Since publishing “Why I don’t use toothpaste“, I am asked which toothpastes / toothpaste alternatives I reccomend – as not everyone is able to find the Oliva soap that I use. I am going to review a few products which I have used.
Redmond Trading Company
We wanted a toothpaste that was as natural as possible, so we started with hydrated Redmond Clay and added Xylitol, essential oils, and Real Salt. And thats it. Earthpaste is amazingly natural toothpaste. Most brands of toothpaste contain foaming agents like SLS (sodium lauryl sulfate), and chemicals like titanium dioxide to make the paste bright white. Not Earthpaste. It isnt just safe to swallow each ingredient in Earthpaste has been used to support healthy systems. Earthpaste is different Earthpaste delivers all the benefits you expect from a toothpaste without any chemicals or unnatural additives.
We discovered this when visiting the U.S. this summer.. I was very interested to see what the clean options were for toothpastes at Whole Foods (which is discovered changes town to town). Earthpaste really caught my eye with the extra large NO GLYCERIN advert on the box. We have almost used a full tube of the paste now, and really enjoy it. It is nice to have the option of minty fresh breath. I highly recommend this if you are considering the switch but just can not bear the thought of soap. I have ordered extras for traveling and to have at the house for those days where minty fresh is desired – but we have decided that since it comes in plastic it will not be used daily since we have other plastic free options.
Kiss My Face
This is the closest to what I use daily (Oliva – which seems not to be sold online). This bar is created without animal ingredients, artificial colors, unnecessary chemicals or animal testing – all thats in it is: Saponified Olive Oil, Water, Sodium Chloride (AKA: Salt). That means no SLS, no parabens, and no phthalates.
The beauty of this soap is it simplicity. It is wrapped in paper, so there is no plastic waste. There are 3 very simple ingredients. And for us, one bar of soap last at least half a year. That means you can brush your teeth for around $6 per year.. which is a bargin!
Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps
I am the biggest fan of Dr. Bronner’s! I love all their castile soaps and use them for everything. I began this no toothpaste journey with the Oliva soap, as that was what I had access too. I have used the Peppermint Castile Soap in the past, but found I prefered flavorless to this. However, my family all use this. So it just goes to show how everyones tastes will be different. This soap also comes simply in a paper wrapping.
Dr. Bronner’s have always been very open about what is in their soaps. While this soap does have more ingredients than the Olive soap, it is worth testing out if you are on the hunt! If all else fails, use it to wash your hands (sidenote: peppermint soap is not good bodywash – it can sting your bits).
Here the ingredients are straight forward as well: Organic coconut oil*, organic palm oil*, sodium hydroxide**, water, mentha arvensis*, organic olive oil*, organic hemp oil, organic jojoba oil, organic peppermint oil*, salt, citric acid, tocopherol. *Certified Fair Trade Ingredients. **None remains after saponifying oils into soap and glycerin. Completely Biodegradable and Vegetable-Based. No Synthetic Foaming Agents, Thickeners or Preservatives.
So those are my top three.. I am sure that there are many other out there – and I would love to hear what you all have discovered and/or are using!