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Dangers of Talcum Powder

Dangers of Talcum Powder

Find out why talcum powder is a bad choice for babies and get the formula for a lovely all-natural alternative here:

Talcum powder contains a substance similar in composition to asbestos, and some studies have linked the use of talcum powder to increased incidence of ovarian cancer. Accidentally inhaling it can lead to serious respiratory problems or even death.

It is never a good idea to allow your baby to inhale any powder, even the all-natural formula below, so be sure to place the shaker out of your baby’s reach.

Sweet Baby Powder
1/3 cup white cosmetic clay
1/3 cup powdered arrowroot
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 tablespoon zinc oxide powder
1/2 teaspoon essential oil of lavender

1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly and store in a lidded jar with a shaker insert (leftover herb jars with holed inner lids are perfect).

2. Makes a little more than a cup.

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Annie B. Bond

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10:51PM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

It has been suggested that talcum powder might cause cancer in the ovaries if the powder particles (applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms) were to travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovary. Several studies in women have looked at the possible link between talcum powder and cancer of the ovary. Findings are mixed, with some studies reporting a slightly increased risk and some reporting no increase.

9:44AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012


8:12AM PDT on Sep 11, 2012

Interesting and noted

4:20PM PST on Dec 13, 2011

Thanks for the advice.

7:16PM PDT on Oct 29, 2011

Cheers :)

12:32AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

Thanks Annie.

10:12PM PDT on Jun 23, 2011

Thanks :)

5:10AM PST on Feb 6, 2011

Thanks for the info.

12:57AM PST on Dec 1, 2010

Thanks for the article.

1:55PM PDT on May 28, 2010

Is this the same for "natural" talc?

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Advice we pretty-much all should take to heart. While this reminds me of some of the more pollyanna…


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