The concept of using a "dusting powder" on the daily might seem a bit… old-school.
(Truthfully, I got the idea to make my body + foot powders from my grandma!)
But bear with me (and granny) here, because you're about to have your beauty routine upgraded by 1000%
I started using body powder a few months ago, and I am absolutely addicted.
Where has this luxurious, luscious goodness been all my life?!
It's high time we bring this vintage grooming habit back - with 100% natural, plant based (talc free) ingredients of course!
Here are a few of my favorite things about using body powder:
(2019 UPDATE: Hi there - this is the #1 blog post on our site, but it was written several years ago and our product catalog has changed quite a bit since. We now call our body powders "All-Over Powder" and they can be found here - they still work the same way - just an updated name and packaging!)
1. It absorbs moisture due to sweat and humidity.
Well, this one is pretty obvious, but if you haven't tried it, you have no idea what you're missing! It's basically deodorant in a powder form that you can apply anywhere on your body. (And yes, I do mean a n y w h e r e !) You know when you take a nice warm, steamy shower, and then you're too sticky to get dressed? (Or, ugh, blow-dry your hair?!) That's when this stuff really comes in handy. Or, when you're on a tropical vacation, and you wanted to look cute but you just feel like you're fully dressed in a sauna? LIFESAVER! It keeps you from melting into a puddle on the floor while making your skin feel incredibly soft to the touch. So refreshing. Seriously, where has it been all my life?!
2. It keeps body acne at bay.
Think about it: breakouts happen when your body produces excess amounts of oil, and it mixes (or gets stuck in a pore with) the bacteria on your skin. And acne causing bacteria likes to multiply in moist environments. Body powder not only stops the excess moisture from collecting on your skin, but it also adds the antibacterial, antiseptic properties of a little tea tree oil with the gently cleansing properties of kaolin clay and baking soda. (Side note - I'm speaking from personal experience here, not actually marketing my products as a cure for acne! If you're struggling, definitely be sure to see a dermatologist!)
3. It protects your feet (and shoes!)
This is my absolute favorite use for my body + foot powder. Sprinkling just a little bit of this on my feet before I put on my socks and shoes not only keeps them smelling sweet, but it also makes me feel so much more comfortable! In the summer, I sometimes tend to apply too much moisturizer to my feet before I put on my sandals, so I end up slipping and sliding around in my heels which is super annoying, but a dusting of powder helps keep everything in place. In the winter, I love it because it keeps my feet from getting cold and clammy in my boots. Keeping your feet dry also helps extend the life of your beautiful shoes! Something to think about while we're speaking of upgrades, no?!
4. It gives your signature scent even better staying power!
Oh yeah… it also smells really, really good. Have I mentioned that about my products yet?! ;) But don't worry - while this may be a vintage-y beauty product, the scents are modern and fresh. I like to think that Twinkle Apothecary's scented body care items are more about finding the joy and luxury in your everyday self care rituals, as opposed to leaving a trail of perfume everywhere you go. Our body + foot powders are more subtly concentrated and a little cleaner (more fresh) than the matching perfume, thanks to the added tea tree oil. Wearing the same scent head-to-toe really boosts the staying power of our natural fragrances - or - you can mix and match different scents to create something that's completely unique to you!
5. Actually, it makes your whole life (gym bag, suitcase, laundry basket, sheets, car...) smell better.
It may be called body powder, but it doesn't just absorb moisture and control bacteria on your skin. You can sprinkle it pretty much anywhere you want to keep bad odors in check. I highly recommend dusting some in your sneakers and gym gear, and I looooove dusting down my sheets when I make my bed in the morning. Dusting my favorite fragrance around in my car could have made my time as a commuter in Los Angeles waaaaaaaay more enjoyable! (Side note - I do not recommend using this as a carpet deodorizer when vacuuming. The flour particles can build up static electricity and shock you!)
Honorable mention: It works as a dry shampoo too!
I prefer using Twinkle Apothecary's own dry shampoo
because the rice flour adds so much volume, but if you can't get both, the body powder will absorb excess oils on your scalp and make your hair smell pretty too!
So, are you starting to see why I'm obsessed with this stuff now?
Have you ever tried using a body powder?
Have any cool uses for it that I haven't listed here?! DO TELL!!