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The Top 5 Uses for Talcum Powder

Sure, talc powder is great for absorbing sweat and odor in the most delicate places. Want to wear those Top Siders sans socks? Reach for the white stuff. But it’s useful for so much more than stopping sweat. Presenting: The top five (non-grooming related) uses for talcum powder.

5. Powder your Wig

powdered wig
Believe it or not, powdered wigs came into fashion because of an outbreak of syphilis. Back in the 1500’s, with no antibiotics, Europeans suffering from this STD would lose their hair. Thus, a huge surge in wig making took place. And dudes powdered these wigs to keep them smelling fresh. Those looking to do their best Louis XIV impersonation will want a talc with some fragrance, like Bálla Tingle.

4. Dominate at ‘Dia de Los Polvos’

In the southern Spanish village of Tolox, they carry out a strange annual tradition, taking to the streets to throw talcum powder at one another for an entire afternoon. The origin story is a bit murky, but thought to have been derived from a 16th century flour fight that took place between two women working in a bakery who were in love with the same man.

3. Disappear in a cloud of the stuff after performing a jaw-dropping card trick

Like this one.

2. Ignite your Fan Base

Lebron may not have been the first to perform this ritual of throwing white stuff up into the air before games to the delight of the home town fans, but he has made this flourish his signature. We’re not sure what Lebron uses—chalk, baby powder, etc—seeing as he has successfully kicked his nail-biting habit, safe to say he’s got the grooming IQ to upgrade to the good stuff.

1. Be ‘Powder’ for Halloween

Because this was a great movie.

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