Lead content in lipsticks
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Hello Everyone
Which is your favorite Lipstick brand? Lakme,Maybelline,Loreal,BodyShop,Avon,Oriflame,Miss Claire’s???
I am sure there are many lip junkies like me out there.But recently a wattsapp message actually gave me a shock .The message had small test to identify if lipstick contains lead.
Since I use lipsticks a lot I quickly took few lipsticks from my vanity and gave this test a try .
And to my surprise it does work.And broke my heart!!
There was Lead in few brands I had been using since years!! 😦 
Here is the test you can do yourself:
  1. Put some lipstick on your hand,
  2. Use a 24k-14k Gold ring to scratch on the lipstick.
  3. If the lipstick color changes to black then you know the lipstick contains lead

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So as you can see in the pic above few colors became black.
The brands I tested were Lakme,Maybelline,MAC,Missclaires,7HeavensChubbylipcrayons,Loreal,ELL18
The Brands  which failed the test and contains lead are Loreal,7heavens ,Miss-claires and Elle18.
Now why is this thing worrying?
There are various heavy metals used in lipsticks for increasing their lasting power ,texture and pigmentation.As per FDA only a limit quantity of these metals is allowed in the making.Lets check the harmful effects of various heavy metals in Lipsticks.
  • Lead :
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    ffects  the nervous system, immune system and the kidneys.  Lead poisoning is difficult to diagnose as it can manifest in may ways including fatigue, insomnia, fertility issues, headache and joint pain, loss of appetite, and irritability.  Children as especially susceptible to lead poisoning.
  • Cadmium
    Causes kidney damage and possibly also bone effects and fractures.
  • Arsenic
    Increased risks of skin, bladder, liver, and lung cancer.
  • Mercury
    Causes damage and disruption to the nervous system.  Chronic poisoning is characterized by neurological and psychological symptoms, such as tremor, changes in personality, restlessness, anxiety, sleep disturbance and depression.
  • Manganese
     Leads to  nervous system issues and can cause learning difficulties, behavioral changes, brain injury, and slow and clumsy movements
So coming to Lead 
Exposure to lead from lipstick is mainly by swallowing, such as licking lips after applying lipstick  .It is nothing but a slow poison which we are inducing in our body by ourselves.
As per FDA Analysis exposure to 10 ppm lead from incidental ingestion of cosmetic lip products is very small and cannot be measured in routine blood testing.
Exposure to lead from other cosmetics is by absorption through the skin, but the amount absorbed is very small. This means that exposure to lead from a product such as eye shadow or body lotion is even lower than exposure to lead from a lipstick or other lip cosmetic, and also cannot be measured in routine blood testing.
Based on these factors, we can say that up to 10 ppm lead in cosmetic lip products and externally applied cosmetics would not pose a health risk

Check out the lead content in various brands (Report taken from FDA analysis report).

Sample #
Brand
Parent company
Lipstick line
Shade #
Shade
Lot #a
Lead
(Pb)b
(ppm)
1
Maybelline
L’Oréal USA
Color Sensational
125
Pink Petal
FF205
7.19
2
L’Oréal
L’Oréal USA
Colour Riche
410
Volcanic
FE259
7.00
3
NARS
Shiseido
Semi-Matte
1005
Red Lizard
0KAW
4.93
4
Cover Girl Queen
Collection
Procter & Gamble
Vibrant Hues Color
Q580
Ruby Remix
9139
4.92
5
NARS
Shiseido
Semi-Matte
1009
Funny Face
9DLW
4.89
6
L’Oréal
L’Oréal USA
Colour Riche
165
Tickled Pink
FF224
4.45
7
L’Oréal
L’Oréal USA
Intensely Moisturizing Lipcolor
748
Heroic
FD306
4.41
8
Cover Girl
Procter & Gamble
Continuous Color
025
Warm Brick
9098
4.28
9
Maybelline
L’Oréal USA
Color Sensational
475
Mauve Me
FF201
4.23
10
Stargazer
Stargazer
Lipstick
103 c
180808
4.12
11
Stargazer
Stargazer
Lipstick
103 c
180808
4.06
12
Revlon
Revlon
Matte
009
Fabulous Fig
08262
3.32
13
Sonia Kashuk
Target Corporation
Luxury Lip Color
27
Mauvey
090464_0511
X564A
3.12
14
Avon
Avon
Beyond Color
558
Mad For Mauve
AR01
3.08
15
L’Oréal
L’Oréal USA
Endless
530
Mauve Amour
FD339
2.87
16
Revlon
Revlon
ColorStay
375
Ripened Red
09040
2.84
17
Burt’s Bees
Clorox Company
Lip Shimmer
d
Toffee
1130801
2.81
18
Revlon
Revlon
Super Lustrous Pearl
631
Luminous Pink
09097
2.81
19
Sonia Kashuk
Target Corporation
Luxury Lip Color
27
Mauvey
090464_0511
X564A
2.80
20
Revlon
Revlon
Super Lustrous Pearl
643
Satin Plum
08351
2.77
21
Cover Girl
Procter & Gamble
Continuous Color
595
Iced Plum
5353
2.74
22
Stargazer
Stargazer
Lipstick
101
c
180808
2.71
23
Fashion Fair
Johnson Publishing Company
Forever Matte
8207
Forever Gold
H2
2.68
24
Avon
Avon
Beyond Color
541
Uptown Pink Rose
KL9
2.59
25
Cover Girl
Procter & Gamble
Continuous Color
035
Smokey Rose
8261
2.56
26
Cover Girl
Procter & Gamble
Incredifull Lipcolor
924
Ripe Raspberry
8226S1
2.52
27
Revlon
Revlon
Renewist
130
Mauvellous
08043
2.52
28
Revlon
Revlon
ColorStay Soft & Smooth
200
Natural Cashmere
09233
2.44
29
Cover Girl
Procter & Gamble
Continuous Color
435
Cherry Brandy
5258
2.42
30
Revlon
Revlon
Renewist
010
Naturally Revealing
08077
2.40
So after all this I have now decided my all next lipsticks will be organic and lead free.
After few R&D I could explore few brands in India which are completely lead free(heavy metals free).
1.Oganicistick
2.IBA Halal
3.SeaSoul
4.Soultree.
5.Barwa .
Hope this post will be an alarming for all people out there ,please choose your lip products and skincare products wisely as they are getting directly into stomach.
Do let me know your views on same.
Take care and Love yourself.
Neha.♥♥♥
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