Is There Lead in Your Lipstick?

May 7, 2013By 4 Comments

Um… prolly! *whippin’ out the puke baggies*


Brands like NARS, L’Oréal, Cover Girl, Revlon—even Burt’s Bees (gasp, or maybe not so gaspy seeing that they’re now owned by Clorox) contain this toxic, NASTenstein ingredient.

Yep, I was reading all the deets about the FDA’s 2012 list of most lead-laden lipsticks on Mother Jones, and I freaked the F out! Turns out a lot of these cosmetics also contain additional evil ingredients like aluminum, cadmium, chromium, and manganese. And doooood, the average woman eats about six (!!!) pounds of lipstick during her lifetime… makes me wanna just pinch my lips for color, na mean?

Um, so why the f*ck isn’t the FDA protecting our sexy-ass lips? 

Mother Jones sums it up like-a-so:

Though the agency regulates how much of these substances can be in pigment, strangely, it hasn’t specified how much metal overall is allowed in the tube of lipstick. And the FDA itself doesn’t even test the dozens of dyes used in cosmetics or set the maximum amounts of metals in them; it outsourced that job years ago to the Cosmetic Ingredient Review, an organization established in 1976 by a cosmetics-industry-aligned trade and lobbying group. Over the years, the CIR has banned 22 chemicals outright. For comparison, the EU currently bans more than 1,300 chemicals.

Bottom line: Buy super pure, vegan, organic, cruelty-free lippies; DIY it up; move to the U.K. ;), or ditch lip color altogether and go au naturale.

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  1. Tiffany says:

    Then I shall die of lead poisoning. I will never go without. NEVER!

  2. Nicole says:

    Thanks, I did not know about Burt’s Bees. I am trying to go vegan and non-toxic, this really helped.

  3. Gina says:

    I just found your page (googling the baking soda gender test….says girl, we will see!) and I love it!! Thankfully I don’t wear lipstick, this is gross. Makes me wonder why we even bother with the FDA sometimes.

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