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Niche Topics (Beauty and Wellness) is all about a natural approach to healthy skin,
hair and nails. You'll love our collection of organic homemade beauty, bath and body
treatment recipes using natural ingredients that nourish, pamper, cleanse and protect
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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
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
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!