If you’ve been following the news, then you might be aware of the Johnson & Johnson baby powder scandal. It appears that Johnson & Johnson has known for over 30 years that talc has been linked to ovarian cancer. Instead of placing warnings on their popular baby powder, they chose to start marketing heavily to the Latino and African American market. Really, it’s sad.
Many of us grew up using Johnson & Johnson baby powder. But….when you KNOW better, you do better. Now that you know that there are better options to talc, you can CHOOSE better options. You can purchase talc-free powder. An alternative is to simply make your own baby powder that is not only safer, but actually has beneficial properties. There are many DIY recipes out there; here’s one that’s pretty awesome and really works!
Soothing DIY Baby Powder
In a 3 ounce bottle or container, combine:
- 3 tablespoons of arrowroot powder
- 2 tablespoons of cornstarch
- 1 tablespoon of Kaolin clay (a clay mineral)
- 8 drops of essential oil (lavender or Balance work great)
That’s it. Easy peasy. You can pick up most of these ingredients on Amazon and make up a large batch or get together with your mama friends for a DIY baby powder make and take. This also makes a great gift for the new mom. And this powder isn’t just for babies; you might find that you love it too.