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Health, Home, and Happiness: Tooth Soap

Friday, June 26, 2009

Tooth Soap

I brushed off the idea of tooth soap when I first heard about it. I was still thinking that there isn't much that can be done for teeth. As I'm looking more in depth into dental problems, I do think it might be worth looking into.

First off, I checked the ingredients (source). It's basically coconut/palm/olive oil soap with an added essential oil for taste/smell. That works for me! A while back I was thinking about getting into soap making, so I know that when they say 'soapanified' they mean that they used lye to process the oils into soap. That's okay with me, but I'm going to make sure I'm buying from a reputable company so that the lye is sure to be properly used up in the chemical process. I remember learning that olive oil makes a nice soft lather, and coconut and palm oils make lots of suds, but are drying to the skin.

Next, I went to find some feedback from people who weren't selling tooth soap, since that seems to be a good safeguard.

I found this website that suggests just using plain all natural unscented olive oil soap from a health food store. But I wonder if the drying properties of coconut oil in the soap are important?

Here is a product review. It looks like this tooth soap has the same ingredients, but is in a dropper/liquid form? That might be easier. Not sure how I feel about brushing my teeth with little curls of actual soap.

And another overview

Next I tried to see if anything big and useful came up when I googled 'tooth soap scam' 'tooth soap myth' or any combination like that. I didn't find anything other than saying that it's overpriced and some claims are way exaggerated. I can take that. I think it's worth a try, so I'll be looking into buying it next month (it's the end of the month, you know how that goes...)

Update: I'm using Rose of Sharon Acres' Tooth Chips- Soap for Teeth.  I like the shavings because it keeps tooth brush germs off of the soap.  Also, her flavorings (I like peppermint the best so far) are stronger, so the soap taste is much less.
You can buy a sampler here
Or buy the peppermint here


Update: Got my Tooth Soap
Update: After using for about a month

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2 Comments:

Blogger Emerald Green said...

hi cara! great blog - just found it through real food wednesdays. i'm currently neglecting all household duties as i devour the posts on pregnancy, no poo (which i tried for 90 days and gave up when my scalp had a thick coat of gunk on it that no amount of baking soda would take away), and dental health. my question is about coconut oil. i have never heard that it's drying. aside from the one article you referenced, there doesn't seem to be a bit about it anywhere else! i use it all over my body and on my hair. my hair is VERY dry, and since i've been using it on my hands, they're dry too (though i'm pregnant and it's winter...) just curious if you have more references. thanks! megan

February 15, 2010 at 3:32 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

I think it's just in soapmaking- when you add coconut oil as a base oil for your soap you get a lot of bubbly lather, but it's drying to the skin so you don't want to use too much. I think the plain oil is good as 'lotion' though, I think it's just the soapmaking process that makes it dry.

Maybe check soapmaking pages? It's been a while since I looked that up.

February 15, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

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