You may be disappointed to hear that the conventional toothpastes that we all love and grew up with are owned by companies that test on animals. I have listed the toothpastes that test on animals below:
- Listerine (I know it’s not toothpaste – it’s mouthwash)
For more info on toothpastes, please follow this link from EthicalConsumer. This website ranks products (e.g. toothpaste) according to how ethical they are in terms of environment, animals, people, politics and sustainability. EthicalConsumer have given the highest score to Green People toothpaste, which is one of my favourite toothpastes (apart from my homemade toothpaste of course!). Green People donate 10% of profits to green charities. You won’t find Green People toothpaste in supermarkets, but it can be bought online and from some health shops. I have also tried Kingfisher toothpaste and Weleda toothpaste, both of which I liked. Bear in mind that Weleda toothpaste doesn’t foam – not everyone likes that, but I personally don’t mind it (Kingfisher toothpaste and Green People toothpaste do foam). These toothpastes are more expensive than conventional ones e.g. Green People toothpaste costs £3.50 for 50ml.
However, I prefer my homemade toothpaste because:
🙂 It’s cheaper than ethical toothpastes, at about £1.30 for 100ml
🙂 It’s simpler than both conventional and ethical toothpastes (there are only two ingredients)
🙂 The containers that the ingredients for homemade toothpaste come in can be recycled, unlike conventional plastic toothpaste tubes
Homemade Toothpaste Recipe
1 tablespoon of raw virgin coconut oil (organic – I bought it on special offer from Planet Organic (near Goodge Street tube station, London) for £6.99 for 400ml)
1 tablespoon baking soda
Mix the two well and store in a container. Voila! Optional: you can also add a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil. The coconut oil dissolves the bacterial biofilm (a sticky substance that bacteria secrete so they can stick to your teeth), and the baking soda is slightly abrasive, which dislodges the bacteria. I also ensure to brush well, particularly the nooks and crannies that bacteria love so much. I really like the taste of my homemade toothpaste. However, it doesn’t foam, so it may take a while to get used to. I personally prefer non-foamy toothpastes. I get my teeth cleaned regularly (once every 6 months) at the dentist, who is pleased with my teeth so far.
My advice for an ethical toothpaste newbie is to experiment with different ethical toothpastes – they may cost more than conventional toothpastes, but at least you aren’t supporting a company that tests on animals, or uses ingredients that aren’t necessarily safe (I’d encourage people to google many of the ingredients in their toothpaste e.g. triclosan, sodium lauryl sulfate). Alternatively, try making your own toothpaste with coconut oil. Coconut oil is a wise investment as it has lots of uses – I use it as a moisturiser, lip balm and as an ingredient for my homemade deodorant.
Would you try an ethical toothpaste? Would you try and make your own toothpaste?