Talc-free powders are made with products such as corn or tapioca starch, arrowroot or rice powder, baking soda, and kaolin or bentonite clay. These all have bigger particles than talcum powder, meaning that they are less likely to be inhaled or absorbed into the body. In addition, these products are all non-carcinogenic and are unlikely to cause any kind of allergic response.

But honestly, cloth diapers, as I mentioned earlier, have the most robust free diaper programs and they're the easiest to access. Groups like Giving Diapers, Giving Hope and The Rebecca Foundation's Cloth Diaper Closet offer free cloth diapers to those in need. Alternatively, you can get free or very cheap cloth diapers from online forums like Diaper Swappers that specialize in recycled (highly laundered) cloth diapers. Change-Diapers.com is a great resource with a link every Friday for cloth diaper giveaways they've found online, too.


In laboratory studies, exposure of rats, mice, and hamsters to asbestos-free talc resulted in mixed findings, with tumor formation in some studies. Findings from studies in women that examined the possible link between talcum powder and ovarian cancer were mixed, with some studies showing a slightly increased risk. A small increase in risk was seen in many case-control studies. No increased risk was seen in one prospective cohort study, while a modestly increased risk was seen in a second study. Increased risk of lung cancer and other respiratory diseases has been seen in some studies of talc miners and millers. Lung cancer risk was not increased with reports of cosmetic talcum powder use. One study suggested increased risk of endometrial cancer with genital talcum powder use.

Huggies Rewards follows the same model — download the app, earn points (here, you do get 500 just for signing up), and then shop the Huggies rewards marketplace. Again, it requires a heck of a lot of diaper purchases to accumulate enough points to get a free pack, but Huggies does offer additional ways to earn points — like participating in surveys, sharing on social media, and reading articles.
According to the family, Fox used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based Baby Powder as a feminine hygiene product each day for nearly 50 years—and she’s not the only one, as several hundred women have reported similar adverse effects as part of a larger lawsuit. It’s been suggested that talc may indeed cause ovarian cancer, particularly when used in the genital area, where the powder particles risk traveling through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes.

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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