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Uses Of Talcum Powder

Author: Sahill Kathuria
by Sahill Kathuria
Posted: Aug 26, 2014
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Talcum powder is a powder which is created from a fine-grained mineral containing hydrated magnesium silicate. It is one of the softest minerals in the world and is widely known for its ability to absorb oil and water. The powder is composed of oxygen, silicon, magnesium and water. Talcum powder is neither explosive nor flammable which makes it an essential additive in different products. Though it is most commonly used in beauty products, talcum powder finds its uses in many other applications. Some of its common uses are listed below:

Paper mills

Talcum powder is widely used while manufacturing paper and this makes the paper industry its largest consumer. This powder is used in both in uncoated and coated paper as it absorbs the sticky pulp particles in paper mills. It helps in improving the productivity, printability and the quality of paper. Talcum powder is used by paper mills where pure white paper is required.


Talcum powder is added to ceramic mixtures as it prevents the coatings from cracking. Talc is used in tiles, jars, floors and tableware as they provide them with stability and have the ability to withstand high temperatures.

Personal care products

Talcum powder is a key ingredient in cosmetics and baby powder. It is used in powder compacts, blushes and eye shadows because of its soft nature and oil absorption. It is scented when used in cosmetics. Due to its oleophilic nature, talc is used for dusting on the body.

Plastic industry

Talc is on high demand in the plastic industry as it provides the plastic with rigidity. In plastic bags, talcum powder is used as an anti-block makes it easier to separate the two faces. It is also used in plastic food packaging and plastic automotive parts.

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Shlok Enterprise deals in Kaolin China Clay, Magnesium Chloride Flakes, Micaceous Iron Oxide Powder and so on.

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