Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products.

However, the controversial ingredient has been linked to cancer when it comes to feminine hygiene. Though findings have been mixed, some studies report that women who use talcum powder in the genital area could be at a higher risk for ovarian cancer. It is said that powder can travel through the vagina into the ovary, but none of the findings have been concrete.
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.
I use this for me. Good price point compared to other non-talc powders and will last a long time. I mainly use a little underneath "the girls" (women will understand that). My Dr. told me, after I brought it up to him, that I tend toward a type of 'yeast' issue there causing itching. Yes, it's possible! This powder is perfect to help that situation; every day and especially hot weather. (fyi-Dr. also suggested using a plain bar of soap-Dial for that particular area) My skin is very sensitive and this powder does not give me any problems. I would think this would be great for a baby's bum.
Erica, I was very happy to see that you noted that the science on a talc/ ovarian cancer risk is inconclusive at best. It might be nice to move it closer to the start of this article. It’s important, because “evidence based science” is increasingly getting kicked to the curb and that’s a bad thing (don’t vaccinate your kids because one disproved study said they were linked and now people have died from measles). That said, J &J started making cornstarch baby powder years ago, it’s what we use.
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INGREDIENTS: Zea mays starch * (Non GMO Corn starch), Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) oil, Tocopherol (vitamin E – derived from sunflowers), Butyrospermum parkii (Shea) Butter, Zinc oxide, L. Plantarum (vegan probiotic), Allantoin (Comfrey), Kaolin (Pink) clay, dl-Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Ascorbyl palmitate (Vitamin C) ester, Aloe barbadensis* (Aloe) powder.
In August 2017, a jury in California ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $417 million to a woman who says she developed terminal ovarian cancer. However, a superior court judge overturned the verdict in October and ordered a new trial. In February 2016, a Missouri court ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay $72 million in damages to the family of Jackie Fox, a woman who died of ovarian cancer. This verdict was also overturned in Missouri Appeals Court in October 2017.

**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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Fat and The Moon Lavender & Cocoa Dry Shampoo is perfect for light brown to dark brown or black tresses. The shampoo is made of cocoa powder, arrowroot starch, kaolin clay, and lavender essential oil. It's easy to apply to the hair root. Simply part your hair and apply the powder using a brush. Beware of the seductive combination of lavender and chocolate – it might send you on a chocolate binge!
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yarok Feed Your Style Organic Dry Shampoo is 100% vegan, gluten free, alcohol free, paraben free, sulfate free, cruelty free, and talc free. I've written about how much I love yarok products in my non-toxic hair care guide, and Yarok's dry shampoo is no exception. The organic starch and arrowroot tapioca powder absorb excess oils in the hair, while organic aloe vera leaf powder and french green clay powder detoxify and add volume to your hair.
Many studies in women have looked at the possible link between talcum powder and cancer of the ovary. Findings have been mixed, with some studies reporting a slightly increased risk and some reporting no increase. Many case-control studies have found a small increase in risk. But these types of studies can be biased because they often rely on a person’s memory of talc use many years earlier.  One prospective cohort study, which would not have the same type of potential bias, has not found an increased risk. A second found a modest increase in risk of one type of ovarian cancer.
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Why talc free? There is some controversy regarding the safety of talcum powder. Back in the day, it contained asbestos (a known carcinogen), but from the 70's forward, all talc used in bath and body products in the US is asbestos free. So what's the issue? Some believe that even the asbestos free talc is carcinogenic and studies have been unable to prove otherwise.  Bits from the American' Cancer Society's page "Talcum Powder and Cancer" like this:
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But Johnson & Johnson insists a correlation between talc powder and ovarian cancer has not been proven. In a lawsuit settled in March 2017, the jury ruled in favor of Johnson & Johnson, Reuters reports. The plaintiff was Tennessee resident Nora Daniels, who alleged that she used their baby powder for 36 years and was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2013.
It's official, I'm "nesting"! I've entered this interesting stage in my pregnancy, the final stretch, where all I can think about and all I want to do is prepare for our baby's arrival. While with most women this stage involves massive amounts of cleaning, for me (unfortunately for James)  it means an obsessive unending stream of creative projects!
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A diaper bank known as Happy Bottoms serves people in the Kansas City area. The organization is a partnership of Cornerstones of Care and Healthy Families of Kansas City. The goal is to coordinate free diaper drives that will then go ahead and support local agencies serving low income families in the community. They also offer information on WIC and government benefits. Provides free diapers to Kansas City area agencies and social service groups.
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