|Natural Lipsticks Like Burtís Bees Can Still Contain Lead|
by Elizabeth Nolan Brown , Bliss Tree
February 17th, 2012
Yesterday, I mistakenly told you that Burtís Bees made lead-free lipstick. Um, psych? Some of its lip shimmers were among the highest in lead of the 400 lipsticks tested by the FDA, but assuming the brand is safe is an easy mistake: Itís known for being all-natural and associated with an eco-friendly, organic lifestyle. Why would we worry? But itís not the only natural or organic brand on the FDAís lead list.
So how much lead in lipstick is acceptable? No oneís sure.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics says no amount of lead exposure is
safe. The FDA concluded from its study that ďthe lead levels found are
within the range that would be expected.Ē Because lipstick is only used
in small quantities, the agency doesnít consider these lead levels a
safety concern. For more on metals in makeup, check out this report from Canadian organization Environmental Defense.