tooth decay, plaque, stains & bad breath.
When we examine the ingredients in contemporary toothpaste we find:
almost NO effective ingredients.
Whether because the ingredient is toxic & dangerous, or because it’s added at a dose too low to be useful or,
most commonly …. because the ingredients are not for your teeth at all!!
We are also starting to learn that the actual toothpaste you use plays a very small part in the healthy “oral microbiome” equation.
Diet, light abrasion, regular water rinsing, nose breathing & tongue scraping are FAR more useful & healthy tools.
Conventional & NATURAL toothpastes that are
NOT for your TEETH!!
ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER OR NATURAL SUGAR:
saccharin, aspartame, acesulfame, neotame, and sucralose
Used for TASTE only.
The debate on dietary sugar and artificial sweeteners continues.
The problem with most sweeteners in toothpaste is: they must be dissolved in liquid …. usually water.
Where there is water …. there WILL be several associated, often hazardous chemicals to preserve, emulsify and stabilize the product.
We all know that one of the first things we learn as toddlers is to not eat sweets before bed ….!!!
Sugar of any nature has no business in toothpaste in my opinion.
Proven to increase bacterial activity, fungal activity, cavity occurrence, and instigate cravings for more sweets.
Alcohol similar compounds like Glycerin, Xylitol & Sorbitol are very dehydrating & damaging to skin, gums & surrounding tissues.
All alcohols, or alcohol similar compounds, are strong agents damaging ALL cells, not just bad bacteria. They are NOT choosy!
If alcohol & sugar are good for teeth then I’d rather brush with
Vodka & OJ …. just sayin’!!!
An agent, similar to alcohol, that kills ALL cells it touches, destroying healthy tissue …. not just bad bacteria.
Peroxide will whiten teeth, in prescription strength, but is never in a high enough dose to effectively do so in conventional whitening toothpastes and, due to damage caused, should never be used long term.
triclosan, triclocarban, benzalkonium chloride, benzethonium chloride, chloroxylenol (PCMX), etc.
It is now globally recognized that antibiotic agents are to be used for acute care situations ONLY!!
used to thicken, emulsify, and preserve.
Thought to be dangerous carcinogens, disrupting digestive systems & causing inflammation.
aluminum hydroxide, calcium carbonate, various calcium hydrogen phosphates, various silicas and zeolites, and hydroxyapatite, etc.
Some of these are safe, some are natural, some are not.
They vary in abrasiveness, strength & concentration.
Some abrasive element in toothpaste feels good and is nice but …. the clinical necessity of any abrasive agent is a hotly debated topic with professionals arguing between removing plaque and dangerous enamel erosion.
I think there’s some balance in the middle of this argument that’s likely beneficial in our modern society and I pick a safe, edible, inexpensive, natural Nacholite (sodium bicarbonate).
and, of course, FLOURIDE:
A KNOWN & RATED CARCINOGEN ASSOCIATED WITH VARIOUS DISEASES.
used to preserve, thicken, emulsify, stabilize, flavor or color toothpaste.
Sodium Hydroxide (Lye – for soap)
Titanium Dioxide (for sunscreen, likely for color & texture)
sodium lauryl sulfate – surfactant, detergent, foaming agent for SOAP as used in conventional dish soaps, shampoo’s, hand soaps & body washes.
flavor: always synthetic comprised of possibly 100’s of undisclosed, secret chemicals
Completely NOT for teeth or gums or oral hygiene!!
but used to make the product taste good, smell good, look good and stay a fully combined, nice texture, for a long time, at varying temperatures, in varying conditions, even once it’s been opened.
As if that wasn’t enough:
Please see our “Chemicals to Avoid” section above
for further chemical compounds often found in conventional toothpaste.
All Couxcoux ingredients are organic where certification is available, reliably sourced where organic certification doesn’t exist, sustainably sourced as much as possible, fair trade or Local to Grand Cayman. Organic certification does not exist on Grand Cayman yet. So, our Local ingredients are investigated thoroughly for safe farming & manufacturing practices.
Naturally sourced sodium bicarbonate.
It is now a hotly debated topic, based on empirical scientific data, that:
is VERY nearly as effective as ANY conventional toothpaste.
Even so, coconut oil is said to activate enzymes in the saliva, absorbing chemical, bacterial and environmental toxins, leaving the mouth, gums & tooth surface, purified and detoxified.
Coconut Oil is naturally a healthy antimicrobial agent that’s completely safe & edible.
Naturally sourced nacholite, baking soda or sodium bicarbonate, is a nicely alkaline tooth cleanser. When combined with oil & wax the abrasive factor performs a very light, gentle abrasion perfect for daily brushing.
When coconut oil is combined with a light vegan wax, like Candelilla wax, a natural antimicrobial agent itself, it produces a firm yet similar texture to toothpaste without all the chemicals. We also see some protection of the tooth surface for longer and less sensitivity to cold or hot.
Peppermint is also a natural antimicrobial agent offering a beautiful aroma along with a delicate cooling sensation.
If it’s a deal breaker for you:
please feel free to stir in a teaspoon or two of erythritol natural sweetener into your Couxcoux Toothpaste. This will make the toothpaste a little more abrasive but organic, plant based erythritol is safer for teeth & the body environment than other natural or artificial sugars.
Oils to AVOID
Read the Ingredients Label on the BACK!!!
Ignore the Front Advertising!!!
petroleum oils and refined, fractionated, hydrolyzed or hydrogenated oils that are often nutrition-less, drying & ineffective with residual hazardous extraction chemicals.
along with alcohol, extracts, soap compounds, emulsifiers, bleach, color, fragrance/parfum, solvents &/or detergents.
If it’s natural oil it WILL say so …. not something else unpronounceable!!!
GOOD: coconut oil (cocos nucifera)
GOOD: frankincense (boswellia serrata)
NOT GOOD: caprylic/capric triglyceride
dip dry toothbrush into toothpaste jar
brush as normal
brush & scrap your tongue
feel free to spit or swallow
rinse or don’t rinse
For added whitening & detoxifying power
check out our Couxcoux SuperWhite
cleansing, detoxifying & whitening powder.
Apply tiny dabs underarms. Massage in well. You should experience an hour, or more, safe from body odor.
Makeup Remover & Oil Cleanse:
Some people find the peppermint in this product a bit strong near eyes so do a test spot and see if the menthol is OK for you.
Then, apply large dabs liberally to wet or damp skin. Massage in well to dislodge makeup, dirt and grime. Rinse skin. Wipe dirt and makeup away with a dark cloth or disposable cotton pad.
Follow with a spritz of Cleanse & Tone.
Apply liberally to wet skin. Shave as normal. Rinse skin and towel dry.
Natural Oils will thicken and solidify in cooler water temperatures. Be sure to rinse your razor in hot tap water to dislodge oil and hair. A tiny amount of residual oil on the razor will keep it sharp longer.
What Chemicals should you avoid?
from toothpaste, to soaps, to moisturizers, to cleansers, to hair spray & gel, to deodorant ….
USUALLY CONTAIN THE SAME CHEMICALS!!!
YEP!!! You wouldn’t eat your moisturizer.
But you kind of are when you brush your teeth.
Conventional & NATURAL Skin Care Ingredients that are:
NOT for your SKIN!!
VERY LITTLE WATER APPLIED TO SKIN ABSORBS!!
Especially in a lotion …. Most of the water in lotion evaporates before the skin can take it in.
This is why Natural Oils are so important, especially when combined with a little vegan wax.
These two ingredients form a natural, breathable, OCCULSIVE barrier to trap water in the skin.
This is where most of the water hydration necessary for skin comes from anyway …. Inside you!
IF A PRODUCT CONTAINS WATER …. IT WILL CONTAIN CHEMICALS!
Currently, there is no effective natural preservative to keep water from spoiling or molding. Mostly, this issue comes up after the product is unsealed for use by the consumer, but, if it has water …. it will have to have chemicals.
Unfortunately, WATER is the most common and cheapest “filler” for any packaged product you may consider buying.
SEVERAL OTHER CHEMICALS ARE REQUIRED,
regardless of how much, or how little, water is used:
-to keep unlike ingredients (oil & water) from separating.
-to keep ingredients from decaying until the advertised expiry date (often years).
-to prevent changes in viscosity and texture at wide temperature ranges (natural, unrefined oils are liquid when warm and solid, slushy or cloudy when cold) during shipping, storage, display AND consumer use. We are so used to this consistent texture that we often don’t understand that several additives are required to produce this effect.
When we examine the ingredients in conventional hand soap, dish soap, body wash, shaving foam, shampoo, laundry soap and other liquid soaps we find that:
They are all nearly identical – face, hand, body, laundry, dishes
The first ingredient is almost always water, between 75% & 85%, with very little, to:
NO, actual, true soap.
True soap is any natural, unrefined OIL with Potassium or Sodium Hydroxide and nothing else.
True soap does not lather as much and is usually a natural bar or paste unless diluted with water and/or thickened with salt.
True soap can be self-preserving because all soaps are quite alkaline dissuading microbe growth.
CHEMICAL DETERGENT, SURFACTANT, SOLVENT
formed from petrochemicals (sometimes oleochemicals) and sulphur trioxide, sulphuric acid and ethylene oxide.
Many are known hazards, linked to cancer, neurotoxicity, organ toxicity, skin irritation, and endocrine disruption.
Producing, manufacturing and distributing these chemicals, along with consumers washing them off into the water table and soil, causes severe environmental disruption.
sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate, ammonium laurel sulfate, sulfuric acid monododecyl ester, sodium dodecyl sulphate, alcoholethoxy sulfate, alkylbenzene sulfonate, alkyl sulfates.
If the foaming agent is derived from coconut oil, for example:
the name would be something like sodium coco sulfate or cocamidopropyl betaine,
and 100’s more.
In any conventional foaming product, including products labeled NATURAL, these ingredient groups are almost impossible to avoid.
We are also starting to learn that soaps, body washes, shampoo’s, foams and other alkaline cleansers:
soapy water =pH~10,
skin = pH~5,
Play a substantial role in the chronic condition of the “skin microbiome equation”.
It’s established that gentle cleansers, for face & body, that do not alkalize, strip or over work our delicate acid mantle (a thin acidic filmy barrier on the surface of skin) allow the body environment to safely heal, sanitize & deodorize itself.
These gentle cleansers, generally do NOT foam, or foam very little.
Within this foaming wash conversation, we have to admit that:
“soap” is simply slippery.
It does not kill microbes or bacteria. Even anti-bacterial soaps & sanitizers have been proven mostly ineffective ….
Soap simply makes the skin surface slippery enough that microbes dislodge & rinse away down the drain. Sounds like any good oil, naturally emulsified onto wet skin, could easily do this job while preserving microbiome balance and assisting skin hydration.
PEG = Dimethicone (PEG with any #) = polyethylene glycol conversion = an alcohol, suffocating silicone based polymer.
parabens, BHT, Tocopherol acetate (refined vitamin E derivative), Disodium and tetrasodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl and imidazolydyl urea, Parabens (Methylparaben, polyparaben, butylparaben, etc.), Phenoxyethanol, Methylisothiazolinone, Ascorbyl palmitate (a derivative of vitamin C), Benzoic acid, etc ….
There is several hundred different preservatives in use in skin care generally today.
Very few have been laboratory tested for safety in skin care individually, or in combination, or in accidental combination with other commonly applied personal care products.
For example: you’ve accidentally got toothpaste on your freshly moisturized finger that you now washed off with soap and re-moisturized before applying your hair styling product while possibly stirring your coffee with the tail of your toothbrush….
Have you just absorbed or ingested a quadruple (or more) dose of the minimum safe level of one of the above preservatives? …. PROBABLY!!
Propylene and butylene glycols, adipate, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, lauryl alcohol, denatured alcohol or alcohol denat, benzyl alcohol, glycerin, glycerol, etc ….
There’s 1000’s of alcohol compounds derived from multiple different oils and/or sugars, including PETROLEUM OIL (mineral oil, baby oil, vaseline).
Humectants: dehydrating deep tissue layers over time via law of connecting vessels or,
Alcohol compounds: straight up, just damaging & dehydrating.
Natural EXTRACTS: (alcohol or glycerin/glycerol) Sometimes work as cleansers & toners but are NOT for moisturizing ingredients.
All preservatives & alcohols, or similar compounds, are:
strong agents that damage or kill …. ALL CELLS …. not just “bad” cells.
They are NOT at all choosy. If it’s alive …. good human tissue or bad bacteria/virus …. Doesn’t matter!
NATURAL & SYNTHETIC SILICONE
Provides a slippery & water resistant, emollient texture.
Like plastic, silicone can keep water in, but other debris that needs to exit the tissue can also be trapped, causing congestion, inflammation, rash and acne.
Silicones also don’t allow proper circulation of oxygen; suffocating and dehydrating the tissue.
But, worst, they don’t come off easily and the skin will struggle constantly to shove them off.
polyvinylpyrrolidone (PVP), Methicone,Phenyl trimethicone, Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Dimethiconol, Dimethicone copolyomer, Cyclopentasiloxane …. etc!
All known & rated Hazards.
FRAGRANCE AND PARFUM ARE NEVER NATURAL OR SAFE!
Perfumers that are dedicated (like me) to making safe, natural, wholesome scents will certainly let you know!!
Please feel free to view our fragrant & curative roll-ons within the HEALTH section of the homepage.
But, ingredients listed as “Fragrance” and “Parfum” or “Perfume” are a secret mixture of possibly 1, or 100, chemical compounds. There is around 3000 chemical compounds in use today to give us the smells we want. It is said that about 75% of these are phthalates, known carcinogens & hormone disruptors.
Most of the fragrances we’re accustomed to smelling today DO NOT exist in nature except for “on the actual branch” so to speak!!! Many of these smells CAN NOT be “bottled” without synthetic preserving & alcohol ingredients.
Due to current labeling laws these combinations of possibly 100’s of chemicals, named “fragrance”, are considered TRADE SECRETS and do NOT have to be disclosed on the label as individual ingredients.
Acetone, ethanol, benzaldehyde, formaldehyde, methylene chloride, ethyl acetate, Isopropyl myristate, Monopropylene glycol, benzyl alcohol and many, many more. Synthetic musks are also common, potentially hazardous, ingredients.
More and more people are experiencing severe, sometimes anaphylactic, reactions to fragrance but are unable to avoid the particular chemical they are having trouble with because, they can’t find out what it is, or what other products it might be in including, food, laundry products, cleaning products, residential & commercial air diffusers, deodorizers & sprays etc.
Many of these chemicals are now considered as dangerous as smoking and second hand smoke.
These chemicals are difficult to avoid because “FRAGRANCE or PARFUM” is added to just about everything ….
food, skin care, personal care, body care, hair care, laundry products, baby products, cleaning products …. in the same to wildly different concentrations at residential, commercial, industrial & institutional levels.
Including products labeled NATURAL!
IT’S NOT NATURAL!
Almost ALL added color is synthetically produced in our modern world.
Some of them are certified, some are batch certified, some are not certified ….
Some are regulated by the FDA …. Some are not like: Micas.
If it’s natural, and intended for skin care or food, it will have to have a written disclaimer except: when it’s certified or not, and regulated, but on the list, or not regulated. It’s confusing, I know. The point is enforcement is difficult and enforcement is NOT the FDA’s job.
Natural colors often co occur in nature with some dangerous compounds like: arsenic and asbestos. So, to avoid this danger, color additives are manufactured. This means that even natural looking, pale colors will likely have chemicals.
Vibrant, Pale and Dark natural colors can be produced in WATER and/or alcohol …. but, where there’s water …. there’s preserving, emulsifying, thickening & stabilizing chemicals. And, where there’s alcohol there’s cell damage or death.
Oils will not absorb color, or anything for that matter but, color additives can be suspended or emulsified into oil making it appear colored.
BRIGHT WHITE & CLEAR TRANSPARENT “COLOR” does NOT exist in nature!
Even white appearing flowers have specks of light grey, yellow, pink etc. So, if it’s a bright white, clear or transparent (like glycerin and silicone), it’s been extracted, filtered, refined or processed with some compound like bleach.
PETROLEUM OILS & REFINED or HYDROGENTATED OILS
Natural Oils can range from water thin to a cloudy slurry to a firm solid depending on their temperature and their base physical properties.
For example: natural coconut oil is a pale, yellow liquid when warm, a cloudy, grainy, even lumpy, slurry when cooling, and a creamy, firm, solid when cold.
Oils can be chemically extracted from any plant or animal matter, then further chemically refined to make them colorless, odorless, thicker, thinner, and/or always a consistent viscosity & texture regardless of temperature and conditions, with an almost indefinite shelf life or no expiry date.
Chemical refining provides a convenient, stable, base oil for dispersing into any product (including edibles) but removes many base nutritious, hydrating & healing properties of that oil AND can leave hazardous chemical residue in the product.
We have become so accustomed to this unnatural lotion/cream texture we forget the several chemicals required to produce the effect!!
PLEASE IGNORE THE FRONT ADVERTISING LABEL!!
IT’S OFTEN MISLEADING!
Even if a product is advertised as Natural or Organic, please take a look at the very tiny writing on the back label that lists the ACTUAL ingredients.
Under current law, even organic products are allowed a certain percentage of chemicals! Some of these chemicals can be dangerous and others are, just simply, not for skin. They’re for making the product look good, for a very long time.
IF AN INGREDIENT IS NATURAL:
It will be listed in its common name: coconut oil
Or Plant Genus: cocos nucifera
Most companies like to advertise that they advocate natural ingredients by listing both names:
coconut oil (cocos nucifera).
IF AN INGREDIENT IS NOT NATURAL:
It will be listed by its chemical name:
capyrlic/capric triglyceride or glyceryl tricaprylate/tricaprate:
These chemical names comprise a triester of coconut oil and glycerol:
Coconut oil is comprised of triglycerides. The triglycerides are 3 molecules fatty acid with 1 molecule of glycerol, from the alcohol family.
Intense heat and pressure is applied to coconut oil to make these triglycerides split apart (fractionate). The capric & caprylic fatty acids are isolated, leaving the other fatty acids out. Then, usually with a chemical catalyst (methylate or ethylate), they are reattached to the glycerol molecule, therefore changing the chemical composition of the oil.
This new manufactured oil is no longer coconut oil.
It will not solidify when cooling or cold, it will be quite thin, and may be tasteless, odorless & colorless depending on refinement methods and further chemical processes.
The main ingredient of this new oil, Caprylic acid with glycerol, while an effective antimicrobial for infection & fungus, it is drying and can irritate skin. Just like applying rubbing alcohol to skin that’s not infected.