Scary Halloween advisory

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Women's Voices for the Earth, a fantastic local nonprofit, sent out a sobering Halloween release this week that you should read before getting all vampired up tomorrow night.

In a nutshell: You may want to think twice before smothering face makeup all over your mug. What sort of scary stuff does it include? How about lead, "which can impact brain development at extremely low doses," according to the release. WVE also found nickel, cobalt and chromium in makeup, all of which can cause lifelong skin sensitization and contact dermatitis.

Here's some more info:

The findings, compiled in the new report, Pretty Scary, include:

• Ten out of 10 children’s face paints contained lead at levels ranging from 0.05 to 0.65 parts per million (ppm).
• Six out of 10 children’s face paints contained the potent skin allergens nickel, cobalt and/or chromium at levels ranging from 1.6 to 120 ppm — far exceeding industry safety recommendations of 1 ppm.
• Snazaroo Face Paint, labeled as “non-toxic” and “hypoallergenic,” contained some of the highest levels of lead, nickel and cobalt found in the study.

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The report also found many hazardous ingredients listed on the labels of Halloween hair-color sprays and make-up products, including butane (persistent, bioaccumulative and toxic), thiram (neurotoxic, possibly carcinogenic, used as a pesticide), alumina (neurotoxic), propylene glycol (possibly carcinogenic) and pigment green 7 and pigment blue 15, which are not approved by FDA for use in cosmetics.

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