Thursday, February 23, 2012

I was perusing the internet the other day when an article caught my eye.
The title read, "Heavy Metals Found in Many Cosmetics: Not Listed on Labels." Say what?

The author, Sarah B. Weir, states:
They [researchers] found that every product contained at least one of seven heavy metals including arsenic, cadmium, lead, nickel, beryllium, thallium, and selenium. Lead, a known neurotoxin, showed up in 96% of the items. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises that lead exposure is not safe at any level. Heavy metals are considered a by-product of manufacturing and it's worth noting that none were listed in the ingredients lists on the cosmetics' labels.

Is anyone else horrified by this? I tend to pride myself on my ability to read labels and steer clear of nasty ingredients, but I had no idea some companies didn't think this was consumer-relevant information.
Them's fighting words.

According to the article:
Other products found to have the highest levels of impurities were:
Clinique Stay True Makeup foundation (Stay Ivory) — arsenic, cadmium, beryllium, lead, nickel, thallium
Sephora Sculpting Powder Trio eye shadow (Brown and Pink) — beryllium, lead, nickel, thallium
MAC Sheerton Shimmer Blush (Springsheen) — beryllium, lead, nickel, thallium
L'Oreal Bare Naturale mascara (Black/Brown) — arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel, thallium
Cover Girl Perfect Point Plus eyeliner (Black Onyx) — beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel
Almay Intense i-color Trio eye color (Trio for Blues, Brown and Dark Grey) — beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel, selenium
Benefit Benetint Pocket Pal (Red Tint and Clear Gloss) — arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, lead, nickel, selenium, thallium
See anything familiar?
I was surprised at how many "good" brands were on this list. I was also surprised that expensive and common brands BOTH had high levels toxins.
I was so intrigued I read a handful of articles related to this topic and would have read more had I not run out of time. Though this clearly makes me NO expert, I wanted to see if you guys had heard about this. What are your thoughts? Does it concern you or do you think it's blown out of proportion? I know that research and statistics can be easily skewed and therefore aren't always reliable, but I wanted to throw this out there and hear from you.

I'm personally still up on the air about it all. I want to be careful about what I put on and in my body, but I don't want to get all nutso about it either. I think I just need to do more research. I know there are some nasty chemicals in many products though...ones that are listed in the ingredients, ones that I try to stay away from. So when I happened upon this helpful skincare shopping guide, I thought I'd share it with you.
So what do you think?


  1. Wow, scary!! I've been using the Skin Deep database for makeup/beauty products and switched to safer ones about a year ago. Here's their site:

    I now use Desert Organics shampoo/conditioner, Avalon Organics bodywash, Pangea Organics face products (which I LOVE) and Everyday Minerals Makeup. I know none of them are perfect, but they're a lot better than what I used to use!

  2. I hadn't heard anything about that before. Yikes! You would think that they should have to list all ingredients so consumers know exactly what they're getting.

  3. Oh yuck. It seems like everything these days is slowly poisoning us, no? None of those specific products are ones I use (I don't use much) but I have definitely been steering toward natural/organic products lately. Thanks for the heads up!

  4. Oh great something else we have to look out for now!! I'm glad to see that I don't use any of those products on the "worst" list. Still, that's really disturbing!

  5. Wow, that is NOT cool at all and very disturbing. It drives me crazy that you can try so hard to be pure and eat organically and avoid other toxins, but they're hiding in places like makeup! Thanks for the heads-up!


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