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Give Unsafe Lipstick the Kiss-Off!

Give Unsafe Lipstick the Kiss-Off!

Did you know that during a recession, lipstick sales rise? Apparently it’s a small luxury that acts as the perfect pick-me-up during trying times. Unfortunately, that little boost might just be toxic.

On Friday, Canada declared two chemicals, known as D4 and D5 siloxanes, toxic to people and the environment. I applaud Canada for making sure these chemicals, common in lipstick and thousands of other personal care and household items, will be dealt with.

If only the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were as rigorous. We’ve all probably heard about cancer-causing lead being found in lipsticks. And the dangerous ingredients in cosmetics are piling up, with no regulation in sight.

Imagine you’re at the drugstore and you pick out a tube of Maybelline Moisture Extreme Lip color in Mocha Ice. This is what you get for your $7. Scary, right? I’m not picking on Maybelline–they aren’t even the worst offenders. My point is this: Know what you’re buying and use as a resource.

Now I’m a lip balm girl myself, and favor Juice Beauty SPF 8 Lip Moisturizer. Natural Solutions magazine compiled a list of the best natural beauty products and chose Earth’s Beauty Lipstick for its “vibrant color and smooth-as-silk texture.”

And if you really want to be safe, you can make your own. Like this cranberry lip gloss formula that sounds positively yummy.

Whatever you choose to put on your lips, make sure you only pucker up for the natural and organic stuff.

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Jana Ballinger

Jana Ballinger has more than 15 years of experience as a writer and copy editor for daily newspapers. She lives in a vintage house in Northern California with her husband and an orange cat.


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6:31PM PST on Feb 22, 2013


2:00AM PST on Feb 20, 2013

Thank you :)

9:26AM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Scary how many industries add and we have to push for the health research instead of proving safe before use....

3:48PM PST on Feb 14, 2012

thank you

9:40PM PST on Feb 13, 2012

You're more aware now after readings article like these, that help the consumer tremendously

3:42PM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Apparently there is a way of testing if there is lead in your lippy or the new one you are about to buy. If I remember rightly it is run the lipstick across some gold and if there is lead it the lippy turns black.

9:00AM PST on Feb 12, 2012

Thank you

4:27AM PST on Feb 11, 2012


5:38PM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Even though the recession sucks, I've never thought of buying lipsick as a quick pick-me-up. Perhaps I'll get some tomorrow at J C Penny's. (I love their new spokeswoman!)

8:52PM PDT on Aug 19, 2011

Scary how these everyday items can be so harmful.

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