Talc, hydrated magnesium silicate, is a generally white or grey substance known as being one of the softest minerals on earth. It has a formula of H2Mg3(SiO3)4 or Mg3Si4O10(OH)2. Talcs particular qualities such as its ability to absorb oils, odor (many odors are in fact oils!), moisture, as well as its softness and general chemical inertness, make talc a popular mineral in many other product industries including: rubber, plastic, ceramics. *Some talc powders are very fine easily become air-borne; caution should be used when handling them so as to avoid the inhalation of the material.


Plastic & Rubber
Talc provides plastics and rubber materials with additional useful properties, and in the case of plastic, color as well.

Personal Care
Although talc is most well-known for its usage in baby powder, it can also be found in many other personal care and cosmetic products.

Additional Notes:
* Some reservoirs of talc may have slightly different mineral compositions where one or several minerals are substituted by another. Below is a quick run-down of common substitution that may occur:
– Al/Ti > Si
– Al/Fe/Mn > Mg
– Small amounts of Ca > Mg
* Different purities or rather, impurities, create different colored talcs. Colors include various shades of green, pink, and yellow.
* Soapstone, is a soft rock mainly consisting of talc. Humans have utilized soapstone for a very long time. Modern day users recognize 2 main types of soapstone: artist soapstone and architectural soapstone. Artistic soapstone is very soft and can be easily manipulated using very simple tools. Architectural soapstone contains less talc and is typically rather hard; it is used to create counter tops, fire places surroundings, sinks, tiles, and many other house objects while maintaining and utilizing talc’s natural chemical inertness, non-porous, non-hazardous properties.

Chemistry TDS SDS
H2Mg3(SiO3)4 or Mg3Si4O10(OH)2 Request TDS Request SDS


Agriculture, Ceramics, Personal Care, Plastics, Rubber