In one of my recent posts I talked about my new-found love of activated charcoal. I’ve used it for multiple purposes but was shy to venture into its rumored teeth-whitening abilities until pretty recently. I was excited to find that this recipe uses the exact same ingredients as the charcoal face mask I already covered. I was even more excited when I realized that it actually works. Here’s what you need to know:
- Activated charcoal capsules
- Baking soda
- 2 tablespoons organic coconut oil
- Peppermint essential oil (optional)
Step 1. Soften your coconut oil in the microwave, just until it is easy to mix
Step 2. Mix in 6 capsules of activated charcoal, 1 tablespoon of baking soda, and 4-5 drops of peppermint essential oil
Step 3. Using about 1/2 a teaspoon, brush onto teeth for 3-5 minutes before rinsing and brushing with water. Follow with your normal toothpaste.
Here are my results after one use:
You can continue to use this daily until you reach your desired level of whiteness, then decrease to every two or three days for maintenance. Keep in mind that the baking soda does give this paste a salty taste, but the peppermint oil does an good job of masking that.
The coconut oil is an excellent medium to tone down the abrasiveness of baking soda. However, if you have sensitive gums, you may want to decrease the baking soda content by half, or remove it altogether.