There’s been a noticeable increase in talcum powder news stories, following a trial in which a California jury awarded $417 million in damages to a woman who developed ovarian cancer after decades of using the Johnson & Johnson’s Baby Powder. The plaintiff, Ana Echeverria, alleged that Johnson & Johnson failed to warn consumers about the potential link between prolonged talcum powder use and ovarian cancer.

Johnson & Johnson plans to appeal the jury’s decision, but this is not the first time the company has defended its Baby Powder. Consumer groups have questioned the use of talc-based powders for decades.

A little knowledge of natural-based products could go a long way. With this in mind, here are some talcum powder alternatives we recommend considering.

Baking soda  Also known as sodium bicarbonate, this product is a popular and readily available alternative to talc-based powder. Its natural ability to absorb moisture makes it ideal for multi-purpose use, including deodorant, and tooth paste substitute.

Cornstarch  Similar to baking powder, this natural ingredient is extremely versatile and found in millions of homes across the United States. Cornstarch is derived from the corn plant, acting as a moisture absorber and bulking agent. Cornstarch also has no scent, making it ideal for those allergic to fragrance. A number of medical experts recommend cornstarch to maintain a healthy genital environment.

Arrowroot powder  If GMO-free ingredients are a high priority, consider arrowroot powder (also known as arrowroot starch or arrowroot flour). This starchy ingredient is derived from the rootstock of several tropical plants, and can be used as a substitute for cornstarch, especially for absorbing moisture.

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder  This commercially-available product is talc-free, combining cornstarch with sodium bicarbonate and other ingredients (including fragrance) to produce a natural moisture absorber.

Honeybee Gardens Deodorant Powder  Like Burt’s Bees, this product combines baking soda, cornstarch and arrowroot . Essential oils give a delicate scent to this talc-free alternative.

Concerned about ovarian cancer and searching for talcum powder alternatives? MedTruth will continue to bring consumers the latest science and advocacy action. Stay tuned.