It’s time for some D-I-Y!
TALCUM POWDER FOR THE VADGE?! why not?
Do you go for brazilian or bikini waxing? And does your aesthetician use baby powder on your “vadge” before waxing?
I have experienced that a number of times. I often say N-O! Then, it becomes awkward.
I don’t often explain myself in this sticky situation but, it helps to educate them as to why you’re skipping the powder.
So, I started waxing since 2007 when I joined Philippine’s Next Top Model (yes, aeons ago.) So, our first Top Model challenge was to try COLD WAXING in preparation for a bikini shoot the next day. It was a harrowing experience for first-time waxers but we survived. It wasn’t as bad as we imagined it to be!
Since then, I’ve been switching from COLD to HOT waxing treatments but learned to love the latter.
In my 7 years of waxing experience, I have noticed that most salons use baby powder or a liquid/cream product that normally contains different kinds of chemicals that you probably won’t put in your privates if you had known what those ingredients are.
Whenever I get my treatment done, I ALWAYS inform the aesthetician that I DON’T use baby powder or cream before wax application.
Let’s get to the bottom of this.
What’s in the baby powder? (it sounds gentle but…)
According to www.thecancer.org
Talcum powder is made from talc, a mineral made up mainly of the elements magnesium, silicon, and oxygen. As a powder, it absorbs moisture well and helps cut down on friction, making it useful for keeping skin dry and helping to prevent rashes. It is widely used in cosmetic products such as baby powder and adult body and facial powders, as well as in a number of other consumer products.
In its natural form, some talc contains asbestos, a substance known to cause cancers in and around the lungs when inhaled.
It has been suggested that Talcum powder might cause cancer in the ovarieS if the powder particles (applied to the genital area or on sanitary napkins, diaphragms, or condoms) were to travel through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes to the ovary.
*You can read the full information here http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/talcum-powder-and-cancer
Now, that is the MAIN reason why I have an aversion for talcum powders more so on my privates. The very same reason I have stopped using non-organic, synthetically made sanitary napkins, pantiliners, and chemical-laden feminine washes (this is an entirely different post.)
So, the thought of having talcum powder with asbestos on my “vadge” makes me cringe! You can do your own research and decide for yourself. 🙂
As for me, I want to be in total control of what I put in and out of my body.
Hence, the birth of my DIY TALCUM POWDER.
Arrowroot has anti-inflammatory, healing, and absorbent properties which gives it multiple cosmetic and medicinal uses. It is a great alternative to silica, talc/ talcum powder with additional benefits. It’s known to have soothing properties and because of it’s natural origin, arrowroot will not hurt the skin further, allowing it to rest without irritation. It’s a perfect substitute to talcum powder and delicate enough for pregnant mothers and babies.
Bentonite Clay is made of volcanic ash, or also known as Montmorillonite clay. It has been known for it’s detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties. It draws out toxins and heavy metals from the body. It has been used for centuries either taken internally for it’s alkalizing properties and used externally to help combat skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, acne etc. It is very gentle and naturally cleansing, making it a great substitute for talcum powders and can also be applied on the baby’s skin to help soothe irritated skin. That’s why it’s a great addition to my DIY powder as it helps soothe your skin after before and after waxing.
Lavender Oil as we know, has soothing effects on the skin. It has anti-inflammatory properties. It inhibits bacteria that causes infection. Lavender essential oil disinfects the skin, relieves pain and has aromatherapeutic effects. This makes the powder smell so good and relaxing!
Tea Tree Oil when applied topically on the skin it may kill bacteria and fungus, and reduce allergic skin reactions. It’s antiseptic, has anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties.
Hope I didn’t bore you with the long post?
Okay, let’s get started!!!
4 INGREDIENTS ONLY!
2 tbsp. Arrowroot Flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill Arrowroot Flour)
1/2 tbsp. Bentonite Clay (I bought mine from the Organic market here in Kenya)
3 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2-3 drops Tea Tree Essential Oil
You’re very own DIY Talcum powder.
Now, book your next waxing appointment and remember to take this with you!
When I took the powder to my waxing appointment, my aesthetician was raving about it. She said “It’s like spa in a jar.”
Not only did it smell good but also, it had a cooling effect that soothed my skin after treatment. I noticed that it minimized the pain after waxing too!
-For mommies, you can use this powder for your babies to help soothe diaper rash.
– as a foot powder to prevent athlete’s foot
– can also be used to soothe prickly heat rash.
*For easier application, you can re-use an old baby powder bottle or a glass spice jar container 🙂
Okay ladies, If you make this at home, please let me know how it goes! 🙂
Until next time.