Is There Lead on that Pretty Pout of Yours?

What’s in your lipstick?  If you’re a fan of L’Oreal, Estee Lauder, Chanel, Mac or other top beauty brands, your pretty pout may be getting a daily dose of lead, finds a recent study by the FDA.  Even with all the awareness around toxins in cosmetics, primarily voiced by the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Campaign for Safe Cosmetics over the past five years, big companies are still selling products that fall short on beauty promises – and ultimately can have ugly effects on your health.

Why does this happen?  It isn’t like the big brands are consciously injecting your tube of lipstick with lead – that wouldn’t be good business.  However, with their complicated supply chains and need to buy cheap ingredients to ensure big profit margins, lead and other toxic byproducts can slip by unnoticed.

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Luckily, with the exception of Burt’s Bees, no natural brands in the study of 400 products were found to have lead.  So this spring, go the green beauty route and try Jane Iredale’s new line of Just Kissed lip plumpers, which have a very good rating on EWG.  Non-toxic spearmint and ginger essential oils help plump up lips, while shea butter, sunflower oil and aloe vera hydrate and soften.  I have a tube in the color Tokyo, which is a medium rose pink, and it looks very natural and smells great!

Be kissable and healthy!

I bought my Jane Iredale lipstick at Pharmaca in San Francisco, but you can also go to for a list of retailers.  Each lip plumper is $25.


  1. Lolly Mandrussow says:


    Was wondering about shampoos. My niece, Lydia Mandrussow, tried using Aubrey but says it leaves her hair “oily” (it leaves my hair oily, too, but my hair is so dry that Aubrey actually helps!). I emailed Rainbow Grocery to see if they can recommend other shampoos, but they have not answered. Do you have any ideas or any other resources?


    • Greenista says:

      Hi Lolly-

      I typically use John Masters Organics Lavender & Rosemary shampoo for normal hair, which works well. I just ordered Intelligent Nutrients’ Harmonic shampoo, so I’ll be sure to put up a review once I get a chance to test it out!

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