Debra Lynn Dadd

Unscented Talcum Powder


I have MCS, and have been unable to find unscented, fragrance-free talcum powder Note the apparent redundancy, since many products that are labeled "unscented" actually contain fragrance, sometimes appearing in the Ingredients list only as a chemical name. I would like to find a source for a safe no mica talcum that has no added fragrance. Can you help?

POSTED BY N.M. :: ARIZONA USA :: 04/05/2005


I could only find unscented talcum powder one place: Birch Hill Happenings. The owner says that it is "100% pure" to the best of her knowledge. It is imported from Australia.

Talc is considered safe enough to be used as an ingredient in nearly one thousand cosmetic and bodycare products. In the past, there has been some question about its safety. It is often stated that talc contains traces of asbestos, however, eighty-five samples of talcum powder studied from 15 countries found that the main detectable mineral impurities were chlorite, mica, carbonates, quartz, and feldspars. Purity varied from 47% to 93%, with powders from Germany and USA having the highest quality. Products from Chile, France, Andorra, Portugal and Colombia were the lowest.

Dr. Hauschka products website FAQ states:

Talc is an inert mineral with no inherent toxicity. Concern over talc safety relates to its association with asbestos. Talc itself is not asbestos; however, some talc deposits contain another mineral, tremolite. In rare cases tremolite can occur in a fibrous crystalline form that can be classified as asbestos.

Since 1972 government-mandated testing and certification assures all talc used in cosmetics is tremolite-free. Today, cosmetic talc meets current FDA specifications and purity standards. The talc in Dr.Hauschka Decorative Cosmetics is certified tremolite-free in accordance with Federal regulations.

If you have concern about the safety of using talcum powder issues of scent aside, here are some talc-free alternatives:

Capricorn Soaps Silky Fairy Dust Herbal Body Powders. "An all natural base of arrowroot powder to which we add natural clays, organic herbs and essential oils."

Bath and Body Naturals Natural Body Powder. A body powder made with corn starch, arrowroot powder, clay and oat starch.

Also, you can just purchase plain cornstarch or arrowroot powder and use that.

Debra :-)



I have a friend with an addiction to baby powder which the main ingredient is Talc and Fragrance. She says she started to get the cravings when she was pregnant and hasn't stopped since. Is talc digestible or what can I advise her to do to flush it out of her system?

Thank you.

COMMENT FROM DEBRA: At first when I read this, I thought "addicted to baby powder" meant addicted to the smell of baby powder. But that didn't make sense. So I looked it up and found there were several websites discussing the eating of baby powder! (see below)

There is apparently an eating disorder called "Pica", which is defined as the persistent eating of nonnutritive substances for a period of at least 1 month at an age in which this behavior is developmentally inappropriate. Individuals with pica ingest a wide variety of nonfood substances, including clay, dirt, sand, stones, pebbles, hair, laundry starch, plastic, pencil erasers, paper, paint chips, coal, chalk, wood, plaster, light bulbs, and other unusual items.

The reasons for pica can range from nutritional deficiencies to the psychological causes of addictive behavior.

Eating baby powder made with talc and fragrance does not seem healthy to me. It is not designed or intended for ingestion.

Talc isn't digestable, however, it is similar to clay, which is used medicinally to stimulate the digestive process. Perhaps your friend is unknowingly trying to use baby powder for this purpose. If that's the case, substitution of clay sold as a digestive aid would be a better choice.

As to what could flush it out of her system, that would be plenty of raw fruits and vegetables with fiber, and lots of clean water.

But the better thing would be to see how you could help her not eat it at all.

Suite 101: eating baby powder
WikiAnswers: Is it harmful to eat baby powder?
WikiAnswers: PicaFAQ


WOW! That's great information. Thank you and may god bless you! I will forward the information (along with your site to others) and thank you again for your response.


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