We Don’t Do Talc in This Century: Do You?

By Beaut.ie | November 23 2011 | 64 Comments

talc: why

Talc. A bit of a lesser-spotted product on the blog, I’m not sure if we’ve ever written about it. Mostly the province of grannies, bath sets and crap Christmas presents, brands like Yardley, who are having a slightly dubious return to favour off the back of this whole Kirstie’s Homemade Christmas (not me, the other one)-slash-New Victorians-slash-return to down-home values thing, are desperately trying to convince us that it’s all ‘cool’ and ‘retro’ again.

Nah, not having it.

Since we we all spend most of our time trying to get moisture back into our skin and deodorants actually exist and y’know, work, these days, and we don’t all live in Downton Abbey without access to a Boots for regular top-ups of Sure, talc seems like a totally redundant item to spend any cash on.

Accidentally watching the not-very-good Fresh Meat with a completely stony face the other evening, the only laugh it managed to get out of me was when Professor Shales asked his much younger girlfriend if she had any spare. Her sarcastic reply? “Er, we don’t use talc in this century.”

And therein lies the rub (not alleviated by application of said chalky substance). I think it’s a generational thing.  Do you use it? Have you ever used it? Perhaps you use it on a baby?

Also: the mess!

Jaysis, talc.

To the comments – we must debate the merits or lack of them of this puzzling substance toot sweet.

Beauty ,
 

64 Replies to "We Don’t Do Talc in This Century: Do You?"

  • alchemystee says:

    Disagree. I always pat on a little talc for when I do my bit of DIY waxing. Poor auld talc! :)

  • Jen says:

    I only use it when I run out of dry shampoo & the barnett needs help! I’ve some left over from when the wee one had nappies.

  • Cait says:

    I use talc every day on my chest and shoulders. I have very oily skin. I’m 31 and recently came off the pill and my skin has gone absolutely nuts so I’m sticking with the talc to try and mop up extra oil and keep my decolletage spot-free. I started in my teenage years and it seems to work. It does make a mess of the bathroom though.

  • Cait says:

    I use talc every day on my chest and shoulders. I have very oily skin. I’m 31 and recently came off the pill and my skin has gone absolutely nuts so I’m sticking with the talc to try and mop up extra oil and keep my decolletage spot-free. I started in my teenage years and it seems to work. It does make a mess of the bathroom though.

  • polkadot says:

    If you’re really really desperate, it can be a good substitute for dry shampoo, but you really have to make sure its all brushed out!

  • Cait says:

    Whoops sorry about the double post

  • Christina says:

    I used to live in a very humid tropical climate, and when I’d remember, I used to rub a bit of talc onto ‘sweaty’ areas of my body (sorry!) It did help me feel a bit less sticky, but other than that I can’t think of many uses for talc. I do sometimes use it when I run out of Batiste – I have blonde hair so it doesn’t show up in my hair, but it does make a right mess on the bathroom floor.

    So, all in all, I think I could happily live without talc.

  • Fiona says:

    Honestly, I still use it the odd time. That said the last time I bought it was a good 6/7 years ago.
    Handy in the summer time for, eh, the sweaty bits. Rub a bit between my toes to make sure they’re dried out properly and I don’t get athlete’s foot. Really my uses of it are not very glamorous. Or nice to share :o

  • Lis says:

    I find the talc is good for ‘setting’ Sally Hansen airbrush legs to stop it rubbing off on clothes, and slightly tones down the orange which helps. It’s also good when you’ve run out of Batiste, but must make sure to brush it out so you don’t run the risk of looking like Maggie Smith!

  • Pinkpanther says:

    I rememeber pouring it on my feet and chest after a bath as a child. No idea what it was supposed to do though..

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