Product Review: Dr. Bronner's Toothpaste

My first transition to a more natural toothpaste was Tom's.  I had just recently started shopping at Trader Joe's and was looking to make some healthier choices.  Did you know that Crest has artificial coloring like "Blue 1" and "Yellow 5," not to mention several other ingredients I was trying to avoid.  

Well, after using Tom's for a while, I realized it had carrageenan, which some studies have shown to be harmful if consumed regularly and I encourage you to do your own research*.  This post isn't about that and all you need to know is that Tom's toothpaste has carrageenan, and I don't want to consume it.

After that, I started making our own toothpaste with baking soda, coconut oil, peppermint essential oil and xylitol....and we love it!  Don't get me wrong, there is definitely an "adjustment period" with this toothpaste.  I store it in an open mason jar on my bathroom counter with a spoon, and apply it to my toothbrush.  The taste of the baking soda, and the texture feels weird at first, but after a week or two, we were totally used to it.

Then, Dr. Bronner's was nice enough to send me a sample of their peppermint toothpaste and oh my gosh, it was SO nice to go back to regular toothpaste!!  It seriously felt like a luxury!!  This toothpaste is definitely one I approve of, and I think it would be an easy transition for anyone currently using something like Crest.  It's definitely a bit pricier, but totally worth it.  Because of the price, I'll probably stick to my current homemade version, but I am going to savor every last bit of the Dr. Bronner's tube while we have it!

Visit your local health food store to pick up a tube, or click here to order online!

*Dr. Bronner's is made with Organic Ingredients and Fair Trade.  Click here to read more about their commitment to Organic Integrity and Fair Trade

 

Here are a few links to get you started if you are interested in looking into carrageenan.

  • http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1242073/
  • http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-1-4020-9619-8_8
  • http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401181/Is-Carrageenan-Safe.html