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So...IS there lead in your lipstick?


Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, October 11, 2007 2:07 PM (Eastern)

Got this link from the iCompact.com board: Lead tests raise red flag for lipsticks - Hazardous levels found in one-third of market samples - The Boston Globe

At first I was inclined to dismiss this as yet another installment in the lead-in-lipstick urban legend, where you are to test lipstick for lead using a gold ring, et cetera (snopes.com has it, along with many other websites).

But it is a new article, linking to a new study (from a group called The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics), and what they're claiming is not that lipsticks contain a hazardous amount of lead, exactly. What they're saying is the FDA has no standard for lead in lipstick. They used the FDA standard for lead levels in candy to do the tests, and found that some of the lipsticks exceeded that level.

In short it appears to be more of a push to getting lead levels in lipstick regulated--and, given our recent experiences with poisonous imports, it's probably not a bad idea to do so now.

The exact brands and shades of lipsticks tested may be found here: A Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipstick.

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