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Lead in All Lipstick? – Detox Diva

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lipstickEco-Fail: A new study published by the Food and Drug Association in the July/August issue of Journal of Cosmetic Science found the heavy metal lead in all 22 samples tested. Levels ranged from 0.9 parts per million (ppm) to 3.06 ppm, with an average of 1.07 ppm; for comparison’s sake, the FDA sets a maximum limit of 2 ppm in food, but it allows up to 20 ppm in cosmetic colorants, the only cosmetic ingredient the agency regulates. While the levels weren’t super high, is any amount of lead safe? Many experts don’t think so since it accumulates in the body and is highly neurotoxic, can cause kidney damage, and more.

Green Chi Eco-Win: Go to the cosmetic database Skin Deep and type in the name of your brand of lipstick and find its lead level. Also, check out 11 lipsticks tested as lead-free.

By Annie B. Bond, the best-selling and award-winning author of five healthy/green living books, including Better Basics for the Home (Three Rivers Press, 1999), Home Enlightenment, Clean & Green (1990), and most recently True Food (National Geographic, 2010 and winner of Gourmand Awards Best Health and Nutrition Cookbook in the World). She has authored literally thousands of articles and was named “the foremost expert on green living” by Body & Soul magazine (2009).

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  • Jane C. says:

    This post is tremendously helpful. Lipstick must be the most-used cosmetic by women of all ages from teen-age and up! The links are valuable; I was able to pursue the “natural” cosmetics in the hair color line as well.

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