Homemade clay-based natural toothpaste (without cacao) shown on bamboo toothbrush.

Oil Based Homemade Toothpaste

This oil based toothpaste can be customized with other oils to keep the consistency right year round. 
Makes around one liquid ounce- can double or triple the recipe as needed to fill your particular tube.
Course DIY products
Keyword oral care, toothpaste
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 liquid ounce




  • Mix together all of the dry ingredients. If you are using cacao nibs, or you find that the ingredients are too abrasive for you because you have sensitive teeth or gums, you can pulverize them in a coffee grinder. (I normally use cocoa powder, and don't grind the ingredients further, but it is an option.)
  • Add coconut oil, little by little, until you reach the desired consistency. If using a silicone travel tube for storage, you may want to add a bit more to make it flow easily when dispensing. In the winter, you may use fractionated coconut oil or a different liquid oil to keep the toothpaste from solidifying.
  • Fill your silicone tube or storage containers with the toothpaste. It's now ready to use!



Olive oil is a good substitute for coconut oil as it has healing properties of its own. 
The cacao/cocoa powder (or nibs) is completely optional. It may make the toothpaste more appealing to kids. It also may leave dark marks on the sink if not fully rinsed. Choose whether or not to add it accordingly.
Theobromine in cacao may help with remineralization.
DO NOT use xylitol for toothpaste meant for pets. It is toxic to dogs and cats and possibly other animals. If you plan on making a toothpaste for a pet, I'd suggest not using sweeteners or essential oils. 
This toothpaste has a shelf life equal to the ingredients you are using. Because there is no water in the recipe, there is no need for a preservative. That is dependent on avoiding contaminating it with water and bacteria by not dipping your toothbrush into it. 
Instead, either dispense the toothpaste from silicone tubes or scoop out just enough for one use with a clean spoon or other utensil.