According to recent reports, FDA scientists have found that lead levels in lipsticks sold in the United States are safe and well below limits recommended by international regulatory and public health authorities. This was reported in an article published in the July/August edition of Journal of Cosmetic Science. This study was conducted in response to allegations by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) that it found unsafe lead levels in a variety of lipsticks marketed in the U.S.

Study Highlights
a. FDA scientists tested the lead content of the same selection of lipsticks that was evaluated by the CSC.
b. The new method used in the study determines the total lead content of each of the products tested and not the amount of lead to which a consumer who used the product would have been exposed.
c. The entire product is destroyed and all of the lead present in the product is released for analysis.
d. The FDA found trace levels of lead in all of the 20 lipsticks tested, ranging from 0.09 ppm to 3.06 ppm, supposedly this is four times higher than the highest level reported in by CSC
e. These levels were safe and lower than limits recommended by other public health authorities for lead in cosmetics.
f. However, the FDA was unable to determine if a method validated for the analysis of lipstick was used to generate the data in CSC's 2007 report because the group did not provide the details of its analytic method.
g. The FDA has put up a statement on its Web site that these results confirm that the low levels of lead found in the lipsticks are not a safety concern.