FDA Reports 400 Shades of Lipstick Found to Contain LEAD

My girlfriend likes to wear lipstick as do my daughters. Now… I knew that they used to use fish scales in certain makeup products to make them “stick” better but LEAD? Are you friggin’ serious?

Dina ElBoghdady
Washington Post
February 16, 2012

A recent federal analysis showing that 400 shades of popular lipstick contained trace amounts of lead has exacerbated an ongoing dispute between regulators and consumer activists over how much lead is safe in cosmetics.

Maybelline lipstick

Five lipsticks made by L’Oreal and Maybelline, owned by L’Oreal USA, ranked among the top 10 most contaminated of the cosmetics, according to testing by the Food and Drug Administration. Two Cover Girl and two NARS lipsticks also landed in the top 10, as did one made by Stargazer.

For years, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has been pushing the government to set limits for lead levels in lipstick. The FDA has resisted, insisting that the amounts detected in various rounds of testing do not pose safety risks. But in a letter to the agency this month, the consumer group said that federal regulators have no scientific basis for this conclusion and it pressed the government to take action.


So, I was reading another article about the trace amounts of harmful chemicals found in our bath soaps, shampoo and other products in addition to this article. Johnson and Johnson was found using small amounts of quaternium-15, a formaldehyde-releasing preservative that has been linked to cancer in their baby shampoo.

It’s ok if it’s not a lot then right? WRONG! Think about all the “trace amounts” you get during the course of a day and that begins to add up. Maybe we should just go back to making our own products 🙂

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