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DIY Talc-free Baby Powder

baby powderWhen my first daughter was born, even though I had had a home birth, I was not up on ridding chemicals from my daily routine.  Being new to changing diapers, I showered that baby bottom with Johnson & Johnson Baby Powder.  I mean, let’s face it-diapers are gross.  Stinky bottoms are remedied with powder.  No powder=smell, even after you’ve thoroughly cleaned up after a poo.  Due to unhealthy talc-making your own is a perfect option.  It’s cheap, fast and couldn’t be easier!

Just a quick lesson in the dangers of talc so you know the importance of ditching it.  Talc used to contain asbestos.  Yeah, super alarming.  Go HERE for more in depth info.  Since the 70’s it has been removed, but from my research it seems that whether it is safe is still unclear.   Not to mention talc is connected to possibly causing major lung issues.  Powder users know how easy it is to inhale powder when using on a baby.  Who wants to use something like this on a baby, much less their bottoms!!???

Baby powder dangers

What you’ll need:

Spice sifter– (find HERE)  **of course you could empty out your previous container of powder and reuse it.**

1/4 cup Arrowroot Powder (find HERE)

8 drops Lavender Essential Oil (find it HERE)  OR 8 drops of Chamomile Essential Oil (find it HERE)

1/4 cup Kaolin Clay (find it HERE) **optional**

If you are able to purchase Kaolin clay, do it.  It is a wonderful ingredient to boost the drying action of this powder.  FYI-I am cooking up a post for DIY mineral make up and this ingredient is included.  You can also add water to kaolin clay and use as a detoxing mask.

If you don’t have it and want to make baby powder now, that’s ok.  Arrowroot will still work great on it’s own.  Just use 1/2 cup of arrowroot.

Don’t hesitate to use this on yourself too-Let’s face it, sometimes babies aren’t the only one’s who need powder!

So there you have it-combine your ingredients, shake well to evenly distribute the lavender or chamomile oil and you are done!  So easy!


  1. Another reason to ditch the talc is that recently I’ve been seeing class action lawsuits pop up all over because of it’s link to ovarian cancer! Corn starch is another good alternative, just ensure it’s non-gmo or better yet organic.

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