Just weeks after we got some nasty news about the bacteria lurking on makeup testers, Claire’s is recalling 17 of their products.
The recall is the result of some impressive research by one Rhode Island mom who was curious about the ingredients in her 6-year-old daughter’s makeup kits. Kristie Warner sent a sample of her daughter’s makeup bought at Claire’s to an independent lab, and was stunned by the results.
The product tested positive for tremolite asbestos, a variety of the toxic mineral which is known to cause health conditions including lung cancer, mesothelioma and a kind of lung scarring called asbestosis.
“I physically sank,” Warner said about getting the results back. “I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home.”
Surprisingly, results like these aren’t unheard of either. A few months ago makeup from Justice tested positive for asbestos, before third-party testing debunked those results.
But Warner says she’s confident that the Scientific Analytical Institute, which tested both her products and the ones from Justice, has the results right this time.
The lab compared 17 samples from nine different states, each of which tested positive for asbestos.
But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nasty surprises hiding in your makeup.
While Claire’s plans to test the products independently, they’re recalling all 17 products from their stores out of an abundance of caution.
“At Claire’s the safety of our customers is of paramount importance, and we are passionate about the safety and integrity of our products,” the company said in a statement. “Once we have more information and have the results of the investigation we will take the necessary action.”
While the company hasn’t released a complete list of recalled products, you can browse through a gallery of the makeup sets on WJAR’s website.
This year has seen a lot of “wake-up calls” about the safety risks of some common beauty products.
A woman is suing popular makeup chain Sephora after claiming she caught herpes while sampling lipstick. Scientists said her claim wasn’t so unlikely, and undercover tests by the Today show backed up her claim.
Testers swabbed free samples at makeup stores like Sephora, Ulta and Macy’s, and found dangerous bacteria like E. Coli and staph at each location.
Safety experts warn that the best way to test out a new makeup product is to simply buy it, and return it if you don’t like it.
These are some scary results!