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Talc vs Cornstarch: Which is the safer ingredient in baby powder?
For generations, parents have used baby powder to dry up moisture around the nappy area to help prevent nappy rash. Commonly known as talcum powder, the main ingredient is talc, a mined mineral that in its natural form can contain asbestos found near talc mineral reserves. Asbestos has been linked as a cause of cancer. It also contains tiny particles that when inhaled can cause respiratory problems and lung disorders.
 
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The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classifies talc-based powders as possibly carcinogenic to humans.
 

So, what is an alternative?

 
GAIA Natural Baby was determined to find better ingredient to use in our baby powder – an ingredient which was natural, yet just as effective as the use of talc-based powders.
 
The GAIA Talc free Natural Baby Powder was developed using cornstarch as its main ingredient.
 
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Cornstarch, a common food ingredient, is often used as a substitute for talcum powder because it is safer and natural while still effectively keeping nappy rash at bay. It also contains larger particles, so it is harder for baby to inhale.
 
Talc free cornstarch helps to absorb excess moisture and keep baby’s bottom, nappy area and skin folds fresh and dry. The GAIA Talc free Natural Baby Powder also contains organic lavender and chamomile extracts to soothe and calm skin including mild eczema, irritation and nappy rash.
 
Cornstarch, a common food ingredient, is often used as a substitute for talcum powder because it is safer and natural while still effectively keeping nappy rash at bay. It also contains larger particles, so it is harder for baby to inhale.
 

GAIA Talc free Natural Baby Powder is lovingly Australian made and can be used on the whole family. Want some extra tips? It can also be used as a dry shampoo (we all need that between hair washes), to prevent chaffing or on damp feet to deodorise shoes!

 
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