Lead in lipsticks
Lead was found in these high-end brands – L’Oreal, Cover Girl and Christian Dior
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released information on lead tests an independent laboratory conducted in 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.
Lipstick products, like candy, are directly ingested into the body. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy is the standard established to protect children from directly ingesting lead. However, no limit is set for lipstick.
It is possible to make lipstick without lead: 39 percent of lipsticks tested had no detectable levels of lead, and cost doesn’t seem to be a factor. Some less expensive brands such as Revlon ($7.49) had no detectable levels of lead, while the more expensive Dior Addict brand ($24.50) had higher levels than some other brands.
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
Lead is a proven neurotoxin that can cause learning, language and behavioral problems such as lowered IQ, reduced school performance and increased aggression. Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure. Lead easily crosses the placenta and enters the fetal brain where it can interfere with normal development. Lead has also been linked to infertility and miscarriage. See Muriella’s Corner on Childhood Lead Poisoning
Source: Safe Cosmetics