Ovarian Cancer and Talc

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

I have one beauty product I ask you to steer clear of: Talc powder.

Talc has a high association with ovarian cancer.  The American Cancer Society conducted a study in 1997 that revealed women who applied talcum powder to their genital area were 50%-90% of higher risk of ovarian cancer.  Those numbers are staggering.  The probabilities are too high, ladies.

So, when you go in for your next bikini wax, bring in your own cornstarch powder or inquire prior to arrival.  Moms, keep talc away from your precious offspring.

Looking for some non-talc powders? California Baby and Burt’s Bees offer some great non-talc powders.

What are your favorite non-talc baby powders?  Let us know in the comments below!

Stay tuned this week to find out what monthly personal care product you should convert to organic.



  1. That is truly horrifying. With all of the other “out of our control” risk factors for ovarian cancer, it is scary to think of many women put themselves at increased risk using talc powder. I personally do not use powder on myself, and rarely used it on my children. I did use California Baby products to control diaper rash and those seemed to work and not cause irritation. Thanks for the post!

  2. Also, One Planet makes a decent talc-free powder as well.

  3. The correlation between talk powder and ovarian cancer is very scary. Do you know anything about soapstone? My landlord is having our kitchen re-done in soapstone which I just found out has a very high talc content. Is there any health risk with using this type of counter top? What if I put my hand on it and then touch my face, or sit my bananas on the counter and then eat them – will they absorb chemicals from the soapstone? Thanks!

    • Jennifer, I just looked up this topic. From what I gather, if you are exposed to the dust of the soapstone during installation, that is the biggest concern. Formica, granite, and wood are more harmful with their emissions, apparently. So, I wouldn’t get to worried if I were you. Just don’t breathe the stuff in as it is getting installed, and ventilate. Thanks for such a great question. I just learned something new!

  4. Goodness gracious, this is positively horrifying. I’ve seen “talc-free” on products from Physicians Formula and others, but never researched the diseases associated with talc. Thanks for sharing!

    So, talc isn’t safe for down there … I’m guessing it also isn’t safe for anywhere else (like in makeup, etc)?

    • Jenn, there is more evidence of linking talc to ovarian cancer than any other cancer. It is a controversial ingredient. As you know, I like avoiding controversy and if there is a fantastic alternative that has no controversy (i.e. cornstarch), I’ll gladly welcome it with open arms 😉 So, I stay away from it altogether.