DIY Basic Tooth Powder Recipe

DIY Basic Natural Tooth Powder Recipe

I tried out one of the Victorian and Edwardian tooth powder recipes: it’s the Basic Tooth Powder With Camphor from 1902 – but I left out the camphor.



  • 1 part calcium carbonate
  • 1/2 part orris root powder
  • 1/4 part castile soap (pure olive oil soap)


Grate the castile soap bar finely; then add calcium carbonate and orris root powder. The original recipe calls for camphor, but I didn’t add that.


To use the tooth powder: Dip the wetted toothbrush into the powder, then brush your teeth just as if you’d be using normal toothpaste.

Did I like it? The tooth powder doesn’t foam very much, but as the toothpaste I’m normally using doesn’t foam very much either, that wasn’t a problem for me. But I didn’t quite like the powdery feeling in my mouth – maybe because this is the first tooth powder I’ve tried. However, the tooth powder makes the teeth very clean and has a fresh, unobtrusive flavor. And you doesn’t taste the soap at all. (-> here I tried to brush my teeth just with soap 😀 ) I think the tooth powder could be used instead of ‘normal’, store-bought toothpaste, but I liked this DIY natural toothpaste better (-> here you’ll find my recipe).

Homemade Natural Tooth Powder Recipe

I also added some cinnamon powder to a part of the tooth powder inspired by the Premium Tooth Powder of 1896.


Premium Tooth Powder Ingredients:

  • 12 parts calcium carbonate
  • 1 part cinnamon powder
  • 2 parts orris root powder


I didn’t use the exact measurements of the Premium Tooth Powder; just added some powdered ceylon cinnamom to the Basic Tooth Powder from above (cinnamon has an antibacterial effect).


The tooth powder has a fresh, slight taste of cinnamon.

victorian edwardian tooth powder tooth paste recipe-4

6 thoughts on “DIY Basic Tooth Powder Recipe

    1. You can leave out the orris root. I think it’s just added for scent. The important ingredients are the calcium carbonate and soap.

  1. I’ve been wanting to try this! Thanks so much for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party last week, I’ll be featuring you tomorrow morning when the new party starts!

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