The personal care industry has experienced growing consumer interest in the ingredients its products contain. This interest has resulted in better responsibility and safety among cosmetic manufacturers; however, it also has produced elevated concerns over potentially harmful ingredients.
On Oct. 11, 2007, the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) sent out a press release claiming that 61% of the 33 lipsticks it tested contained detectable levels of lead. The Personal Care Products Council, formerly the Cosmetic, Toiletry, and Fragrance Association, responded to the CSC’s claims, stating that lead is naturally found in air, water and soil, and that the small traces found in lipstick were completely safe. Nonetheless, consumers picked up on the report and were alarmed; and the lawsuits began.