DIY Teeth Whitening Scrub

Diy teeth whitening, bentonite clay, turmeric, charcoal

Coffee is my crutch. I also enjoy the occasional glass of wine. Unfortunately, I wear the evidence on my teeth every day. I also have soft, sensitive teeth so those whitening strips are not an option for me. They work so well but the pain in my teeth for a week after isn’t worth it to me.

I did some digging around on the interweb, as you will, and found several different DIY whitening processes. Anything with baking soda and peroxide increases my sensitivity so those were out. I saw activated charcoal, bentonite clay, and turmeric; all things I could use without painful repercussions. I also figured, if one of these things works, then maybe all three mixed together would work even better. So of course that’s what I did.

I normally use a dry mix of these but I thought I would try a liquid version, since I kept reading that’s how others were using it. Maybe they knew something I didn’t. Well, they didn’t. I definitely prefer the dry version so, although this is for the liquid version, I suggest you don’t add the liquid.

Organic turmeric, activated charcoal, bentonite clay, coconut oil, teeth whitening, diy teeth whitening

Starting with an ounce of coconut oil I added

a teaspoon of turmeric (I use this kind – Turmeric Powder 7 oz Pkg by Organic Traditions https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01BL3XB6O/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_esIYAb6KM3X8F )

a teaspoon of activated charcoal (I use this kind – Solaray Activated Charcoal Capsules, 280 mg, 90 Count https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000TMM2V4/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_NvIYAb9FYQ8QQ )

and a teaspoon of bentonite clay (I use this kind -Aztec Secret Indian Healing Clay Deep Pore Cleansing, 1 Pound https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00S7ZPB8Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_4wIYAbR9HGDSY ).

I mixed them all together to make a thin paste. First I brushed my teeth and I then dunked a dry toothbrush in. Be sure you use a separate toothbrush or that you don’t mind yours getting stained because that’s what’s going to happen.

After dunking my toothbrush into the mixture, I brushed my teeth for two minutes. It was disgusting. I looked like a zombie. It didn’t taste like anything though so I’m assuming the charcoal absorbed the turmeric flavor. Not having to taste turmeric was my favorite part. I rinsed my toothbrush off, and since there was no flavor, I applied another layer to my teeth. I had to take a shower so I kept it in my mouth for the first couple of minutes just for added effect.

Then, I rinsed my mouth out and brushed my teeth a couple of times after the paste had been in my mouth for about 5 minutes total. It didn’t seem like much of a difference but LUCKY FOR YOU I documented that mess so we could have before and after photos! After looking at those I did see a noted difference.

If you have sensitive teeth, I recommend trying this, but the dry version really does work better. It also keeps better in a container on the shelf so you can use it a couple of times a week without it solidifying into an unmanageable clump. If you have any ideas for products I should try or DIYs I should attempt, leave it in the comments!

Thursdays Are for Product Reviews!

 

On Thursdays, I will be doing a product review! The reviews will be for things that I have tried and want to share with you, good or bad! Makeup items, skincare, beauty tools, hair products, and random thingamabobs are a few products I will be reviewing to see if they work as advertised!

I want to keep this place mainly a supportive and encouraging community for those of us struggling with chronic illness and pain but I also want to be able to implement some fun things and break up the monotony of life. I preach about self care and it’s a lot easier to do when it’s fun! So, without further adieu, my first product review.

Don’t let this little packet fool you! I got 3 uses out of it!

I received this packet of Soo Ae Purifying Brightening Peeling Gel in a subscription box. After looking at it quickly I thought it was a peel off mask. Not my thing. Beauty does not have to be pain. Also I’m a huge wimp when it comes to things pulling off all of my little face hairs.

When I finally decided to use it, I read the directions. Not a peel off mask but a gel that you scrub on and rinse off. Okay this is much more my speed! Everything else I needed to do in the shower was finished so the mask was my last step.

I will never live another day in my life without having this in my shower. I loved it so much I went out and bought the big bottle of it! The mask smells like hardly anything at all, it’s meant to refine and clarify your skin, it’s mild enough for most sensitive skins, and it works like nothing I’ve ever used.

I put a little on my fingers and rubbed it into my wet face. After a few seconds of scrubbing I though the product was clumping up and thought that was a little gross. After a few more seconds I realized it wasn’t the product, it was the dead skin being exfoliated and peeled off my face! I scrubbed a little extra around my nose, lips, and the middle of my forehead where I tend to get dull skin and a lot of oiliness and the amount of dead skin that piled up was disgusting and amazing!

I rinsed the gel all off and my skin was so smooth. The blackheads on my nose were CLEANED OUT. Seriously. Empty. Soo Ae has created my holy grail of skincare products! I was still a little skeptical about the clump factor so I tried it again the next day and hardly anything happened. I waited another week and, wouldn’t you know, so much clumping! The pictures I’ve shown are after I had been using it for a couple of weeks. I waited 3 days and used it just to show you what it looks like while you’re using it and how smooth my skin is after!

I’ve used this quite often but you can see how smooth it made my skin and how gross the dead skin was. So gross.

When I repurchased the packet, I got it for $2.50 and the bottle was $6.98 at Walmart. I had previously been ordering it from www.SooAeNewYork.com until our local Walmart started carrying it. I even did a test run and used it on my feet, just because someone requested I try it and it was amazing. Maine may still be buried in snow but I am sandal ready.

A bonus of ordering from the website! Free masks to try out!

In case you haven’t noticed, I can’t sing the praises for this product enough. Look for Soo Ae to be included in my first giveaway!

If there is something you’ve seen and you want to know if it lives up the the hype, let me know in the comments! I’m always looking for new things to try!