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Beauty Byte: Minnesota Bans Mercury in Makeup

On January 1, Minnesota becomes the first state to ban mercury in mascara and other cosmetic products. But according to some experts detecting the toxin could be more difficult than it looks:

Most makeup manufacturers have phased out the use of mercury, but it's still added legally to some eye products as a preservative and germ-killer, said John Bailey, chief scientist with the Personal Care Products Council in Washington.

Since mercury isn't listed as an ingredient on labels, enforcing this law won't be easy; officials are relying on consumer complaints. Even though this law is largely a symbolic gesture, it at least raises awareness of the issue. But is it enough? What do you think of this law?


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Ziona Ziona 8 years
It's a very good idea....who knows what some of those ingredients area.
Ziona Ziona 8 years
It's a very good idea....who knows what some of those ingredients area.
swtsunkisses88 swtsunkisses88 8 years
a very good thing. thats scary. when i put on makeup i dont really even think about what minerals and elements im putting on my face... i kinda assume everything is safe if its out there! very wrong!
veronicaraye veronicaraye 8 years
well good thing
AmberHoney AmberHoney 8 years
It's a great idea - just don't ban the mascara please. Has everyone replaced their mercury fillings?
glamorouswhimsy glamorouswhimsy 8 years
I agree, at least there are making an effort and who knows maybe more people will start to ask questions about what is in there make-up.
emalove emalove 8 years
Scary to think about mercury being in our cosmetics...
talrocks talrocks 8 years
Good for them! I hope the idea spreads! We need to have more natural componets going into the makeup we put on our delicate faces!!
missquiet missquiet 8 years
I had no idea mercury is in some makeup... wow. I wish California would ban it, too. :o
Lilhighlander Lilhighlander 8 years
Wow! I had no idea mercury was in mascara. I hope this works, and we can make our products safer.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 8 years
I think it's a good law, my state is trying to take care of it's beauty product junkies! I just hope it's enforced to the fullest.
em1282 em1282 8 years
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 8 years
Well I hope it's banned!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
At least they're making an effort...
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