Lipstick Lead Poisoning:
of Lipsticks That Contain Lead
Dr. Ben Kim
you wear lipstick on a regular basis, please know that a test that was recently
commissioned by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found 20 different brand-name
lipsticks to contain lead. Eleven of these lipsticks were discovered to contain
more than the 0.1 ppm limit that has been set by the FDA to protect children from
direct ingestion of dangerous amounts of lead.
there are no regulations in place that limit the amount of lead that can be used
when manufacturing lipstick. According to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics' report,
the average woman who wears make-up eats approximately 4 pounds
(1.81 kilograms) of lipstick during her lifetime via drinking, eating, and kissing
- this unnecessary exposure to lead can ultimately contribute to the development
of a variety of health problems.
most common health problems that are associated with lead ingestion in teenagers
and adults are:
exposure to high levels of lead can result in diarrhea, vomiting, convulsions,
coma, and even death.
children, exposure to significant amounts of lead can lead to any of the symptoms
listed above, as well as stunted growth and hyperactivity.
women should know that lead can easily cross over to the circulation of a growing
baby, where it can upset embryonic development.
Campaign for Safe Cosmetics' study found that price made no difference in predicting
the lead content of various brands of lipstick. For example, one of the most heavily
contaminated samples, called "Dior Addict," carries a retail price of $24.50 per
stick, while a Revlon stick priced at $7.49 was found to be lead-free.
brands of lipstick that tested to have the highest amounts of lead are as follows:
- L’Oreal Colour
Riche "True Red": 0.65 ppm
Colour Riche "Classic Wine": 0.58 ppm
Girl Incredifull Lipcolor "Maximum Red": 0.56 ppm
Addict "Positive Red": 0.21 ppm
Girl Continuous Color "CherryBrandy": 0.28 ppm.
of lipstick that were found to contain insignificant amounts of lead (less than
0.02 ppm) are listed below:
Ultra Color Rich Cherry Jubilee
Shop Lip Colour Garnet (parent company L’Oreal)
Lauder Clinique Long Last Lipstick Merlot
Replenishing Lipcolor Red Premiere
Lauder - Maraschino
- Matte Lipstick Viva Glam 1 (parent company Estee Lauder)
- Superlustrous Love That Red
- Superlustrous Bed of Roses
- Colorstay Lipcolor Red Velvet
- Inside Out Vitamin Lipstick
N Wild - Mega Colors Cherry Blossom (parent company Markwins)
more information about lead poisoning, including 18 different ways that you can
reduce your and your family's risk of being exposed to lead around your home,
To Prevent Lead Poisoning
you are interested in learning about the finer details of the Campaign For Safe
Cosmetics' test, view the following web site: A
Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipstick.
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few of our readers have sent me links to various articles online that dispute
the validity and/or importance of the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics' test. If this
issue is important to you, then I encourage you to read the full
report that was published by the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics. You'll
discover exactly how they went about obtaining their test samples, and how they
had those samples tested by independent and reliable entities.
true that the amount of lead that was found in the most highly contaminated samples
in their study is not likely to cause acute lead poisoning. The purpose of their
study and this article on their study is to increase public awareness of the real
potential dangers of wearing lead-contaminated lipstick over a long period of
time. Many brands of lipstick also contain a variety of chemicals that can add
to one's toxic burden on a daily basis. Over many years, this unnecessary toxic
burden can contribute to immune system dysfunction.
share this article with family and friends who wear lipstick. Thank you.
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