Make your own body powder
You can make your own body powder using very inexpensive ingredients that won’t irritate your lungs like talc can. The best bases include arrowroot, white clay, rice flour or cornstarch. For everyday use, I like to use a mixture of half a cup or cornstarch with half a cup of arrowroot (available at Whole Foods or somewhere similar). Simply add 10-12 drops of your favorite essential oil and cover lightly and let stand 24 hours. If you are going to be using the powder someplace where you want to absorb oil or odor (oily face, feet, or armpits- white clay or rice flour are slightly more absorbent). Some ideas are listed below:
Create a singular fragrance or a combination of peppermint, eucalyptus or an uplifting citrus scent (tangerine, lime, grapefruit, bergamot or some combination). Try storing it in the Bare Escentuals travel case or something similar. It’s nice to put on your skin after you’ve showered but are still warm from your workout. It can also be put in your shoes after you remove them, or on your feet.
Add some of your favorite oils to a pretty glass jar and keep it by the bed to keep your sheets fresh and cool, especially during the summer months. Cater your scent to whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish in your bed. If you’ve been having trouble sleeping, try a very relaxing and comforting potion of lavender, chamomile, neroli and geranium or any of these fragrances by themselves. If you are trying to spice up your love life, add jasmine, ylang ylang, patchouli, and rose.
If you look at your baby powder, you’ll see the ingredients is simply cornstarch and fragrance, so if you run out, or want to save some money, try making your own. Children tend to love tangerine scent and you can find this essential oil for only a few dollars. It’s also a nice fragrance to add to the bath at the end of the day and has the aromatherapeutic property of being “cheering.” Calming lavender and chamomile are always good bets too.
Baby powder works fantastically on those days your hair is mostly clean but the roots are a little oily. Just splash a bit in your hands and run it through your hair near your scalp. It’s a great easy fix for those days you want to run some errands or go to the gym, but your hair is looking greasy.