WA State to Ban Formaldehyde and Lead from Cosmetics

Scientists at Washington state ecology department have findings that some lipsticks and foundations sold in Washington state contain lead, and some body lotions and hair products contain formaldehyde. Now lawmakers from that state want to ban cosmetics and personal care products that contain these toxins.

The Washington Legislature is considering banning the manufacture and sale of cosmetic products that contain formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing agents, certain amounts of lead, and some other chemicals. If the bill becomes law, those cosmetics would be gone from store shelves in the state of Washington by 2026.