Most commercial powders are made with talc, a mineral composed of hydrated magnesium silicate, a known carcinogen. There are other materials which are far less toxic and also have great absorptive properties. Corn starch is often used but bacteria can grow easily in corn so the less noxious alternative is arrowroot powder, a starch obtained from the rhizomes of several tropical plants.
Another alternative base for dusting powder is clay. Kaolin is often used but I use bentonite (simply because it's what I have on hand). Clay is absorptive so it's perfect for homemade powders.
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Swan's down is the traditional material used for making powder puffs. I'm opposed to animal cruelty and I'm not sure what the effect is for the swan. Another alternative is lambswool. Far less expensive than down and quite a bit larger, you get quite a whomp of powder from one of these beauties. Otherwise it's synthetic polyester, not even an option in my book. There are also vintage down puffs available on Etsy and Ebay, some are quite beautiful.
We have a bit of summer left before the cool autumn blows in. Pamper your heatstricken self with a little fragrant dusting.