Talc is a naturally occurring mineral found in baby powders as well as other cosmetic and personal care products, and it's good at absorbing moisture, cutting down on friction, and preventing rashes. For many years, parents used it to diaper babies, until doctors began discouraging it for health reasons. As for adults, many still use it around their genitals or rectum to prevent chafing or sweating, says Mary Jane Minkin, MD, clinical professor of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive services at Yale School of Medicine.
**Please note: Some people are opposed to using essential oils when caring for children and babies. I've found that most popular natural baby skincare lines use them safely and successfully for their healing and sensory qualities and have chosen to do so as well. This is something for you to research yourself and decide what is best for you and your baby.

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Babies are a big deal. And not just to your family. Retailers are almost as excited as you are because it means a new customer. So why not take advantage of all the free stuff, coupons and special deals available at this special time. Here’s our round-up of newborn and toddler freebies, deals and discounts for 2018. And don’t forget to check out our regularly updated list of free baby samples and offers right here!

I had a small essential oils company, and I began working with organic aloe vera as a dynamic delivery system together with cutting edge advancements in active natural ingredients to create the beginnings of an effective natural products line.  I began using them and getting great results, which all my family and friends noticed.  They of course demanded to be let in on my secret, so after exhaustive and extensive research and development – DeVita Natural Skin Care was born! Cherylanne DeVita.
I’m seconding the concern about starches as body powders. As a nurse, I know that starches do feed yeasts that can thrive on moist skin: along any sweaty crease like the groin, under breasts, under yer butt cheeks, etc. Hospitals once used talc, then starch-based powders, now mostly neither. I’m not being a nay-sayer. Just offering a word of caution. If ya get yeasty, maybe don’t put starch there. Can’t speak to powder combos with baking soda or whatever though.

Inspire a love for reading at a young age. All you need to do is to sign up for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library (see if the program is available in your area). From there, you’ll receive one free age-appropriate book each month from the time your child is born through age 5. If the Imagination Library isn’t currently in your area, you can assist in launching a program.
Baking soda. You thought sodium bicarbonate, otherwise known as baking soda, only had 100 uses. Well, here's one more: This common pantry item can be used in place of baby powder. Some people even use it as deodorant, applying some to their underarms each morning. It can also deodorize the air. As a matter of fact, I keep one container in my pantry, one under my sink, one in my laundry room and one in the bathroom.
Green & Gorgeous Organics Dry Shampoo for Dark Brown and Oily Hair  is made with organic arrowroot powder, brown rice powder, horsetail (shavegrass) powder, all natural clay, aluminum free baking soda and organic essential oils. It's non GMO, gluten free, talc free, vegan and free of parabens, sulfates, and perfumes. The brand also offers options for all hair types, including oily hair, and is offered in grapefruit and sweet orange and lavender and bergamot.

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Moody Sisters Dry Shampoo is one I love, and the brand that turned me onto using dry shampoo. It’s perfect for the times when your hair doesn’t quite need to be washed again, but could look a little less greasy. The puff applicator makes it so easy to apply and blend into your scalp without any mess. It’s handmade with organic arrowroot powder, non GMO cornstarch, lemon peel powder, organic witch hazel, and aluminum free baking soda. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.
Little Barn Apothecary Flowers + Clay Dry Shampoo is made from rice starch, kaolin clay, corn starch and a blend of natural fragrances. I love this dry shampoo because it's lightweight, has a lovely light floral fragrance, and is easy to apply. I like using it after working out, and before showering, if I'm running errands around town. I absolutely love how this smells. The floral scent reminds me of lily of the valley, which happens to be one of my favorite flowers.

Do you have a baby coming or maybe someone in your family does? We have lots of grandparents and parents requesting free baby samples every month. We spend hours searching the web for free baby stuff and we compile a list of baby freebies. Most companies give out free samples because they secretly hope to get you addicted to their brand. There are so many different diapers, formula, wipes and all other kids of baby stuff out there.


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