Lead In Lipsticks

You may have heard the well deserved media coverage of the FDA’s newest lead findings in many lipsticks…lead was found in 400 lipsticks, in fact.  The lipstick you see pictured above is the number one offender in lead content from the tubes tested…That color is Maybelline’s Color Sensational in Pink Petal.

Not so pretty in pink, after all.

Maybelline’s Pink Petal weighs in at 7.19 parts per million in lead content.  To give you some perspective on that number, candy sold in the USA cannot contain lead exceeding 1 ppm.  And to give you more personal perspective, think about how much lipstick we consume by licking/chewing our lips, transferring to the foods that we are ingesting, and those adorable babies and children we kiss.  Heartbreaking, I know.

While I always advocate for reading your ingredients, this toxic sucker is not listed.  To change this, we can make our voice heard by signing this petition written by the Campaign For Safe Cosmetics to demand L’Oreal reformulate products for our and our children’s health. L’Oreal makes 5 out of the 10 most lead ridden lipsticks of those tested by the FDA

Here is the FDA’s data on all 400 lipsticks tested.

Are any of your favorites on this list? Will you be tossing them out? Let us know in the comments below!

Photo via CBS News


  1. Ugh – this is just a gross thought. How often do we lick our lips during the day?? Do you know of any lead-free companies?

  2. How disappointing! Color Sensational is my favorite kind of lipstick. Are there reported and proven cases that lipstick has caused lead poisoning in people?

    • Bummer, right? I don’t believe that any reported/proven cases of lead poisoning exist due to lipstick, only being that it has never really been considered as a contributing factor. No matter what, it adds to the load, which is definitely not a good thing.

  3. Anna Ehmann says:

    How on earth can they not list it in the ingredients? That’s horrifying!

  4. Is there a way to check the lead content, or do some companies post this? Thanks so much for looking into it!!

  5. What a relief to see that my Chanel rouge allure lipstick and my dior addict are well below 1ppm, well worth the price and gorgeous colours.

  6. montserrat says:

    Persoanlly, loreal could come out with the holy grail I wouldn’t buy it. I try to steer clear or certain brands and parent companies and loreal is in my top butthole offendor brands. Not just because of things like this (let’s face it this is really gross and bad!) But the animal testing and the animal tested ingredients.
    Thank you for this post and believe I will be sharing the bejeesus out of this blog from herein!