Trial & Error


News from the homemade toothpaste front.  The recipe I'm using right now, a modification of this recipe shared by Rachel at her blog, Clean is great for cleaning our teeth. My teeth feel awesome and it doesn't even taste too bad. But... (you knew a but was coming) I haven't been able to make a toothpaste that is really breath freshening.

Our family eats a lot of garlic, every day, and I'm getting tired of asking my dear husband every time he leans in to give me smooch, "Hey bud, when was the last time you brushed your teeth?" Only to find out it was a few minutes ago but his breath (how do you say this nicely) smells.


I'm no sweet smelling rose myself (how do you go about smelling your own breath?), he just doesn't complain about it. And then as Damien was leaving the house this morning and we were all giving morning send-off kisses and hugs he mentioned "You know, I'm not totally sold on making our own toothpaste." I hear you honey, loud and clear. 

Not to say he's not open to trying other alternatives. Next up is tooth powder that he is going to find on-line and order for us to try - he's the internet shopper around here. But until then we're back to good ol' Toms and fresh breath. (Bring those lips over here baby!)


I have a soap giveaway coming very soon. In fact it was going to be published tomorrow or the day after. But after 45 minutes of writing that post this afternoon I lost it into cyberspace. I know how it happened and let's just say I don't want to talk about it right now. 

Keep your eyes open though because some day in the next couple weeks will be a giveaway for two bars of LuSa Organics natural soap. Pictured above is my most recent batch of soap which I've christened Lavender Lemonade. Very lovely for spring.

That's the less-than-fun natural soap and body care news from fun in my back yard.

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  • Amanda

    Amanda on March 29, 2010, 10:56 p.m.

    Damien sounds very diplomatic (smile). My husband would be asking "can we please have some "real" toothpaste?! I'm waiting for him to ask me about my hair. I've been trying baking soda in lieu of shampoo (4 or 5 days now), to put this nicely...well, I've got an oil slick on my head. I am trying so hard to be patient with my oil glands...but they better catch on soon! What we do in the name of good health and natural body and home care!!!


  • Cori

    Cori on March 30, 2010, 12:55 a.m.

    We made a tooth powder last night that Maya and I love: 1 serving spoon baking soda 2 serving spoons bentonite clay 2 drops peppermint oil mix well and crush all lumps of soda wet brush and use a tiny bit


  • Flo

    Flo on March 30, 2010, 1:01 a.m.

    We get (Ecodent) tooth powder from the co-op. I wonder if your local store would have it? We've also been liking tooth chips, which I might have heard about from one of the comments in your previous toothpaste post.


    • renee

      renee on March 30, 2010, 10:41 a.m.

      Flo, how do find the toothpowder for freshening breath? I think the health food store might carry it but Damien has a particular brand in mind which he can't remember the name of right now! We want to try it because it is a very portable and packable solution for backpacking.


  • Hannah

    Hannah on March 30, 2010, 2:10 a.m.

    Oh dear, I could never do the homemade toothpaste thing because I have a very sensitive nose, and I hate to either have bad breath or have my husband in my close proximity when he does! In fact, the poor guy can rarely eat salsa anymore ... I sniff him out. ;-) Your husband sounds like a good sport, for sure!

    Looking forward to the soap giveaway ... both the soap picture and name sound very appealing!


  • Francesca

    Francesca on March 30, 2010, 11 a.m.

    Your lavender lemonade soap looks so pretty! Hope my lavender bushes are not drowning out there these days, I have great projects for them. Sorry about your post, I think I'd be in tears ... good luck for your toothpaste, I'm devoted to the french boiron homeodent2.


  • Amanda

    Amanda on March 31, 2010, 8:53 p.m.

    Hey, just saw the new Burt's Bees toothpaste, which is SLS-free! I can't vouch for it, but the ingredients list didn't look too bad. No clue how it tastes either (or it's freshening quotient!) since I picked up the wintermint Tom's instead...thought you might be interested.


  • Flo

    Flo on April 7, 2010, 9:42 p.m.

    I didn't see your question after my comment, so sorry for the delay. I think it does a fine job as far as freshening breath, even my 12-yr old dd likes it. We get the mint kind, which if I remember right, you guys are not a fan of, but I know there is another flavor. I wonder if the brand Damien is thinking is also Ecodent, as it is in a very small light bottle, works well for backpacking.


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