Horrific Lipsticks with Dreadful Lead on Sale in Quiapo, Manila

Some of
the scariest consumer products that you may find, Halloween season or not, are
ironically sold in beauty shops offering cosmetics with no official market

The EcoWaste Coalition, a toxics watchdog, aired this observation after
purchasing lipsticks contaminated with lead, a powerful neurotoxin, sold for
P28 to P35 each from Quiapo stores selling  beauty and personal care products.

Using an X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer, the group detected lead in five
lipsticks in the range of  2,204 parts
per million (ppm) to 2,487 ppm, way above the 20 ppm threshold limit for lead
under the ASEAN Cosmetics Directive.

“The ghastly lead content of these lipsticks should scare the hell out of all of
us,” said Aileen Lucero, Coordinator, EcoWaste Coalition.

“Women wearing such lipstick may ingest toxic lead over the course of the day.  This will contribute to the build up of lead
in the body over time.  As scientists
have not established a safe level for lead exposure, it’s essential that all unwarranted
exposures are avoided,” she warned.

The current science has determined no safe level for lead exposure with the
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that “no safe blood
lead level has been identified.”

The five lipsticks found laden with lead as per XRF screening, include:

1.  A Baolishi no.
20, 2-in-1 lipstick in old rose canister with 2,419 ppm lead

2.  A Baolishi no.
20, 2-in-1 lipstick in golden canister with 2,394 ppm lead

3.  A Baolishi no.
20 lipstick in yellow canister with 2,361 ppm lead

4.  A Monaliza no.
20 lipstick in green canister with 2,298 ppm lead

5.  A Monaliza no.
20 lipstick in black canister with 2,274 ppm lead

Lucero noted that the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA)
of the Philippines had twice issued public health warnings in 2013 and 2014
against unregistered lipsticks laced with lead, including five Monaliza
lipsticks and 13 Baolishi lipsticks.

She also noted that Bulgarian, Croatian and Czech health authorities have banned
the marketing of certain Baolishi lipsticks due to excessive amounts of cadmium
and lead.

Lead, a toxic chemical that has no vital use for the human body, may come from the
lipstick ingredients that are contaminated with lead, or from the lipstick pigments
that contain lead, she pointed out.

According to the US-based Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, “pregnant
women are especially vulnerable because lead crosses the placenta and may enter
the fetal brain, and has also been linked to miscarriage, and pre-adolescents
are also at risk as lead has been linked to a delay in the onset of puberty in
girls, and the development of testes in boys.”

“Kids typically apply cosmetics such as face paint and lipstick as part of
their Halloween costumes.  It’s crucial
that such products are duly registered with the FDA and proven safe from lead
and other bacterial or chemical contaminants that can badly affect children’s
health ,” Lucero insisted.

As per advice
by the FDA, consumers can go to the agency’s website (www.fda.gov.ph) to check if
a cosmetic product is duly authorized to be offered for sale in the market. 

Consumers should carefully read the product labels, which should have the
following required information by the FDA written in English: a) product name,
b) ingredients, c) net content, d) instruction on the use of the products, e)
batch number, f) special precautions if any, and g) country of



www.rapex.eu (search for Baolishi)