        What a good idea will have a go at making this toothpaste

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        John Brotherton 

        2 years ago from United Kingdom

        Thank you for your kind words!, be sure to let me know if you do try it, I would love to hear what you think about it.

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        Tim Truzy 

        2 years ago from U.S.A.

        John, this is marvelous! I plan to try this out next week. I'm glad someone is thinking about healthy alternatives to do an essential daily task.

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        Tracy Lambert 

        2 years ago

        Hi John

        Good idea but not for me, I have to use sensitive toothpaste so there is your next challenge.

      • John Brotherton profile imageAUTHOR

        John Brotherton 

        2 years ago from United Kingdom

        You would be surprised at what chemicals are lurking in toiletries!

        Thank you for your kind words :) xx

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        Maureen Lennon 

        2 years ago

        Hi John, wow I never gave it a thought about toothpaste and the chemicals it contains !, enjoyed reading you blog, keep up the good work and keep posting, xx


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