Toxic Chemicals In Lipstick & The Health Risks

"Kiss of Poison"

Today my friends,  I would like to talk about lipstick, lip gloss and some very important information about the serious consequences and risk to your health. So before you put on that lip color and pucker up to kiss you boyfriend or significant other, make sure it is not the kiss of poison!  There are some facts about lipstick that you should consider. What is the kiss of poison?  It is the toxic chemicals, such as preservatives, lead, other heavy metals and dyes that are added to lipstick. Learn why you should be using organic cosmetics.

After researching thoroughly, I found some very important facts that you need to be aware of. Although coloring your lips is not a new concept and it is true that some kind lipstick or color for the lips as been used for over 5000 years. The ancient Egyptian used henna to color their lips which was thought to enhance their beauty. In recent times lipsticks have been closely examined by many health watchers. Lipsticks are often eaten away by the user some it is imperative that health regulators take a closer look at the ingredients that go in to the lipstick. Experts have found that many famous and expensive lipstick brands contain unacceptably highly and dangerous levels of lead.

Scientists believe that lead causes many health problems, including reproductive dysfunction. It has been estimated that in her lifetime a woman ingests up to 4 pounds of lipstick. Of course the higher the lead content, the greater the chance of causing cancer. Lead is not the only health risk and danger to us— so read further to learn some important facts that just might make you take a closer look at what you are putting on your lips and hopefully make some better choices.

Some Important Facts: Claims of trace amounts of lead in lipstick have been proven true in a variety of research settings. According to, “In October 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 popular brands of lipsticks at an independent lab for lead content. The results: 61 percent of lipsticks contained lead, with levels ranging 0.69 parts per million.”

In 2009 The Food Drug Administration released a follow-up study which found lead in all brands of lipstick they tested with the quantity ranging from 0.09 to 3.06 ppm.” These are higher levels than those found by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics. According to Dr. Lawrence E. Gibson, M.D., Dermatologist, Mayo Clinic, “FDA regulations for approved color additives allow trace levels of heavy metals, including lead.
Meantime, there is no recommendation from the FDA that restricts the use of lipsticks because of lead.” According to Dr. Sean Palfrey, a professor of pediatrics and public health at Boston University and the medical director of Boston’s Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, “Lead is a proven neurotoxin that can cause learning disabilities and behavioral problems.
Pregnant women and young children are particularly vulnerable to lead exposure, because lead easily crosses the placenta and enters the fetal brain where it can interfere with normal development.” Don’t all Moms kiss their children daily? Mineral based pigments would include iron oxide-both natural and synthetic and titanium oxide. Forms of the iron oxide are permissible within certain safety levels that have been prescribed by the FDA. This is due to the fact that iron-oxide usually reacts with lead or mercury or arsenic in their natural surroundings. These are all toxic compounds and it is difficult to sort out the iron oxide from these blends.
The natural iron oxide used in a lipstick likely does include traces of lead or mercury or arsenic. Synthetic iron-oxide does not include any such toxic blend and  would be a better choice, but FDA has set certain levels of usage and companies continue using natural iron oxide. It is extremely hard to transgress these safety standards. They need to look at the synthetic dyes which main ingredient is a mild form of coal-tar which can be absorbed by the body and stored in the fatty tissues. The synthetic dyes and preservatives can cause allergic reactions, nausea, dermatitis, fatigue, mood swings, headaches, and even in a severe form they can be a carcinogenic which can be fatal.
 Another ingredient is lanolin which is made from the oil glands of sheep. This has been known to cause allergic reactions and in some cases severe. Then we have the perfumes and flavors that are often included in lipstick,  which is adding many toxic chemicals and health risks.

Recent research indicates that the chemicals in lipsticks actually interfere with the healthy development of breast tissue leading to breast cancer. According to lead researcher Dr Jose Russo of the Fox Chase Cancer Centre in America, (Click here) neonatal or prepubertal exposure to butyl benzyl phthalate (BBP) can induce modifications in the gene expression of the mammary tissue. He says “BBP is in the environment, so a constant exposure via inhalation and digestive tract can reach many different organs including the breast.”   Click here to see the study. Not all the ingredients that go into making the product are toxic. Some of the products that are non-toxic are beeswax, plant extracts and synthetic iron-oxide and as also natural ingredients as aloe vera, shea butter.

 My suggestion is definitely do not use any lipstick that has perfumes, flavoring, synthetic dyes or preservation’s – that all means toxic and dangerous chemicals have been added –the best choice is organic lipstick and organic cosmetics or brand that is made from natural beeswax, not synthetic wax, organic ingredients, and natural coloring. You can also make you own with beeswax, add natural organic food color or blush, and if flavoring is important add a natural organic essence of your choice. So go ahead smile, pucker up and give your husband or boyfriend a great big kiss, but make sure it is not the kiss of poison! Give him a organic kiss! You will both be happier and healthier.

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