You know how you can be facebooking or googling and looking at one thing and another comes up that catches your eye and peaks your interest? That just happened to me. I was following a post on my facebook feed and a link to a video pops up. You’ll want to watch this!
What? No way! That can’t be true! It’s Crest, for pity’s sake. Surely this is a hoax! If you didn’t already watch the video, now that you know it’s about Crest, GO WATCH IT! Do it now!
Now, I don’t really buy into the “everything approved by the FDA is bad” line. Neither do I feel like if it’s not FDA approved, it’s not good. I usually tend to try to do enough research on a product to figure out my own opinion on whether an item is good or bad for me. And good enough to warrant extra money or bad enough to quit, or never, buying it.
Having said that, those who know me, know that I do tend to try, at least try, a more natural approach to many things in my life. I do try to avoid chemical cleaners (they tend to make my asthma act up.) and synthetically made things that go into my body. I eat real butter, not margarine. I lean toward more fresh vegetables and fewer canned. I use vinegar and water as a base for my cleaning products and not bleach. (Vinegar, btw, is an excellent fabric softener.)
So, I started my research in the most obvious place when needing to see if something is a hoax. Surely, this will tell me that Crest is o.k. Although I haven’t used in nearly 6 months, I know people who do use it. I want to be sure if this is true or not before approaching my friends. I don’t want to look like a crazy woman.
Not according to Snopes.com. It is true! Not only that, but upon further research, I learned that Crest (Proctor & Gamble) has had complaints about this for YEARS. There are complaints listed as far back as 2010!! And it took somebody blogging about it in 2014 for P&G to do something about it? WHAT?!
Thankfully, last summer, I tried my hand at several cleaning & personal care items using my essential oils. I made laundry soap, fabric softener, all purpose cleaner, toilet cleaner and dish soap. I made bath salts, sugar scrubs, mouthwash and toothpaste. Some of the things I made were an instant hit. Some still need tweaking. Some we’ve just decided to shelf for a while till I find a better recipe to try. The toothpaste was a hit. I’ve been using it for about 6 months. I’m just now on my second jar (4 oz).
My initial jar, I flavored with peppermint oil. My second jar has an immunity boosting protective blend in it. It is flu season after all. I’m going to make some for my son using orange essential oil. He doesn’t like the flavor of my protective blend. He wants to try orange. And I say, why not? So, here’s how:
Mix 5 Tbsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp fine sea salt
Approx. 20 drops essential oil.
At this point, you have tooth powder. Just dunk your brush in and have a ball. I don’t care for that dry stuff. So I add:
2-3 Tbsp coconut oil, softened.
2-3 Tbsp Aloe Vera Gel Mix this with a fork until it is a paste-like consistency. I put this in a 4 oz. ball jar on the bathroom counter. Since I’m the only one using it, I just dunk my toothpaste into it. But you could certainly use one of those tiny ice cream sampling type spoons or a popsicle stick to get it out of the jar and onto your toothbrush. Or whatever other type of applicator you can think of.
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