Ever since the world famous brand ‘Jhonson & Jhonson’ was alleged that its talcum powders cause cancer, things changed drastically in terms of the market for baby products.
The company has already paid a whopping $4.69 billion—$550 million in compensatory damages. And an additional $4.14 billion in punitive damages—to 22 women who claimed J&J’s talc-based products gave them ovarian cancer.
Are J&J’s talc-based products cancerous?
According to the women, the powder contained talc which is a clay mineral. This is often found in deposits alongside asbestos ore, which definitely is a cancer-causing element. However, if we go by the verdict of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the story is different. They didn’t find any such ingredient in the talc when they conducted the survey.
But again, many people believe that J&J’s rigged the results and the results were actually flawed. God knows the truth behind this, but one thing for sure, it has brought down the number of J&J customers.
So, what to use instead of J&J’s talc?
The market of J&J product users is vast and once it got publicized that its baby powder causes cancer, most of the consumers were in shock. However, you don’t need to panic. There are many other alternatives that you can easily use on your babies. If you use it for your sensitive skin, even you can use it.
Here are 12 cancer-free alternatives to baby powder you can use.
This powder is the finest powder of all. As it is tasteless and odorless, you can very well mix it with a fragrant flower powder.
2. Arrowroot Powder
This is one of those ingredients you can easily swear by. It’s a mild powder and can be used on the most sensitive skin.
3. Chickpea Powder
Several skin treatment packs use this as their base. You can rest assured that your babies skin will only benefit from it.
4. Baking soda
Who knew, right? But turn s out, you can use it as one of your alternatives to baby powder. That too, without any side effects.
5. Oat Flour
One of the organic flours which are good for the skin. Mix it with lavender for a better smell.
6. Rice Flour
You can even use rice flour and mix it with your regular powder to use it on an everyday basis.
7. Corn Flour
Made with corn, this powder is one of the softest and the finest thing you can use it as one of the alternatives to baby powder.
8. Clay in powdered form
The best thing you can give to your skin is clay. It will be gentle on sensitive skin so you don’t need to worry about you or your baby.
9. Ground rose petals
With rose petals, you can simply mix cornstarch and grind it together. Once you get a fine pinkish hue, you know your herbal powder is ready.
10. Neem herbs
Neem herbs will also give you protection against any skin infection. Use the ground form of its leaves with your regular powder or mix it with cornflour.
11. Dried calendula flowers
This healing herb is very popular for the effect it has on skin. All you need to do is finely grind a small number of dried calendula flowers and mix it with your regular body powder.
12. Dried lavender flowers
Lavender is already famous for its heavenly fragrance. And you can use it as your powder too. Grind a spoonful of flower and your regular powder will start smelling sweet.