We all love to use body powder / dusting powder during hot summer days to keep our skin dry, free of prickly heat rashes and to maintain a fragrant skin.
How many of us know what goes into making talcum powder? The main ingredient you see on the body powder label is Talc and fragrance/Parfum (synthetic fragrance). Talcum powder is made from talc – a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon and oxygen. As a powder it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction making it useful for keeping skin dry and prevent rashes.
Processing of talcum powder eliminates a number of trace minerals from the talc, but does not separate minute fibers which are very similar to asbestos. In its natural form, some talc may contain asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled All home-use talcum products in the United States have been asbestos-free since the 1970s. Asbestos is a known and probable human carcinogens. (Carcinogens – Subjects causing growth of cancer cells)
Please refer to the following website to know the link between talcum powder and cancer http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/CancerCauses/OtherCarcinogens/AtHome/talcum-powder-and-cancer.
So what can we do now? Make our own Body powder/ facial powder/ baby powder at home with natural ingredients that you can find in your kitchen pantry.
Home made Body powder/ Dusting powder:
I made approximately 15 grams of dusting powder. You can make whatever quantity you want and store it in a clean and dry container.
1. Base Ingredient: White corn starch/Corn flour (or) rice flour (or) Arrow root powder – 2 tablespoons. I used white corn starch/ corn flour to have a smooth and silky texture in my dusting powder.
2. Pure sandalwood powder – 2 teaspoons. Sandalwood powder has got soothing skin properties and adding the powder gives a rich and exotic aroma to your powder. It also gives a nice color to your powder so you can use it as compact powder too. If you are making the powder for your baby’s skin, you can avoid adding the sandalwood powder in case it cause any reaction on baby’s skin.
3. Lavender essential Oil – 3 drops. Lavender has got skin soothing properties and it is anti-bacterial and suitable for baby’s skin as well. As you all know lavender oil is so aromatic on its own.
4. Mixing bowl and wooden spoon.
The above first 3 ingredients are basic ingredients to make body powder. You can be creative and add finely ground herbs and flowers (It should be skin safe)!
Great herbs and flowers to consider are dried rose petals, jasmine flowers, neem powder etc.
After you’ve ground the herbs/flowers, you’ll want to sift out the bigger parts. Use a fine mesh sieve for that purpose.
How to make it:
Mix all the above ingredients together. Make sure there are no clumps. Alternatively, you can blend the ingredients in a food processor. Make in small quantities and store it in a tin or suitable container for everyday use.
Enjoy the soft, silky body/facial/dusting powder made with pure and natural ingredients. It is suitable to use on baby’s skin as well. They will love you for choosing the nature’s gift made with love.
Hope you also enjoy making this at home and enjoy the benefits of natural ingredients gifted by Nature. Please post in your valuable comments after trying this at home .Until then, bye from PetalDew – From Nature with Love.]