Lord give me strength!!!! Okay so from the name of this blog it should be severely obvious what my favorite thing in the world is -other than shoes of course! But shoes wouldn’t do me like this!! At least I hope not!
Let me just cut to the chase -the FDA found four hundred, yes 400, lipsticks that contain LEAD!! Read this:
Four hundred of the nation’s most popular lipsticks contained trace levels of lead when tested recently by the federal government, confirming similar results of earlier analyses but on a much wider scale and at higher levels than previously detected.
Five L’Oreal and Maybelline lipsticks, owned by L’Oreal USA, ranked among the top 10 most contaminated brands, according to the analysis by the Food and Drug Administration. Two Cover Girl and two NARS lipsticks also landed in top 10 slots, as did one from Stargazer.
The findings exacerbate a disagreement between the FDA and the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a consumer group pushing the government for years to set limits for lead levels in lipsticks. The FDA has resisted, insisting that the lead levels detected in two rounds of its own testing — including the most recent one — do not pose safety risks. But the consumer group says the FDA has no scientific basis for its conclusion.
Reports of lead in lipstick date to the 1990s, when test results from a commercial laboratory raised concerns. The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 red lipsticks in 2007 and found that two-thirds of them contained lead — and that one-third of those exceeded the FDA limit for lead in candy. The FDA followed up with its own tests on 20 lipsticks in 2008, and then on 400 lipsticks in the most recent analysis, and found detectable levels in all the products it tested.
But the FDA, which posted its latest findings online in December, said comparing candy to lipstick is unfair because candy is meant to be ingested, while lipstick is for topical use, and ingested in much smaller quantities.
The Personal Care Products Council, a trade group representing the cosmetics industry, agreed with the FDA assessment.
Lead is not intentionally added to lipstick or other cosmetics, she said, but many FDA-approved color additives are mineral-based, and thus contain trace levels naturally found in soil, water and air.
The average lead concentration in the 400 lipsticks tested was 1.11 parts per million, close to the average in its 2008 survey.
Here are the 10 lipsticks with the most lead: Maybelline’s Color Sensation in Pink Petal, L’Oreal Colour Riche in Volcanic, NARS Semi-Matte in Red Lizard, Cover Girl Queen Collection Vibrant Hues Color in Ruby Remix, NARS Semi-Matte in Funny Face, L’Oreal Colour Rich in Tickled Pink, L’Oreal Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor in Heroic, Cover Girl Continuous Color in Warm Brick, Maybelline Color Sensational in Mauve Me, and Stargazer lipstick in shade “c.”
Please take the time & check to see if you have these lipsticks. We say “Beauty is pain” but it’s not worth dying over!!