I'm really happy to have found a few sources for safe Halloween face paint. It quite literally makes me cringe knowing that the vast majority of face paints used on children contain harmful heavy metals that are readily absorbed into their skin.
I had been on the hunt for nontoxic Face Paint for years! Back in September 2011 my husband and I were in Whole Foods asking if they were going to be carrying any nontoxic face paint for the Halloween season and they said they had a very hard time sourcing a lead-free, non-toxic product. We were looking for body paints for a Belly-painting party at our midwives for our yet-to-be-born Bubs (now 4 years old ). At the time we couldn't find anything and my trials in attempting to make my own from scratch were pretty disappointing.
The lack of safe face paints on the market was confirmed by the Ecology Center in independent testing they did in 2011. In this testing, at least 2 heavy metals contaminated all of the 31 Halloween makeup sampled. A majority of the samples contained cadmium, a toxic heavy metal linked to cancer, birth defects and brain damage. Other toxic metals including mercury and arsenic were also found. I am appalled by the lack of standards in makeup and am so thankful to have groups like the Ecology Center.
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics Pretty Scary Report in 2009 found 10 out of 10 face paints tested contained lead - which is a known neurotoxin and harmful to a child's developing brain.
In May 2011, a study by Environmental Defence (Canada) of adult cosmetics found that all of the 49 cosmetics tested were contaminated with hazardous metals including lead, cadmium, arsenic, and mercury.
Enough with the scary stuff!! You have options that are safe. Here is what we are recommending for your nontoxic Hallow een:
If you are looking for some ideas or additional makeup application tips, check out the links below.Tutorials for using Natural Earth Paint Face Paints:
We would love to see your Halloween makeup creations!!
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