The bad news: The FDA found lead at levels four times higher than even what Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Found!
The really bad news: The FDA won’t name names — despite admitting that three specific manufacturers had the highest levels of lead in their lipsticks. And as of yet, the FDA has no standard for lead in lipstick — so toxic lipstick’s fair game.
How much lead are we talking? Well, the FDA found lead in all 20 lipsticks it tested — with the average level being 1.07 ppm — a level 10 times higher than the FDA’s 0.1 ppm limit for lead in candy, which doesn’t bode well for kids who might use a parent’s lipstick while playing dress up. Even scarier, the highest lead level the FDA found was 3.06 ppm — and the FDA won’t tell us which scary lipstick that is!
Despite the fact that some cosmetic industry people say lipstick can’t be made without lead, lead-free lipsticks are already on the market. In fact, health-conscious companies like Lavera have lipstick trade-in offers
to entice you away from the contaminated lipsticks.