Baby powder is one of those quintessential baby products. We picture a sweet scent, a mom putting it over a soft baby bum…an idyllic picture. Until we look closer at the ingredients in commercial baby powder.
According to the Johnson & Johnson official website they list two ingredeints: talc and fragrance. Before we break these two down, it’s worth mentioning that the cosmetic industry in the United States is not strictly regulated and manufacturers are protected under “trade secret” so they don’t have to disclose all of their ingredients. (Read this post for more information on this).
- Talc: Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up of magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. The concern about talc is that up until 1970 it contained asbestos. Supposedly, all talc used for cosmetics purposes is asbestos-free, but even the American Cancer Society admits that is still not very clear (source). The Environmental working Group says that even asbestos free talc is a form of magnesium silicate, which can be toxic and carcinogenic (source). Still, the American Cancer Society warns about a link between talc and ovarian cancer.
- Fragrance: The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics reports that it is hard to know what really is in “fragrance” due to the “trade secrets”. However, it is well known that most forms of fragrance are composed of synthetic ingredients known as phthalates. Phthalates have a strong link to hormone disruption. (Read this post for more detailed information.)
I think we can all agree that commercial baby powder should be avoided all together.
Do you agree?
Great! Let’s move onto a natural version of this crap.
Homemade Calming Baby Powder
I have been on a quest not just to avoid commercial baby and beauty products, but a way to replace them with a natural version. I adapted this recipe from one of my favorite books, DIY Organic Beauty Recipes, a great source for lots of homemade natural recipes.
- 2 oz Bentonite Clay (find it here)
- 6 Tbs arrowroot flour (sometimes found as powder. I buy mine here)
- 1/2 Cup dry calendula petals (this is where I buy mine)
- 10 drops pure essential oils of chamomile or lavender, optional (find them here)
In a food processor or a high speed blender blank the calndendula petals into a very fine powder and set aside. Measure the clay and arrowroot flour, I use a food scale like this one. Add all three ingredients into an empty and clean spice jar or bottle. Add essential oils if desired.
These ingredients are very natural, non-toxic, and help absorb any moisture. The calendula petals are well known for their calming properties when applied on the skin.
Shelf life about 6 month.
There you go a super easy, natural, way to pamper baby (or mom!). This can be perfect in combination with my baby wash and shampoo and baby oil for a very thoughtful baby shower gift. As a matter of fact, it is what I am working on for a friend.
(Alma, don’t read this!)
- 2 oz Bentonite Clay
- 6 Tbs arrowroot flour (sometimes found as “powder”)
- 1/2 dry calendula petals
- 10 drops pure essential oils of chamomile or lavender, optional
- In a food processor or a high speed blender blank the calndendula petals into a very fine powder and set aside
- Measure the clay and arrowroot flour
- Add all three ingredients into an empty and clean spice jar or bottle.
- Add essential oils if desired