‘I tried Kourt Kardashian’s DIY teeth whitening recipe and I need an award for dedication’

Our writer tried Kourtney Kardashian’s ‘gag-inducing’ teeth whitening paste, but did it work?

Okay, full disclosure. Last time I attempted a POOSH, AKA Kourtney Kardashian’s wellness platform all-natural beauty regime, well it didn’t end very well.

In fact, the DIY hair mask made predominantly of avocados and meant to nourish my hair (and make it shiny), really just left a huge mess and no actual benefit that I could see.

But you know what, I am all about second chances and being a woman with not only crooked teeth but some discolouring (I blame you coffee), I thought if a cheap DIY can make a difference to at least one of those things, then why not?

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So, I decided to give the recipe a whirl.

The whitening paste utilises the spice, turmeric which Kourtney Kardashian LOVES. Her POOSH site has an entire page about the health benefits of the plant – from its anti-inflammatory powers, the role it has in improving brain power and liver function due to its active ingredient of curcumin. There is even a bunch of skin perks listed which are said to target blemishes and lessen fine lines (but that’s another story).

For this purpose, though, turmeric is being used to help whiten and brighten teeth. And before I get started on my experience, here is my before photo.

With coffee stains and high hopes that at least the colour would look a bit more like Kourt’s teeth by the end of the process, I jotted down by DIY toothpaste shopping list, grabbed my enviro bags and headed out.

The ingredients are pretty simple (most of which you could probably find in your pantry already, just not mine).

Although not on the list but important was a separate toothbrush (so my usual electric one didn’t become the distinctive shade of turmeric). Even with this addition, in total I only spent $15.00 (which I thought if it works, could be a pretty cheap solution to whitening my teeth.)


Once at home I followed what read on screen as pretty simple steps. See below:


1. Add all ingredients to a small glass jar and mix until combined well.
Note: Creating this paste is not something I would ever commit to in a bathroom/kitchen with any white or light colours, nor wearing anything you want to wear again. Because (perhaps it is just me) there wasn’t really a non-messy way in which to create this paste. Also, wear gloves (my hands resembled the same shade as an Oompa Loompa for a time).

2. Brush your teeth as you normally would with toothpaste.
Note: By far the easiest step.

3. After, use a separate toothbrush (because we all know how turmeric can stain), and scoop out some of the mixture onto the brush.

4. Brush teeth with whitening mixture for up to one minute.

5. Spit and rinse, and make sure not to use a white towel when wiping dry, to avoid color staining. The treatment is safe to use multiple times a day.

So, while this method reads seemingly straightforward, (for me at least) creating it was not so easy nor did it look like the photos on the POOSH site. Plus, I am not handy in the kitchen and apparently, I can’t cook even when it isn’t technically cooking. So, my paste looked like this.

While not pretty, it was still pasty enough to put onto my toothbrush, so I dunked my non personalised and plastic (cough, cheap) brush into the paste pot until the bristles (and more) were adequately covered and began to brush.

Now, there are no actual words that can give this experience the justice it deserves. The utter, disgustingly, gag inducing reaction of the very uniquely feral combination of texture and taste that was this concoction was perfectly horrendous. It was so horrendous that between you and I, I managed to only brush my teeth for a total of ten seconds until I had to spit it out and rise like I have never rinsed before.

But because I was committed to this experiment (and really wanted white teeth) the next day I tried again. And like the instructions say, I used it multiple times a day, each time increasing my brushing duration until I got to a full minute.

In the end, I brushed using this turmeric, coconut oil paste for an entire week. I’m not sure if there is some sort of award for this dedication but if there is, I very much deserve it.

And this was the final result.

When comparing the effort/mess V result I’m not quite sure if it is worth it but if you are a turmeric fan you should definitely give it a go yourself.

Shona Hendley is a freelance writer and ex-secondary school teacher. You can follow her on Instagram: @shonamarion