Lead in Lipstick and Safe Alternatives: 100% Pure

by Chrystal Johnson on January 10, 2012

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Being sure you’re putting safe skincare products on your skin is important. But, what you put on your lips might be even more important. After all, how many times a day do you lick your lips? I know I lick mine frequently!

So, if you wear lipstick, lip gloss or even chapstick, do you know what ingredients are in yours? Many major brands use petroleum-based ingredients in their products (yes, petroleum as in oil). I was shocked a while back to discover petroleum (petrolatum) in my Carmex (in the trash that went).

Even scarier, lead has been found in many major brands of lipstick.

In October 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics tested 33 popular brands of lipsticks at an independent lab for lead content. The results? 61% of lipsticks contained lead, with levels ranging up to 0.65 parts per million.

Lead-contaminated brands included L’Oreal, Cover Girl and even a $24 tube of Dior Addict.

After lots of consumer pressure, the FDA released a follow-up study in 2009 that found lead in all samples of lipstick it tested, at levels ranging from 0.09 to 3.06 ppm – levels 4x higher than the levels found in the Campaign study.

FDA found the highest lead levels in lipsticks made by three manufacturers: Procter & Gamble (Cover Girl brand), L’Oreal (L’Oreal, Body Shop and Maybelline brands) and Revlon.

Yet the FDA has thus far failed to take action to protect consumers. What that means is you need to protect yourself.

So where do you start? Look to natural brands with ingredients that are safe enough to eat (literally), like 100% Pure. They offer everything you could possibly want for safe lips, including lip balm, lip butter, lip tint, lip gloss and lip glaze! And they are all colored with fruit pigments, not synthetic dyes – so feel free to lick away ;-)

I have loved every lip product I have tried from 100% Pure. One of my favorite 100% Pure lip products is this cream stick. It glides on smooth and stays on without drying out your lips. Plus all 3 of the shades it comes in work with my skin tone!

I also really like the Lip Gloss Click Pen. It’s very rich and moisturizing and all of the shades are inspired by (and colored with) fruits. So, you can feel safe wearing them and all of the 100% Pure lip products.

And, next week during the Green Resolutions Giveaway Hop, one Happy Mothering reader will win a 100% Pure Lip Gloss Click Pen in the Green Mom package! Be sure to come back between January 16-30 to enter!

So, tell me, what lip products do you use – and do you know if they’re safe?


I am a consultant for alex+von, and one of the brands we represent is 100% Pure. However, I only recommend products to my readers that I truly believe in and use myself.

About Chrystal Johnson

Chrystal, publisher of Happy Mothering, is a mother of two sweet girls who believes in living a simple, natural lifestyle. A former marketing manager, Chrystal spends her time researching green and eco-friendly alternatives to improve her family's life. She enjoys sharing those discoveries with anyone who's willing to listen.

{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Mandi
Twitter: stblessings
January 10, 2012 at 10:51 am

I use Burt’s Bee’s. This looks awesome. I would definitely love to try it out!
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2 Purposeful Homemaking
Twitter: Purpose Home
January 10, 2012 at 12:31 pm

yikes! Is there a link to check the lipstick I use? Will enter this next week!
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3 Brittany Thomas
Twitter: PistachioProjec
January 10, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Find your lipstick (or any personal product) and it’s toxicity at http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com. Sometimes they are a little rough on the ratings (for instance, they will give essential oils a higher number then I would) but it’s a good starting point.
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4 Chrystal January 10, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Yes, I love Cosmetics Database! Not all products are listed either, but you can look up information on individual ingredients if your product isn’t listed.


5 Brittany Thomas
Twitter: PistachioProjec
January 10, 2012 at 1:03 pm

Right now I just use chapstick (burt’s bees…although I’m not completely happy with their ingredients) I do LOVE 100% Pure though and I really should try out their lip line!
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6 Chrystal January 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm

100% Pure also has a great minty lip balm if you like clear rather than tinted!


7 Terri Babin
Twitter: ecocrazymom
January 13, 2012 at 2:50 am

I love Sephora’s organic lipstick & NVEY ECO makes some good stuff too!

I also wanted to let you know I added you to my Blog Roll :)

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8 Brittney Minor
Twitter: brittleby
January 13, 2012 at 9:35 am

I use Burts Bees lip balm! I love it. I don’t really wear lip stick or gloss, because I don’t have any…but I would love to find some “good, green” lipstick or gloss! Thanks for the review!
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9 Chrystal January 14, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Did you know Clorox owns Burt’s Bees? I stopped using Burt’s Bees a while back because they use fragrance in a lot of their products, but after I read about Clorox buying them I don’t use their products anymore. 100% Pure also has a great fruit-pigmented lip butter and clear lip balm if you don’t usually wear lip gloss!


10 Heather @ Full Price? Never January 14, 2012 at 7:49 am

I think I need to take a look through my makeup again. This is especially scary if you have daughters like mine that like to “play” with your makeup!
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11 Courtney Fisk January 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm

i need to look into this brand! i do not wear a ton of makeup, but hate the way store make up makes my skin feel.
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12 Tammy Allgood-Hemmerling January 16, 2012 at 2:52 am

I wear Covergirl lip gloss every day and I have no idea if it has lead in it! I’m going to stop using it until I figure that out! Plus I’m going to check out the company you’re talking about!

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13 Karren Haller
Twitter: myllls
January 17, 2012 at 6:56 am

I am leaning more to green ways too, the nerve of companies to put our lives in jeopardy, I want to check out your links.
I am following from our Alexa improvement and also on Twitter and FB. Following some of your pin boards on Pinterest. I have checked out some of your other pages as well. And tweeted your blog post.

Have a great day!
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14 Raj April 23, 2012 at 3:08 am

Its so scary what companies put in cosmetics, that I rarely wear any at all. Would be great to find one that meets all my expectations.


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