Flower Not-Talcum Powder

Try this alternative to toxic talcum powder, which uses ground, dried flower petals of your choosing and arrowroot and orris root powder.


Talc reminds me of my great grandma, Lil, the talc queen. Little did she know quite how toxic her after-bath powdering really was. It is not good for you at all to breathe in and has been linked to all kinds of nasty diseases and environmental concerns. This is my homemade, natural alternative. Orris root powder is a fixative, so it helps to keep the scent in the powder for longer. It’s often used in potpourri for this reason, but you don’t have to use it here.

makes 320g


  • 250g arrowroot powder (you can use cornflour instead, but it’s less silky)
  • 3-4 tablespoons floral powder of your choice
  • 1 tablespoon orris root powder
  • small jar or airtight container


  1. Mix everything together in a bowl, then transfer to a small jar or airtight container and cover. Store in a cool, dry place for up to a year.

After you have showered or bathed and are towel-dry, use by applying it with a powder brush, as required.

Also from The Art of Natural Beauty:

art-of-natural-beautyFrom Avocado and Rose Face Oil to Salt and Macadamia Hair Spritz, this handy little guide is the perfect companion for anyone who wants to save money (and the planet) by ditching chemical-filled, mass-produced beauty products and making their own natural ones at home. Rebecca Sullivan has researched and tested a whole range of treats and treatments for your face, body and hair, and even your teeth. Keep skin touchably soft with Chocolate Orange Body Butter, and create your own make up palette using petal powders. With Lavender Lip Scrub and Elderflower Night Cream, the ideas in this book will inspire you to overhaul your entire cosmetic collection and embrace the art of natural beauty.

Reprinted with permission from The Art of Natural Beauty: Homemade Lotions and Potions for the Face and Body by Rebecca Sullivan and published by Kyle Books, 2018.

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