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Friday, January 26, 2007

Lead in Lipstick Will Cause Cancer


Friday's Urban Legend: FALSE

There's an email message circulating that warns women against the dangers of lead in lipstick.

It's currently #9 on the 25 Hottest Urban Legends. (Incidently, the Barack Obama myth has moved up to #1; see Baracl Obama Is a Closet Muslim).

The message claims that lead causes cancer. This is not true. The message claims that lipstick contains lead. This is correct but the levels are way below those allowed by health rules in civilized countries [Easily Lead].

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  1. Kissing indiscriminately is risky business, so I'm glad to hear at least trace substances are controlled.

    Reminds me of the times when animal testing of cosmetics cosmetics became a public discussion, Some women seemed genuinely surprised when they found out that was not tests on men. :-)

  2. First, kids dying from lead in toys. Now, they find high levels of lead in lipsticks. What's next - lead in food? Are women going to start dying now too from using lipstick too much?


    There's a detailed report about it at

  3. If you're buying red lipstick of really high quality, it'll never cause cancer!