Thieves Aromabrite toothpaste with a couple drops of orange 🍊 essential oil.
*I only use Young Living because I know for sure it’s safe to ingest.
I used to not think too much about the things I used in my daily routine. I always remember reading how there were “harmful toxins” in this and that from my “crunchy” friends, but I said to myself, “If it was really that harmful, why would it be on the shelf for the general public to use? Surely the government wouldn’t allow that.” (🤣*snorts* Well… that’s a whole other post!)
Then one day I finally acknowledged this one trivial, daily annoyance that happened every time I brushed my teeth with the “regular stuff”–the weird layer of film/slime on the inside of my lips that I’d always have to wipe off about 5 minutes after I brushed my teeth (and yes, I rinse after I brush). It was annoying me to no end. What is that? *ick* (I don’t know… maybe you experience the same thing??? Maybe I’m just weird???😁) It’s as if the toothpaste irritates the sensitive tissue of the inside of your mouth and lips that it forms a layer of film?
I don’t know. Whatever it is, I don’t experience that when I use this toothpaste. It’s tough on buildup, but its smooth, plant-based formula is gentle on teeth and their delicate enamel.
WHAT’S IN IT?
Peppermint, Spearmint, and Cinnamon Bark essential oils, along with Thieves blend. It has a sweet spicy-mint flavor and freshens breath—all without synthetic dyes, artificial flavors or preservatives. With AromaBright you can ditch the ingredients in commercial toothpastes you don’t want and keep all the results you do–a deep clean, bright teeth, and fresh breath!
(I even use the Thieves Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash. It’s powerful. I love it. I hear people with tooth pain tend to like the mouthwash because there’s clove in it, and that helps numb it up a bit.)
Benefits and Features of Thieves Aromabrite toothpaste:
Supports healthy-looking gums and teeth with naturally derived ingredients.
Provides long-lasting fresh breath.
Provides a refreshing minty taste with 100 percent pure essential oils.
Contains no sulfates, synthetic dyes, artificial flavors, or preservatives.
Ingredients: Water, Calcium carbonate, Cocos nucifera (Coconut) oil, Sodium bicarbonate, Glycerin, Xylitol, Xanthum gum, Mentha piperita† (Peppermint) oil, Mentha spicata† (Spearmint) leaf oil, Stevia rebaudiana leaf extract, Lecithin, Eugenia caryophyllus (Clove) bud oil, Ocotea quixos† (Ocotea) leaf oil, Cinnamomum verum† (Cinnamon) Bark oil, Citrus limon† (Lemon) peel oil, Eucalyptus Radiata† leaf oil, Rosmarinus officinalis† (Rosemary) leaf oil
WHAT’S IN THE “REGULAR STUFF” you buy from the store? Let’s take a looksee….
SODIUM LAURYL SULFATE
What is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate?
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (commonly known as SLS) is a widely used and inexpensive chemical found in many mainstream personal hygiene products such as shampoos, toothpastes, mouthwashes, soaps, detergents, scalp treatments, hair color, bleaching agents, laundry detergents, make-up foundations and body wash.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate is a detergent and surfuctant which essentially means that it breaks surface tension and separates molecules in order to allow better interaction between the product and your body. This in turn creates a lather which makes products such as shampoo and toothpaste more effective cleaners. So effective and so inexpensive is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate that it’s found in a number of industrial cleaning agents such as engine degreaser and industrial strength detergents. It’s also widely used as a skin irritant when testing products used to heal skin conditions.
Although SLS originates from coconuts, the chemical is anything but natural. The real problem with SLES/SLS is that the manufacturing process (ethoxylation) results in SLES/SLS being contaminated with 1,4 dioxane, a carcinogenic by-product.
Is Sodium Lauryl Sulfate safe?
High levels of SLS intake, either orally or through the skin, are not ordinarily experienced in normal cosmetics use—it’s the gradual, cumulative effects of long-term, repeated exposures that are the real concern.
According to the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep: Cosmetic Safety Reviews, research studies on SLS have shown links to:
• Irritation of the skin and eyes
• Organ toxicity
• Developmental/reproductive toxicity
• Neurotoxicity, endocrine disruption, ecotoxicology, and biochemical or cellular changes
• Possible mutations and cancer
A number of studies report SLS being damaging to oral mucosa and skin. This is not at all surprising since SLS is actually used as a skin irritant during studies where medical treatments for skin irritation require an intentionally irritating agent.
What is Sodium Fluoride?
Sodium Fluoride is an inorganic chemical compound with the formula NaF. Fluorides, particularly aqueous solutions of Sodium Fluoride, are rapidly and quite extensively absorbed.
How safe is Sodium Fluoride?
Fluorides interfere with electron transport and calcium metabolism. Calcium is essential for maintaining cardiac membrane potentials and in regulating coagulation. Large ingestion of fluoride salts or hydrofluoric acid may result in fatal arrhythmias due to profound hypocalcemia. Recreational inhalation of fluoridated hydrocarbon refrigerants like Freon has been associated with “sudden sniffing death”, which is thought to be a fatal arrhythmia caused by myocardial sensitization to catecholamines.
Chronic over-absorption of Sodium Fluoride can cause hardening of bones, calcification of ligaments, and buildup on teeth. Fluoride can cause irritation or corrosion to eyes, skin, and nasal membranes.
Sodium Fluoride is classed as toxic by both inhalation (of dusts or aerosols) and ingestion. In high enough doses, it has been shown to affect the heart and circulatory system.
In the higher doses used to treat osteoporosis, plain Sodium Fluoride can cause pain in the legs and incomplete stress fractures when the doses are too high; it also irritates the stomach, sometimes so severely as to cause ulcers.
What Is Triclosan?
Triclosan is an ingredient added to many consumer products intended to reduce or prevent bacterial contamination. It is added to some antibacterial soaps and body washes, toothpastes, and some cosmetics—products regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It also can be found in clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys—products not regulated by the FDA.
How Safe Is Triclosan?
It is linked to liver and inhalation toxicity, and even low levels of Triclosan may disrupt thyroid function. Further, the American Medical Association recommends that Triclosan not be used in the home, as it may encourage bacterial resistance to antibiotics.
It also affects the natural environment. Wastewater treatment does not remove all of the chemicals, which means it ends up in our lakes, rivers and water sources. That’s especially unfortunate since Triclosan is very toxic to aquatic life.
**At this time, FDA doesn’t have evidence that Triclosan in OTC consumer antibacterial soaps and body washes provides any benefit over washing with regular soap and water. According to recent reports, it is supposed to be banned in the U.S. in the near future.
What is 1,4-Dioxane?
Dioxane is primarily used as a stabilizer for 1,1,1-trichloroethane for storage and transport in aluminium containers. Reflecting its properties as a ligand, dioxane “poisons” the aluminum trichloride catalyst, by formation of an adduct. Apart from its use as a stabilizer, dioxane is used in a variety of applications as a solvent, e.g. in inks and adhesives.
As a byproduct of the ethoxylation process, a route to some ingredients found in cleansing and moisturizing products, dioxane can contaminate cosmetics and personal care products such as deodorants, shampoos, toothpastes and mouthwashes. The ethoxylation process makes the cleansing agents, such as sodium lauryl sulfate, less abrasive and offers enhanced foaming characteristics. 1,4-Dioxane is found in small amounts in some cosmetics, a yet unregulated substance used in cosmetics in both China and the U.S.
In 2008, testing sponsored by the U.S. Organic Consumers Association found dioxane is in almost half of tested organic personal-care products. Since 1979 the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have conducted tests on cosmetic raw materials and finished products for the levels of 1,4-Dioxane. 1,4-Dioxane was present in ethoxylated raw ingredients at levels up to 1410 ppm, and at levels up to 279 ppm in off the shelf cosmetic products. Levels of 1,4-dioxane exceeding 85 ppm in children’s shampoos indicate that close monitoring of raw materials and finished products is warranted. While the FDA encourages manufacturers to remove 1,4-Dioxane, it is not required by federal law.
Is 1,4-Dioxane safe?
Dioxane has an LD50 of 5170 mg/kg, making it less acutely toxic than table salt (3000 mg/kg). This compound is irritating to the eyes and respiratory tract. Exposure may cause damage to the central nervous system, liver and kidneys. In a 1978 mortality study conducted on workers exposed to 1,4-Dioxane, the observed number of deaths from cancer was not significantly different from the expected number. Dioxane is classified by the National Toxicology Program as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen”.
I think I’ll start paying attention to the things I use now.