Randi G. registers concern:
I just noticed that the N.Y.C. lipstick I bought was made in China. With all the dangerous goods coming from China, I wonder whether this lipstick is poisonous or harmful in some way?
The Right Brain responds:
Unfortunately, Randi, recent research shows that N.Y.C. lipstick IS highly toxic and that it will kill you and anyone you’ve kissed while wearing it.
Are cosmetics made in China?
Seriously, we doubt you have much to be worried about. Our guess is that “Made in China” means the lipstick case is from China and not the product itself. We don’t know this for sure, of course, but we do know it’s common for cosmetic companies to purchase packaging components from China. It’s very unusual for companies to have finished products made in China and shipped here. (Now let’s just hope the Chinese didn’t use lead paint on those lipstick cases!)
Who does make this stuff?
N.Y.C. Cosmetics (which by the way stands for New York Color) is actually part of DEL labs. They’re the people who make Sally Hanson, Oragel, and a host of over the counter medications. They’re pretty reputable, but if you have any doubts, you can certainly call the company and ask them where their lipstick is made. Let us know if you find out anything more and we’ll update this post.
Do you prefer home grown lipstick?
If you’re still worried and you want an ultra-environmentally conscious lipstick, you could check out Cargo PlantLove Botanical Lipstick featuring a “lipstick tube made entirely out of corn – a renewable and abundant resource. This environmentally-friendly innovation also emits less greenhouse gases, which many scientists believe to be the major cause of global warming. The outer carton is made of flower paper embedded with real flower seeds.”