OMBE’s Skincare Review Part II: A Lipstick Story + Five Ecobeauty Favorites
Last month we gave you the skinny on sunscreens, this month at we’re talking about cosmetics and body care products we use on a daily basis-specifically lipstick. Well, not lipstick but the lead found in lipstick. Yep. You got it. Lead in lipstick. So for all you parents searching for de-leaded homes, try opening up your medicine cabinet first. In October 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested more than thirty brands of lipsticks and found that 61% of lipsticks contained lead. This certainly gives the phrase “hugs and kisses” a whole new spin.
In 2009, following pressure from consumers and a letter from three US Senators, the FDA released a follow-up study that found lead in ALL samples of tested lipstick. Levels ranged up to four times higher than the levels found in the Safe Cosmetics Campaign study. The FDA found the highest lead levels in lipsticks made by three manufacturers: Procter & Gamble (Cover Girl), L'Oreal (L'Oreal, Body Shop & Maybelline brands) and Revlon. Guess what happened next?
That’s right-nothing happened until last month. On July 20, 2010, Reps. Jan Schakowsky, D-Ill., Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., introduced the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 (H.R.5786), which gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authority to ensure that personal care products are free of harmful ingredients. Now don’t get too excited, but it’s a step in the right direction.
For more information about this bill, go to: http://www.safecosmetics.org/section.php?id=74
To learn more about our lipstick problem, check out this great video short from our favorite Anne Leonard (aka the woman in the Story of Too Much Stuff) to learn more about the Story of Cosmetics http://www.storyofstuff.com/
What’s a cosmetic junkie to do in the meantime? Check out the following products and companies to get your feet wet in the ecobeauty world. We’ve also included our list of products to avoid below.
1. Marie Veronique V Organics Exfoliating Cleanser
2. The Body Deli, Blueberry Fusion Scrub.
3. W3LL People: Mineral Creme Foundation/Concealer
4. Revolution Organics: Freedom Glow Beauty Balm (for lips and cheeks)
5. Earth Mama's Natural Stretch Oil:
Avoid These Ingredients: 4-MBC Benzophenone-3 Butylparaben Ethylparaben Fragrance Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) Methylparaben Nanoparticles Oxybenzone Parabens Petrolatum Phenoxyethanol Phthalates Quaternium-15 Retinyl Palmitate (a form of Vitamin A) Triclosan