...to wonder what kind of loon powders her minge?

(188 Posts)
badbride Wed 19-Jun-13 07:48:00

So the "using talc on your nether regions increases your ovarian cancer risk" story is doing the rounds in the media again. (Daily Mail)

There's an argument to be had about how these risks are being communicated in the media. That's not my point. My point is that I'm flabbergasted by the claim that 40% of women feel it necessary to dust their bits with talc on a regular basis.

Is this really true? If so, WHY???? The thought of doing this never even occurred to me. Are these women mad, or am I just a manky old bint?

Apologies for the Daily Mail link. For the sake of balance, here's Cancer Research UK's take on the topic.

SHarri13 Wed 19-Jun-13 07:50:25

Blerggh, all dry and crusty, no thanks. I don't think I've even seen a bottle of talc for about 10 years!

CoffeeBucks Wed 19-Jun-13 07:51:31

My DM does this. There's always talc on my bathroom floor when she comes to stay hmm weird

Sheshelob Wed 19-Jun-13 07:52:33

One word: itchy.

No, ta.

LifeofPo Wed 19-Jun-13 07:54:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ParadiseChick Wed 19-Jun-13 07:55:36

To be fair I doubt many people are talcing internally, more likely to be at the sides?

TheCameliousHumph Wed 19-Jun-13 07:55:48

It's because if you remove all you pubes your foof gets more sweaty and clammy, increasing the need for powder.

badbride Wed 19-Jun-13 07:56:21

I use talc between my toes after I've been swimming, largely because the pool seems to incubate every fungal foot infection known to medicine. But the thought of minge-powdering never even crossed my radar until today. I mean, how do you even.... confused

NandH Wed 19-Jun-13 07:56:48

Ermm never occurred to me to do this either ...odd.

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Wed 19-Jun-13 07:57:19

It is such an old fashioned thing to do grin

I must ask my friend if she does it still, her Mum was 'older' and had A LOT of funny notions grin

A lovely lady that I loved and miss

Po grin

MalcolmTuckersMum Wed 19-Jun-13 07:57:34

I would worry that it would turn to paper mâché and Dh would have to beat it like a piñata

Oh ffs! grin I have coffee snorting down my nose now - thanks for that! grin

RalphGnu Wed 19-Jun-13 07:57:48

I would worry that it would turn to paper mâché and Dh would have to beat it like a piñata

Best quote of the week! grin

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Wed 19-Jun-13 07:58:28

Bad with a puffy/fluffy thing - I shit you not. Under arms and foof.

TheCountessOlenska Wed 19-Jun-13 07:59:11

Ha ha! No I don't. Think it's an old lady thing, the modern woman doesn't use talc at all surely!

We were given some baby talc, never used on the baby but DH used it all - never asked him what for confused

My mother used to do this many years ago, I think it was to keep it smelling fresh all day, like scented San pro.

The way to powder minge, is you put your knickers on, pull them open at the front, sprinkle liberally and then ping them back, creating a satisfying talc cloud. Repeat at the back if necessary.

DrHolmes Wed 19-Jun-13 08:02:31

I have to admit I do this. But its just a recent thing (one month in) as I get red itchy spots on my bum cheeks and have tried anti biotics and creams etc. So then I noticed I have a sweaty bum and so have tried using talc in the mornings and I have to say it has helped a lot. Less spots and not so itchy. However, I read that daily mail article last night and put it in the bin. I am very worried now and also not sure how I will treat my bum! sad

badbride Wed 19-Jun-13 08:03:03

Many thanks to Po and Chipping for answering my question about the logistics of the practice.

So you stuff your front bottom with sweeties and plastic toys, cement it together with talc (applied with a fluffy powder puff) and then wait for DH to initiate a game of poonani piñata.

And you say this is a thing with the older generation? grin

with a puffy/fluffy thing - I shit you not. Under arms and foof

Eugh - same puffy thing?

RhondaJean Wed 19-Jun-13 08:05:05

Yes it's definitely an age thing, like waist slips.

badbride Wed 19-Jun-13 08:06:38

DrHolmes I've heard there are alternatives to mineral talc--do chat to your GP or pharmacist about it. It would be a shame to ditch something that's working for you on the basis of a newspaper article. ANd do check out the Cancer Research UK link in my OP--it's a good, balanced summary and really puts everything into perspective.

everlong Wed 19-Jun-13 08:06:40

Dust their minge! How fucking odd.
Never heard of it.

It seems my mother was reet common, she didn't have a puffy thing, I'm quite glad though. God knows what I would have done with it as a small child whilst copying mother.

CoteDAzur Wed 19-Jun-13 08:08:52

Talc making its way into the vagina, then up the ovaries just doesn't make sense. Surely only sperm manage this and even they can't make it into the ovaries.

Besides, sperm are deposited inside and have flagella to swim with. How is talc supposed to swim upstream? confused

ExcuseTypos Wed 19-Jun-13 08:10:31

I can remember my mum always using talc. I never asked her where she put it!

I also remember using talc after a bath, on both my DDs. They are in their early 20s now. Everyone seemed to use it. Do people still use it on babies?

blue2 Wed 19-Jun-13 08:12:09


grin at Binky with "ping them back, creating a satisfying talc cloud"

DrHolmes Wed 19-Jun-13 08:12:23

I will do some research. Thanks badbride.

I have wondered about the effects of inhaling hairspray. I am sure it cannot be good to inhale liquid plastic.

DiamondDoris Wed 19-Jun-13 08:14:36

If you bathe daily you don't need to use perfumes of any kind. I think talc stemmed from the days people didn't have frequent baths/showers... yuck. Or maybe I'm wrong.

badbride Wed 19-Jun-13 08:17:23

Good question, Cote. I have no idea. Looking at Binky's explanation, perhaps it is related to the strength of the powderer's knicker elastic"? grin

littlepeas Wed 19-Jun-13 08:19:10

I am horrified by this post! My gran once left me a puffy fluffy thing in the bathroom with talc on when I was having a shower at her house. Now I know why. Eugh.

I've never used talc on my dc (eldest is nearly 5) as advice when dc1 was born was that it is not good for them to inhale.

playftseforme Wed 19-Jun-13 08:20:20

There's definitely someone at work that does this, there's always a liberal sprinkling of talc on the cubicle floor

Pobblewhohasnotoes Wed 19-Jun-13 08:21:23

ExcuseTypos No, they don't recomnend talc being used on babies anymore. I remember my Grandma using the talc on us when we had a bath at her house.

I thought using talc gave you thrush?

Sunnywithshowers Wed 19-Jun-13 08:24:29

I remember my mum used to talc me and DSis after the bath. But that was back in the olden days. <gimmer>

That is, until the day she left the room for a moment and found DSis putting Vim in her knickers.

AnyoneforTurps Wed 19-Jun-13 08:26:21

DrHolmes, there is no need to stop using talc if it works for you. The DM health scares are absolute bollocks. As Ben Goldacre says, the DM has "an ongoing project to divide all the inanimate objects in the world into the ones that either cause or prevent cancer".

Talc doesn't give you ovarian cancer, blueberries don't prevent cancer. Just tune out the DM and carry on.

Binky - that made me laugh out loud! grin

I use liquid talc in the summer for under boob moisture purposes. <tmi> DS2 uses proper talc before his shin pads go on for football. grin

There was talk of something to do with swimming hats and talc re talc on changing room floors.

play are you sure that's not fanny dandruff?

Llareggub Wed 19-Jun-13 08:42:13

Lots of us used to use talc in our swimming hats in our swimming club. Back then the hats used to stick together terribly and the talc helped the problem.

My SIL uses talc liberally with her children after baths and tried dousing mine one day. They ran shrieking from her in horror.

My grandmother was a huge talc user. She was also rather large so I guess it was a sweat/smell thing back from the days when she only allowed her family a spoonful of hot water for their weekly bath. I'm not kidding on this - my teenage mother was only allowed a weekly bath.

My mother is anti talc for the reason, and so am I! Plus it must mean more bathroom cleaning...

QOD Wed 19-Jun-13 08:45:19

I used to puff my groin and under boobage when I was fat, stopped the soreness and sweating.

CoteDAzur Wed 19-Jun-13 08:45:42

"Fanny dandruff"


juneybean Wed 19-Jun-13 08:46:50

I occasionally do. I'm only 27 but my nana always did it and I guess I copied.

badbride Wed 19-Jun-13 08:53:45

Anyone, the thing that really annoys me about the DM story is that while it trumpets a 24% increase in risk, it doesn't state was the baseline risk for getting ovarian cancer is. It also doesn't talk about the limitations of the study, or indeed include a quote from the researchers.

If this is the paper they are talking about, the authors talk of a "small to moderate" increase in risk.

I'd still suggest that DrHolmes has a chat to her GP or pharmacist, as they may be able to suggest an even better solution to her health issue.

valiumredhead Wed 19-Jun-13 09:00:53

I always used to use talc when I was getting dressed when I used to swim regularly. I also had 2 ovarian cysts and the consultant back then, this was 23 years ago, said to stop using it as it increases the risk of them. This is old new re hashed in true DM style hmm

badbride Wed 19-Jun-13 09:01:28

Sparkling, when you say fanny dandruff, do you mean "piñata remnants"?

scarletforya Wed 19-Jun-13 09:07:39

DrHolmes, I have the same problem sometimes. I've found that Tea tree oil applied neat works very well!

choceyes Wed 19-Jun-13 09:12:03

I used it occassionally when heavily pregnant and my thighs started to chaff and my foof was a bit itchy.
My DH uses it sometimes as he's a serious cyclist and he can get a bit chaffed in the nethers sometimes and also to reduce rubbing in his cycling shorts.

OneLaundryBaskettoRuleThemAll Wed 19-Jun-13 09:19:10

Lush used to sell talc alternatives.

Latara Wed 19-Jun-13 09:26:42

Lots of very old ladies use talc on their backs and underarms.. i know cos i work with them.
The trick is to put the talc on a towel then pat it on.

I discourage them from using talc down below because it sticks there (gross).

I often use some under my breasts (sorry) to make sure they are dry before i put my bra on. That's copied from my patients!

WilsonFrickett Wed 19-Jun-13 09:30:38

This thread is actually making talc seem attractive! I want a poonani pinata! And a foof talc cloud...

chickensaladagain Wed 19-Jun-13 09:34:05

For those of us large of thigh, it does reduce chaffing

But my actual foof? No

WildlingPrincess Wed 19-Jun-13 09:39:51

I don't. My Mum always told me not to cos of cancer. Terrified of the stuff now!

DrHolmes Wed 19-Jun-13 09:44:14

Thanks scarlet, that is something I have not tried actually.

Badbride, I have been to drs numerous times about it and they say nothing they can do now. They say the only thing that should work is the antibiotic lymecyclin but I am already on thaf for treatment on my face and so obviously isn't working for my bum sad if I get too hot its my bum and legs that itch like hell.

Liquid talc is lovely by the way.

YY 'Pinata remnants' bad. Always on the black loo seat at work.

AIBU to want to try this? blush

Antisecco Wed 19-Jun-13 11:19:01

Yes it is an old fashioned thing...haven't done it for years...though I am from the generation who thought vaginal deodorants were a Good Thing (sheesh)

However, for those who think it is inherently odd (as distinct from risky) ...surely not half as odd as minge shaving/waxing (which I get is not risky...just vair vair strange)

I would also say I am loving the pinata comment but I can't find a tilda!

melika Wed 19-Jun-13 11:21:41

Never heard of it. But reminds me of sunday nights bath when I used to pinch moms Christmas talc. Strange thing, talc!!

I saw a woman putting talc very liberally all over her dd's legs in the park the other day. The dd's legs were perfectly normal-looking and she wasn't wet. DS looked over and said 'That lady's sun cream is really odd' which were my thoughts exactly. Any idea what that was all about?

Bunbaker Wed 19-Jun-13 11:29:08

"Yes it's definitely an age thing, like waist slips."

I don't use talc, but I do have a waist slip as one of my maxi dresses is very thin, and if I stand in the light you can see the parsnip shape of my legs.

gotthemoononastick Wed 19-Jun-13 11:31:08

Lovely,silky, gorgeously perfumed French powders.Huge fluffy swansdown powder puffs.Crystal glass and porcelain bowls.Pure white cotton and handmade lace nightwear.What's not to like?.I am ancient though,laugh out loud!

ouryve Wed 19-Jun-13 11:35:03

In the days when i actually wore skirts, i used to talk the tops of my thighs to prevent rub (I was 7 stone, but still got thigh rub) - it worked for about 10 minutes on a hot day, then got slimy and sticky. These days, I simply don't wear skirts. Much more comfortable.

Actually, I'm tempted to powder my minge and leave interesting prints in random places.

badbride Wed 19-Jun-13 11:36:33

Really sorry to hear of your discomfort DrHolmes. My suggestion was more to encourage you not to ditch what sounds like an effective remedy on the basis of a crappy story in a newspaper.

Leverette Wed 19-Jun-13 11:37:16

Re migrating through human tissue: talc is a mineral not a million miles away in structure from asbestos. Tiny shards basically enter flesh very easily and provoke an inflammatory reaction which after a long time can trigger cancer.

badbride Wed 19-Jun-13 11:38:07

Lol ouryve Minge Printing, the new planking

helenthemadex Wed 19-Jun-13 11:46:19

if you powder and dont shave wouldnt it look quite christmassy? and surely if you talc your minge dont you have a snow globe effect everytime you pull your knickers down

I might need to talc for research purposes

I would worry that it would turn to paper mâché and Dh would have to beat it like a piñata grin really laughed at this but wonder how sweets and toys would get in your knickers

TheHandbagOfGlory Wed 19-Jun-13 11:46:55

There used to be a lady at the gym who would shower and then vigorously towel dry herself right next to me, pop her knickers on, pull the waist band open and liberally sprinkle talc inside and then snap them back. Yes there was a satisfying talc cloud, but it would go all over me! I always imagined her foof flaps must be like the doors on Stars In Their Eyes, with the clouds of dry ice puffing out confused

Gawd - I must be an old lady, because I do occasionally powder the outside of my minge (with imperial leather talc, not baby powder) because it makes me feel cooler and more comfortable - and prevents a bit of chafing. I don't wear - or even possess - a waist slip, though. Does that make me a bit more acceptable?

squeakytoy Wed 19-Jun-13 11:48:14

you put a light dusting on Helen.. not an avalanche! grin

CoteDAzur Wed 19-Jun-13 11:48:53

Leverette - In that case, we should see skin cancer where talc is applied (we don't) and biopsies of such cancers would have shown talk as the cause a long time ago, like HPV in cervical cancer biopsies (they haven't).

The claim here is that talc travels through the vaginal canal, up through the cervix, and into the ovaries. And that is hard to understand, too - why doesn't it cause any problems at all on the way in the labia, vagina, cervix, or uterus? Even assuming that talc has magical powers of swimming upstream, that is.

DrHolmes Wed 19-Jun-13 11:49:05

I know badbride smile but a lot of people on this thread also say its a risk and that last post from Leverette has worried me. Shards. Oh god.
Imagine if I carried on using it and did get ovarian cancer.

valiumredhead Wed 19-Jun-13 11:52:38

However, for those who think it is inherently odd (as distinct from risky) ...surely not half as odd as minge shaving/waxing (which I get is not risky...just vair vair strange)

Completely agree!

Goldendandelion Wed 19-Jun-13 11:52:54

I grew up using talc after baths, but haven't used it like that for years. I do still use it on feet after swimming and at the beach to get sand of legs/feet though.

I had Ponds lemon talc growing up. Dad had Imperial Leather. My Mum had Laimant. smile

Cooroo Wed 19-Jun-13 11:54:01

Well I'm 53 and it never occurred to me to talc any part of my bod! Mum owned talc but I've no idea what she did with it...

Bought baby powder when DD was born but I think it sat unused until I threw it away when we moved house as I didn't see the point...

You need talc when finding holes in a bicycle inner tube.

Buzzardbird Wed 19-Jun-13 12:00:55

Do you blow a smoke ring when you fart?

loopydoo Wed 19-Jun-13 12:02:58

Whilst I pick myself up from giggling at the lovely word 'poonani pinata', I have to admit my mum always talc-ed us after our bath.

She would poof a bit into the palm of her hand and pat it on - bottom/twinkle and under our arms - to ensure we were completely dry.....why she just didn't make sure we were dry is beyond me.

Now (and I'm not old), I use it occasionally in summer, patted delicately onto my thigh to prevent chafing (lovely thought) and it really helps.

I'm actually not sure how on earth the fine particles would make it to your ovaries or even cervix but when DD was born (2002), I remember lots of anti-talc articles saying to put it onto a cotton ball before applying so it wasn't inhaled by the baby.

spotscotch Wed 19-Jun-13 12:05:17

cote wtaf is 'flagella'? I have never heard of that word!

loopydoo Wed 19-Jun-13 12:06:25

Flagella is the tail like structure on the sperm. They aid mobility.

Antisecco Wed 19-Jun-13 12:09:21

Do you blow a smoke ring when you fart?

Coffee through nose o'clock!

How sad is this however? I keep a bottle of Johnson's baby powder and ocassionally just puff it around because NOTHING beats that fresh clean baby smell!

spotscotch Wed 19-Jun-13 12:14:38

Thanks loopy I thought it might have been referring to the erm, egg white mucus stuff that they swim through.

everyday is a school day on mumsnet!

Btw I like your username 'antisecco'!

Antisecco Wed 19-Jun-13 12:16:03

Straight back at ya Spotscotch grin

Antisecco Wed 19-Jun-13 12:20:40

Btw, veering off topic slightly onto thigh rubbing issues: I have a BMI of around 36-37 and I do not suffer from thigh rubbing ever! What am I doing right/wrong? I have never ridden a horse in my life

VikingLady Wed 19-Jun-13 12:29:26

DH uses talc (baby powder actually) in summer to stop his bollocks sticking to his legs and chafing.

A HCP suggested using cornflour under my boobs last summer as a talc substitute (GGs get very sweaty in a nursing bra!) but I had images f creating a sort of sweat-based roux.....

Calabria Wed 19-Jun-13 12:30:21

I think it is to do with the shape of your legs. MIL complains of large thighs but they don't come close to the size of mine, even though we are both size 18.

yabyum Wed 19-Jun-13 12:30:49

I draw the line and talcing my nethers, but you can't beat the feeling of getting in from work, taking your bra off and rubbing a bit of talc under your tits if they are floppy like mine

yabyum Wed 19-Jun-13 12:32:34

Cornflour, VikingLady? shock

If I had to use a foodstuff I think I'd go for icing sugar.

WilsonFrickett Wed 19-Jun-13 12:37:05

I always imagined her foof flaps must be like the doors on Stars In Their Eyes, with the clouds of dry ice puffing out

I just did a snort. Thank god I work from home.

havingamadmoment Wed 19-Jun-13 12:39:22

My grandmother used to do this. I use talc but not in that particular area - just on the rest of my body. I have no idea why its just my routine.grin

kiwigirl42 Wed 19-Jun-13 12:41:45

I had a hysterectomy in March and I've been using talc under my boobs as it stops me sweating so much when I have a hot flush. I used to powder my foof too - just makes sure everything is really dry but now I use femfresh spray deodorant. Stops it smelling like an old lady down there when I have a hot flush.
I've found that my body smells different now. have to drink lots of water or else my pee smells like an old peoples home.

Laugh ye who have never hit the menopause! and I'm only 45!

lachrymavitis Wed 19-Jun-13 12:44:10

I treat myself to a smothering of baby talc in my armpits after an evening bath. I like the smell and feel all smooth and cosy. I don't have any other use for the talc I got given when my youngest was born.

I hate waste. My husband thinks it's weird. I am aware that the baby smell doesn't make him feel terribly amorous. So it's duel purpose really.

I fluffed my foof last night. I have been shaving my nether regions since I was 14. So was intrigued by being au natural, after several long weeks of no topiary maintenance I was no longer intrigued so decided to shave the yeti like fur my bikini line.

Regrowth is a bitch.

So I powdered and lay on my bed legs akimbo with the window open so a light breeze could soothe my poor razor battered fanny.

Did I forget to mention this post may have been TMI... grin

FriskyHenderson Wed 19-Jun-13 12:52:56

My mother has a minge talc puff. It's on my list of things to buy her at Christmas every year.

I thought talc was good at getting sand off your feet after going to the beach? (That sounds like a euphemism but it's really not)

MortifiedAdams Wed 19-Jun-13 12:57:09

The only thing talc s useful for is using it to get sand off your feet at the beach. They should rebrand it aa as such as it really is unecesary for everything else.

squeakytoy Wed 19-Jun-13 13:00:08

trust me, talc is very very good when you are blessed/cursed with huge boobs...

yabyum Wed 19-Jun-13 13:14:34

Exactly, squeakytoy and Mortified. They should totally rebrand talc along the lines of 'Head and Shoulders'.

'Tits and Tootsies'

buttons99 Wed 19-Jun-13 13:17:51

Thankfully the last few messages have made me think I don't need carting off to the Old Peoples home just yet!! I love talc (has to be Johnsons baby powder though, no other smell is good) Having an evening shower, a pat of talc under the boobs and a few pats of it around the nether region (edges of legs not coating everything!!) and then slip into pj's feeling all fresh and lovely is one of my favourite times of the day. Oh and I have a under slip too for a particular dress that needs it. Maybe I am old fashioned but don't care, makes me happy and my DH loves me as I am so not going to change.

MondayMorningGreens Wed 19-Jun-13 13:19:23

My mother used to do this when I was young. So naturally I copied her. I stopped when I was about 15 and the chances of boys seeing my foof increased about 1,000,000% I was a bit of a slag and I noticed one day that my pubes looked grey- not a good look when you're 15.

valiumredhead Wed 19-Jun-13 13:20:17

Kiwi-I'm not laughing! (43)

kiwigirl42 I've just come from the doctor, have you been checked for a UTI?

I'm starting perimenopause, and have had 2 in quick succession - and main/only symptom is different smelling wee.

(dr said that your normal foof secretions are antiseptic, so as they dry up, the other areas down there become more liable to infection)

Although she did use more technical language...

Mind you I agree re the body smell one - I'm <militant> about washing and industrial strength deodorant now - I used to get away with nice light ones!

Oh and I'm 43...
(waves at valium & kiwi)

Amazinggg Wed 19-Jun-13 13:33:17

Why would you want to dry out your twinkle? confused

Or any part of your body. My pampering bath routine would involve lovely oils and lotions, not powder.

squeakytoy Wed 19-Jun-13 13:34:28

I would rather have dry unchafed skin, thats why!

And I would rather have dry under-boob.

KansasCityOctopus Wed 19-Jun-13 13:36:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

hollyisalovelyname Wed 19-Jun-13 13:37:22

I use baby powder in summer. Put some into my shoes so they don't smell/ sweat. I don't like sprays cos of blocked nose/ sinus issues and was told years ago to use as few sprays as possible by nose doctor.

KansasCityOctopus Wed 19-Jun-13 13:38:55

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

squeakytoy Wed 19-Jun-13 13:41:06

my husband does the same smile

Gonnabmummy Wed 19-Jun-13 14:12:44

My grandma used to throw talc over us after a bath at hers. It went all over floor but it wasn't because it was put down there, just threw towards chests, arms and rubbed in lol

BOF Wed 19-Jun-13 14:20:31

I love talc- I don't care if it makes me old-fashioned. The smell makes me happy. You can get special foof talc too, Vagisil.

Feminine Wed 19-Jun-13 14:21:45

The Johnson's one in the US is made from corn starch.

In case anyone is interested! grin

Dahlialover Wed 19-Jun-13 15:11:17

I have always used talc for dry shaving (with sharp new razor) as get in-growing hairs otherwise.

It is really good at stopping the bathroom door squeaking, where it rubs on the wooden threshold. I remembered somewhere from the depths of my brain that it could be used as a lubricant (not personal!) and it works fine for about a year.

Startail Wed 19-Jun-13 15:18:19

Top of legs and under boobs, benefit from a little talc.

Plastic lined sandals benefit from a lot of talk, but benefit even more from a trip to the bin.

Jubelteen Wed 19-Jun-13 15:28:01

Lush 'Silky Underwear' dusting powder is also made from cornstarch. I'm a big fan and keep a supply in my gym bag, great when getting dressed in a hurry to help get my tights on for work. Don't use it at home because of the mess.

lougle Wed 19-Jun-13 15:35:05

It's not surprising. It's potent stuff. When people suffer repeated collapsed lungs, one treatment option is an injection of talc into the pleural cavity - it creates an inflammatory response, then scar tissue forms, sticking the lung to the chest wall so that it can't collapse any more.

Varya Wed 19-Jun-13 15:35:07

Someone at work had a Brazilian and I asked her if she had a 'plume' left by way of the family crest. We fell about the office with laughter and she was hysterical! Talc is handy under de boobs to stop bra chaffing. But I got breast cancer! Any connection?

GilmoursPillow Wed 19-Jun-13 16:25:30

I have chafe-prone thighs but I use very unsexy long-legged knickers from M&S (like white cotton cycling shorts) to address that problem.

I do use baby powder sometimes on on my hair when I can't be bothered to wash it and don't have to be anywhere particularly smart

FobblyWoof Wed 19-Jun-13 16:31:00

I put talc at the top of my legs on the inside, not actually in my fange. Are we talking like, ahem, up in there? That's weird. I do my legs because I sweat there, always have even when I was thin.

YoniRanger Wed 19-Jun-13 16:37:42

Some woman dusted her fanboy in the communal swimming changing room the other day. Leaving a huge circle of talc THAT HAD TOUCHED HER FANNY on the floor.

I know she saw me heaving.

Good grief, you learn something every day on here.
Those of you who use talc to stop the sweats, now, does it not eventually mingle with the sweat to create a sort of paste?
Surely pasty underboob is not great? confused

valiumredhead Wed 19-Jun-13 16:44:12

Yoni-you had just swum in divinely the same bath water as her,a bit of talc of neither here not there at that pointwink

valiumredhead Wed 19-Jun-13 16:44:50

Netto-if it did do you think people would use it?

Bunbaker Wed 19-Jun-13 16:45:58

I have never heard of talcing ones boobs, but what do I know as I don't have huge boobs (or even medium size ones sad)

Though tbf, my home fanjo wax had me almost sealed shut, and my nethers looking like a bunch of nursery school children had done a collage on it, owing to the amounts of tissue stuck all over it.

First and last home fanny wax.

lolaflores Wed 19-Jun-13 17:01:13

When I was younger, part of my big night out prep was to put hair conditioner on my belows....just in case. Though I did spend the restof the night sliding off any chairs I sat on. so I didn't pull cos everyone thought I was pissed or having a seizure. Never. Again.

Netto, with Liquid Talc you apply it under boob and let it dry this may or may not involve holding boobs in the air.

MammaTJ Wed 19-Jun-13 17:05:14

I read many years ago that most ovarian cysts comprise of talc. That was when I stopped using it as liberally as I was. I have also taught my DDs not to use talc in their nether regions.

I'm small of boob, but liquid talc?
How does that work then?
Liquid that dries you out. That sounds scary.

ChilliJo Wed 19-Jun-13 17:09:12

Woah! Flashback!

I'd totally forgotten that in the year or so after starting my periods, before I moved to tampons, I put talc on the sanitary towel to stop it smelling, as instructed by my mum. shock

proseccomecca Wed 19-Jun-13 17:14:45

I remember a report on Telly years ago (over 10 years at least) with Angela Rippon reporting that some ovarian cysts were reported to contain talc. I used to use it after swimming to feel drier quicker and occasionally for thigh chafe. I stopped after watching that report.

I also remember wishing I could use Johnsons Baby Powder on my babies because of the delicious smell. I didn't and still don't use it on the kids but do keep some in the cupboard and occasionally squeeze it to get the scent in the air!

I also remember using it as a teenager as a "dry" shampoo when my teenage hair was a little greasy (boak) - cheapskate's Batiste grin

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Wed 19-Jun-13 17:18:17

I have never put talc on my bits.

storynanny Wed 19-Jun-13 17:21:32

Yes it is perfect for getting sand off feet at the beach. Shake liberally all over little ones feet, rub off gently with a towel and all the sand grains will disappear. Always been an essential part of my beach equipment over the years.

ParkerTheThief Wed 19-Jun-13 17:41:50

I use talc on my neck and chest in the summer as its the only thing that prevents me getting dreadful prickly heat.
At one point I was using cornflour as that works well but I used to carry it in my handbag in a plastic bag and DH said I looked like a drug dealer.

YoniRanger Wed 19-Jun-13 17:55:17

But there was bleach in the water!

TBH it was more the eye bleeding visual grin

SunshineBossaNova Wed 19-Jun-13 18:53:53

Ooh, thanks for feet tip nanny.

wamabama Wed 19-Jun-13 18:59:48

Haha. I used to, or naughtily deodorant, when I was younger and went clubbing. If you go bald it gets a lot sweatier and I really didn't want a sweaty foo grin. I haven't in years though, haven't used or even seen talc in years tbf.

You sprayed your foo wama? grin

wamabama Wed 19-Jun-13 19:02:46

Haha. I used to, or naughtily deodorant, when I was younger and went clubbing. If you go bald it gets a lot sweatier and I really didn't want a sweaty foo grin. I haven't in years though, haven't used or even seen talc in years tbf.

wamabama Wed 19-Jun-13 19:03:26

Sorry, posted twice blush

Yeah! I perfumed it a few times too.

Mummybookworm Wed 19-Jun-13 19:03:54

One of the best thread titles ever! I am howling at paper mache piñata. grin

SoleSource Wed 19-Jun-13 19:54:26

TalcandTurnips explain yourself grin

I talc my under boobs and my groin,

Savlon is waay better than stupid Sudocreame

badbride Wed 19-Jun-13 20:12:58

So, the consensus seems to be that it is largely a thing the older generations did. Along with putting Dettol in their baths and using medicated loo roll (that doubled as razor-sharp greaseproof paper) to make their minges truly squeaky clean and free of all that nasty scary ladyness that might make their husbands' willies fall off.

Come to think of it, some of Grandma's friends did squeak when they walked. Now we know why grin

SoleSource Wed 19-Jun-13 21:05:21

Oh I stopped talking under boobs I Savlon! Talc made me sore

Notcontent Wed 19-Jun-13 21:09:35

Actually, none of this is new. Remember hearing years ago that talc is bad news. It's dangerous if you inhale it. So now not recommended for babies, or for anyone else for that matter.

internationallove985 Wed 19-Jun-13 21:13:49

I hate talc. xx

merrymouse Wed 19-Jun-13 21:18:14

I thought talc was something people used because in the old pre central heating days houses tended to be damper and colder so it was difficult to feel really dry after a bath.

littlewhitebag Wed 19-Jun-13 21:24:06

I haven't read the whole thread but would like to admit freely, here and now, i have powdered my minge. Sometimes in the summer, when wearing a skirt, it gets a bit sweaty up by the mingey region. A light dusting of talc round that area helps immensely. I am obviously ancient 50

VikingLady Wed 19-Jun-13 22:06:10

Is it weird that instead of talcing my thighs in hot weather, I vaseline them?

HollyBerryBush Wed 19-Jun-13 22:17:07

MIL always used to say that using talc clogged up your tubes and you'd be sterile - always some milage in old wives tales.

Very much and old persons thing - I never even used talc on my babies - I dried them properly. I couldn't be doing with all that dust all over the place.

QueenOfCats Wed 19-Jun-13 22:24:37

I talc liberally after every bath/shower - including my fanj! blush

Always have done, and agree that is useful when you have big boobs or are fat (I'm both).

CheerfulYank Thu 20-Jun-13 01:36:57

Farewell was there sand at the park? Woman could have been putting it on her daughter to keep the sand off. smile

DH works in the office part of a machine shop...I guess the shop itself is very hot in the summer and one of the guys who works there makes no bones about cornstarching his ass to keep it from chafing. Keeps a box in the men's bathroom. Apparently he said he gets "pants full of gravy" when it's really hot. <boak boak boak>

Rosa Thu 20-Jun-13 02:39:29

Talc in the beach bag always gets rid of the sand off feet... Dh puts it in his shoes to get rid of the smell.

In really hot humid weather I have dusted waist and thighs but not much else..

Baby powder here (US) is made of corn starch (corn flour) and added perfume. I never used it on the kids, but if you get heat rash it's quite good at preventing it. pat a bit under the boobs, and bum, corn flour isn't harmful, it's talcum powder that is supposed to be bad.
Love the idea of a sprinkle in the knickers and a poof of powder when you let go of the elastic grin good for hot weather.

BadBride whats wrong with Dettol in the bath now?

I will admit to pouring Dettol in my teenagers baths before they get in them if I get the chance.

loopydoo Thu 20-Jun-13 14:56:36

OMG - Dettol in the bath when we fell over...and fairy liquid in the bath and for washing our hair when mum ran out of bubble bath/shampoo [frown].

I loved this thread - stomach sore from so much laughing now!

valiumredhead Thu 20-Jun-13 14:58:10

Dh used to put dettol in his bath when we first met, made me laugh. All his family do it.

Yes and butter on bumped heads. confused

What's the dettol in the bath for?

badbride Thu 20-Jun-13 15:10:44

Nothing wrong with it at all, missnevermind smile. It's just that it seemed to be part and parcel of the belief that EVERY part of a lady needs to be thoroughly disinfected, see this lovely advertisment [[ http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/sexist/2009/05/14/vintage-lysoldouching-advertisement-corner/ here]] shock

badbride Thu 20-Jun-13 15:11:34

argh, soory, link thing did't work. Try this one here

Dettol in the bath Sparkling is because they are smelly teenagers who do not allow me to scrub them like toddlers grin and play rough games like Rugby and Gaelic.

It's my effort to stop their bits going mouldy and falling off. grin

rufussmum Thu 20-Jun-13 17:20:07

When I met by XDH he used to put bleach in the washing-up water.
I once saw my mum (aeons ago) put a handful of Daz powder on her head to wash her hair with.

Ooh I will try it on my smelly teenager miss.

TheHandbagOfGlory Thu 20-Jun-13 17:38:48

My mum is obsessed with Dettol soap, it cures any and every ailment apparently, from acne to athletes foot.

valiumredhead Thu 20-Jun-13 17:47:34

You can get soap oh Dh would love that!

TheHandbagOfGlory Thu 20-Jun-13 17:52:34

It smells so clean, I think my mum gets it at semichem, it's definitely something that has to be hunted down as it seems quite hard to get. Believe me, I know because my DM has told me on many occasions confused

There is something nice about the smell of soap rather than shower gels etc. We had Imperial leather soap growing up.

I'm with VikingLady. On hot days, my overly large upper thighs do benefit from a bit of Palmer's Cocoa butter (same effect as Vaseline but smells nicer).

Just in case my last comment gives everyone a mental image that I'm shaped a bit freakily, I'm not. Every part of me is a bit overly large (BMI 31) but nicely in proportion.

Lionessy Thu 20-Jun-13 18:46:58

I will admit to a liberal sprinkling of Johnson's Baby talc in my undergarments after my morning shower. I just feel fresher. I can't quite fathom a cancer risk, surely you've got to have a bit of suction to get it up there? Do fanjo's suck up bits during the course of the day shock?

I also sprinkle under my pits after a bath of an evening. I adore the smell and it really helps when the weather's hot.

I have always used it on the DCs when babies, applied with a bit of cotton wool to their chunky bits and nappy area.

God, I must be really old!

thebody Thu 20-Jun-13 18:51:55

My dm powders herself and insisted doing it to me as a child.

It's so dry and horrible. ( not my bits obviously)

Hate it.

My sils use detol in the bath. Bit wierd.

thebody Thu 20-Jun-13 19:09:10

Oh yes sparkling butter in head bump and bizarrely a key down the back for a nose bleed!!

I thought the key down the back was for hiccups. grin What was the butter meant to do thebody?

thebody Thu 20-Jun-13 20:08:48

No bloody idea re butter. Mad really and the key !!well my dm is a bit loopy.

She's 80 and getting her hair blonded!!! Bless

dutchyoriginal Thu 20-Jun-13 20:38:29

Been reading choice bits of this tread out aloud to DH ("dual purpose, poonani pinata").

He now seems a bit worried that I might like to try this.


whitesugar Sun 23-Jun-13 00:16:14

Why is it normal to cover a baby in talc if it's so dangerous? Presumably after a bath some talc can end up in baby's vagina?

echt Sun 23-Jun-13 05:57:12

Just clicked on this thread and weeping at the piñata foof/doodah/front bottom/minge/clunge. grin


Bertrude Sun 23-Jun-13 06:30:13

Husband calls talc 'ball powder' as he uses it liberally on his sweaty nutsack multiple times daily. This is the downside of living in the desert with someone who sweats profusely.

EspressoMonkey Sun 23-Jun-13 06:50:40

MIL uses talc. We thought it was cocaine, for a long while. Whenever she came to stay there would be white powder deposits on the top of the wall mounted chrome loo roll holder. DH drew a line in the powder and rubbed it on his gums. I asked him if it was cocaine, but he said he didn't know as he didn't use it but that is what they did in the movies. Fool. eventually we detected the smell of Lily of the Valley which suggested it was not cocaine.

I couldn't understand why it was only on the top of the loo roll holder as the bathroom is pretty big, why talc yourself near the loo? But apparently MIL liked to prop one leg up on the loo seat and talc her bits that way.

AmbrosiaCreamedMice Sun 23-Jun-13 06:58:31

@ DrHolmes I've heard great things about Dr Hauschka Body Powder. Google and see what you think. This stuff: www.amazon.com/dp/B001V9LUW6/ref=asc_df_B001V9LUW62572204?smid=A5F9JK1915JPL&tag=dealtmp287097-20&linkCode=asn&creative=395105&creativeASIN=B001V9LUW6

AmbrosiaCreamedMice Sun 23-Jun-13 06:59:21

Another vote for under-boob talcing here... I also often use it on armpits instead of chemical deodorants but now wondering if it is a 'kinder' alternative...
Also, just bought massive tub of burts bees baby bees talc for PFB due in 5 weeks so off to research if I'm killing her before she's born confused

MummytoMog Sun 23-Jun-13 09:36:54

We still have the forty tubs of talc we were bought when DD was born. I've occasionally powdered DS's nappy area when he was getting a persistent sweat rash, but otherwise I just don't really like it. I'm intrigued by the under boob powder notion though, might be worth a try...

Not so sure about the piñata. I'll ask DH if he fancies it.

Dubjackeen Sun 23-Jun-13 10:18:24

I remember talc being an 'essential' for a baby, years ago.
As for other uses, mentioned here, no, I hadn't heard of them, but this thread made me laugh a lot. grin

snooter Sun 23-Jun-13 12:12:14

I found a little spray can of Vaginal Deodorant in my mother's underwear drawer when I was about 13-14. This was in the late 70s. Urgh - I wish I hadn't been rummaging about.

Foof spray? shock

SunshineBossaNova Sun 23-Jun-13 13:20:53

Arf at lily-of-the-valley flavoured cocaine Espresso.

valiumredhead Sun 23-Jun-13 13:33:57

Snooter-be grateful it was just deodorant <scarred for life >

thismumismad Sun 23-Jun-13 14:29:48

From what I can remember, I will do some research in a bit but wasn't the talc that was found on cancerous ovaries from powdered gloves of the technicians who were testing the samples.

SunshineBossaNova Sun 23-Jun-13 15:48:09

That makes a lot of sense mad.

After thinking the corn flour (not talc) on the minge and a pouf of dust as you snap your knickers back in place was a good idea. Seeing I was heading to exercise and we live 5 miles form the sun. Don't do it!
I happily went off, did Zumba, came back and wondered what that was on my bum! Turns out the cloud will permeate the knickers and black exercise leggings, I looked like I had sat on something blush no one said anything at the studio grin I wonder if they knew?

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