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Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: Kid’s Face Paint – Pretty Scary!
October 28, 2009, 10:01 am
Filed under: Going Green at Home, News, Spotlight on...Lead

Ghosts and goblins aren’t the only scary things lurking around this Halloween.

A new report by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, “Pretty Scary,” reveals that some children’s face paints contain lead, a neurotoxin, as well as nickel, cobalt and chromium, which can cause lifelong skin sensitization and contact dermatitis.

Creepier yet, these metals were not listed on the products’ ingredient labels. Some products even bore misleading claims (like “hypoallergenic” and “FDA compliant”), making it tough for parents to find safe face paints. To learn more about the product tests and for tips to limit your favorite goblin’s exposure this year, check out the report and our recommendations for a safer Halloween at  We’ve even compiled some DIY recipes for Halloween makeup.

While this is particularly concerning for parents at this time of year, these products are used year-round at festivals and during dress-up. What’s more, everyday cosmetics suffer from the same lack of safety standards in the United States. Support safety: Sign the Petition for Safe Cosmetics at, which calls for the removal of toxic chemicals in all cosmetics and personal care products – from face paint to baby shampoo, and body lotion to deodorant.

p.s. Don’t forget to check out – and share! – the Campaign’s new video at, which takes a closer look at what’s really in cosmetics.


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