Despite adamantly denying claims that its talcum-based products cause cancer, Johnson & Johnson has lost yet another lawsuit. The company announced that they are phasing out all products containing talc-powder in North America over the next few months.
You’ll no longer be able to find Johnson & Johnson baby powder containing talcum powder – among other products, but there are some safer alternatives. About 100 Johnson & Johnson products are being discontinued.
A number of different studies have found a link between cancer and talcum powder. The powder is typically used for babies and personal hygiene, but with links to ovarian cancer, as well as asbestos, using an alternative is the safer way to go.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration doesn’t make any guarantees that talcum-based products don’t contain asbestos – which causes mesothelioma. In addition, studies have found that women who use talcum powder increase their risk of developing ovarian cancer by 20-30%.
Aside from the fact you’ll no longer be able to find products from Johnson and Johnson, you can save money by using natural alternatives.
Whether you decide to make your own or buy an alternative, there are plenty of options to choose from. Some are easier to find than others, but many can be found at your local drugstore or grocery store.
Cornstarch is the most preferred natural alternative and can be found just about anywhere you shop. It has the same consistency as baby powder and other talcum-powder products so it soaks up wetness the same.
If you prefer to buy a branded product that uses cornstarch instead of talcum, Burt’s Bee’s Baby Dusting Powder, The Honest Company Organic Baby Powder, and Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Pure products are excellent alternatives.
Blending cornstarch and baking soda will give you the same deodorizing properties as baking soda does for your fridge. Using baking powder alone can be rough on sensitive skin, but the two together make an excellent powder for personal hygiene.
Commerical brands including Honeybee Gardens Deodorant Powder and Avalon Organics Silky Cornstarch Baby Powder utilize both ingredients. Tapioca starch, arrowroot starch, rice starch, oat flour, and kaolin clay are also good alternatives to talcum powder.
Kaolin clay can be more difficult to find, but it is naturally absorbent and gentle on the skin. If you use oat flour you’ll need to do some additional grinding at home before using it. Rice starch is one of the preferred alternatives for facial powder but can cake up easily so use it sparingly.