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By Tiffany Moore

Talc comes to mind when we think about body powder or baby powder. Although inexpensive, concerns have been raised about the long-term safety of using talcum powder.


Talcum powder consists of zinc stearate and a variety of silicates, all of which are finely ground. These small particles are easily carried in the air, and quickly inhaled. Inhalation of talcum powder can be life-threatening, especially for babies. It can lead to illnesses such as pneumonia and inflammation of the airways. It has also been suggested that talc may cause lung, skin and ovarian cancers.


Thankfully, there are safe alternatives to using talcum powder. I've compiled a list of my favorite base powder choices, and all are excellent substitute for talc as dusting powder – light, soft and absorbent. Your skin will feel delightfully smooth and silky all day, with a lovely floral fragrance.


Safe Natural Non-Toxic Talc Substitutes

1. arrowroot powder

2. chickpea powder

3. baking soda

4. corn flour

5. cornstarch

6. rice flour

7. oat flour

8. French green clay, finely ground

9. white clay, finely ground

10. powdered calendula blossoms

11. powdered lavender buds

12. powdered rose petals

13. powdered chamomile flowers

14. powdered neem herbs


Arrowroot powder, chickpea powder, baking soda, corn flour, cornstarch, rice flour, and oat flour are available at your local grocery store.

French green clay, white clay, calendula blossoms, lavender buds, rose petals, and neem herbs may be purchased at most herbal shops locally or online. You can also find them in stores where natural ingredients are sold.



How to make homemade natural body powder

You can use the natural talc substitute alone or in combination in place of talcum powder.


Once you have picked the powders that you want to use, mix them together in small bowl to blend well. Transfer to a resealable container. Use it like any normal body powder or baby powder.


You may also want to add a fragrance oil of your choice. For example, a few drops of lavender and neroli essential oils to rice flour base powder.


With these natural talc-free alternatives, you need not have to worry about the side effects commonly associated with talcum powder, and your family stay safe!



14 Natural Talcum Powder Alternatives


natural talcum powder alternatives

Homemade Talc Free Body Powder

Natural mild talcum bath powder with a delicate fragrance that leaves your skin fresh, silky smooth and dry all day. Great for kids too!


Natural Lavender Body Powder Recipe

Light floral-scented lavender dusting powder, especially pleasing on baby girls. This natural body powder recipe leaves your skin incredibly soft with a silky smooth feel.


Rosemary and Thyme Bath Powder Recipe

With its invigorating herbal scent from rosemary and thyme, and antibacterial properties, this natural homemade dusting powder appeals to both men and women.


Homemade Antibacterial Liquid Hand Soap

Mild and natural antiseptic hand wash that can also be used as a body wash to heal and prevent dermatitis as well as back acne.


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Is your oily face complexion made worse by hot and humid weather? Find skincare tips to get rid of excess face shine naturally and keep oily skin clean, fresh and glowing healthily.


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