Home Cosmetic Science Talk Formulating General Lead in lipstick…. how to detect it (innovation inside !)

  • Duncan

    December 10, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    It’s brown, It steams, it comes out of Cowes, It isn’t the Isle of Wight ferry and is the same in any language

    There are at least  10 of these going around, and the usual rate of return is every 6 months at least


  • OldPerry

    December 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    Wow, that’s amazing.

    Sadly, I was at a kids science fair (as a judge) and one of the kids did a “lead in lipstick” display.  She demonstrated a similar technique for detecting lead in lipstick.  
  • tsemhoi

    September 9, 2014 at 4:29 am

    Hi Perry, How to find out which ingredients in Lipstick causing Lead?

  • Chemist77

    September 9, 2014 at 4:42 am

    Generally it is the pigments which have heavy metals as impurities.

  • tsemhoi

    September 9, 2014 at 4:55 am

    Thankyou so much Milliachemist

  • Bobzchemist

    September 9, 2014 at 9:59 am

    Lab analysis or XRF (X-Ray Fluorescence) is required for credible results. 

    XRF detectors for paint could probably be used for a lipstick film also. They have gotten much smaller and remarkably cheaper in the past few years - $5,000 - $8,000 should buy a decent one.
    Some companies may even rent one for a month or two, if you don’t need it permanently.

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