What do people actually use talc for anyway?

(63 Posts)
BettyBi0 Wed 24-Feb-16 15:48:51

I was reading this:

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/24/johnson-johnson-72-millon-babuy-talcum-powder-ovarian-cancer?CMP=share_btn_fb

and realised that I have absolutely no idea what people use talc for anyway. Have I been missing a trick?

Last time I remember people using talc was to dry their feet after swimming when I was about 10. It's still in all the supermarkets and chemists though so people must use it for something. Do you use talc? What for?

FaithAscending Wed 24-Feb-16 15:50:05

For removing sand when leaving the beach. It removes the moisture so it just falls off! Only thing I've used it for in years.

fieldfare Wed 24-Feb-16 15:53:51

Yep, for on the beach.
Dh uses it sometimes after he's showered after running or cycling when things are a little chaffed down there.

BettyBi0 Wed 24-Feb-16 15:56:54

Ooh sand trick sounds great!

ThereIsIron Wed 24-Feb-16 15:58:05

Verucca socks and squeaky floorboards.

mammmamia Wed 24-Feb-16 16:04:11

In DD's swimming cap so it goes on smoothly. Absolutely nothing else

VertigoNun Wed 24-Feb-16 16:05:49

I have some to use in my hair when it's on the greasy side.

RiverTam Wed 24-Feb-16 16:08:53

In DD's swimming cap

I use it in the summer together with deodorant on the inner thigh and underboob. They get very sweaty blush, though the underboob does that even if I'm just doing the hoovering I don't hoover much.

Nabootique Wed 24-Feb-16 16:12:19

Same as Vertigo when I've run out of dry shampoo. There always seems to be some talc knocking about.

Madbengalmum Wed 24-Feb-16 16:42:15

On holiday in my sandals to stop feet getting hot or rubbing

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 24-Feb-16 16:51:16

Waxing;
Exfoliate, dusting of talcum, wax,

I don't use it any other times but I'm going to take some next time I'm on sand.

MrsLeighHalfpenny Wed 24-Feb-16 16:56:24

When I was young, talc was used after bathing to dry off after towelling dry. Think houses were colder then.

I like to put a dusting between clean sheets when I change the bed.

PinkPjamas Wed 24-Feb-16 17:00:37

There's some in our bathroom and I've no idea why or where it's from. I did however decide to douse myself in it after a bath,once and it felt nice and I smelled lovely. And then I had to spend half an hour cleaning the floor...

SirVixofVixHall Wed 24-Feb-16 17:05:20

I use it on feet in the Summer to stop sandals rubbing. I used to use it after every bath as a child, I would puff it all over myself with a huge fluffy puff, feeling like a 1930s film star. I LOVED it. I still love it, the powdery smell is so nice, but as a teen I read the link to ovarian cancer and stopped dusting it everywhere. Women used to use generally to freshen up, underarms, around bra, between thighs, but also all over the vulva and on santitary towels, hence the ovarian cancer issue.

SirVixofVixHall Wed 24-Feb-16 17:05:42

Er sanitary, no santitary!!!

Cocolepew Wed 24-Feb-16 17:12:42

I used to puff it all over me too.
I use it now in high shoes. I wear a half size too small in them and the talc stops my feet sticking.

ThursdayLastWeek Wed 24-Feb-16 17:16:07

Under my enormous pregnant boobs after a bath to stop the rubbing.
And at the beach too, it's amazing for that!

nevertakeyouriphoneinthebath Wed 24-Feb-16 17:19:53

I always use talc after the shower and I hate it if I run out. It just makes it easier to get my bra on without it sticking and dragging on damp skin.

nevertakeyouriphoneinthebath Wed 24-Feb-16 17:20:46

I've never heard of using talc for the beach - good idea!

whatevva Wed 24-Feb-16 17:21:25

Shaving armpits.

BennyTheBall Wed 24-Feb-16 17:22:07

I epilate my armpits, so use a bit to make them really dry so it doesn't drag the skin.

I use the Baby Powder from my ds1's Bounty Pack - he is 17, so I don't think I'm too liberal with it!

fiorentina Wed 24-Feb-16 18:54:39

Swimming hats only!

lighteningirl Wed 24-Feb-16 19:05:04

I'm with Thursday I use it under my FF boobs and sometimes on my bum as I am at a certain sweaty age and my leggings get itchy, hope that's not tmi plus my talc matches my showergel/body lotion/day perfume and I like the layering very subtle scent it leaves.

Tate15 Wed 24-Feb-16 20:26:13

I love talc! M&S do lovely ones. I use talc every day. As already mentioned it is a must have for the beach as if removes sand instantly.

Sometimes I just shake some into my hands and rub together and inhale the scent.

Talc is lovely puffed all over after I've dried after a bath or shower.

I'm not worried about the cancer link.

daisygreendaisylilac Wed 24-Feb-16 20:28:15

It makes dressing children easier after swimming grin

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