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The Self Examiner

Sharing is very important to us at Cafe Gratitude. This blog is our means of connecting with you, our community through sharing what's happening with us and creating a conversation around the many facets of this community.

Do it yourself: What a combo of words!  In Spanish: "hazlo tu mismo".  Remember self is the only thing we are, now.

The seed was planted soon after  moving from San Salvador, El Salvador  to San Francisco: when I fell in love with riding bicycles again, the kid inside me was liberated from buses, cars & walking. Before then I didn't have in my head, "you can go work riding your bicycle". 
It took another 3-4 years for me to finally say "I can make my own tooth paste"
This is the moment of no return:
Late at night in the bathroom I noticed toothpaste was almost 86ed  and I quickly thought: "I'm making toothpaste and I'm reusing this plastic tub".

The idea was quickly forgotten until the next day when I saw a new toothpaste, a new plastic tub, another purchase, and money was spent.  My commitment was full on now. 
I can make my own toothpaste from bulk ingredients.  No brands; no weird soaps and flavors. No more plastic in this planet, etc... this is just the beginning! Can you imagine making your own detergent (which we did & we filmed it.  Please stick around we will air this episode  with the crew of Babylon's Train soon), make your own cosmetics, etc! You can even make your own chones & clothing.  All it takes is that you turn that TV off, log off of Facebook, search the internet and do it. 

Here is a cool equation:


1% knowledge ∫ 99% practice = 

Now there has got to be a mathematician blogger around here to prove false my newly created equation but in the mean time here it is:  Fibonacci Tooth Paste.
Why Fibonacci? What's going in vinicio's mind?!

Here is the problem, when I committed myself to do this toothpaste enterprise I didnt know where to begin.  I heard of baking soda and salt but of course my ego wanted to do something amazing, tasty & paste like of course.  I wanted something that I could squeeze in a tub and brag about it.  The mind always finds a way.

If you are not familiar with the Fibonacci sequence research, is way amazing and all over in nature, the seeds, the flowers, vegetables like cauliflower & romanesco, the ratio of our fingers  how we grow in our mama's womb, etc.
Here is half of my 1% knowledge: 
  • Google DIY toothpaste & understand how it works
The other half is creativity!  How can I apply the Fibonacci sequence to making toothpaste (?!), ignoring other people's suggestions (I usually do but this time it went marvelously).  This didn't go as well in previous experiments--  I tried to make a nut butter sauce using numbers of the sequence in the form of ratios and it didn't work.  I failed. In the internet there is a lot to grab from.  Music can be created using Fibonacci numbers, composition in painting & drawing, sewing in patterns, architecture, even if you are crazy enough to make crop circles you can apply the sequence, go to a Monsanto Monoculture and do some civil disobedience.
Now the ingredients:
  • 4 simple ingredients: vegetable glycerin, baking soda, peppermint extract, and salt
The formula:
Use the first numbers in the Fibonacci sequence: 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21 
Experiment-- trial & success!
Do this:
  • One part salt, one part peppermint extract, 13 parts vegetable glycerin & 8 parts baking soda
  • Adjust.  Remember not all ingredients are the same. I did tweak mine after these ratios. You might need more peppermint or baking soda.  Remember: balance.
Mix well, vigorously & energetically. Put your intention into your paste; invoke the name Fibonacci a few times; swear allegiance to the DIY movement. Brush your teeth! 
Use a small amount!  You dont need "a small pea size ball" of it, only a touch. This stuff is powerful.  It wont create a ton of suds.  This is the best toothpaste believe me. It will feel funny in the beginning but then there is no coming back. It's salty & sweet & a slap in your face peppermint puyaka!
You are not a radical or an anarchist for just making your own toothpaste.  To start, wear black everything.  Use chains; don't use deodorant (which you can also make with alcohol, water & extracts), make a hairdo & read Rousseau. He is cool though he is not an anarchist.
Do it yourself & tell your community!

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Homemade Toothpaste
written by Amy , August 06, 2011

I've been making my own toothpaste for about a year now. I've used glycerin, but currently I'm using baking soda and essential oils and just use that. I don't use any specific measurements, just what ever I think will work.. I don't ever plan on going back to commercial toothpaste!
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