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.
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.
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.