As I outlined in the reasons why we cleanse, we are exposed to all sorts of toxins in our daily life and one of the worst sources is in our bathroom cupboards. This is where we will find tons of chemical laden products that we use in our mouths, on our eyes, our skin (the second kidney and largest organ), and inhale. Hello toxic.
Now tell me you can read the ingredient labels on your cosmetic products and know exactly what everything is. The same rule that applies to our food should apply to the cosmetic products we use. If we don't know what it is, should we be using it? What starts on the outside, will eventually be absorbed and circulate.
The most recent addition to my homemade beauty and hygiene routine is homemade toothpaste. There are certain things I don't want in my toothpaste. One is sodium lauryl sulfates. This is what makes toothpaste foamy and is also what is used to clean garage floors. The second would be saccharine, an artificial sweetener and known cancer causing agent.
I will also gladly pass on fluoride. This one is controversial I know, but fluoride has been associated with increase cancer risk, birth defects, impaired immune function, changes in bone structure and strength, inhibits key enzymes, suppressed thyroid function and is also banned in many countries. As my friend Jay says, "When there's doubt, there is no doubt". Here is more on fluoride.
As a child I used this bright blue toothpaste that tasted like bubble gum and had blue sparkles in it. Why should toothpaste ever need to have sparkles?
So I'll pass on any potential carcinogens in my daily routine. Instead I make my own products and this Sunday I will be sharing my favourite recipes for homemade products in my Cooking Cosmetics: Natural Body Care Workshop, which will be running from The Making Love In The Kitchen's Headquarters in downtown Toronto from 2:00 - 4:00pm.
If you are in the Toronto area, I hope you'll consider coming by. This is a great addition to the 3-Day Green Smoothie Cleanse. Why cleanse the inside if we're just going to put bad stuff on the outside?
In this workshop I'll be doing a demos and providing recipes for Deodorant, Toothpaste Shampoo, Conditioner, Face Masks, Scrubs, Bath salts, Shaving cream and lip balms.
All Natural Toothpaste
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: None
Ingredients (1/2 cup)
- 1/4 cup Vegetable Glycerin
- 1/4 cup Baking Soda
- 10-15 drops peppermint essential oil (Ensure it is food grade. I recommend Living Libations)
- 1 Tbs CoQ10 (optional- if prone to bleeding gums)
Mix together and you are ready to brush!