This is not a surprise due to the recent law suit(s) that saw the well-known skin & baby brand Johnson & Johnson being found guilty by the American Justice System of causing cancer due to the carcinogenic ingredients in their products. Proven to have caused a lady’s death by ovarian cancer and another case of testicular cancer by use of their shower products and their baby talcum powder. But will their 4th multi million pound compensation pay out and guilty verdict encourage this apparently family friendly skincare brand to change their harmful ingredients?
Unfortunately, this is just the tip of the iceberg for brands such as Johnson & Johnson who have marketed themselves as “safe” brands for many years and more shockingly a top selling baby brand. Even adults use their supposed gentle baby and shower products, thinking that their sensitive skins are not at risk.
One of these every day, popular products is Talcum Powder and in the past has shown to include asbestos fibers that cause harmful toxicity, even certain cancers. Some brands have tried to move away from including the asbestos fibers and are now using a synthetic component called Magnesium Silicate that can also be quite toxic and carcinogenic.
Talcum powder has been used for many decades for some of the following reasons…
It and soothe dry skin conditions like eczema as if these dry areas get sweaty they can become more irritated.
Thicken your eyelashes, as Talc has been known to act as an effective primer.
It can be used for setting makeup, especially for oily skins, and if you have an oily scalp.
It can be a good anti-chaffing product for those that are prone to chaffing and for sports people.
Again as it is a good oil absorber, people have been known to use Talcum powder as a dry shampoo
It can freshen your clothes in your wardrobe and even smelly shoes!
For a smoother and silkier leg, the powder is effective to use just before waxing to absorb and oil produced and leaves a silky finish!
But is there a pure and safe alternative, without the toxicity??
Thanks to organic pioneers Neal’s Yard Remedies, there is a certified organic and therefore safer option. Fully tested to prove their pure ingredients, there is an adult and baby option to choose from!
The Organic Baby Powder is talc-free and fragrance–free and uses Cornstarch and gentle chamomile as a non-toxic alternative, perfect for a babies new skin!
The Lavender & Tea-Tree Body Powder is again made with Cornstarch but includes calming organic Lavender and Tea-Tree for an antiseptic barrier. Popular for sports goers!
So, please be aware of purchasing anything with talcum powder. Is it really worth the risk and necessary when there are safer choices out there?
Written by Emma Harvey at http://www.loveorganicscompany.co.uk