Body & Soul: Lavender-Scented Dusting Powder

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This is a lovely, rich powder ideal for keeping adults and infants comfortable. Lavender oil is soothing and has antibacterial properties. This simple powder will keep you cool, dry and relaxed. MAKES 8 OUNCES

• 1 cup cornstarch
• 1/2 teaspoon light oil, such as almond, sesame or sunflower
• 2 to 3 drops lavender essential oil (optional)

1. Mix all ingredients in a resealable plastic bag. Seal bag and massage the powder until all of the oil is evenly distributed.

2. Store in a clean, dry container. 

Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home (Henry Holt, 2002), available on our Bookshelf, Page 58. For more information and recipes visit her at .

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