Several months ago our family decided to make the switch to all natural, fluoride free toothpaste. It was just one step in our journey to trying to cut unnecessary chemicals out of our life, and move to a more natural products.
Well I wasn’t sure where to start. I thought I would try to make my own, but after pouring over bunches of recipes and trying to narrow down I wanted to try I felt a little overwhelmed. I thought even though a lot of them were really cost-effective the initial expense for all the ingredients was kind of high. I was a little afraid that I might buy everything and hate the results.
So it was up to trial and error to find the right one.
What did I find? Well the answer isn’t super simple, each that we’ve tried is different and there are some things we really liked, and some we haven’t. So I thought Id share, that way if you are looking to make the change you know where to start.
#1 Homemade (ordered on Etsy) Size and price varies. 4oz. $5-$12 – Our first trial was with some tooth powder I ordered on Etsy. I decided rather than buy the ingredients myself I’d try one that someone else had put together. It was ok. The taste was good, a little sweetness a little cinnamon, a little mint. However being in powder form it was kind of like brushing your teeth with dirt. I didn’t mind it too much. The teenager wouldn’t touch it, and the hubs and other 2 boys fell somewhere in the middle.
#2 Redmon Earthpaste– 4 oz. $7.99- We moved on to Earthpaste. I read a review on a blog and thought, this sounds great. So I bought some. It comes in several flavors and was a little more familiar in the paste form instead of powder. Now, Earthpaste doesn’t foam. So that took some getting used to. Because of the paste form you kind of expect it to be foamy too, but it’s not. The flavors were tasty, but while most of the family liked the mint flavor, it was too strong for Daniel. He preferred the cinnamon. So if you have little people in the house you may have to try a few flavors to find the one that suits them.
#3- Tom’s of Maine – 5.5 oz. $4, Kids- 4.2 oz $4- So we liked Earthpaste but one day we ran out and needed something I could pick up at the store. So off I went to see what I could find. I decided to give Tom’s a try and see what we thought. Well the first impression was that it was cheaper than what we had tried so far, so of course I like that. However with the mint flavor being way to strong for Daniel, I had to buy the kids strawberry version as well. Now Tom’s has the exact opposite effect of the Earthpaste. It foams a ton! I’m pretty sure it has peroxide in it which results in a sort of rabid dog effect when you brush. Everyone liked the mint flavor, but Daniel wasn’t thrilled with the strawberry kids version. He kept asking when I was going to order more Earthpaste.
#4- Ava Anderson Non Toxic – 4 oz. $8.95- Our next try came after I was introduced to the Ava Anderson brand. I thought their toothpaste sounded lovely, so we tried it. It also doesn’t foam, but we were already expecting that. It’s flavor is mild, a little minty with a hint of cloves. Everyone likes it, even Daniel, who says it’s not too strong. (Ava Anderson does have a children’s version if your kids like fruity flavors) Like the Earthpaste you can only get it via mail order so you have to make sure you order before you run out. But so far out of all of them it has been our favorite. (Except for Daniel, he still loves the Earthpaste best)
Does your family use natural toothpaste? Do you have a favorite? I’d love to hear what kind your family prefers!
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