Innocent though it seems, baby powder often has some hidden ingredients. Some regular baby powder contains talc, which is closely related to asbestos and has been linked to various cancers. Please don’t put it on your baby’s tender tushie! There are natural alternatives that are incredibly easy to make and work better without the side-effect of cancer! Whether you need baby powder for a new little one at home or for yourself during the sticky, sweaty summer months, I’ve got a great toxic-free recipe:



  • Contains no talc!
  • Natural
  • Easy to make
  • Can be used by both baby and the mother
  • No side effects
  • Smells wonderful
  • Kaolin clay is natural absorbent
  • Arrowroot is a great natural alternative to cornstarch in DIY powders.
  • Lavender is a skin-soothing herb, and will also leave your powder smelling sweet.


Things you need:

  • 2 tablespoons organic rice flour
  • 2 tablespoons Organic arrowroot powder
  • 3 drops chamomile (Roman or German) essential oil
  • 3 drops lavender essential oil or finely grounded dry lavender flowers

Method: In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients and stir carefully. Drip essential oils on top and stir thoroughly to combine. Transfer to a powder shaker bottle or a re-purposed spice bottle with shaker top. Always shake a small amount into your hand before applying to baby. Shaking directly onto baby’s skin could cause baby to inhale the powder, which will be irritating to his/her sensitive system.


  • This recipe is not intended for babies under 3 months of age. Do not use on broken skin.
  •  If you have sensitive skin and are allergic to any essential oils, there is a chance that your baby too might have acquired sensitive skin. In that case, consult your doctor before using any essential oils on baby’s skin.


  • This recipe can also be used as a dry shampoo!
  • You can use cornstarch instead of fine rice flour.

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