The lead-in-lipstick debate rages on, this time making another appearance in the Gray Lady. Today's Thursday Styles explores the controversy over the presence of lead in some lipsticks. Of 33 products surveyed last year by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC), one-third included lead in excess of 0.1 parts per million — the federal limit for candy.
Cosmetic brands, many toxicologists, and the Food and Drug Administration say that such small levels aren't worth worrying about. L'Oreal, whose Colour Riche “True Red” lipstick had the highest amount of lead, says that "each and every ingredient used in our products has been thoroughly reviewed and tested by our internal safety team made up of toxicologists, clinicians, pharmacists and physicians." But the CSC and some doctors disagree, pointing out that lead accumulates in our bodies over time.
It's all food for thought (the news, not the lipstick, obvs), and some women are trading their tubes for natural brands. How about you — will you be taking leaden steps to the cosmetics aisle in the future or not?