Thursday, October 11, 2007

Campaign for Safe Cosmetics finds LEAD in lipsticks

A leading advocacy group, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, new research found lipstick manufactured in the United States and used daily by millions of American women contain surprisingly high levels of lead. The lead tests were conducted by an independent laboratory over the month of September on red lipsticks bought in Boston, Hartford, Conn., San Francisco and Minneapolis. Top findings include:

  • 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.
  • Full report - A Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipstick

1 comment:

Pure Know How said...

Patti and Tamey we encouraged to see that the study on lead in lipstick was discussed in the mainstream media. It was the lead story on the CTV national news, front page in the Globe & Mail Life section and also in other local newspapers. There are strong advocacy groups out there providing the research for us consumers to us when making our purchasing choices. Keep reading those labels and asking questions!