Happy Summers y’all! With the onset of summers, people start using dusting powders to stay sweat free and smell fresh. But almost every dusting powder in the mainstream market is made with talc.
Talc is a soft, mineral-based white powder used in cosmetics and industries. It has great moisture absorbing capabilities. However, talc can often be contaminated with asbestos, a carcinogen.
So you should either opt for talcum powder certified free of asbestos by the manufacturer, or you could go for natural alternatives. The most commonly used dusting powder ingredients are arrowroot powder and cornstarch.
Natural dusting powder in India
The most economical choice is to make your own dusting powder using kitchen ingredients. And you can easily create an unscented DIY dusting powder at home using arrowroot powder and cornstarch along with some clay(optional).
If you wish to add some fragrance to it, you can add grounded herbs and flowers like lavender, rose, chamomile, orange peel etc. Another option is to add essential oils but it can get tricky to use the right amount that is under the dermal limits.
But if DIYs are not your thing, I have compiled below a list of some natural dusting powders in India that will suit different budgets.
Low Budget options
1. Mamaearth Dusting Powder
Features: Made with organic oatmeal and arrowroot powder, certified by MadeSafe
Ingredients: Cornstarch, organic arrowroot powder, Sodium benzoate, zinc oxide, oat corn, lavender essential oil.
2. The Moms Co. Natural Baby Powder
Features: Made with cornstarch, calendula and jojoba oil, certified by MadeSafe
Ingredients: Cornstarch, tricalcium phosphate, organic jojoba oil, calendula oil, vanilla extract, organic chamomile oil.
3. Juicy Chemistry Face and Body Dusting Powder
Features: Made with clay and floral powders, can be used on face and body as well, certified by Ecocert.
Ingredients: Tapioca Root Powder, Kaolin Clay, Arrowroot Powder, Rice Flower, Rose Essential Oil, Geranium Essential Oil, Sandalwood Essential Oil, Jasmine Essential Oil, Damascus Rose Powder
Available on Nykaa
4. Juicy Chemistry Antifungal Body Dusting Powder
Features: Made with cooling peppermint and clay, has antifungal properties, certified by Ecocert.
Ingredients: Black Walnut Shell Powder, Tapioca Root Powder, Rhassoul Clay, Arrowroot Powder, Baking Soda, Tea Tree Essential Oil, Rosemary Essential Oil, Peppermint Essential Oil.
5. Forest Essentials Silken Dusting Powder
Features: Available in 4 different variants -Indian Rose absolute, Mashobra Honey and Vanilla, Nargis, Oudh and Green tea
Ingredients: Cornstarch, arrowroot powder, kokum butter, oatmeal powder, olive oil. (apart from these 5 base ingredients, there are other ingredients specific to each variant)
With the options above, there is something for everyone. If you know more such brands that sell natural dusting powder, let me know. I will add them to this list above. Which one are you planning to try? Do comment below.
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