How Do I Choose the Best Bath Powder?

Sherry Holetzky
Sherry Holetzky
Plain cornstarch can be used as a substitute for commercial bath powders.
Plain cornstarch can be used as a substitute for commercial bath powders.

Bath powder, also frequently referred to as dusting powder, is intended to be a soothing, cooling product that can help you stay feeling fresh and clean after your bath. Many types of powder help to absorb moisture, so a bit of body powder may be especially helpful during hot weather. There are some concerns regarding powder that is made from talc, as talc is thought by some to be linked to a risk of cancer. While more study is needed, some people prefer to avoid any risk altogether and opt for powders that contain other ingredients instead of talc. Cornstarch is one of those ingredients, so you may wish to choose a bath powder made with cornstarch.

Bath powder is most commonly applied after a bath.
Bath powder is most commonly applied after a bath.

Some studies indicate that talc has similar properties to that of asbestos, a known cancer causing agent. Breathing in particles can be problematic, and this seems to be the concern. Talc is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and many companies that use it in their products offer information, directions for appropriate use, and specific warnings where warranted. The best advice is to avoid making a “cloud” with powder and then breathing it in.

Bath powder may help a person stay fresh and clean after a bath.
Bath powder may help a person stay fresh and clean after a bath.

There are numerous bath and body products available, including a huge variety when it comes to bath powder. There are many fragrances available, including designer fragrances, often sold in sets with perfume and body wash. With all these options it can be difficult to choose the best one. There are even bath powder formulas available for pets.

If you wish to avoid talc in your bath powder, keep in mind that it is technically considered a mineral. Due to this fact, even a product that says “all natural” may still contain talc, so read the label carefully. Generally the first ingredient listed is the largest one in use in that particular product. Some products specifically name cornstarch, or other ingredients that you may rather use, right on the label. If not, look at the ingredient lists to find an option that does not contain talc.

You can always make your own homemade bath powder or dusting powder as well. The easiest and least expensive method is to simply replace your existing powder with plain cornstarch. You can also mix cornstarch in equal parts with baking soda. If you prefer a nicely scented powder, you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil to cornstarch or a cornstarch and baking soda mixture.

Discussion Comments

Rundocuri

@talentryto- You should try using pure baking soda as a bath powder. I think that it has several benefits over cornstarch, in addition to being much safer to use than talc.

In my opinion, baking soda feels much softer on the skin than baking soda, and it also smooths onto the skin evenly without clumping. I also like that baking soda is very good at controlling wetness.

The best thing about using baking soda instead of cornstarch and talc is that it is great when it comes to controlling body odor. It's great to use under your arms and on your feet, especially on hot summer days. Another bonus is that baking soda is very inexpensive.

Spotiche5

@talentryto- Several companies that make natural and organic products make bath powder that does not contain talc. You can find these products at most stores that carry natural brands, or by searching various online specialty shops that feature natural, organic, and vegan items.

Talentryto

I don't think that talc bath powder is safe to use, but I also do not like using plain cornstarch for powder. Is there any other alternative?

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    • Plain cornstarch can be used as a substitute for commercial bath powders.
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      Plain cornstarch can be used as a substitute for commercial bath powders.
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      Bath powder is most commonly applied after a bath.
    • Bath powder may help a person stay fresh and clean after a bath.
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      Bath powder may help a person stay fresh and clean after a bath.