Natural Homemade Baby Powder (Talc-free!)

Natural Homemade Baby Powder (talc-free!). Save money with this easy recipe!

Natural Homemade Baby Powder (talc-free!). Save money with this easy recipe!

This sweet little tushy deserves to be clean and dry. And free from weird chemicals that are possible carcinogens and hormone disruptors. Wait, what?…


Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder has been used in my family for generations. The smell of it alone reminds me of my grandfather. It was always in our bathroom cabinet growing up, and I used to put it in my hair when it was greasy (I probably should’ve just washed it, eh?). Millions of people have been using it for years, and they turned out ok. Right?

Well, maybe not.

Simply put, talc causes cancer. I know, it seems like everything causes cancer these days. But when companies get greedy and cheap, they use alternative ingredients to cut costs. And their customers end up paying the price.

In 2016, Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay $72 million to the family of a woman who died from cancer that was caused by their products. They’ve lost multiple law suits since then, and will face over 1,200 women who are suing after suffering due to their harmful ingredients.

The scariest part is, the government allows them to use these known carcinogens. They say it’s “safe” in low dosages. But if using this product over time can cause cancer, how is that safe?

Women in particular are at risk, as talc has been heavily linked to ovarian cancer. Particles from the powder can travel into your body from the genital area and cause inflammation that leads to cancer. It is also dangerous to inhale – and as a mama, that is just about impossible to avoid.

I powder my baby’s bum, and puffs of it float in the air. I kiss his feet and nibble those chunky thighs, and I’m probably getting powder in my mouth. And most importantly, I’m sprinkling the stuff on his little private parts.

All those things considered, I decided it’s important to know what’s in my baby powder.

Natural Homemade Baby Powder (talc-free!). Save money with this easy recipe!


As a fellow mama, the last thing I want to do is add to your list of things to feel guilty about. Motherhood can be hard, and there are a million products out there. It’s just not possible to research everything on your own. And that’s why we have to help each other out & share this information. Because getting educated gives us the chance to make healthy changes for our families!

So what can you do? You’ve checked out some of the other products and the prices are shocking. Higher quality, talc-free baby powders range in price from $9 to $15 for a tiny 8 oz container. You love your tiny human, but these things add up fast.

That’s why I’m here. To share this amazing, simple, super inexpensive recipe with you. Bonus: you might even have all the ingredients already in your pantry.

When I powder my tiny guy, I don’t have to worry about talc. And now you don’t either.


I make my powder in large batches. I usually end up giving some to a friend or splitting it between jars in the nursery and my diaper bag. So I’m not sure exactly how long it lasts me, but it goes a long way! Each batch is about 5 cups, and costs around $8.50 (and that’s with all organic & non-GMO ingredients!). That’s WAY cheaper than any talc-free or organic baby powder you can buy in stores. Its even cheaper per ounce than Johnson & Johnson’s powder!

All you need is 4 simple ingredients: finely ground rolled oats, arrowroot powder, cornstarch, and lavender essential oil.

I buy organic rolled oats from Publix & grind them in my Nutri Ninja Cup. Whole Foods carries their own brand of non-GMO corn starch, but Bob’s Red Mill is great too! And I prefer to use organic arrowroot powder and doTERRA essential oils. Non-GMO and organic options are really affordable on Amazon, so you can make the best quality homemade baby powder possible.

Here’s a few links to my favorite brands for this recipe! By clicking the images below & ordering, I may receive a small commission. But, as always, all opinions are my own. I would never share a product with you that I don’t LOVE and use myself!

If you know someone who loves to cook or bake, the Nutri Ninja Multisystem is an awesome Christmas gift! I use mine more than any other tool in my kitchen. It makes my life way easier and there are tons of recipes I couldn’t try without it!

Natural Homemade Baby Powder

5 from 1 vote


  • 2 cups non-GMO cornstarch
  • 2 cups organic arrowroot powder
  • 1 cup finely ground organic rolled oats*
  • 8 drops pure lavender essential oil


  1. Whisk together the cornstarch, arrowroot powder, and finely ground oats. Once evenly combined, whisk in the drops of lavender oil.

  2. Store in a jar with a shaker lid & use as needed!


*Get organic rolled oats at the store and grind them yourself in a blender! Otherwise, purchase organic oat flour.

This combination is soothing, absorbent, and smells super fresh! I store mine in mason jars with these lids. The holes may seem large, but I think it comes out easier this way with just a shake or two. I can’t believe how much money I’ve already saved by making this stuff myself.

Now go give that baby booty the love & care it deserves!



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    5 stars
    You have your science wrong. It wasn’t the talc itself that caused problems, but talc contaminated with asbestos.
    Breathing in any form of dust over a long period of time isn’t good for anyone, be it oat dust or talc dust, so we all should be careful how we apply any powder that could be breathed in.
    I’m glad that you have a baby powder alternative. I have problems with perfume and when I last needed baby powder I couldn’t find any without perfume, so I used corn starch. It was a spaghetti noodle fidget toy, so no tiny humans involved. Next time I need a baby powder alternative for a tiny human I’ll have your recipe to use.

    • Victoria Sgro

      Hey Teresa! You’re right that asbestos was a problem in the past. But talc has been free from asbestos since the 1970s. Unfortunately, genital use of talc (even asbestos-free talc) has been classified as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” by the International Agency for Research on Cancer. They are an organization that is a part of the World Health Organization (WHO) and their research is highly respected. I would love to be able to say that asbestos-free talc is safe, but it isn’t!

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