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A Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipstick

by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics
October 11th, 2007

Lead in lipstick? Turns out, the ur­ban legend is true. Independent laboratory testing initiated by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has found that some lipsticks from top brands do contain lead.

In October 2007, we released a report, "A Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipstick," detailing test results that showed that lipsticks from top brands sold in the U.S. contained lead. Two-thirds of the 33 samples we tested contained detectable levels of lead; of those, half were above the recommended limit for lead in candy. Complete results, including brands and shades tested, are available in the report.

Lead is a potent neurotoxin and linked to numerous other health and reproductive problems — and it doesn't belong in lipstick.

Follow-up tests by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration found even higher levels of lead in 20 lipsticks tested. Learn more about the FDA response to our tests.

More Information

Download the report, "A Poison Kiss: The Problem of Lead in Lipstick"

Press release: New Product Tests Find Lead in Lipstick (Oct. 11, 2007)

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FAQs: Lead in lipstick

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