Natural Toothpaste

Are Commercialized “Natural” Toothpastes so Natural?o-BRUSH-TEETH-facebook

Let’s talk about ingredients found in these toothpastes:  (Sugar Alcohols)

1.  Xylitol — “natural Sweetener” — it ferments the Gut –Yuck!  There is enough xylitol in two pieces of gum to kill a 100 gram rodent.  According to lab tests, a 100 gram rodent can be killed by approximately 1.65 grams of xylitol about half of the time.  There is no long-term safety data.

2.  Erythritol (Truvia) — poison for fruit flies — another sugar alcohol that is produced by the industrialized process of sugar hydrogenation with a heavy metal catalyst.  Erythritol is exclusively derived from corn and much if it is GMO corn.

Note:  While xylitol is poorly absorbed in the gut, erythritol is well absorbed but is poorly metabolized.

Metabolic acidosis can lead to acid reflux and an increased risk or danger to the larynx.  It also promotes dehydration and loss of electrolytes which increases a feeling of thirst.  Erythritol is a commonly used food additive approved by the Food & Drug Administration.  Oh My!

3.  Tee Tree Oil — a volatile oil from the native Australian evergreen, Melaleuca alternifolia.  This oil has active components like terpenes which make it a powerful antimicrobial capable of destroying bacteria on contact.  It can be toxic to pets and may cause toxic and allergic reactions in humans, especially  if swallowed.  Contact to the eyes, nose and mouth should be avoided.  Serious side effects include confusion, inability to walk, unsteadiness, rash, and hormonal imbalances.

In conclusion, I have found a recipe on Pinterest for homemade toothpaste on Crunchy Betty.  

The ingredients are:

6 tablespoons coconut oil

6 tablespoons baking soda

25 drops essential oils (I used Wild Orange by doTerra

1 teaspoon Natural Stevia (about 5 droppers full) for sweetening — Ingredients in it include: Purified/Active Water, Organic Stevia (Leaf) extract


1.  Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.  I used my electric hand mixer on low first, then turned it up to get a light, creamy texture.

2.  Pour into small jars and put lid on until ready to use.

Getting out the toothpaste can be a little tricky, but you can use your toothbrush and dip into it; or you can use a clean popsicle stick.  Also a hair dye bottle with pointed tip can be used to store the toothpaste in.

We love how it makes our teeth and mouth feel after brushing gently.  You don’t want to brush so vigorously that you wear away your gums.  The brushing of teeth is to gently sweep out any and all food particles.  Then flossing in between each tooth and the ends is important for healthy teeth and gums.

Enjoy brushing your teeth with peace of mind and without damaging the good bacteria in your mouth!


Awareness of Toxic Beauty


Your fingernails can tell a lot about the health of your liver.

Toxic beauty not only affects the outside of your body, but the inside as well!  There is information out there on this subject matter, which is of great concern to us at Healthy Life Institute.  There are healthier products to use on your face, hair, nails, skin and even your laundry.

One example:  I came across a world-renowned celebrity green nail stylist, Jenna Hipp, from an article I read.  I really haven’t been to keen on putting toxic chemicals on my nails except in rare cases like my wedding, or the like.  Jenna Hipp was experiencing negative side effects when she applied nail polish to her clients, and would end up bleeding all over their hands–not good for business–but more important, not good for her own health.

Jenny Hipp uses her exclusive “Five Free Formulas” in her nail enamel products:  Contains No Dibutyl Phthalate; Contains No Formaldehyde Resin; Contains No Formaldehyde; Contains No Toluene; and Contains No Camphor.

I’ve tried those nail polishes and love them, not only for the fact that they do not contain the above toxins, but for their long-lasting beauty.

Go to this  website for more information:


Visit the site below to check your beauty products.  LEASE NOTE: You want your product to score 0-2 and ALWAYS look at the product detailed page. The detailed page should display all the ingredients in your product and is basing the score of all (not just 1) ingredient!

Some Examples Below:

Aveeno Active Naturals Daily Moisturizing Lotion, Fragrance Free (moisturizer)      Score is a 2 = Fair

Hazard score key:

Low hazard Moderate hazard High hazard

Data score key:

Data: None
Data availability rating: the scope of ingredient safety data contained in Skin Deep®, and the number of studies available in the open scientific literature
Data: Limited
Data: Fair
Data: Good
Data: Robust

dermalogica daily microfoliant

See all:

International Dermal Institute, Inc., The
exfoliant / scrub
EWG scientists reviewed dermalogica daily microfoliant for safety according to the methodology outlined in our Skin Deep Cosmetics Database. We assess the ingredients listed on the labels of personal care products based on data in toxicity and regulatory databases, government and health agency assessments and the open scientific literature. EWG’s rating for dermalogica daily microfoliant is 4.
Ingredient Concerns:

Overall Hazard
Developmental &
reproductive toxicity
Allergies & immunotoxicity
Use restrictions
Ingredient Concerns

Ingredient Concerns Score
LIMONENE Developmental/reproductive toxicity, Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
METHYLPARABEN Biochemical or cellular level changes, Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Use restrictions
Data: Limited
SALICYLIC ACID Enhanced skin absorption, Multiple, additive exposure sources, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
PAPAIN Allergies/immunotoxicity, Irritation (skin, eyes, or lungs)
Data: Fair
TITANIUM DIOXIDE Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Occupational hazards
Data: Fair
TALC Contamination concerns (ASBESTIFORM FIBERS), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
Data: Limited
PCA Ecotoxicology, Allergies/immunotoxicity, Contamination concerns (NITROSAMINES-in the presence of nitrosating agents), Organ system toxicity (non-reproductive), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
Contamination concerns (PESTICIDES)
Data: Fair
Data: Fair
Contamination concerns (PESTICIDES), Use restrictions
Data: Fair
HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN Allergies/immunotoxicity
Data: Limited
CYCLODEXTRIN Multiple, additive exposure sources
Data: Fair
Endocrine disruption, Allergies/immunotoxicity
Data: Limited
Data: Limited
Data: Limited
Data: None
GINKGO BILOBA None Identified
Data: Fair
None Identified
Data: Limited
Data: None
Data: Fair
ALLANTOIN None Identified
Data: Fair
Data: Robust

About the ratings — Total Score:  4 for this product.

EWG provides information on personal care product ingredients from the published scientific literature, to supplement incomplete data available from companies and the government. The ratings below indicate the relative level of concern posed by exposure to the ingredients in this product – not the product itself – compared to other product formulations. The ratings reflect potential health hazards but do not account for the level of exposure or individual susceptibility, factors which determine actual health risks, if any.Learn more | Legal Disclaimer

Other dermalogica products:

dermalogica multivitamin power firm (anti-aging)
Data: Limited
dermalogica multivitamin power recovery masque (mask)
Data: Limited


Abba Pure Performance Hair Care products:

Abba Finish Gel styling gel/lotion


The above are just a few examples of beauty products commonly used.

Below are Five most commonly used ingredients in the majority of beauty products:

1.  Diethanolamine (DEA) is found in over 600 home and personal care products such as soaps, lotions, cosmetics, bubble baths, laundry and dishwashing detergents and more.  DEA is used to provide a rich lather in shampoos and keeps a good consistency in lotions and creams.

2.  Propylene Glycol is a substance used in antifreeze solutions and hydraulic fluids as a powerful solvent.  Ironically enough, it is also found in childhood vaccinations, cosmetics, toothpastes, shampoos, deodorants, lotions, and even processed foods (including pet foods).  Propylene Glycol helps products retain moisture, and when used on your skin, helps it stay soft and moist.  That’s why it is found in most baby wipes and skin lotions.

3.  Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) is perhaps the most common of the three chemicals and by no means any less toxic.  SLS is used as a surfactant to break down the surface tension of water.  Therefore it will break up grease and is used in concrete floor cleaners, engine degreasers, and carwash detergents.  Unfortunately the same degreaser is being used in practically every soap, shampoo and toothpaste on the market today.

4. Phthalates are dangerous chemicals found in plastics that cause endocrine disruption and cancer. Phthalates are also found in baby care products. A study testing the urine of 163 infants between two and twenty five months of age found 80% of the infants had at least 7 phthalate metabolites in their urine. All infants in the study had detectable levels of at least one phthalate metabolite. Almost all of the mothers had used baby wipes and over half of the mothers had used baby shampoo on their infants within 24 hours of the urine collection.

5. Nanotechnology is an emerging technology that involves manipulation of materials at the scale of atoms and molecules. To give you an idea of how small a nanometer is, a human hair is 80,000 nanometers in diameter. This technology is entirely unregulated and almost no testing has been done for its health effects. Nanotechnology is of a concern because it is now being used in virtually all personal care products from make-up to toothpaste and perfume. Unless you call the companies that manufacture your personal care products and ask if they use nanotechnology, there is no way of knowing if those products contain nanoparticles. Companies are not required to test nanoparticles or label them.


Look for safer products/resources!

Aubrey Organics –  (They are fairly affordable skin care)

Lavera –  (All natural and organic–more pricey skin care) (Their Mascara and Eye Liner are the best.  They also have Soap Nuts–berries that naturally contain soap for your laundry, even HE washing machines–great for the environment, too!)

Healthy Life Institute offers free, educational workshops which are starting back up in the Fall 2014.