Talc is used in many industries—including paper making, plastic, paint and coatings, rubber, food, electric cable, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and ceramics. It can be an effective lubricant or drying agent. Talcum powder an important ingredient in many baby powders, foot powders, first aid powders and a variety of cosmetics. A form of talc known as “soapstone” is also widely known. This soft rock is easily carved and has been used to make ornamental and practical objects for thousands of years.