A talc free powder is used to absorb sweat and excess moisture from the skin and leave it feeling soft and silky with a light scent.
Natural, talc–free powders are made from a blend of dry plant based powders such arrowroot, kaolin, rice powder and corn starch. They are then blended with a small amount of oil in a coffee grinder. As these powders don’t contain any water, they do not need a preservative, but the addition of an antioxidant helps to protect the oils from going rancid too quickly and adds to the luxurious skin feel.
You can add a variety of botanical ingredients to your powders such as powdered extracts, dried flowers, essential oils, and extracts. Be inspired by the amazing plant-based ingredients you can choose from!
Tiny clumps are normal with powders but they should disappear as soon as the powder is applied. If your powder is too clumpy then you need to reduce the amount of oil you have included in your product and blend the ingredients together better.
If you have used whole dried flowers and not pre-powdered ones, then you need to use a coffee grinder to pulverise the flowers to a fine powder before adding them to the formulation. A sieve can also be useful to remove any larger flakes. If the powder is too coarse then this can be uncomfortable to apply, especially on delicate babies’ skin. The finer the powders, the better.
It’s time to have a go at making your own talc-free baby powder. This formulation is an inspiration for you to try making your own version at home.
Here’s a few helpful formulation tips for you:
- Don’t have the powders used? Try using different powders in your base such as oat powder or rice powder, or swap in different kinds of powdered extracts such as honey powder, milk powders or maybe even fruit powders. Remember that some of these actives will need to be added in low percentages to prevent clumping.
- Want a different fragrance? Try using different essential oils and dried flowers to give your product a different scent.
- Want to achieve a different colour? Consider that some powders are brightly coloured, as are many carrier oils. Play around by seeing how it feels to use a colourful baby powder. Always remember however that these powders can stain clothing and upholstery, so be sure to test them out properly before putting them to use!
- Packaging options? Consider using bottles with flip top lids or screw caps and reducers. You could also use a tin with a powder puff as this gives a very vintage feel to your powder or special shaker bottle for less clumping.
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