lipstick.jpgAre you aware that many lipsticks from popular brands like L’Oreal and Cover Girl contain lead? And since lipstick is worn on the lips, you certainly will ingest some lipstick over time!  

First of all, cosmetics are not regulated by the FDA so, you need to become an informed consumer. Not all lipsticks contain lead. either. It seems the more red the lipstick, the higher the chance it may contain lead. Also, lead is not an added ingredient but comes either from the colorant used or as a by-product of the lipstick-making process. 

An independent study was released by Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the study found more than half of 33 brand-name lipsticks tested (61 percent) contained detectable levels of lead, with levels ranging from 0.03 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm). None of these lipsticks listed lead as an ingredient.

These were the top brands with the most lead in them:

  • -L’Oreal Colour Riche “True Red” – 0.65 ppm
  • -L’Oreal Colour Riche “Classic Wine” – 0.58 ppm
  • -Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor “Maximum Red” – 0.56 ppm
  • -Dior Addict “Positive Red” – 0.21 ppm

Keep in mind, lead occurs naturally in nature. There is no way to live completely lead-free. However, too much lead is a neurotoxin to humans. If you wear a lipstick (that does contain lead) daily and apply it several times a day, you could be exposed to something potentially dangerous to your health.

Check out this link: Dangerous Levels of Lead in Lipstick, Lip Gloss?

If you think this is an urban legend-this may change your mind.

Whether or not you’re concerned is up to you. I do recommend you find out more about your makeup and deodorant as well as the food and liquids you ingest. Lead is especially dangerous to small children and pregnant women.Many of the cosmetic companies argue it’s only trace amounts and nothing to worry about–you be the judge.