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Make Your Own Bath Powder

Good, basic substitutes for talcum powder are cornstarch, arrowroot powder, fuller's earth, or rice powder (especially for the face). Try these recipes for making your own bath powder:
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • Fragrance oil - optional
Bath Powder Recipe 2:
  • 1 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1/4 tsp essential oil

Bath Powder Recipe 3:

  • 1 cup powdered arrowroot
  • 1 cup corn starch
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
Bath Powder Recipe 4:
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • >2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 tbsp baking soda
  • A few drops of essential oils of your preference
Combine ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Let stand a few days and then sift through a flour sifter. Pour into a powder shaker/container.
Baby Powder
  • 2 tbsp crumbled dried chamomile flowers
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp orrisroot
  • 1/2 tsp alum
Mix ingredients together in a bowl. Sift and store in powder shaker. Use to keep baby's skin soft and dry.
The arrowroot powder can be used all by itself as a soothing body/bath powder, just add scent to suit your nose.

The above quantities are provided as a guideline. Basically, you want to use equal parts of baking soda and cornstarch, adding about 20 drops of fragrance oil for each cup of the mixture. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix together until thoroughly blended. If you're making large batches, you might want to cover your nose/mouth so you don't breath in too much of the powder. Then, if desired, add fragrance oil and stir until thoroughly blended.

If you're using cornstarch, you'll probably want to sift it through a screen, to break up clumps and fluff it up. Push the mixture of oil/cornstarch through the screen and mix with the rest of the cornstarch powder. You may need to repeat the filtering process a few times.

Let the whole mixture sit in a sealed jar overnight. This allows the scent to permeate the whole batch. Be sure to let dry before packaging.

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