Talcum PowderWhat You Need To Know

Talcum powder is made from natural soapstone and is widely used in all kinds of cosmetic products to absorb moisture and cut down on friction. But it’s not as soothing and safe as you might think. Here’s why:

What To Avoid
Chemicals:Recent research suggests talcum powder, or contaminants in talc powder, may increase the risk of ovarian cancer for women who use it long-term in the groin area. Much of the reason for this is that talc can contains Asbestos that can increase cancer risk, especially when inhaled. Though the level of risk from talc is still debated in scientific circles, it’s best to avoid it.
Safer Choices
Starch and powders:Alternatives to talcum powder include cornstarch powders and arrowroot or tapioca starch powders. If you can find organic products, all the better.
Find Safer Products
Websites and Apps:
Clearya is a free browser extension and app that notifies you when there are unsafe ingredients in your makeup, personal care, baby care, cleaning and other products, and helps you find safe products.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics - Nontoxic Black Beauty Project
They offer a list and database of non-toxic beauty products made and sold by Black-owned companies that are committed to toxic-free beauty and personal care products.
Detox Me
This app allows you to scan barcodes on products to find relevant tips. They also offer a buying guide to decode product labels and find non-toxic alternatives.
Environmental Working Group (EWG)
EWG has a "Skin Deep" database that rates personal care and beauty products based on their safety and toxicity levels. EWG also offers a Healthy Living app that allows you to scan barcodes and find safer products.
Think Dirty
This app and website allow you to scan or search for personal care products to see their ingredient safety ratings.