Kids,  Safety

Why does children’s makeup contain asbestos??

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This tested positive for asbestos. Photo from here

There was a story circulating in the news lately that was really alarming. I posted the article on my Facebook page Healthy Beauty Mama, but I want to talk about it a little bit more here.

Mom’s of daughters…I’m sure you know that little girls love to play with makeup, particularly glitter makeup. Honestly, what little girl doesn’t love glitter?? Girls especially want makeup when they see their mommies putting it on frequently. Companies like Claire’s have started marketing makeup to children. It makes sense from an advertising point of view, create a product for a specific niche.

Over the recent holidays, a mother from Rhode Island who also happens to be a lawyer who’s firm specializes in asbestos class-action lawsuits, decided to send her six-year-old’s makeup to an independent laboratory to see what was really in it. Shockingly, it tested positive for tremolite asbestos. Tremolite asbestos has been linked to the cancer mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers.

This is bad. Likely really bad.

The following makeup products sold at Claire’s stores have been pulled from store shelves until the company is able to complete their own investigation. The items included in this recall are (please check Claire’s website for more information):

  • Ultimate Mega Makeup Set (code 71844)
  • Metallic Hot Pink Glitter 48 Piece Makeup Set (code 76094)
  • Pink Glitter Cellphone Makeup Compact (code 26556)
  • Bedazzled Rainbow Heart Makeup Set (code 11767)
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Star Makeup Set  (code 20926)
  • Rainbow Glitter Heart Shaped Makeup Set (code 97275)
  • Mint Glitter Makeup Set (code 74769)
  • Rainbow Bedazzled Rectangle Makeup Set (code 21044)
  • Pink Glitter Palette with Eyeshadow & Lip Gloss (code 97276)

As you may or may not know, there is very little regulation over the personal care and cosmetics industry. The last law passed with any regulation over this multi-billion dollar industry was in 1938 and that bill is only 1.5 pages long. To date, there are only 30 products banned from personal care and cosmetic products.

What can you do to improve the safety of products for yourself and your children? Vote with your wallets. Don’t purchase questionable products. Read the ingredients list on products and learn which ingredients you should avoid. Try to avoid products that contain these ingredients. Personally, I trust ethically responsible companies like Beautycounter, Primally Pure, Doterra, Seventh Generation, Molly Suds.

If you have any questions about ingredients or safer options, please feel free to comment below or send me an email!

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