Lead In Lipstick

February 15, 2012 by staff 

Lead In Lipstick, Back in 2007, the Food & Drug Administration did a small sample test on 33 lipsticks and found varying levels of lead in two-thirds of them. As a follow-up, the FDA requested testing of a significantly larger sampling and has now announced that it found at least trace amounts of lead in 400 varieties.

The lipstick with the highest amount of lead was Maybelline’s Color Sensational shade #125 “Pink Petal,” which came in at 7.19 parts per million.

In fact, Maybelline’s parent company L’OrĂ©al had five of the ten most lead-laden lipsticks on the list. Also filling in that top 10 were two lipsticks each from NARS and Cover Girl and one from Stargazer.

All lipsticks in the top 10 had lead counts greater than 4ppm. 177 of the lipsticks had lead concentrations of at least 1ppm.

While there is no federal standard for lead in lipstick, the FDA limit for lead in candy is .1 parts per million. Yet 380 of the 400 lipsticks were found to contain at least that much lead.

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