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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 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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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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My Little Mascara Club – Review and Unboxing

All of the products at My Little Mascara Club are natural and All of our products are always: vegan, cruelty free, gluten free, paraben free, mineral oil free, beeswax free and paraffin free.

Want to know what you get? Watch my unboxing below:

What can you buy at My Little Mascara Club?

  • Mascara: Length and Definition 0.135 fl oz (without subscription) $15
  • Mascara Volume and Curl 0.135 fl oz (without subscription) $15
  • Fresh: Mascara Remover 3.4 fl oz $12
  • Erase: Mascara Wipes (2 pack) $8
  • Trio: Gift Set (1 Mascara, Mascara Remover, Mascara Wipes) $35
  • Lovely: Gift Set (1 Mascara, Mascara Remover, Mascara Wipes, 1 Case) $42
  • Exquisite: Gift Set (1 Mascara, Mascara Remover, Mascara Wipes, 1 Bag) $49
  • or the Trial Kit (1 Mascara, Mascara Remover Wipes, Surprise Box) Now just $9!

Why would you get a Mascara Subscription?

It’s a little mascara! Little wands make application so much easier. You also get just enough to last until you should really change out your mascara or wand for sanitary reasons. Even the FDA recommends you toss your mascara after 3 months.

With My Little Mascara Club you choose how often you want your mascara delivered from every 6 weeks to every 4 months. On average their little mascara will last you 6 weeks with daily use. Mascara Plan subscribers enjoy discounts of up to 40% off their products and flat $3 (instead of $5) shipping. And you always get free shipping after $50 subtotal!

Start with your $9 trial kit HERE. Make sure to use the code: HAPPYLASHES and you get a “free gift“!

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The Pillowcase That Fights Knots and Tangles in Childrens Hair

I remember the dreaded hair brushing in mornings. Then I know parents who totally changed their child’s hairstyle just to avoid the rats nest.

With the Easy Mornings pillowcases from Madison & White you get an exclusive blend of fabric that allows hair to gently glide across the surface, reducing hair tangles and knots. Their satin is a blend of 95% polyester and 5% spandex. No harmful chemicals are used in the product or at the OEKO-TEK STANDARD factory.

The Easy Mornings kit comes with (2) pillowcases. I also love that they are wrinkle-resistant and washing is easy-just toss in the washing machine and dryer.

The standard cotton pillowcases always cause tangles in adults and childrens hair. Cotton loves water so it will pull moisture form your child’s hair and then that hair tangles and knots up due to friction and dryness.

With the Madison & White Easy Mornings set, your child’s hair glides across the ultra soft satin. Plus, their hair keeps its natural moisture which is very healthy. My first thought was how much time these pillow cases can save in the mornings, but it truly is more than that. Cotton does not allow your hair to remain healthy when every night it sucks out that moisture, so Madison & White offers pillow cases for everyone in the family that actually helps to keep your hair healthy. Shop Madison & White!