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. The international agency for research on cancer (iarc) classifies talc-based powders as possibly carcinogenic to humans.

So, what’s the alternative? – Gaia Talc Free Baby Powder

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.

Talc Free Baby Powder

The Gaia talc-free natural baby powder was developed using cornstarch as its main ingredient.

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!

Nipple balm for runners

A really great testimonial from John, who uses Gaia Skin Nipple Balm for running.

“As a long distance runner, it is so important to be able rely on product that works. There’s no point putting in the endless hours of training for it all to go wrong on race day!!

I have used a variety of balms, creams, gels, etc, in the past, with varying degrees of success.

On a recent 160km race I used the Gaia balm, and it worked a treat.

One application is all I needed, and no issues whatsoever. Very very good stuff…”

– John

Gaia natural baby moisturiser Review

Finally, I have found a product that I feel works perfectly on my skin, not to say it is an absolute treat filled with all-natural oil-based products that I use on weekends only to both savour and to get the best effect.

I have been using different moisturisers for years, having also used some high-quality brands nothing quite compares to the GAIA natural baby moisturiser with the fulfilment of all-natural oils working naturally on the skin. I have used a lot of other ‘natural’ products and even the 100% aloe vera gel which my skin still tingles from the chemicals when applied.

GAIAs natural baby moisturiser is a rich cream that gets better as you rub it in. It leaves your face feeling fresh and clean with good protection which lasts the whole day. The combination of smells and feel good is a perfect way to start the weekend.

I can happily say that I will be a new customer of this product and interested in other products GAIA has to offer. GAIA has provided great trust with its high-quality natural ingredients that it would be difficult for anyone to argue against, other retailers selling related products are certainly up for a great competition here!

I would highly recommend this product to anyone suffering from skin problems. I believe this could be a good or perhaps only alternative to other products used for acne, dry or itchy skin.

Meabh Hanrahan, Kent, UK.

Rachel Quinlan Gaia Testimonial

I was recommended Gaia Shampoo by a friend who is aware that I’m into organic and homeopathic/holistic health products. I’ve been taking evening primrose oil for years due to the multifarious benefits it elicits. The fact the ingredients include evening primrose oil and chamomile, therefore sparked my affinity for the product; and I was excited to trial it.

I have sensitive and combinational skin, and find it difficult to garner good results from face washes. But by gosh; I must say the lavish and smooth feeling after trying this GAIA wash is next to none.

One only requires a smidgen, so it lasts for ages. I’ve been testing it for around 5 weeks, twice daily, and I’ve only used about a third of the bottle. Thus, it is certainly serious value for money.

Every so often I like to add in some sea salt if I need to do a scrub, and my skin feels exfoliated, smooth, and silky. This product has actually tackled some of my scarring as well, so that has added serious value in my eyes. 10/10, and will continue using because it just works for me.

I would recommend this product to anyone with sassy, sensitive, and unstable skin because it’s natural, soft, and effective at eradicating blemishes and moisturising the epidermis

Right on, GAIA. I’m an advocate.

Rachel Quinlan

Michelle Dunne Pregnancy & New Mum

GAIA Skin Naturals have been my ‘go to’ product this time round with my second baby Tiarnan.  I had no hesitation using the baby products having sampled the Pregnancy + New Mum skincare products.

Baby Tiarnan developed eczema and cradle cap. I got the Baby Starter Kit for Tiarnan –  to give it a try – as none of the other baby products on the market worked.

I used these together with the Massage Oil and the Soothing Cream. For Baby Tiarnan’s cradle cap I would massage the oil into his scalp at night and leave it on overnight. Then the following morning in his bath I would just gently rub his scalp with cotton wool and warm water and it would lift away without any effort.

The cradle cap is now gone.  As for the baby eczema the soothing cream has and is working a treat calming the angry looking patches within the hour of application.

During my pregnancy I really enjoyed using the products Belly Butter and the Belly Oil – and was so impressed by them in comparison to the other leading products I used during my last pregnancy.

The Nipple Balm has been a life saver and has allowed me to carry on breastfeeding Tiarnan for longer as I had to give up the ghost with my first baby as no product I tried could help cure cracked nipples.  With this product I have not even come close to suffering the awful discomfort trying to breastfeed a little baby – and he is now four months old – Oh btw it’s great lip balm.

I have found with GAIA Skin Naturals products a great all rounder and can be used in so many different ways and so many different things – the ingredients are such that it is calming, soothing and effective.  I love all the products I have tried and all the family are now using them.  I would highly recommend GAIA Skin Naturals.

Michelle Dunne
Happy Mum and Happy Baby