“Doug’s information, from a scientific point of view, is critical to every nail technician’s continuing education. His passion to share his knowledge with us…has single-handedly raised the level of professionalism in the nail industry.”
— Vicki Peters, Master Nailtech

“Doug Schoon provides the scientific information that should be required reading for nail professionals; it’s that important and belongs in every salon and beauty school.”
— Jaime Schrabeck, Ph.D., Precision Nails

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— Karin Schön, President KN Nail Products Sweden

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“This is the Bible for nail professionals serious about success…This book is brilliant, it’s like having Doug on tap. This book should be required reading in every single classroom.”
— Sam Sweet, Co-Founder of Sweet Squared, UK

“Doug Schoon’s phenomenal book and the series of “Doug Schoon’s Brain in 3-D” will give you many of those “Light Bulb Moments” when you have been unable to solve problems in the salon. Thanks for helping me to become an expert in my field as an educator and nail artisan.”
— Gig Rouse, High Priestess of Nails in the European Union

“Lead in Lipstick Is Not a Concern” (2009)

FDA Study Confirms Traces of Lead in Lipstick Is Not a Safety Concern
September 2009

A report released by the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics (CSC) consumer advocacy group has needlessly alarmed consumers by raising irrational fears that many popular lipstick products contain dangerous levels of lead. FDA scientists tested the same selection of lipsticks evaluated by the CSC and have determined that the lead levels present are safe and well below limits recommended by other public health authorities. The FDA found that lipsticks tested had average levels of 1.07 ppm or 0.0001%.

Since lead is a naturally occurring substance found throughout nature, it would be practically impossible to completely eliminate all traces of lead and it’s not at all surprising to find trace levels that are far lower than what occur in normal drinking water. California’s has set the most stringent levels for lead in the US and it allows up to 5 ppm in cosmetics. The FDA concluded that the lead levels are within The range that would be expected from lipsticks formulated with permitted and approved color additives.

This is not the first time the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics has issued dire and unfounded warnings concerning cosmetic products. Even now, they continue to demand that the FDA require lipstick to be 100% lead free. In the opinion of Schoon Scientific, this consumer advocacy group has repeatedly distorted information to needlessly frighten and alarm consumers, and they should not be considered as a credible source of information.


For credible information about lead in lipstick or lipstick ingredients