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A Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipsticks

The Campaign for Safe reports that it tested 33 brand-name lipsticks on the market and one-third of the tested lipsticks exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy, but 39% of tested lipsticks had no detectable levels of lead.

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More than half of 33 brand-name lipsticks tested (61 percent) contained detectable levels of lead, with levels ranging from 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm). None of these lipsticks listed lead as an ingredient.

One-third of the tested lipsticks exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy – a standard established to protect children from directly ingesting lead. Lipstick products, like candy, are directly ingested into the body. Nevertheless, the FDA has not set a limit for lead in lipstick, which fits with the disturbing absence of FDA regulatory oversight and enforcement capacity for the $50 billion personal care products industry.

Among the top brands testing positive for lead were:
-L’Oreal Colour Riche “True Red” – 0.65 ppm
-L’Oreal Colour Riche “Classic Wine” – 0.58 ppm
-Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor “Maximum Red” – 0.56 ppm
-Dior Addict “Positive Red” – 0.21 ppm

From the report, it seems that lead levels can vary from state to state and even within the same brand or color, so there is really no way to know whether a lipstick contains more lead than others. The only way is to purchase lipsticks that have no detectable lead level, which is less than 0.02 ppm.

  • Avon: Ultra Color Rich Cherry Jubilee
  • Body Shop: Lip Colour Garnet
  • Body Shop: Lip Colour Garnet
  • Clinique: Long Last Lipstick Merlot
  • Dior: Replenishing Lipcolor Red Premiere
  • Estee Lauder: Maraschino
  • MAC: Matte Lipstick Viva Glam 1
  • Revlon: Superlustrous Love That Red
  • Revlon: Superlustrous Bed of Roses
  • Revlon: Colorstay Lipcolor Red Velvet
  • Tarte: Inside Out Vitamin Lipstick
  • Wet N Wild: Mega Colors Cherry Blossom
  • Wet N Wild: Mega Colors Cherry Blossom

Moreover, I was shocked when I read the report not because 61% of lipsticks contain lead. I, a guy, don’t use lipstick. I was surprised by the information that CANDY CONTAINS LEAD, and FDA allows small amount of lead inside of candy! Even though the level of lead is very small, lead will accumulate in the body.  Of course, not all candy contains lead, but there is just no way to know.  In order to be safe, I think I am probably not going to eat any candy for the rest of my life.
(I never really like to eat candy anyway. XD)

News Source:Campaign For Safe Cosmetics: Latest Press Releases
Image Source: http://www.avoncrusade.co.uk

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3 responses to “A Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipsticks

  1. pay October 24, 2007 at 07:05

    呵呵~你是識貨的~澎湖鹹餅+黑糖糕超好吃的~
     

  2. Michelle October 23, 2007 at 03:47

    Wow,  well i’m glad i just use chapstick! lol but i’ll have to tell my mom about the list

  3. 紫色小茉莉 October 20, 2007 at 20:27

    呵~自然就好囉!不然~嗯!隨便抹點豬油也可以啦!有亮就好啦!哈哈哈~純天然植物精煉的橄欖油護唇.不一定要有奇怪顏色吧?!呵~藕倒是另有一想法說~改天藕把它寫錄出來吧!也許是一個不錯的好主意呢?! ^_^!

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