We’ve been seeing more and more in the news about heavy metals like lead, cadmium, chromium and more in lipstick and other cosmetics products from major global manufacturers. It’s scary stuff.
But it’s nothing new:
“Concern about metals in cosmetics came to the forefront of American media in 2007, when an analysis of 33 popular brands of lipstick by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics showed that 61 percent of them contained lead. The report eventually led the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which doesn’t regulate cosmetics, to look into the issue, and what it found wasn’t any better: it found lead in all of the samples tested, with levels four times higher than the earlier study, ranging from 0.09 parts per million to 3.06 parts per million. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no safe level of lead for humans.”
And keep in mind that since these heavy metals are not ingredients but rather contaminants from the industrial manufacturing process, cosmetics conglomerates can get away without listing any of these poisons on the label.
Does “poison” sound too strong? Not when you realize that “minor exposure to cadmium … can result in flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills and achy muscles. In the worst cases, the metal is linked to cancer, attacking the cardiovascular, respiratory and other systems in the body. Chromium is a carcinogen linked to stomach ulcers and lung cancer, and aluminum can be toxic to the lungs. Long-term exposure to manganese in high doses is associated with problems in the nervous system. There are no safe levels of chromium … ”
At JOBOMAX we have always been champions of natural, traditional production processes that keep industrial heavy metals out of your skin care products, and create greater economic opportunity for the women who work so hard to gather and process cosmetics raw materials. Whether you source from us or another sustainable import competitor, please think about the impact of your purchase on supplier groups, and on your own body.