The Dangers Lurking In Baby Powders
If you follow us regularly you will know we are constantly reinforcing the importance of using food grade ingredients on your skin, but especially for babies. Nothing highlights the importance of this more than the baby powder example. A natural talc-free baby powder is an essential alternative to commercial baby powders. Here’s why …
Baby powders have commonly been made from a mixture of talc and corn starch. Corn starch would be food grade, talc would not be. For decades no one thought anything of this until 2018 when Johnson & Johnson paid $4.7 billion in law suits because their talc was contaminated with asbestos, linking it to the cause of ovarian cancer in at least 22 women! Because of where talc is mined contamination with asbestos is not uncommon and difficult to detect.
Why Natural Baby Care Products Matter
Our skin absorbs toxins and chemicals in much the same way as our digestive system absorbs nutrients. Babies skins exchange moisture and absorb external factors at a much higher rate than adults. Babies also have a much higher skin to mass ratio compared to adults, making them more susceptible to the impact of toxins on the skin. Some medical practitioners go as far as advising only critically essential products should be applied to the skin of babies in the first few years of life. So what’s the alternative to talc in baby powder? Thankfully, natural talc-free baby powder is very easy to make. All you need is bentonite clay.
Natural talc-free baby powder using bentonite clay
Bentonite clay has long been hailed as a wonder clay for its healing and detoxifying properties, effectively absorbing toxins. Is is the only clay known to carry an electrical charge, which is linked to its detoxifying and healing qualities. Bentonite clay is highly moisture absorbent making it a great base within a powder in areas of high moisture aggravating mild skin irritations, inflammation and insect bites. Ensure you are purchasing a food grade or pharmaceutical grade version so you are reassured there is minimal risk of contamination within the clay. Learn more about the properties and uses of bentonite clay Here’s how you make a talc-free baby powder …
- 1/4 cup bentonite clay powder
- 1 tablespoon arrowroot powder, optional. (Makes the texture finer)
- Mix the 2 powders together until you achieve an even texture and colour.
- Place into a jar or bottle with sprinkle lid function for easy application. Apply as needed.
Why we don’t use essential oils
You will notice the absence of essential oils and fragrances in our baby care recipes. A babies skin lacks the hardened barrier quality of adult skins and therefore absorbs topical applications of products much more readily. Most essential oils are not confirmed safe for babies. We recommend waiting until at least 3 months of age before applying ANY essential oils to a babies skin. Even once baby is 3 months or older, make sure you have done adequate research before using any essential oils.
Enjoy your baby powder!