What ingredients are in Boka’s toothpaste?
When we sat down to create our own toothpaste, it was important to us that we use simple ingredients that are found in nature and also good for you holistically, not only for a healthy smile. That’s why we immediately cut out some controversial chemicals that could have negative side effects, including fluoride, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), triclosan, artificial flavors and parabens. Our great-tasting, natural toothpaste gives you a healthy smile without compromising your overall health. However, if you’re like me, you may be wondering—why don’t I know more about what these basic, natural ingredients are?
The good news is, these ingredients—silica, sorbitol powder, illicium verum oil, to name a few—are complicated titles for basic minerals, plants or fruit. They are referred to as INCI, international nomenclature cosmetic ingredients, required to be identified in this way by the FDA. Essentially, they are scientific names for ingredients that are actually quite simple:
Glycerine: A simple sugar alcohol compound used to thicken, sweeten and maintain moisture levels in our paste. It does not harm your teeth or feed the bacteria that causes cavities.
Hydrated Silica: A mineral found in nature as the precious gemstone opal. Hydrated silica, or opal, helps safely remove plaque buildup from teeth. It’s also a derivative of silica (see below).
Sorbitol Powder: A natural sweetener derived from fruit. It’s used to thicken our toothpaste and give it a sweet minty taste.
Silica: Also referred to as silicon dioxide, silica is the mineral that makes up quartz and covers about 10 percent of the earth’s surface. Silica has been used since ancient times as a mild abrasive for cleaning teeth.
Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate: An amino acid ubiquitous in biological matter from plants to the human body. Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate is a gentle cleanser and helps our toothpaste keep your teeth squeaky clean. While Sodium lauroyl sarcosinate and sodium lauryl sulfate have the same initials, they are not the same.
Sodium Benzoate: The salt of benzoic acid created by a natural process in fruit. Sodium benzoate prevents bacteria from growing in the toothpaste and on your brush so you don’t have to keep your tube in the fridge.
Mentha Piperita Essential Oil: Peppermint oil, from the peppermint plant. It is a flavor additive scientifically proven to fight bacteria that causes tooth decay and bad breath. It’s also a powerful anti-inflammatory and helps make your smile healthier with every use.
Mentha Viridis Oil: Spearmint oil from spearmint plants, similar to peppermint. Spearmint has been used since ancient times as a flavor additive and for its medicinal purposes as a disinfectant. It provides an extra kick for healthy gums.
Illicium Verum Oil: Star Anise oil derived from anise plants. It’s another old-school secret that has been used for its flavor and healing properties as an antiseptic, digestive, decongestant and more.
Gaultheria Procumberis Oil: Wintergreen oil from wintergreen trees in North America. It helps add a fresh taste to our paste and is widely used as an antiseptic.
Boka Toothpaste contains less than one percent of:
Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice: Aloe Vera Leaf Juice
Camellia Sinensis Extract: Green Tea
Cucumis Sativus Fruit Extract: Cucumber
Persea Gratissima Fruit Extract: Avocado
Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract: Mango
Stevia: A natural sweetener derived from plants that your taste buds love and won’t harm your teeth.
Xylitol: A sugar alcohol that when mixed with glycerine (see above) gives our minty toothpaste a refreshing, cooling effect.
Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM): A sulfuric compound found in plants and air believed to reduce inflammation.
Xanthan Gum: A sugar-based polymer used to thicken the toothpaste.
Full ingredient list:
Glycerin, Water, Calcium Carbonate, Hydrated Silica, Sorbitol Powder, Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Benzoate, Mentha Piperita Essential Oil (Peppermint), Mentha Viridis Oil (Spearmint), Illicium Verum Oil (Star Anise), Gaultheria Procumberis Oil (Wintergreen). Contains less than 1% of: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice (Aloe Vera), Camellia Sinensis Extract (Green Tea), Cacumis Sativus Fruit Extract (Cucumber), Persea Gratissima Fruit Extract (Avodado), Mangifera Indica Fruit Extract (Mango), Xylitol, Methylsulfonylmethane, Stevia, Menthol, Xanthan Gum