Earlier this week, the news broke that Johnson & Johnson was ordered by the state of Missouri to pay out $72 million in damages to the family of Jacqueline Fox, who died of ovarian cancer last year at 62, after her death was linked to her frequent use of the megacorp’s body powder products.
According to the family, Fox used Johnson & Johnson’s talc-based Baby Powder as a feminine hygiene product each day for nearly 50 years—and she’s not the only one, as several hundred women have reported similar adverse effects as part of a larger lawsuit. It’s been suggested that talc may indeed cause ovarian cancer, particularly when used in the genital area, where the powder particles risk traveling through the vagina, uterus, and fallopian tubes.
So! Awareness is key (no thanks to Johnson & Johnson, which according to prosecutors, has known of the potential risks of talc since the ’80s yet failed to share the facts with consumers), and the moral of the story is that you should probably ditch any and all talc-based beauty products posthaste, especially if you’re putting them close to your vagina. Opt for one of these eight talc-free body powders instead—with prices ranging from less than $5 to $27, there’s something for everyone. Some of them were probably actually made for balls, but hey, it’s all the same.