The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) put cosmetics company Lime Crime on notice: adhere to FDA standards or else. The company, well-known for selling non-traditional colored lipsticks – blue, purple, bright yellow, lime green, etc. – received a warning from the FDA in July. News of the warning was released mid-August.
The FDA claims there are two ingredients in Lime Crime’s Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipsticks, coloring agents ferric ferrocyanide and ultramarines, that are not FDA approved for internal ingestion. The ingredients are approved to be used in “externally applied cosmetics,” but the FDA says lipsticks are not considered externally applied since they come in contact with the tongue and other parts of the mouth that allow the user to absorb the chemicals.
The FDA was clear in noting that it has not done specific testing on Lime Crime’s lipsticks, but that it is advising the company to remove those ingredients from its lipstick product line.
According to public information about toxic substances, ferric ferrocyanide and ultramarines are not considered toxic but they can be irritating when absorbed.
This isn’t the first problem Lime Crime has had in recent months. The company has been embroiled in a variety of social media mishaps and accusations about repackaging actions.
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