For consumers who want to limit their exposure to talc in household products, a number of alternative ingredients are readily available, and many companies are happily including these alternatives in health and beauty products where they used to use talc to appease demand. Natural ingredients such as corn starch, baking soda, tapioca starch, arrowroot powder, kaolin clay powder, and other “pantry staples” can effectively duplicate talc’s absorbent, skin-softening properties, without the danger of asbestos contamination. These ingredients can be used alone or combined to make DIY baby and body powders, and many cosmetics companies are including them in make-up that has traditionally contained talc (setting powders, blushes, etc.). Less common talc alternatives may include zinc oxide, boron nitride, and silk powder.
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