“The problem of lead in lipstick is worse and more widespread than previously reported”
According to the Washington Post, the FDA doesn’t want to set a lead level for lipstick because it believes that lead in lipstick poses no risk to women. Currently, many of the lipsticks tested exceed FDA limits for lead in candy. The lipsticks with the highest amounts of lead contain more than 70 times the amount permitted in candy.
The FDA says, not so fast — you can’t compare lipstick to candy. The FDA explains:
The FDA-recommended upper limit for lead in candy is 0.1ppm. It is not scientifically valid to equate the risk to consumers presented by lead levels in candy, a product intended for ingestion, with that associated with lead levels in lipstick, a product intended for topical use and ingested in much smaller quantities than candy.
The FDA has a point — lipstick isn’t food. And women don’t typically go around snacking on their cosmetics.
But, I also know that if I apply lipstick,within a few hours most of it is gone — some on my coffee mug and the rest ingested by me.
So, I guess I don’t really care whether the FDA thinks that lead in lipstick is healthy or not. If I can find lipsticks that are lead-free, or lipsticks that have lead levels that the FDA has already deemed safe for ingestion, I’ll purchase those.
What I am realizing is that with the exception of M.A.C. Cosmetics, this study is useless to me. It doesn’t cover any of the brands I normally wear — Portland Black Lipstick Company. Morgana Cryptoria. Illamasqua.
I’m so confused (probably because of all the lead I’ve been ingesting).