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Natural and Vegan Ways to Whiten Your Teeth

Natural, vegan and cruelty-free are three terms that consumers use when they look for products that are not only safe to use but also environmentally friendly. There are many products and brands in the oral care arena that are all natural, vegan and cruelty free. This article looks at ways you can naturally whiten your teeth using homemade and natural store-bought products.

Defining Natural and Vegan Tooth Whitening

What does natural mean?

What does natural mean when it comes to teeth whitening and oral care? No federal government agency has ruled on what a manufacturer can and cannot call “natural,” so we are using the commonly agreed-upon definition of natural as “free of artificial or synthetic ingredients.” For the purposes of this article, the methods for teeth whitening will be free from hydrogen peroxide, which is a manufactured chemical.

What does vegan mean?

For a product to be vegan, it must contain no animal products or byproducts. It may contain no meat, no animal parts, and nothing from animals. No honey, no insect silk, no bone products — no byproduct of an animal.

What does cruelty-free mean?

A product that is cruelty free should not have been tested on animals.

How to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally

The most natural way to whiten your teeth is to avoid foods, beverages, and other consumer products that stain your teeth. Don’t smoke; tobacco is one of the worst offenders at staining teeth. The basic rule is if a food, beverage or substance will stain a tablecloth, it will stain your teeth. However, there are some hidden culprits like apples and potatoes that can also stain your teeth.

It’s hard to avoid teeth-staining foods, especially healthy ones like berries and fruits. If you must eat foods that stain, brush your teeth or rinse within 20 or 30 minutes.  

Baking soda

Baking soda has long been a key ingredient in at-home tooth-whitening. Baking soda is formally called sodium bicarbonate and it’s actually a form of salt. It’s most commonly found in baked goods because it helps them rise, but it also is used in beauty products including toothpaste.

In fact, when you were growing up and your household ran out of toothpaste, your parents might have concocted a mixture of baking soda and water. It didn’t taste great, but it did the job and your teeth felt clean. 

The natural abrasiveness of the baking soda can help remove stains and whiten teeth. The Journal of the American Dental Association states that toothpastes with baking soda are more effective at stain removal than those that contain none.

To make an at-home natural tooth whitening paste from baking soda, mix 1 teaspoon of baking soda with 3 teaspoons of water and stir to form a paste. Use it as a toothpaste, rinse and spit; don’t swallow.

Baking soda will not lighten your teeth as aggressively as in-office or commercial teeth whitening procedures and products, but it will reduce surface stain and lighten your teeth at least one shade. 

Natural whitening toothpaste

The most natural way to whiten your teeth is to make your own tooth whitening toothpaste. We found this recipe on several websites, including SimpleGreenSmoothies.com: 1 part coconut oil, 1 part baking soda, add drops of peppermint essential oil (or any flavor you like) to your taste. Mix into a paste and store in an airtight container. They suggest adding stevia if you prefer a sweeter flavor.

Again, the natural, homemade toothpaste is less effective than commercial teeth whiteners, but it will remove recent stains from your teeth and take your smile up a notch.

Commercial natural whiteners

A number of natural brands have become more available not only in grocery and drug stores but also through online retailers. What was once reserved for health food stores has become much more mainstream and consumers demand cruelty-free, sustainable and natural products.   

Developed by a pair of Swiss dentists who are also sisters, vVARDIS is an example of an online oral care brand that caters specifically to people who want a brighter smile and care about protecting the environment. Their products not only whiten teeth but they also protect. Their toothpastes, mouth rinses, and whiteners are all vegan and cruelty free.

Commercially available natural teeth whiteners can lighten your teeth several shades — refer to packaging details and always follow their directions.

Natural mouthwashes

Although the following methods do not have any scientific proof that they work, there are a lot of sources that suggest they do. At least, they’ll remove recent stains and prevent buildup. As always, use home remedies with caution and talk to your dentist before undertaking any tooth whitening product. Tooth whiteners, even natural ones, can aggravate gum disease, mouth sores and pain from cavities and some dental work.

Apple cider vinegar: A homemade mouthwash made from apple cider vinegar might make you pucker, but it could whiten your teeth. Be cautious with overusing apple cider vinegar, though, as overuse can weaken your teeth’s enamel. Use it only two or three times a week.

Oil pulling: This ancient technique comes from India, and it’s making somewhat of a comeback. Take a spoonful of any oil, but many recommend coconut oil because it tastes better, and swish it around your mouth. Do not swallow the oil. Push and pull it through your teeth. Spit and rinse with water.

Raw fruits and vegetables: While they’re not necessarily going to whiten your teeth, raw fruits and vegetables can remove plaque when you chew.

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3 Products I love from ERA Organics plant-based skincare

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3 Products I love from ERA Organics plant-based skincare

Many times I bring you food brands that have clean ingredients for better health and this time I am bringing you a plant-based skincare brand that is just as clean for your skin health. ERA Organics offers several skin care products that give the largest organ of our body the nutrients it craves. Nothing harsh, just gentle, organic ingredients and it is easily available on Amazon.

There are 3 products I have recently began using daily and weekly. The 2 products I use daily are the ERA Organics face wash and moisturizer.

The ERA Organics Moisturizing Face Wash For Sensitive Skin is a sulfate-free cleanser that I keep in my shower to wash my face and body. It is made with organic aloe and Manuka honey that helps soothe dry and tired skin. It helps cleanse sensitive skin prone to psoriasis, eczema, dermatitis, acne and more without causing irritation. 

The ERA Organics Complete Natural Face Moisturizer Cream is an advanced healing face lotion that has a 12-in-1 formula with vitamins and minerals for all skin types and conditions. It is made with organic Aloe Vera, Manuka Honey, MSM, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Blue Green Algae, Olive Oils and Cocoa Butter with vitamins A, B, C, E. I use this nightly to repair damaged cells, stimulate new cell growth, stimulate collagen production, strengthen fibers, improve elasticity, protect from damaging free radicals while reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

Face scrub

Every several days or weekly I am using this ERA Organics Revive+ Microdermabrasion Manuka Honey Walnut Scrub and Mask. It includes Organic Aloe Vera Leaf Juice, Walnut Shell Powder, Manuka Honey, Organic Orange Oil, Cehami Extract for a softer, more youthful complexion. It works to remove daily build up so your face can heal and look radiant again. Feel it gently polish away damaged skin, blackheads, stretch marks and is a powerful acne scar treatment.

Ingredients in skin products are important to me. Our skin absorbs everything it can when it comes in contact with ingredients so only the gentle, organic and natural ingredients are what I look for. ERA Organics is a brand I was already familiar with before the chance to include these 3 products in my routine. I also love using their Toner and Organic Face Mist with witch hazel, rose water & apple cider vinegar that I discovered a while back.

Visit ERA Organics to see all of their amazing and gentle products for the body.

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This Ida Body Care line is clean and natural, vegan, and cruelty free

This Ida Body Care line is clean and natural, vegan, and cruelty free

The weather has been so hot and dry this year! In Wa state we got to 109-112 for a few days and in June and on the western side of the state. It is unheard of. We don’t get heat like that in any month and the bit of heat we do get comes in August/September. Many do not have A/C in homes here because it isn’t really needed. So much is affected when weather changes this dramatically. Our skin suffers huge with change of weather and extreme conditions. My hands and even joints, like knees and elbows have never been so dry.

I was sent this Ida Body Care line in the heart of the heat wave and thank goodness I had this in my shower! I keep all but the lotion in my shower because the 4 step process is best done with wet skin. First, I want to share why I love Ida and it has to do with the ingredient list, then we can discuss the 4 steps to skin that is better moisturized.

Ida Body care has 4 items in their shop – a dry brush, body wash (2 sizes available), Body Scrub (2 sizes available), and body Lotion (2 sizes available). Your daily routine uses all 4 products in a particular order. Every Ida product is natural, vegan, and cruelty free. The full list of natural ingredients is here, but I will quickly list some. Their products are based on essential oils, which are plants (not labs).

According to Ida Body Care Founder & CEO Vicki Weaver Payne. “This gentle and creamy body wash is my Mother’s (Ida) special formula to cleanse and revive, designed specifically for ‘skin that’s been doing’.” With ingredients like avocado (the youth mineral), jojoba oil (sealing the skin against water loss), aloe vera (adds a protective barrier to safeguard from free radicals) and argan oil (effective for increasing skin elasticity and provides intense hydration) to name a few, it is everything your skin craves to stay hydrated all day. Keep reading down the ingredient list, you will not find any hidden chemicals added in the end!

Have you ever used a product that worked so well on your skin, you find yourself just caressing your skin for a while after in awe? That is what happens after step 3 of this ida body care routine and step 4 is that extra bonus lotion layer. I can literally see the shower water bead up and roll off my skin by the end. I will step in the shower, do a soap cleanse of my body and shampoo my hair. The last thing I do is begin the routine below, in this order.

  1. Dry Brush my body
  2. Use the body scrub – just a small amount goes a long way as you apply in a circular motion. Rinse.
  3. Use the body wash. Rinse.
  4. Get out of the shower, dry off and use the lotion.

Order your bundle today and give your skin back the nutrients it is craving right now! Visit Ida Body Care.

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MyPalmSpa skin renewal hand system is a DIY spa kit

Butter by Keba has a ‘nail DIY spa kit‘ for you to enjoy in your home called, MyPalmSpa. It is the perfect combination of skin exfoliant and moisture with a gentle scent. It is amazing how moist my hands are after treatment. I wash my hands a lot in a day at my job and doing a weekly hand/nail spa treatment with this set up makes a huge difference in treating the dryness I have always dealt with.

MyPalmSpa hand renewal kit comes with:

  • 4oz. Ginger Lemongrass Hand Scrub
  • 1oz. Lemon Basil Hand Butter
  • 1/2 oz. Lemon Basil Nail & Cuticle Oil
  • 1 Pair Cotton Washable Moisturizing Gloves
  • 1 Cuticle Stick

I start by applying the cuticle oil and using the cuticle stick to soften and clean up my nails. Then I add a bit of scrub to each hand and work it into my hands to detoxify and exfoliate. I then add some hand butter and put on the glove for about 10 minutes. Once I take that glove off it is so hard to leave my hands alone because they are so moist and soft.

Butter by Keba products are blended with the best plant-based ingredients, then infused with essential oils and phthalate-free fragrance synergies. The gentle ingredients paired with gentle scents means you get quality skincare products for yourself or as gifts. Visit Butter by Keba and find great Mother’s Day gift sets like the MyPalmSpa.