The beauty industry is self-regulating, meaning the safety of the chemicals used in products is often unknown. Many women apply make-up daily, not thinking about what chemicals their products contain. In the article Estimated Exposure to Phthalates in Cosmetics and Risk Assessment, in the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, highlights the risk of the repeated application of products containing harmful chemicals. The average woman eats 4 to 9 pounds of lipstick in her lifetime, that’s somewhere between 481 and 1083 tubes.
A study conducted 2004 found that 28% of lipsticks contained cancer causing chemicals. Modern lipsticks are formulated from upwards of 10,000 chemicals, 89% of which have never been tested for human safety!