Cosmetics and Health

Homemade toothpaste with Activated Charcoal

It took me some time to actually make homemade toothpaste although I had been planning it for a long time. When I finally did I was sorry I didn’t do it sooner. So keep reading and make your own toothpaste, you’ll be amazed!

We watch what we put on our skin, what we wash and cook with but we seem to not have enough interest in what we brush our teeth with although our teeth will never grow back if we don’t take care of them properly. For example, have ever given it a thought that maybe we don’t really need our toothpaste to be sweet? And why are they sweet? I’ll tell you one thing – we don’t need it to be sweet and you’ll be surprised how little (or not at all) you’ll miss that particular characteristic of your old toothpaste.

Did you know that using charcoal for oral hygiene isn’t anything new? Our great-grandmothers were pretty familiar with it and this is yet another piece of “ancient” wisdom we’re rediscovering.


  • 50 g of non-refined coconut oil
  • 20 g of calcium carbonate powder (also knows as chalk or marbe)
  • 10 g of activated charcoal powder (also known as activated carbon)
  • 5 drops of tea tree essential oil
  • 10 drops of mint or mint eucalyptus essential oil
  • jar (I use a wide and short glass jar with a lid)

The coconut oil is a very pleasant base for the toothpaste. It feels nice in the mouth and it smells nice. If you don’t like to smell of coconut, use another oil that solidifies at room temperature, just make sure it’s non-refined. If I hadn’t used the coconut oil my next choice would bee shea butter nilotica. The calcium carbonate powder is the abrasion component that helps remove dirt from your teeth and also makes the paste more dense which really helps when you use the coconut oil. The activated charcoal has a whitening effect and the tea tree essential oil is known for its anti-inflammatory power. The mint essential oil will give the toothpaste the typical fresh taste and you a fresh breath. I use a little more to cover the tea tree smell which I’m not a fan of. If you don’t mind the tea tree, you can use just 5 drops of the mint essential oil.

How to make this homemade toothpaste:

Simply mix all the ingredients and put the paste in the jar. The order in which you mix the ingredients doesn’t matter, the important thing is that you mix everything well to get a homogenous black paste.


Use as any other toothpaste.


You can have the toothpaste in your bathroom. I don’t recommend to keep it in the fridge because the paste would become really hard. On the other hand, it should not be in a room that’s too warm or it will be very liquid. If you keep it in the fridge, take it our an hour or so before using it.

My impression when I changed from a store-bought toothpaste:

I was more than pleasantly surprised. I didn’t miss the sweet taste of the paste at all. You might be doubtful of the taste of the charcoal but let me tell you that there’s actually so little of it in this recipe that you will taste the oil much more than the charcoal (and its taste isn’t unpleasant either). The overall taste of the homemade toothpaste is rather neutral. After I brush my teeth I have the feeling of a clean mouth and my breath is fresh long after I’ve brushed. I was afraid a little of the black color and how to remove it from my teeth. However, there’s not so much charcoal in the paste and the base of the paste is greasy which helps just wash the color off with water.

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