Every so often, I’m sharing my favourite Self-Care products with you, because I’ve put in a lot of leg work to find the best of the best, and I thought you might like to know about the products that have come out on top. Welcome to this month's instalment of the CSC List. We're talking toothpaste.
When it comes to things I put in and on my body, I’m super picky. I don’t tend to buy products at drug stores or grocery stores (unless they’re health food stores) and I’m wary of big brand names because they tend to use all sorts of chemicals and ingredients that are good for their bottom line, but not good for our bodies or our precious ecosystem.
Today, I want to share my favourite toothpaste with you because what you choose to put in your mouth twice a day is pretty important.
Before the big reveal, here are a few common ingredients in regular toothpaste that don’t belong in bodies:
>Artificial Sweeteners (knows to cause all sorts of health issues, especially in the brain)
>Sodium Saccharine (one of those problematic sweeteners that’s a known carcinogen)
>Sodium Laureth Sulfate (makes human tissue, such as what’s in your mouth, more permeable to other chemicals)
>Triclosan (a bio-persistent chemical that shows up in fish, breast milk and wastewater, which is just really creepy)
>Polyethylenes such as Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) (health concerns include cancer, allergies, organ system toxicity)
I’ve had quite a toothpaste journey. Up until I learned all about harmful chemicals in personal care products, I just used whatever was on sale at the drugstore. Once I got informed, those choices were ruled out and I switched to health food store options. At one point, I even made my own toothpaste. It made me feel like a thrifty pioneer. Then I decided that focusing on 'thrifty' did not make me feel all that wealthy and the search began again.
After a number of years of experimenting, I found a toothpaste that does it all, including remineralizing your teeth in a safe and effective way.
It’s called Boca and it comes in two different flavours (called “flavour profiles” on the tube, which is both funny and swanky):
Ginger Coconut (I’m currently using this one)
Boca uses ingredients that outperform fluoride (which works best when combined with harsh detergents common in many toothpastes and is also suspected to be carcinogenic) and it’s sweetened with Xylitol, which is a safe sweetener that actually helps your teeth rather than harms them.
You may be wondering at this point if I work for Boka or get commission from sharing it with you. Or perhaps I was given a lifetime supply of the stuff for sharing it with you. The answer is Nope! (Bummer.)
I just love it and love how the packaging is BPA free, it’s not tested on animals (unlike many other toothpastes and toothpaste ingredients), and if you are into having a Vegan and Gluten Free toothpaste, check and check.
I also think it’s so valuable to not be polluting the water system with chemicals that you’re spitting down the drain twice a day, so, basically, it’s a win win.
I happily discovered that my holistic, biological dentist sells Boka, and it’s also available online if you want to give it a try. https://www.boka.com/
At the very least, I hope you feel confident that your current toothpaste is supporting your overall health and is good for the environment, and if not, there are great options out there that will keep your smile looking amazing and the Earth happy.
With sparkling love and scintillating courage,
Creator of Courageous Self-Care
Proud owner of a nice clean environmentally friendly smile
Lover of body-friendly, earth-friendly self-care products that work