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Super Scary Face Paint (PVC, Lead, and more)!

10.29.09 Super Scary Face Paint (PVC, Lead, and more)!

It’s been all over my inbox.  The chemicals in Halloween face paint are SCARY!  Just look at the new report from the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and be very, very afraid.  Seriously. 

What might be in there?


PVC (aka:  the poision plastic, or vinyl):

PVC has been linked to asthma, and autism, and according to the Center for Environment and Justice: "PVC (polyvinyl chloride) products are everywhere and are dangerous to our health and environment from start to finish - in the factory, at home, and in the trash - releasing poisonous chemicals linked to cancer and birth defects."


Lead, chromium or other metals (dangerous neurotoxins):

We've all heard about lead:  it is extremely toxic to people,especially children, and can cause learning delays and other neurological problems.  Recent studies indicate there clear link between low level lead exposure and lower scores on standardized tests, higher levels of hyperactivity and anti-social behavior.



And these ingredients, often not listed on the package, are in Halloween face paints.  How many on the market contain these?


According to the Center for Environment and Justice:

These are a chemical found in many of our everyday products, including soft plastic toys, any vinyl product (shower curtains, bags, changing pads, or bibs), vinyl flooring, body and hair care products, and cosmetics. When administered at high doses to animals, phthalates caused increased cancer rates and damage to the liver, kidneys and other organs.

“A new report released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics found heavy metals present in Halloween face paint often used on children. Lead, a powerful neurotoxin, was found in every face paint product the Campaign tested. Many of the products also contained nickel, cobalt and chromium, potent allergens that can cause lifelong skin problems. To read the full report, simply go to www.safecosmetics.org/prettyscary.”

Did you catch that?   “10 out of 10 children's face paints we tested contained low levels of lead, ranging from 0.05 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm).”


And experts agree there is NO safe level of exposure to lead. Here’s the full report with tips for how to avoid these toxic face paints (including DIY recipes for safer alternatives).


Thanks to the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and the Center for Health and Justice for this crucial information to keep children from being exposed to toxic chemicals and metals.  To join the Campaign's effort for safer cosmetics, sign this petition and make your voice heard.

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