Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lead in Lipsticks

I'm sure this is going to be posted in a few blogs today, but none the less I came across this on Yahoo today and thought I would share it.

The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is particularly concerned about lead exposure for children and pregnant women. The CDC's Advisory Committee for Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention recently stated that there is no safe lead level for children. Lead poisoning causes a wide range of problems from low IQ and slowed grown in children to memory loss, mood disorders, and miscarriage in adults.
The FDA found the highest levels in lipsticks made by Procter & Gamble (Cover Girl brand), L'Oreal (L'Oreal, Body Shop and Maybelline brands), and Revlon. The lipsticks containing the most lead (measured in parts per million) are:
1. Maybelline Color Sensational, Pink Petal (7.9 ppm)
2. L'Oreal Colour Riche, Volcanic, (7.0 ppm)
3. NARS Semi-Matte, Red Lizard (4.93 ppm)
4. Cover Girl Queen Collection, Ruby Remix, (4.92 ppm)
5. Nars Semi-Matte, Funny Face (4.89 ppm)
6. L'Oreal Colour Riche, Tickled Pink (4.45 ppm)
7. L'Oreal Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor, Heroic (4.41 ppm)
8. Cover Girl Continuous Color, Warm Brick (4.28 ppm)
9. Maybelline Color Sensational, Mauve Me (4.23 ppm)
10. Stargazer Lipstick, #103 (4.12 ppm)
California, which has the nation's most stringent laws about lead in consumer products, has imposed a safety limit of 5.0 ppm for lipstick. If you are concerned about contaminants in your lipstick or other cosmetics, the Environmental Working Group rates over 1000 cosmetic lip productson its searchable database. Because there are thousands of lipsticks on the market, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics says its impossible to test every one and the best thing you can do is support an outright ban on lead.


Tali said...

Woah! Great post.. thanks for doing it I wasnt even aware this was the case. In the UK we had such a huge problem getting rid of all the lead piping that most of us had in our homes (imagine our drinking water :s) that we really dont need any more lead in our systems!!x

JayDee said...

Great post! When I was pregnant I didn't wear much make up. I was usually always too lazy and tired to put it on but when I do, I just wore minimal compared to how much I used to wear before pregnancy. My hubby was a paranoid guy. He was actually the one who told me about lead in make up LOL! So he bought me some mineral make up to use while I was pregnant (:

Elle Sees said...

Re: your comment...
You can move the braids where every you'd like, do it can be close to the forehead...
Or did you mean French braiding the bangs?

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing. I have heard some things but you made me want to look into my inventory and clean out! =)

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Taylor Morgan said...

Very interesting! :)


Style Servings said...

Oh my gosh, my favourite lipsticks are on that list! Thanks for sharing, this is so worrying..

alicia said...

wow, this is pretty eye-opening! xoxo

Kim Axani said...

Glad I don't have any of those colors.

Birgit said...

Pretty colors!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

Thank goodness I hardly ever wear lipstick and stick to smokey eyes!

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