The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics on Thursday issued a report stating that top lipstick brands — including L'Oréal, Cover Girl and Dior — contain lead, according to lab tests.

The watchdog organization said that, of the 33 red lipsticks tested for lead by an independent laboratory last month, 61 percent contained detectable levels of lead, although none of the lipsticks listed lead as an ingredient.

In response to The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics' findings, L'Oréal stated: "The L'Oréal Group is committed to upholding the highest standards of safety for all the products it makes and sells. Each and every ingredient used in our products has been thoroughly reviewed and tested by our internal safety team made up of toxicologists, clinicians, pharmacists and physicians."

The findings also were challenged by the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association, a beauty industry trade organization. John Bailey, CTFA's executive vice president for science, stated, "Despite continuous allegations over the years, lead is not intentionally added to cosmetics. Lead is a naturally occurring element that is found everywhere in the environment....The average amount of lead a woman would be exposed to when using cosmetics is 1,000 times less than the amount she would get from eating, breathing and drinking water that meets Environmental Protection Agency drinking water standards."

He added: "Despite the negligible levels of lead found in some lipsticks, cosmetic companies are committed to reducing that level even further."

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a statement Friday afternoon, saying it has been aware of similar reports in the past, and " these concerns have not generally been supported by FDA's own analysis of products on the market.

"In the present case, we are looking into the specific details of the issues raised," the agency noted, adding it will have to "independently confirm the factual basis of the report to determine whether or not it would take any action."
— Molly Prior

Bulgari Parfums' Latest Scent

MILAN — Lately, everything smells of roses at Bulgari Parfums headquarters.

The Roman jewelry firm has launched the L'Eau de Toilette Rosée scent this month in the U.S. The scent is a variation on Bulgari Parfums' fragrance Rose Essentielle, launched in 2005.

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