5 Natural Alternatives to Talcum Powder for Personal Hygiene
In light of the growing number of lawsuits filed against Johnson & Johnson, more consumers are becoming aware of the link between the use of talcum powder and the increased risk of cancer, and are seeking talc-free alternatives to keep their skin soft and dry. Here are 5 safe substitutes for talcum powder that help absorb moisture, reduce friction and keep you feeling fresh throughout the day:
1. Arrowroot Powder
A natural herb that can be mixed with cornstarch and baking soda to create a gentle, 100% vegan body powder that fights odor well. You can make your own or look for products by HoneyBee Gardens, which makes a talc-free arrowroot deodorizing powder.
Made from corn kernels, cornstarch is totally natural, highly absorbent, and helps keep skin cool and dry. Cornstarch particles are larger than talc and have not been linked to any serious side effects or health risks.
3. Baking Soda
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is incredibly versatile and has dozens of uses. When combined with tapioca starch, baking soda becomes a gentle, talc-free dusting powder that soothes, absorbs perspiration, and helps prevent rashes.
4. DIY Body Powder
You can make your own body powder by using a base of cornstarch, rice powder, tapioca starch, or baking soda. For a light floral scent, you may add crushed lavender buds or chamomile leaves.
5. Commercial Talc-Free Baby Powders
There are a number of talc-free alternatives to Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder, including:
- Silky Underwear Dusting Powder by LUSH – 100% talc-free feminine dusting powder made from cornstarch and ground cocoa butter and scented with vetiver and jasmine.
- Burt’s Bees Baby Dusting Powder – This popular body powder is made with slippery elm, cornstarch, and kaolin clay. It is hypo-allergenic, completely natural, and keeps skin soft and dry.
- Ora’s Amazing Herbal Body Powder – Ideal for feminine hygiene use, Ora’s Amazing Herbal Body Powder contains natural odor-fighting, antibacterial, and antifungal ingredients and is available in unscented or aromatherapy scents.
Related Article: Talcum Powder Lawsuit Update
Does Johnson's Baby Powder Still Contain Talc?
J&J announced that it will stop selling talc-based baby powder in 2023. The company says it remains confident in the safety of the product but decided to stop selling talc-based powder as part of a “worldwide portfolio assessment.”
Does Talc Still Have Asbestos?
Because talc and asbestos are minerals that are commonly found close together, when talc is mined it may contain traces of asbestos. Talcum powder is still an ingredient in many cosmetic products.
Should I Throw Out My Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder?
Given the health risks of asbestos, all talcum products manufactured for consumer use in the U.S. have been asbestos-free since the 1970s. If you happen to have any talcum powder that has been in your home from that time, your best bet is to throw it away.
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