The controversies surrounding talcum powder stem from the link between talc and ovarian cancer when used in the genital area, and between talc and lung cancer if the talc is contaminated with asbestos and inhaled. Moreover, it has been reported that despite being aware of the association between talc use and ovarian cancer, Johnson and Johnson escalated their marketing of talcum power to African Americans. Consequently, there have been numerous law suits against this company for not being transparent. Individuals use body or baby powder for a variety of reasons, some of which seem inextricably linked to African American culture. It is useful then to explore talc free options from black owned brands. See the companies and products links below for more details.
- Herbaceutikals offers a baby/body powder made with organic ingredients. It comes in scented or unscented.
- Meta Naturals offers a tiny caterpillars baby powder.
- Naturally Me and You offers a natural herbal baby powder that comes in unscented or lavender, and an under there everywhere body powder in unscented or peppermint.
- Sister Shareefah offers a variety of “powder power” products in different sizes and scents (e.g., jasmine vanilla).
- Smell Good Spa offers an essentials deodorant powder for which you can choose the essential oil and scent.
In reviewing these companies and products I hope you find a talc free powder product that suits your needs!
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- American Cancer Society. “Talcum powder and cancer.” Last Revision, 4 December, 2018. https://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/talcum-powder-and-cancer.html
- Berifield Susan, Cronin Fisk Margaret, Feeley Jef. 31 March, 2016. “Johnson & Johnson has a baby powder problem.” https://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-baby-powder-cancer-lawsuits/
- Tinsley, Omise’eke Natasha. “Profiting from the myths about black women’s bodies.” 6 April, 2016. http://time.com/4280707/johnson-and-johnson-black-women/