We offer a vivid selection of all-natural lipsticks from manufacturers such as Ambodi, Hemp Organics, Honeybee Gardens, Living Nature, Organic Make-up Company, Real Purity, Zuzu Luxe and Lipchic. All lipsticks are chemical-free, preservative-free, and paraben-free. Lipstick samples are available in every shade!
Do any of the lipsticks you carry contain lead?Pure Complexions: This question is fresh on the minds of readers since Campaign for Safe Cosmetics released "A Poison Kiss:
The Problem of Lead in Lipstick" in October 2007. We posted a summary of their results below.
"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.
One-third of the tested lipsticks exceeded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy - a standard established to protect children from directly ingesting lead. Lipstick, like candy, is ingested directly. Nevertheless, the FDA has not set a limit for lead in lipstick - which fits with the disturbing absence of FDA regulatory oversight and enforcement capacity for the $50 billion personal care products industry."
Unfortunately, none of the lipstick brands that we carry were tested for lead by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, so we cannot definitively answer this question. The short answer is, without testing, we don't know. Until the FDA requires lead testing on personal care products, it is difficult for manufacturers to determine if their ingredients contain trace amounts of lead.
One of the culprits for lead contamination comes from FD&C colorants and petroleum by-products (mineral oil, paraffin wax, petrolatum). The good news is that none of our lipsticks contain FD&C dyes or petroleum derived ingredients. However, there are other potential sources of lead. Any ingredients mined from the earth can also contain trace amounts of lead. Mined ingredients such as titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, and iron oxide could potentially contribute to lead levels in lipstick. Although it is possible to use these ingredients and have zero lead contamination, we do not know definitively without testing.
Until FDA standards change, we recommend limiting your exposure to the harmful chemical ingredients that are printed on lipstick labels. Switching to organic and chemical-free formulas are your safest bet for now. Also visit safecosmetics.org to learn more about what you can do as a consumer.
Update: Zuzu Luxe (Gabriel Cosmetics) is now labeling their lipstick, lip liner, eye liner, and mascara as lead-free.
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