Lead in Lipstick and Safe Alternatives: 100% Pure

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.

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    • says

      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!

  1. says

    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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  2. Raj says

    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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