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What Are You Feeding Your Lips? Lead Lipsticks Or Safe Shimmers?

What do you feed your lips?

I used Maybelline, Estee Lauder, Clinique, and a whole range of lipsticks in the past – usually going more with the color I liked more than anything else.

Now, I use only Burt’s Bees shimmer lip glosses.  So, they don’t stick like glue and they last only so long for a small tube.

Look at the list below that lists lead in lipsticks.

Above the list, is part of the extract from the article saying to hang on to these lipsticks because they contain only such a miniscule amount of lead.

For me, having to mind the pollutants in the air, fluoride in city water, parasites walking through a park or from having a dog, and the extra efforts to buy Non-GMO or Non-GE products, I want simple and sure, I’m sticking to Burt’s Bees shimmers.



Lead-free Lipstick Is Possible

The good news is that lipstick doesn’t need to contain lead: 39 percent of lipsticks tested by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics were lead-free – including a $1.99 tube of Wet & Wild. Obviously, it is possible to make lead-free red lipstick.

So why aren’t all companies doing so?

Because they don’t have to. It’s legal for lipstick and other cosmetic products sold in the United States to contain unlimited amounts of lead. While some companies are taking care to use raw materials that are not contaminated with lead and to purchase lead-free pigments, other companies are not taking these precautions.

  • If you own these lipsticks, hang on to them—in 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics deemed them suitable; each lipstick contains less than 0.02 parts per million (ppm) of lead:
  • Lipsticks with non-detectable levels of lead (less  than  0.02  parts  per  million)
    Avon: Ultra Color Rich Cherry Jubilee
    Body Shop: Lip Colour Garnet
    Body Shop: Lip Colour Garnet
    Clinique: Long  Last  Lipstick  Merlot
    Dior: Replenishing  Lipcolor  Red  Premiere
    Estee Lauder: Maraschino
    MAC: Matte Lipstick Viva  Glam  1
    Revlon: Superlustrous Love That  Red
    Revlon: Superlustrous Bed of Roses
    Revlon: Colorstay Lipcolor Red Velvet
    Tarte: Inside Out Vitamin Lipstick
    Wet N Wild: Mega Colors Cherry Blossom
    Wet N Wild: Mega Colors Cherry Blossom
  • These lipsticks had higher detectable levels of lead—from 0.03 ppm to 0.65 ppm. If you own any of these, consider swapping them for a $10 Lavera coupon so you can get a new, natural lipstick:
  • Lipsticks  with  detectable  levels  of  lead  but  less  than  0.1  ppm  lead  (the FDA-recommended  limit  for  candy)
    MAC Matte Lipstick Viva Glam
    Revlon Love That Red
    Cover Girl Queen Collection Ruby Remix
    Clinique Long Last Paprika
    Dior Replenishing Lipcolor Red Premiere
    Body Shop Garnet
    Wet N Wild Cherry Frost
    Clinique Angel Red
    Burt’s Bees Lip Shimmer Merlot

    • Lipsticks with lead levels higher than 0.1  ppm
      Maybelline Moisture Extreme Scarlet Simmer
      Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor Maximum Red
      Peacekeeper Paint Me Compassionate
      Maybelline Moisture Extreme Midnight Red
      Maybelline Moisture Extreme Cocoa Plum
      Dior Addict Positive Red
      Cover Girl Continuous Color Cherry Brandy
      L’Oreal Colour Riche True Red
      Cover Girl Incredifull Lipcolor Maximum Red
      L’Oreal Colour Riche Classic Wine
      L’Oreal Colour Riche True Red

NOTOCHEMO’S CONCLUSION: My health is not worth the miniscule amounts of toxins from this product, that product – these miniscules add up.


August 28, 2009 - Posted by | Toxic Toxic Toxic

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