Tests reveal lead content of lipsticks is above that allowed in candy bars

Two sets of tests on lipstick products have revealed that 100% of the products contain lead, and 95% of the products contain higher levels of lead than the maximum amount allowed in candy bars.

The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioned the analyses on 400 lipsticks sold to both adults and children. Despite the amounts found in the products, the FDA does not view the lead content to be dangerous because lipsticks are not intended to be ingested. However, due to eating, drinking and kissing, some of the lipstick must be ingested, plus the fact that substances are easily absorbed into the skin – a reason why so many medications are applied in creams, patches and oils (the nicotine patch is a good example).

This study is an expansion of a 2007 study by the Campaign for Safer Cosmetics, who tested 33 shades of red lipstick.

The FDA does not have an upper limit on the amount of lead allowed in cosmetics, but it does limit the amount of lead allowed in colourants in cosmetics. The FDA is currently reviewing whether it now needs to recommend an upper limit for lead in lipstick.

Full list of lipsticks: US Food and Drug Administration

Source: Natural News

February 2012

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