5 Body Powders to Try If You're Avoiding Talc

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Talcum powder has been making headlines lately, but it's not a new ingredient. It's been used for centuries and can be found in a slew of consumer products, from dry shampoo and blush to baby powder. But what is talc, exactly? It's a mineral that is made up of silicon, oxygen, and magnesium and is meant to absorb moisture (therefore preventing rashes). In its natural state, talc can contain asbestos, which is a known carcinogen — but according to the American Cancer Society, commercial products containing talc have been asbestos-free since the 1970s.

However, the controversial ingredient has been linked to cancer when it comes to feminine hygiene. Though findings have been mixed, some studies report that women who use talcum powder in the genital area could be at a higher risk for ovarian cancer. It is said that powder can travel through the vagina into the ovary, but none of the findings have been concrete.

Remember: it's always best to talk to your doctor about any concerns you have regarding products you use on your body. However, if you're looking to avoid talc but still want to sprinkle on something to absorb extra moisture, we've got you covered! Read on to shop talc-free body powders.

Best Talc-Free Body Powder With Aloe
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Best Talc-Free Body Powder With Aloe

Gold Bond Ultimate Comfort Body Powder With Aloe and Chamomile ($9, originally $10)

Besides keeping moisture at bay, this time-release formula is infused with vitamins A, C, and E for nourishing benefits along with chamomile and aloe to soothe skin all day long.

Best Talc-Free Baby Powder
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Best Talc-Free Baby Powder

Burt's Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder ($9)

If it's good enough for a baby, then it's good enough for us. Instead of using talc, this hypoallergenic powder uses cornstarch to soak up extra dampness. The formula is also nonirritating, which is ideal for those with sensitive skin.

Best Scented Talc-Free Body Powder
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Best Scented Talc-Free Body Powder

Lush Silky Underwear Dusting Powder ($13.50)

This silky-soft powder features a seductive jasmine scent that you'll love dusting on after a luxurious bath. It's also infused with cocoa butter to nourish skin as it absorbs excess moisture.

Best Organic Talc-Free Body Powder
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Best Organic Talc-Free Body Powder

Farmaesthetics High Cotton Body Dust ($27)

Whether you're using this as an underarm deodorant or to freshen up on a hot Summer day, the herbal mix of this formula has you covered: it's made with sage, which has deodorizing properties, and antimicrobial lavender.

Best Silk Talc-Free Body Powder
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Best Silk Talc-Free Body Powder

Dr. Hauschka Silky Body Powder ($35)

You can't go wrong with this finely milled powder — it neutralizes any funky odors and can be used from head to toe. Seriously: try it on your face to set makeup and reduce shine or sprinkled on your scalp as a dry-shampoo substitute.

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Adrianna Barrionuevo is a PS contributor.