Boycott Watch
November 13, 2006
"Lead in Lipstick" Rumor in Email Is False
Summary: Lead has been banned in food and cosmetics manufacturing for decades, and this looks more like a prank aimed at a specific person that got out of control since it is directed only at one specific color, regardless of who the manufacturer is.
   Sometimes emails circulate which we think are so obviously false that they do not need to be commented on, but we can be wrong at times. This email has been circulating for more than three years even though it is obviously false in our eyes.

   To clear up the rumor, Boycott Watch contacted Estee Lauder Corp to get the full scoop, and they were kind enough to dig up an old press statement they made to help us clear up the false rumor.

   In June of 2003, Estee lauder Corp issued the following statement:

Estee Lauder Corporate Position Statement -
Lead in Lipsticks

"There is a rumor circulating via the Internet which states that lipsticks are unsafe. This story is false and unsubstantiated, and is typical of Internet rumors that spread inaccurate information.

"Lead is not part of the formula for any of our lipsticks. However, since lead is naturally present in air, water, and soil, there can be traces in parts-per-million in consumer products, just as there is in food and drinking water. The average amount of lead a person would be exposed to when using a lipstick is hundreds of times less than the amount one would get from breathing, eating, and drinking water.

"Estee Lauder Companies is committed to product quality and consumer safety. You can be certain that our lipsticks, as all of our products, have undergone long-term product safety testing and meet all established worldwide safety standards."

-- End of Estee lauder statement --

   Boycott Watch believes that while Estee Lauder Corp has made a clear statement. The fact is that the trace amounts of lead in every day products is statistically negligible and poses no health risk, but we do applaud Estee Lauder Corp for being totally open and honest.

   In summary, the email is false and there is no reason to be scared of using any lipstick product by major manufacturers because the US Food and Drug Administration, not to mention the corporate lawyers, would simply not permit it. Considering that there was one specific color listed among many manufacturers and no other color, the email was probably started as a prank to scare a specific woman who loved that particular color. The email is false and Boycott Watch busts another false email.
Start Of Original email (Grammatical errors left in):

Subject: Lipstick Warning - Please Read


Something to consider next time you go shoppin for lipstick... This comes from someone who works in the breast cancer unit atMt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto . If there is a female you care anything about, share this with her. I did. Recently a lipstick brand called "Red Earth" decreased their prices from $67 to $9.90.It contained lead. Lead is a chemical which causes cancer.

The lipstick Brands that contain lead are:
4. Y.S.L
7. RED EARTH (Lip Gloss)
8. CHANEL (Lip Conditioner)

The higher the lead content, the greater the chance of causing cancer. After doing a test on lipsticks, it was found that the Y.S.L. lipstick contained the most amount of lead. Watch out for those lipsticks which are supposed to stay on longer. If your lipstick stays on longer, it is because of the higher content of lead.

Here is the test you can do yourself:
1. Put some lipstick on your hand.
2. Use a Gold ring to scratch on the lipstick.
3. If the lipstick color changes to black, then you know the lipstick contains lead.

Please send this information to all your girlfriends, wives and female family members. This information is being circulated at Walter Reed Army Medical Center Dioxin Carcinogens cause cancer, especially breast cancer!
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