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Detection of heavy metals in lipstick brands used by the women at VIVA College, Virar-Maharashtra, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Zoology, VIVA College, Virar, Maharashtra, India
  • 2Department of Zoology, VIVA College, Virar, Maharashtra, India
  • 3Department of Zoology, VIVA College, Virar, Maharashtra, India
  • 4Department of Zoology, VIVA College, Virar, Maharashtra, India
  • 5Department of Zoology, VIVA College, Virar, Maharashtra, India
  • 6Department of Zoology, VIVA College, Virar, Maharashtra, India

Int. Res. J. Biological Sci., Volume 7, Issue (8), Pages 12-15, August,10 (2018)


The cosmetic range of products include variety of products applied externally on face, lips, eyes etc. These cosmetics are mixtures of some ingredients for effective, long lasting, stable human use. Quality of lipstick becomes major concern because of increasing consumer number per brand of lipstick. Lately cosmetics have engrossed attention as major sources of heavy metals. Heavy metals have tendency to accumulate in different organs leading to bioaccumulation, which creates various health complications. The present study encompasses determination of heavy metal concentration in lipsticks used by the women at VIVA College, Virar-Maharashtra. Five brands of lipsticks were shortlisted from survey done at College. The lipsticks purchased from market were analysed to detect presence of heavy metals such as Lead, Copper, Cadmium, Nickel, Chromium and Zinc. Lead and Cadmium were not detected in any Lipstick. Copper, Chromium, Zinc and Nickel were detected in all lipsticks but concentration levels were below the permissible limits. However, role of a consumer is most vital to keep check on the use of lipsticks on daily basis or choose product wisely to minimize exposure to heavy metals.


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