In 2007, The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics selected over 30 lipsticks in four different cities and sent them for lead testing. Over one half came back with detectable levels of lead. One third had more lead than the FDA legally allowed. Among the brands containing lead were the cosmetic powerhouses L'Oreal, Cover Girl, and Christian Dior.
Lead in Lipstick Might Not Be So Bad
From ABC News:
John Bailey of Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association:
I think the levels are actually quite low—trace levels—really not something that would present a cause for concern.
Even in tiny amounts, however, exposure to lead is a health concern.
Lead in Lipstick Might Be Really Bad
From the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics:
Mark Mitchell, M.D., MPH, president of the Connecticut Coalition for Environmental Justice:
Lead builds up in the body over time and lead-containing lipstick applied several times a day, every day, can add up to significant exposure levels. The latest studies show there is no safe level of lead exposure.
The average lipstick wearer will consume 9 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime. The last thing you need is poison in your pout.
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