Lead in Your Lipstick and Mercury in Your Mascara

Did you know that your lipstick may contain lead and some brands of mascara have mercury? If not, learn more about lead in your lipstick and mercury in your mascara by reading my latest post at 1-800-Recycling, What’s in Your Lipstick?

Attention makeup wearers: Do you know what is in the lipstick you wear? A few years ago, an urban legend-type email went around asking women if they knew what was in their lipstick. Although Snopes.com has stated that this legend is mostly false, other watchdog organizations are concerned about lead in lipstick.


abbie July 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

Thanks for the great information. Do they list the ingredients on those kinds of items, if not (going to check my make-up drawer in just a minute!) they should be forced to!

Melissa July 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Abbie – You are not likely to find the toxins listed on the actual product. These toxins are in the colorants and other additives used in the manufacturing process and so you, as the consumer, aren’t going to know if your lipstick has lead or your mascara has mercury. I’d definitely recommend visiting the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Safety Database to research your specific brands. Good luck!

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