While reading the most recent issue of InStyle (April 2013), I was shocked to read that lead is in many of the lipsticks in the marketplace. In 2012, the FDA reported levels of lead as high as 7 parts per million in some. The legal limit for candy is is .1 parts per million. The FDA states it allowable because you don’t eat lipstick. However, I think we can all agree that we ingest small amounts and lead is nothing to take lightly. You won’t find “lead” listing on ingredients, so you need to check your favorite shade out. You can see your shade’s score at http://www.fda.gov or www.safecosmetics.org. You will get sucked into safecosmetics.org. Here is their section on lipstick which states that 5 of the 10 most lead-contaminated brands in the FDA study are made by L’Oreal USA.
Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics is a safe bet as they only make lead-free versions and their Lip Tar comes in a large amount of colors.
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