July 17, 2014
How to Make Charcoal Whitening Toothpaste
This may be the easiest "how to" tutorial you will ever see here. It's literally 2 steps and it will really make teeth whitening maintenance a snap for y'all. But first, let me tell you what happened to me last night while I was whipping up this little concoction to give you a tiny glimpse into my glamorous life:
I was upstairs, in my bra and underwear (it's hot as Haiti here lately) just finished waxing my eyebrows so you can imagine how attractive my red, puffy forehead was, and had all my "supplies" ready to whiten my teeth and then mix up some toothpaste (see photo above). If you haven't seen my post on using activated charcoal to whiten your teeth, CLICK HERE, baby! Well, I had just finished with the whitening and was ready to start mixing the toothpaste when I accidentally shook my container of charcoal a bit too aggressively and all the powder shifted too quickly and fell into my sink and surrounding countertop (LUCKILY this stuff doesn't stain). That wasn't even the worst part, when this stuff "moves around" it creates this creepy black dust that looks like something from a Harry Potter movie (or that weird black smoke from ABC's 'Lost'). Of course my husband would come upstairs at the very moment I'm standing there in my unmentionables amidst a mushroom cloud of charcoal looking something like this:
But I didn't care. That guy is used to seeing me looking questionable (at best) especially when I'm experimenting with beauty-related procedures. He didn't even bat an eye. He just told me I looked like something from 'The Exorcist' and walked out of the room. True love, folks. Here's an added bonus: my sink and tile countertops never looked as white and sparkly.
Aaaanyhoo...trying to find activated charcoal toothpaste is trickier than you might think, so I'ma gonna show you how to do it YOself! DIY ftw!
You're going to need a few things:
1 | A clean, empty plastic or glass container with a lid
2 | A small spoon (a measuring spoon would work handsomely)
3 | Activated charcoal powder (please refer to my original post HERE on where to find/buy)
4 | Toothpaste of choice. My all time favorite toothpaste is Colgate Optic White. I buy it in bulk.
5 | A small utensil to mix with (I used a clean toothpick since I used such a small jar).
6 | A toothbrush
Mix about equal portions of activated charcoal and toothpaste (I just eyeballed it to get the consistency I wanted) until you get a pretty light, gray mixture. It's normal for the mixture to get kind of "foamy" or "puffy" looking so make sure you leave enough room in your container for the mixture to expand a bit before putting your lid on. Then you just dip your toothbrush in and brush your teeth as usual! You may need to rinse a bit more to make sure you remove all the little black particles from your teeth. I love this method because it forces people to floss and we ALL know how I feel about regular flossing...if you don't know, I feel strongly about it. Do it. It's important. *Steps down from soapbox*
That's it! I keep my container in a cool, dark area on my bathroom countertop and I brush my teeth with it each night. Because there is no sensitivity associated with whitening with activated charcoal, I use this toothpaste as maintenance in addition to my regular whitening routine.
There you have it! Cheap, easy and most importantly...effective! Now go show off your blinding pearly whites!