Homemade Toothpaste

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This recipe is ridiculously easy. If you’re looking for a more natural toothpaste, it makes much more sense to make it than to buy it. Not many ingredients are needed and it takes about five minutes to make. It’s very easy.

The ingredients you need are:

20 drops of spearmint essential oil (more on essential oils below).

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2 teaspoons of activated charcoal.

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4 tablespoons of bentonite clay.

And 1 tablespoon of baking soda and 6 tablespoons of coconut oil. Sorry, no pictures there.

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All you do is mix all of the ingredients together and store in a glass container (I use old mason jars). It is that easy!

A quick word on the essential oils. You don’t have to use spearmint. I do often because of personal preference. I’m not swallowing the toothpaste and I rinse very well, but any hesitation in adding any essential oil is understandable. You’re not to ingest essential oil and it is not necessary to make the toothpaste.

Another good choice would be thieves oil or anything geared towards killing unwanted bacteria. Bacteria causes bad breath, so killing it makes sense. Anything that is reputable for squashing bad breath is an option as well (think your mints, even ginger!).

I have been using this toothpaste for a few months and I’m pretty sure some of the staining on my teeth has been lifted because of the activated charcoal. My teeth stain very easily (thank you, tea), so this was a huge plus for me. Check below for the abridged version of ingredients and instructions as well as product recommendations of mine.


  1. 1 tablespoon baking soda
  2. 6 tablespoons coconut oil
  3. 4 tablespoons bentonite clay
  4. 2 teaspoons activated charcoal
  5. 20 drops of essential oil or essential oil combo of your choice (look at comment above).


  • Mix all ingredients together and store at room temperature.

If you want to use my favorite supplies and ingredients, check out the links below.

Bentonite Clay
Activated Charcoal–and this stuff lasts forever!
Spearmint Essential Oil

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Homemade Deodorant

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Hi, everyone! I’m going to share my incredibly easy deodorant recipe. A little goes a long way and this stuff lasts a while.

I haven’t bought deodorant for myself for almost a year now. I have been using homemade the entire time and it actually works. All you need are: coconut oil, shea butter, essential oils, arrowroot powder, a mixing bowl, and hand bender.


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It’s pretty simple. Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl then mix with the hand mixer. If the consistency is too wet, add some more arrowroot powder. If it’s too dry, add more coconut oil or shea butter if you need it to be less dry but more solid.

If you use extra strength, cypress essential oil is great for deodorizing.

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I store mine in a dark glass container, because of the essential oils. Like I stated before, a little bit goes a long way. I put mine on right after a shower on clean skin, not wanting to lock dirt in with the blend inadvertently. I like using this recipe because it doesn’t have unneeded chemicals in the blend that can have ill effects on your skin. When I’m out, it takes 5 minutes to make more. I love it!

How about you? Would you try homemade deodorant instead of store-bought?

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Buttermilk Bread with Lavender (for the bread machine)

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I would describe this bread as lovely and surprisingly scrumptious. Making it was a very aromatic and pleasant experience, and my little girl played a large roll (Ha! Get it?) in making it in her very own bread machine instead of my machine. Yes, my daughter asked for her own bread machine for Christmas. Yes, she got one.

We made this one afternoon while my husband was out processing chickens. We had friends over to help. One of my friends was with my daughter and me inside the house prepping for a day full of food. The recipe we based ours off of was actually from a bread machine cookbook my friend purchased at a garage sale with my daughter in mind.

We tweaked it a bit so we could use what we already had on hand from our farm. I’ll mention both what the recipe calls for and what we used instead.

When making this in a bread machine always add the ingredients as listed by the owner manual’s instructions. I’m not sure how different the machines are from one another considering both my machine and my daughter’s calls for liquids before all solids. Always do what is recommended by the owner manual though. It skips a lot of future troubleshooting you’ll end up doing if your bread comes out incorrectly.

I’m going to go in the order my daughter’s machine calls for and what seems to work best. If your bread machine has a different order in which ingredients are added, just skip to the ingredient list. Or read on and enjoy!


For our machines, I do liquids first, followed by ingredients that are that in-between consistency–like eggs or mashed fruit–then solids. I generally like to add my flour last, just before the yeast. I have a few recipes out there where this rule doesn’t work. I have no idea why. In those cases, I still add the liquids first then I add the flour before other seasoning.

So, we added our 1/2 cup of water and I am kicking myself for doing it! It turned out great, but I had leftover whey from making an easy quick cheddar cheese that I think would have been a wonderful substitute. Maybe next time.

The buttermilk. I don’t have buttermilk. I wasn’t going to the store for buttermilk. Nope. I HATE the grocery store. I cannot eliminate it from my life entirely, but most of our meats, produce, and dairy products either come from our farm or elsewhere locally. Every once in a while I do want some potato chips. They’re awful. I know. But that’s basically what we use the grocery store for–junk. And occasionally cleaning supplies. Anyways, I didn’t have buttermilk, but we do have a consistent run of milk kefir. If you don’t know what this magnificent beast is, click here. It’s worth the read, even if only for education of the probiotic world in the dairy realm. I substituted milk kefir in for the buttermilk. I do this quite often with fantastic results. So, we added 7/8 cup (14 tablespoons) of milk kefir (thicker than water) to the bread machine.

The next ingredient is 1/4 cup of olive oil. I do have olive oil. We used coconut oil instead. Poured that into the bread machine.


Next, we added finely chopped lavender leaves and buds. 3 tablespoons of the leaves and 1 1/4 teaspoons of the buds. The leaves came fresh from our garden and are just as aromatic as the flowers. Our lavender is not in bloom, but I had some leftover dried buds we used as a replacement. We used our Ninja to chop it all up.


The recipe called for the zest of one lemon. Our lemon tree has a plethora of blooms–but no actual fruit. Our blood orange tree however, is quite plentiful. We used the zest of one of our oranges instead.


The recipe calles for 2 teaspoons of salt. We used pink Himalayan.


Then we added 4 cups of bread flour, poked a hole in the flour, and added 2 3/4 teaspoons of bread machine yeast. We picked the basic bread cycle machine on the bread machine and let it roll.



The result was a gorgeous, fragrant, mouth-watering, EASY loaf of bread.


And cute pictures!

Want to see the bread machine I recommend? We used my daughter’s bread machine for this recipe (was a Christmas gift). Check it out here. My bread machine is a Zojirushi and that’s the one I use consistently. Check this beauty out here.


  • 1/2 cup water (can substitute whey)
  • 7/8 cup buttermilk (can substitute milk kefir)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil (can substitute coconut oil)
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh lavender leaves
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh lavender flowers (used dried buds)
  • Grated zest of 1 lemon (used an orange)
  • 4 cups of bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 3/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast


  • Add ingredients in the order indicated in bread machine manual.
  • Use basic bread setting with dark crust.

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