Natural Toothpaste Alternatives


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

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

bronner bar

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!

Happy Brushing!

14 Responses

  1. Philip Morris November 4, 2013 / 13:13


    do you have European distribution?

    kind regards

  2. claire January 5, 2014 / 07:37

    I don’t understand the comment about glycerin in the Dr. Bronner’s ingredients list. Does this mean it does contain glycerin?


    • Fonda LaShay February 21, 2014 / 12:37

      I was told once / read somewhere once that the liquid might – I have not been able to find any definite answers, so I have just assumed it does.

  3. Sherri Black January 13, 2014 / 14:26

    Several years ago I decided that toothpaste wasn’t getting my teeth clean enough (I couldn’t afford dental insurance – so cleanings were few and far between). I began researching and decided that soap was the way to go. But it tasted less than great. I slowly developed my own recipe using my own homemade olive and coconut oil liquid soap (made into a gel) flavored with peppermint oil. It worked wonders, but then I found I needed just a little gentle polishing. So along came my formulation for a polish to use in combination with the soap. Eureka! I started giving it out to friends and family…they passed it on and now I have a new company! Take a peek at our awesome website and check out the Dynamic Duo of tooth soap and polish. You won’t be sorry. It’s the best tasting by far!

  4. Jo Yaish-Shooman March 8, 2014 / 19:37

    Hi, just checking out the Earthpaste link.. It says it contains trace amounts of lead and isn’t suitable for kids, yet it’s a kids toothpaste. Have I misunderstood something? Thanks

    • Fonda LaShay March 19, 2014 / 16:23

      It seem that it is just in trace amounts, just like it is in fruits.. here is what they say about it:

      We love Earthpaste for the same reasons you do — it does a great job with only a handful of natural, beneficial ingredients. So if every ingredient supports good health, why is there a proposition 65 warning label?

      Proposition 65 is a California law designed to protect consumers when they use products containing harmful materials. Because of the way the law is enforced, California residents are used to seeing warnings where you’d least expect them–at banks, at Disneyland, and now, on perfectly natural products like Earthpaste.

      The most important ingredient in Earthpaste is Redmond Clay, a healing clay that has been used medicinally since ancient times. Like many natural foods (including peaches and pears) Redmond Clay contains the tiniest amount of naturally-occurring lead. There is a natural products exemption to prop 65 (otherwise organic green beans and carrots would be 20 times over the limit!) but because of the way proposition 65 is enforced, it would be impossible for a small company like ours to withstand the cost of any “false positives” from aggressive prop 65 law firms.

      Thus the warning stickers on Earthpaste. We hate doing it — we know our products are safe, we’ve seen them help thousands of people, and we use them ourselves every day — but a proposition 65 lawsuit, even one we would eventually win, would be really hard for a company our size to survive.


  5. Enola Alos March 16, 2014 / 22:22

    I’ve seen a couple of Oliva (and Hygeia, which is made by the same company) bars on eBay, and I know they are available to non-US residents on other sites as well.

  6. Niella June 3, 2014 / 18:26

    Is there any way to know if the olive oil used for a bar of soap is fake?

  7. Tammie November 21, 2014 / 22:05

    Thank you for e great post! I feel enlightened and will definitely never use toothpaste again!

    I immediately went on eBay to find the Oliva soap and now I have a problem…. Please help me!

    I bought this soap:
    thinking it was the right one. Turns out it’s not. I would be so grateful if you could take a look at the list of ingredients and tell me if it will be okay for me to use on my teeth…. If you have time! 🙂

    “Saponified Olive Oil,
    Minerals Salts,
    perfume lavender.
    The mineral salts are Sodium Chloride (NaCL).”

  8. Ewa June 17, 2015 / 11:23

    Oliva soap is available on the Holland&Barret website or in their stores if someone from UK is looking for it 🙂 I’m really motivated to start using soap, I’m going to get it today! The only problem I see is how do you keep the soap bar hygienic? Does each of your family member have its own bar? and how do you store it? sorry maybe stupid question but I really don’t like soap bars usually as they’re not really higienic in a humid bathroom.

    • Fonda LaShay June 17, 2015 / 20:33

      We have bought a small tin case that fits the bar perfectly. we leave it on the counter with the lid off. and put it away when people are around so it does not get used. Could also leave it in the cabinet with the lid off.

      You are not soaking the bar like you would if you wash your hands. so it should dry off fairly fast

  9. CL Mc Clellan June 5, 2017 / 14:51

    I realize this hasn’t been updated in years, but I was interested in trying this. However, then came across a post from a soap maker who is essentially saying that the saponification process naturally makes GLYCERIN. I’ll quote (it was in response to a Kiss My Face soap question): I’m a soap maker myself, so I will help you understand what is going on here. Soap is made by combining fats (in this case, olive oil) and an alkaline substance (lye, dissolved in water). When combined, the ingredients undergo a chemical reaction called saponification. In this case, when the olive oil undergoes saponification, it becomes Sodium Olivate: a salt, which is the soap itself (there is no lye left over after the process). Glycerine is a natural byproduct of the saponification process, so yes this contains naturally occurring glycerin. Sea salt is often added to the soap recipe to boost lather (plain olive oil soap produces very little lather on its own); it also contributes to the hardness of the bar. So soap can indeed only have three ingredients. In fact, the added salt was not a necessary ingredient, so really a soap can conceivably have just two ingredients and still be soap. I hope this answers your question!

    So now I’m confused. I really love the thought of restoring my teeth to better health, but if it takes using no glycerine to do so… her comments make me question it all.

  10. Pao October 8, 2018 / 13:33

    I Google this :

    Does Dr Bronner’s have glycerin?
    A fat or oil is a triglyceride, which means that three fatty acids of various carbon lengths are attached to a glycerin backbone. The alkali is either sodium hydroxide (lye) for bars or potassium hydroxide (potash) for liquids. Alkali is made by running electricity through salt water.

What do you think?