Around four or five years ago, there was an alleged urban legend going around about lead in lipstick and the inherent dangers in certain shades of red. Although that was deemed to be myth, it seems it had a ring of truth. Recent studies revealed that leading cosmetic companies had significant levels of lead in their lipsticks, including Cover Girl, L'Oreal and Christian Dior.
Most of the culprit shades were red. The levels of lead in some of them exceeded the levels set by the government for lead in candy. Unfortunately, there is no governing rule about the levels of lead allowed in lipstick, even though it is applied directly to your mouth.
There are several natural companies that have signed the Compact for Safe Cosmetics and promise to keep toxins out of your makeup. These companies include Burt's Bees, Jason Naturals, Kiss My Face and bareFaced Mineral Makeup. Instead of waiting for the government and cosmetics companies to do something, I intend to make healthier choices. Much like the foods we eat, we need to be responsible for the makeup we wear.
All the natural brands are excellent and I personally love Burt's Bees. It is attractive, light on your skin, natural and affordable. Best of all, you can purchase it at local pharmacies such as Rite Aid.