Get the Lead Out (of Your Lipstick… and more)

Posted on October 18, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Well, Sheila’s so relaxed from the retreats and spa treatments that she has recharged her batteries and now it is time to put on her green environmental battle boots to get the lead out of products sold to women and girls.

Did you know that after banning lead from paint and gasoline, that lead is still allowed in your lipstick?  Oh my, how did that slip through?  And though lots of hoopla surrounded the lead found in paint on toys a few years ago, it can still be found in girl’s toy jewelry?

The Daily Green has an interesting post about lead in lipstick:  http://www.thedailygreen.com/environmental-news/latest/lead-lipstick-47072702.  How do you know if something you have purchased contains lead?  This link gives you info on how to test for lead:  http://www.ceh.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=195&Itemid=207

So, which lipsticks are painting our lips with neuron toxifying lead?  Here is the name dropping list:  http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2003946692_lipstick13.html .  The way to change things is to let the make up manufacturers know that lead is not something we want on our lips and in our systems.  The next WebMD link will help you know who to contact and let your voice be heard:  http://blogs.webmd.com/health-ehome/2009/03/lead-in-lipstick-parabens-in-perfume.html (Rachel, who wrote the article, has a blog you can check out too.  http://www.ecostiletto.com/).

Now here is the really scary part.  The lead is that cute bracelet your little girl may have on could be full of lead too.  It has been going on for years and lead in toy jewelry also has to stop.   The UK is on top of it and gives us the scoop:  http://women.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/women/families/article2284276.ece and check out what ABC News has to say about the lead problem:  http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Story?id=3900505&page=1 .  More names being named here, shop accordingly…  http://www.ceh.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=38&Itemid=53.

The bottom line is,  lead is bad for you and if you are pregnant, it is really bad for your child.  Become an informed and resourceful consumer.  Here are some links to give you natural choices that get the lead out:

“Lips Against Lead” is a must read:   http://www.ecostiletto.com/index.php?/Beauty/comments/lips_against_lead-worthy_lipstick_from_terra_firma_lavera_suki_and_physicia/

Leaping Bunny checks lipsticks out:  http://www.leapingbunny.org/lip.php

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