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DIY Thursday: "talc-free" baby talc

‘Soft as a baby’s bottom’ isn’t just a saying. Did you know that babies’ is skin actually 20-30% thinner than your own?1

This makes it more delicate and less resilient. It also loses moisture more quickly than adult skin, and its protective barrier is not yet fully developed which makes a baby’s skin super-absorbent and susceptible to external irritants, all the way up to age one.

With this in mind, it’s important to choose products which are super-gentle and have baby’s special skin needs in mind. Or... make your own!

The advantage of DIY baby products is you know exactly what’s in them – no synthetic chemicals, dyes, perfumes or other nasties. They also make terrific gifts, for new mums, baby showers or birthdays.

Here’s a natural ‘talc-free’ baby talc recipe we love. Talc isn’t great for babies as it can be irritating to the lungs when inhaled, but this corn starch based recipe is perfectly safe. Lavender is added for its soothing, calming and anti-inflammatory properties and Tea Tree to help freshen, and combat thrush and bacteria. You can use a little more essential oil than the recipe indicates (up to 10 drops total) if you prefer a stronger aroma and if your baby's skin isn't sensitive.

DIY Baby Powder

You'll need:
½ cup corn starch
½ cup Arrowroot/Tapioca flour
4 drops Bosisto’s Lavender Oil
2 drops Bosisto’s Tea Tree Oil


Mix well and put in a clean talc container or a similar "shaker-style" container (try Spotlight or similar craft retailer). Make a pretty label if giving as a gift and present in a basket with a baby towel and lavender sprigs!

Buy Bosisto’s Lavender and Tea Tree oil online today.

Special note: Welcome to our new regular blog feature! Every Thursday, we'll be bringing you some creative and fun DIY recipes and ideas from Bosisto's. Making your own personal and cleaning products at home is quick and easy; it can save you heaps of money, and most importantly can help cut down on harmful chemicals for better health and a greener environment. Hope you enjoy 'DIY Thursday's', and if you have any suggestions or great recipes of your own using essential oils, email us at bosistos@fgb.com.au.

1. Neonatal Skin Science 2012, Anatomic and Physiologic Differences, New Adhesives, Diaper Dermatitis and IV Infiltrates, August 30, 2012.