For a while I made my own toothpaste.
I’d throw coconut oil, baking soda and lots of peppermint oil into a jar, mix it up and use it for weeks or even months.
Talk about minimalistic AND cheap AND zero waste.
But my husband hated the taste. And I’m not gonna lie, I wasn’t a big fan either.
I’ve tried several recipes since then and I haven’t seemed to find one mike and I both like.
So, I’ve been shopping around for something different.
I’ve tried three zero waste toothpaste brands that are effective and pretty much taste like your traditional toothpaste brands. Here are the ones I like…
1. “TRUTH PASTE”
Truth Paste runs for almost $10. The taste and texture are super similar to traditional toothpaste. It comes in a small glass jar with a metal lid and all the ingredients are top notch.
Davids is around $10. It has the exact same texture as traditional toothpaste but the taste is a bit more mild. The toothpaste comes in an aluminum tube that is 100% recyclable.
Note: I forgot to take a photo of the Davids package before recycling it and writing this post. But here’s a photo of my bamboo toothbrush! Check out why I brush with bamboo here.
Bite tooth paste is probably my favorite of the three! The toothpaste comes in little bite-sized bits. You take a bit, bite down on it, take your wet toothbrush and brush your tooth as normal. The bit turns into foam like a traditional toothpaste. The bits come in a glass jar and you’re able to buy a subscription to have the jars delivered every few months.
It runs for $7.50 if you subscribe. The brand will send you refills every four months.
The only thing I don’t love about Bite is the texture of the bits. It’s like a chalky texture. It’s not bad! But it’s a little weird at first.
Overall, I think Mike and I are going to stick with Bite for now. Ideally, I’d like to be able to find a good recipe to make our toothpaste, because it’s more cost effective (much cheaper than Colgate or whatever other brand you might be using) and it’s simpler. But until I find a recipe we both dig, we’re munching on Bite toothpaste tablets for now!
What toothpaste do you use? What’s your favorite zero waste toothpaste brand or recipe?