Baby Powder Alternatives

Have you heard the news about Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder being contaminated with asbestos?? 

“Reuters reviewed internal documents indicating the company knew its baby powder was sometimes tainted with asbestos, a known carcinogen, but kept that information from regulators and the public, thereby letting its customers sprinkle asbestos on their bodies–and on their babies–for decades.”

Say what?? Crazy!! The number of lawsuits showing up because of it is mind-blowing. 

I do have to say… I’m forever grateful to not be using baby powder… with a heavy heart for all the people effected by it… even those who do not yet know they and their children have been exposed to a chemical that is deemed unsafe in any amount. 

This begs the question…

What are good baby powder alternatives???

Thankfully… there are many… and not all require any type of DIY skills or instructions to follow. In fact… some may even already be in your pantry!

  • Chickpea Powder
  • Oat Flour
  • Corn Flour
  • Bentonite Clay
  • Ground up flowers, like lavender buds, marigold (calendula) flowers, chamomile flower petals, or rose petals
  • Corn Starch
  • Arrowroot powder

Yes… as long as you or your little doesn’t have an allergy to any of those items, you may use them as an alternative to talc or baby powder. 

Keep in mind… using arrow root powder and corn starch may feed yeast, which is a common cause of diaper rashes. 

DIY options…

Personally, we haven’t had the need to use powders with using our DIY Baby Butt Cream and our Seedlings Diaper Cream. Those have routinely been reliable on helping all our baby butt needs with two young boys. 

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If you’re looking for an actual powder, we love this recipe from Sprouting Healthy Habits, at

Every so often we will make our own mask using bentonite clay, essential oils, apple cider vinegar, and sometimes activated charcoal. It’s meant for the face, but we often use it everywhere that needs some detox.

Or we will add some bentonite clay, lavender essential oil, and baking soda into a warm bath. This typically works for everything we’ve needed.

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