There are new (old) hysterical postings circulating Facebook again concerning lead in lipstick. The postings could look like either of these;
Do not forget to pass this message to their wives, girlfriends, friends or colleagues.
Women: Lip Care for using!
Dr. Elizabeth Ayoub, biomolecular and medical is issued an alert for lipsticks containing lead, which is a carcinogen.
Recently the brand ‘Red Earth’ decreased prices of R $ 67.00 to R $ 9.90!
Why? Because it contained lead.
The brands that contain lead are:
RED EARTH (Lip Gloss)
CHANEL (Lip Conditioner)
A V O N
The higher the lead content, the greater the risk of causing cancer. After doing a test on lipsticks, lip was observed in the highest level of lead AVON. Care for those lipsticks which are supposed to have greater fixation. If your lipstick is fixed but is due to high levels of lead.
Take this test:
1. Put some lipstick on your hand;
2. With a gold ring on this lipstick pass it;
3. If the lipstick color changes to black, then you know that contains lead.
If there is a female you care anything about, share this with her. I did!!!!!
I am also sharing this with the males on my email list, because they need to tell the females THEY care about as well!
Recently a brand called “Red Earth” decreased their prices from $67 to $9.90. It contained lead. Lead is a chemical which causes cancer.
The Brands which contain lead are:
1.. CHRISTIAN DIOR
5. ESTEE LAUDER
7. RED EARTH (Lip Gloss)
8. CHANEL (Lip Conditioner)
9. MARKET AMERICA-MOTNES LIPSTICK.
The higher the lead content, the greater the chance of causing cancer.
After doing a test on lipsticks, it was found that the Y.S.L. lipstick contained the most amount of lead.
Watch out for those lipsticks which are supposed to stay longer. If your lipstick stays longer, it is because of the higher content of lead.
Here is the test you can do yourself:
1. Put some lipstick on your hand.
2. Use a Gold ring to scratch on the lipstick.
3. If the lipstick color changes to black then you know the lipstick contains lead.
Please send this information to all your girlfriends, wives and female family members. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center
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My husband brought his laptop over to me to ask if it was true. This post had graphic images attached to it creating further panic. It really didn’t make sense to me. I sell Avon and the company has always touted safety in their products. It didn’t make sense to me that a company devoted to safety in their products would take this risk, so I did a little research. It didn’t take long to find articles on this subject. Being an Avon lady I immediately searched on their site and found the article right away. It seems that this has been circulating off and on since 2006.
As an explanation to finding trace elements of lead in lipstick Avon states in Avon Products, Inc. and Consumer Safety: Lipstick Formulation Safety ;
Lead is found naturally in air, water and soil. Consequently, lead may also be found at extremely low trace levels in the raw ingredients used in formulating cosmetics. Lead is not intentionally added to cosmetics. To put this in perspective, the amount of lead to which a woman is exposed when using lipstick is hundreds of times less than the amount from eating, breathing or drinking water that meets drinking water standards of the US Environmental Protection Agency. These are truly insignificant amounts of lead.
Brett M. Christensen has also been following this posting on the site Hoax Slayer and notes in Lead in Lipsick Alert – Cancer Causing Lipstick Hoax;
The “test” outlined in the message is also highly misleading. According to information available from New Zealand’s COSMETIC TOILETRY & FRAGRANCES ASSOCIATION, the “reactions described in the email occur when the test is done with any metal and just using plain wax which is a core component of most lipsticks.” My own random testing revealed that dark streaks appear to be left in a variety of substances by a variety of metals, even copper on plain old candle wax. Thus an apparently “positive” result for this test does not effectively indicate the presence of lead. Reliably detecting the presence of lead in a substance generally requires scientific testing or at least the use of specialized lead testing kits. This supposed “test” seems to be a corrupted version of the ancient touchstone method of testing the purity of gold by examining the streak left when gold was scraped against a dark stone. Clearly, instructions for conducting this fake test were only included in the email to trick recipients into believing its claims.
What I’m saying on the subject is that people really should look into things before panicking. I don’t blame anyone for being concerned, especially parents with little girls (or boys, mine did) who can’t keep their mitts off of Momma’s purse or makeup case. Lipstick is the first thing they go for. However, Facebook has always seemed like a great outlet for misinformation. I’ve learned through writing and study that it’s always best to investigate claims before putting any energy into them, especially if they seem a little hard to believe. We are all intelligent beings, don’t let the media convince you you’re not.
And cheese and crackers!! Don’t throw away that lipstick you dearly love before looking into this. Some colors only come out once. Investigate, learn and reeducate. You’ll feel wonderful, I promise.
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